May 30, 1966 was one of the most significant days in Dolly Parton‘s life. That day, she tied the knot with a man she’d been seeing for two years, a man by the name of Carl Dean.
Parton and Dean were married in Ringgold, Georgia during a small ceremony with just the preacher, his wife, a witness, and Parton’s mama in attendance. The couple eloped to Georgia because Parton’s label had asked her to put their wedding on hold for a while after she signed her contract with them. Instead, Parton and Dean decided to get married in Georgia so no one in Nashville would hear about their wedding, leaving Parton’s label none the wiser.
Over the course of their 50-year marriage, Dean has remained almost completely out of the spotlight. He’s content to remain at home in Nashville while Parton travels around the world for various performances and appearances.
Parton has openly admitted that her and Dean couldn’t be any more different, but she knows there isn’t any other man in the world for her. She can’t help but talk about him in interviews, and always has something kind to say about him.
In celebration of these two lovebirds’ 51st anniversary, we’ve gathered up a list containing seven of the sweetest things Parton has ever said about Dean. They’ll have you saying “awwww!” in no time.
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