After spending decades working in music and film, there's no doubt about it—the Parton siblings are one gifted family.
The group of 12 brothers and sisters, born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton, grew up near the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee's Sevier County. Back then, the clan had next to nothing, but what they did have was a passion for music, instilled in them by their mother, who always encouraged them to sing at home and at church. "Singing was like breathing at home," Dolly's sister Rachel told .
Sadly, one of Dolly's brothers, Larry Parton, passed away just four days after his birth in 1955, according to , but the rest of the Parton kids are still around today—and many of them still perform with Dolly, who was born in 1946. Here's what they're all up to now.
Just like Dolly, 71, several of the Parton sisters delved into singing and acting. Stella Parton, 68, followed in her sister's footsteps and made her country singing debut in 1967. You may remember her chart-topping 1975 song ." More recently, Stella appeared in Dolly's 2015 television movie Coat of Many Colors.
Cassie Parton, 66, and Freida Parton, 60, are also talented singers. Cassie performed in the Dollywood show, "My People," in 2013 with her brother Randy, according to . Freida no longer frequents the stage after performing in a punk band in the 1980s and singing back-up on some of Dolly's albums; she now works as an ordained minister and even opened her own wedding chapel in Sevierville, according to .
Dolly's brothers Randy Parton, 63, and Floyd Parton, 60 pursued music as well. In addition to performing with his band, Moonlight Bandits, Randy also sang on the soundtrack of the 1984 movie, Rhinestone, and performed with his sister, Rachel, in Dollywood's a capella group, Honey Creek. Over the years, Floyd has performed and written a number of songs for Dolly and the films she has starred in, including "Rockin' Years," "Nickles and Dimes" from Christmas of Many Colors, and "Waltz Me to Heaven" from Rhinestone.
Parton fans will also remember Dolly's famous younger sister, Rachel Parton Dennison, 57, who starred in the ABC sitcom 9 to 5 from 1982 to 1988, and also sang in Honey Creek. In 2014, she performed with Dolly and Stella at the Red Tent Women's Conference in Tennessee, and reminded us all why the Partons are such country music legends.
And although she didn't pursue the entertainment industry like many of her siblings, the oldest Parton child, Willadeene Parton, 77, contributed to the family's empire through books. She wrote a Parton family memoir, , in 1996, followed by her 1997 cookbook, . As for Dolly's other siblings, David Parton, 75, Coy Parton, 73, and Robert Lee Parton Jr., 69, they never pursued show business, and tend to keep their lives private.