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Rare photos of Dolly Parton that prove she's a timeless beauty

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton!

The country crooner turns 71 on Jan. 19. Having been in the business for 40 years, Parton has proven time and time again that she’s the most legendary female country performer of all time. Click through the gallery to see some rare photos from earlier in her career.

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The country crooner turns 71 on Jan. 19. Having been in the business for 40 years, Parton has proven time and time again that she’s the most legendary female country performer of all time. Click through the gallery to see some rare photos from earlier in her career. Photos: Getty

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When: 1955

Dolly posing for a portrait at 9-years-old. Twelve years later she made her album debut “Hello, I’m Dolly.”

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When: 1965

Rocking a beehive in Nashville, at 19-years-old.

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When: Late 1960s

Dolly performing with Porter Wagoner in Nashville, Tenn. Dolly worked with Porter for seven years, beginning in 1967, after he gave her a spot on his TV show “The Porter Wagoner Show.” She eventually parted ways with Porter to launch a solo career– and she broke the departure news to him in the most touching way: By singing (what many believe to be a Whitney Houston classic) “I Will Always Love You.” Dolly wrote the song for Porter, as a tribute to their professional split. Porter loved the song so much he produced the record it was on.

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When: 1968

Porter and Dolly pose for a portrait with their back up band, The Wagonmasters.

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When: 1972

Portrait at 26-years-old.

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When: 1974

Performing onstage with an acoustic guitar in 1974.

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When: 1976

It was 1976 and Dolly was 30-years-old! She had her own syndicated television variety show (“Dolly!”) and she was beginning her transition into pop music.

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Performing at the Wembley Empire Pool, in London, England.

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When: 1977

Presenting at the 1977 American Music Awards with Anson Williams.

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With Mac Davis in the TV movie “Sounds Like Home.”

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Greeting her fans at an appearance at Peaches Records.

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Showcasing her famous curves at London Airport.

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Performing live at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Calif.

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Posing for a portrait by her tour bus before performing in Detroit, Mich.

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Performing in Detroit.

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When: 1978

Stunningly beautiful at 32-years-old.

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Performing in Canada.

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Rare snap of her chatting with Linda Ronstadt (left) at a concert gig backstage.

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Presenting the favourite Soul/R&B album with Jimmie Waker (‘J.J.’ from the classic show “Good Times”) at the 1978 American Music Awards.

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Dolly poses for a portrait during the cover session for her album “Heartbreaker.”

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When: 1980

Presenting with Ben Vereen at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards (Dolly herself was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song (“9 to 5” in 1981.)

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Shooting a scene with (L-R) Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in a scene from the movie “9 to 5.”

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Shooting a scene for “9 to 5.”

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When: 1983

At the Carlton Terrace in Britain.

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Performing with Kenny Rogers.

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When: 1984

Co-starring with Sylvester Stallone in the film “Rhinestone.”

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When: 1988

Still from “The Dolly Show,” a primetime variety show that Dolly headlined from 1987-1988.

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When: 1987

With Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman) for season one of “The Dolly Show.”

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When: 1989

Hosting season 14 of “Saturday Night Live.”

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When: 1992

A rare publicity portrait for the film “Straight Talk.”

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When: 2011

Dolly looks as youthful as ever performing at the Bournemouth International Centre!

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