Watch: Dolly Parton Recreates Her 1978 ‘Playboy’ Cover In Honor of Husband’s Birthday

“He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years,” she shared.


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July 21, 2021

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Dolly Parton Recreates Playboy Cover

Dolly Parton is celebrating her husband’s birthday with a throwback to her 1978 Playboy cover.

The international superstar took to social media to reveal that she recreated the iconic look for a new photo shoot for Carl Dean’s birthday. 

“You’re probably wondering why I’m dressed like this. Well, it’s for my husband’s birthday,” she began, while sporting bunny ears, a black strapless top, black gloves and a pink and white bowtie. “Remember some time back I said I was gonna pose on Playboy magazine when I’m 75? Well, I’m 75 and they don’t have a magazine anymore, but my husband always loved the original cover of Playboy.”

“I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy,” Parton added. “He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years and I’m not gonna try to talk him out of that.”


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Parton went on to share that she had a brand new cover made of “the new Dolly” and joked that she was previously “kind of a little butterball” on the original cover. 

“Well, I’m string cheese now. But he’ll probably be thinking I’m cream cheese, I hope,” she joked with a wink. 

The video concluded with Parton unveiling the new cover for Dean, which was framed next to the original 1978 Playboy cover. 

Dolly Parton Recreates Her 1978 Playboy Cover in Honor of Husband Carl Dean’s Birthday

She originally shared her plan to cover Playboy once again during an interview with 60 Minutes Australia

“I don’t plan to retire. I just turned 74 and I plan to be on the cover of Playboy Magazine again,” she shared in March of 2020. “See I did Playboy Magazine years ago and I thought it’d be such a hoot if they’ll go for it — I don’t know if they will — if I could be on the cover again when I’m 75.”

When asked if she would like to create her original cover, which was released in October 1978, Parton said, “Maybe!”

“I could probably use it,” she said of the original outfit, adding, “Boobs are still the same.”

Dolly Parton wed Carl Dean in May of 1966. More on their love story can be found HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.