Happy 50th Anniversary to Carl Thomas Dean and Dolly Parton who married on this day in 1966 in Ringgold, Georgia. The couple met in the Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville when Dolly was a mere 18 years old, and the duo have been together ever since. Dean does not regularly make public appearances and is a notorious loner; however, the couple are set to renew their vows in honor of making it 50 years. This is a huge feat in county music and, well, ordinary life as well. Dolly plans on selling photos of the event to the “rags” and will donate any earnings to her non-profit early literacy initiative, Imagination Library – a program that strives to improve early literacy and donates over 10 million books annually to communities all over the world.
When being asked if Carl plans to show up to renew their vows Dolly says he better. “He said he would, so he better – or it won’t last another year.”