Carl Thomas Dean Biography

Carl Thomas Dean is the husband of famous American singer Dolly Parton. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 20, 1942

Nationality: American

Famous: Family Members American Men

Age: 77 Years, 77 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Cancer

Born in: Nashville, Tennessee

Famous as: Husband of Dolly Parton

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Spouse/Ex-: Dolly Parton (m. 1966)

father: Edgar Henry Dean

mother: Virginia Bates

U.S. State: Tennessee

City: Nashville, Tennessee

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Carl Thomas Dean is the husband of famous American singer Dolly Parton. Despite being husband of a celebrity, Carl has never banked or cashed upon it. Rather, he prefers to live a life of solitude. A complete opposite of Dolly Parton, Carl prefers to remain out of media glare and can be called a loner of sorts. He runs an asphalt-laying company in Nashville. As surprising as it may seem to be, Carl has rarely seen his lady perform. While the world is crazy for Parton’s show, it is said that Carl is almost never present at her shows. Despite the arch differences in their personalities, one thing that binds the two is their love for each other. While it is easy to assume Parton to be entertaining of the two, she is often quoted saying that it is Carl’s sense of humor which keeps their relationship going. 50 years into their marriage, they have been strongly supportive and in love with one another. The couple have no children of their own, but Parton is the godmother of performer Miley Cyrus. Together, Dean and Parton have helped raise several of Parton's younger siblings in Nashville, leading her nieces and nephews to refer to her as ‘Aunt Granny’.

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Rise to Stardom
  • For Carl Thomas Dean, the line ‘good things happen to you once you are married’ truly stands true. Little did he know that the girl he picked up a conversation at a laundry store would in turn be his wife and the superstar of the American music industry! Having said that, what Carl was sure of right after their first meeting, was that he wanted to marry this girl. Though it seemed too far-fetched then, there was something that worked for the two then, and is going strong for them today as well.
  • Dolly Parton had moved to Music City at the age of 18 after her brush with success at 13, when she produced her first single, ‘Puppy Love’, under a small record label in Louisiana. It were early days after the shift that Parton met Carl while doing her laundry at the Wishy Washy Laundromat. He was driving his white Chevy pickup truck when he stopped to tell her she was going to get sunburned in her revealing outfit. The two struck a chord instantly and have been going steady ever since then. They married two years later on May 30, 1966.
  • Interestingly, more than fifty years into marriage, Carl still remains the force behind her. He is her constant support. Though in all these years, Dolly Parton has risen to become one of the mega stars of the American music industry with her work in country music, Carl has been by her side all through as a rock-solid foundation. What complements the two is their contradictory personality. While Parton is extremely social and public given her nature of work, Carl prefers to remain inhibited and private! Unlike other men who try to make the most of their wife’s social status, Carl is reportedly very shy. Interestingly, even before Parton reached stardom, Carl had no interest in the entertainment industry. In 1966, during one of the red carpet industry events Carl accompanied his newly married wife. However, immediately after the event, he was quoted, ‘Dolly, I want you to have everything you want, and I'm happy for you, but don't you ever ask me to go to another one of them dang things again!’
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Personal Life
  • Carl Thomas Dean was born on July 20, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee. Not much is known about Carl’s parents or educational background. What brought him to fame and recognition is the fact that he is husband of the world-renowned American singer, Dolly Parton. Dolly and Cal first met at Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville, Tennessee. Interestingly, it was Dolly’s first day, after she moved to Music City. While the 18-year-old Dolly was doing her laundry, Carl drove by in his white Chevy pickup truck. He stopped to tell her she was going to get sunburned in her revealing outfit. As she went indoors to fold her clothes, he picked up a conversation with her. She was bowled by his genuineness and authenticity. Parton has been quoted saying ‘He looked at my face and was interested in finding out who I was and what I was about’.
  • Parton also states that while the two were having a conversation, Carl looked directly at her eyes, which was a rare thing for her. Though Carl’s mother desired to have a lavish wedding ceremony for the two, Parton was bound by her music contract according to which she had to wait before she walked the aisle. Not wanting to wait, Carl and Dolly married in a hush-hush private ceremony on May 30, 1966 in Ringgold Georgia. Ever since their Big Day, the two have been going strong and celebrated their big 50th Golden Jubilee in 2016 with a second wedding ceremony. Theirs is truly an ideal relationship!

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