Dolly Parton Shares Secret To Maintaining A Long Marriage
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The Day Dolly Parton Married Carl Dean – The Story Behind Her Lengthy Marriage & Intimate Wedding
On May 30, 1966, Dolly Parton married the man she’d been dating for two years at that point, Carl Dean. They said “I do” during an intimate ceremony in Ringgold, Georgia. The only people in attendance were the preacher, his wife, and Dolly’s mama Avie Lee.
Dolly’s record label had advised her not to get married. She decided to elope to Georgia with Carl so no one in Nashville would hear about the wedding.
Although Dolly and Carl have been married for over five decades, little is known about him. He’s hardly been seen in public, and has only been photographed with his wife a handful of times.
Unlike Dolly, Carl prefers to live a life out of the spotlight. He’s happy at home in Tennessee while Dolly travels for work, and Dolly is always happy to reunite with him at home when she has time off.
When asked by Parade in 2015 how she and Carl make their marriage work, Dolly said it helps that they’re the best of friends:
“He loves to hear about the things I do,” she said. “I love to hear about the things he does. So we enjoy each other’s company. We get along good. He’s got a great sense of humor. We’ve just been best buddies and best friends and, evidently, it’s working!”
How Dolly Parton Keeps Her Decades-Long Marriage To Carl Dean “Spicy“
More recently, Dolly shared her secret to maintaining a long marriage in a 2022 interview with E! News. She said she likes to dress up for Carl whenever she’s home, since she’s known for getting all dolled up for the rest of the world.
“Every day, I put on some makeup and fix my hair, because I think, ‘Well, the whole world, I’m out here and everybody else sees me all dressed up.’ I’m not just gonna go home and flop on him,” she joked.
Dolly noted that her husband “would love [her] either way,” but she says “it’s important to [her] that [she] look as good as [she] can.” She thinks the effort “helps” keep their marriage strong after so many years together.
“I think it kinda helps, keeping things, you know, spicy,” she said playfully.
Dolly once showed proof of how she keeps things spicy in her and Carl’s marriage. She shared a video of herself surprising him on his birthday in her famous bunny suit (you know the one). Watch that video below.
May Dolly and Carl enjoy many more happy years together.