There’s arguably no one in country music with a more recognizable look than Dolly Parton, which is why we did a double take when we recently saw a picture of her sister, Stella.
Don’t be fooled; they’re not twins. Stella is 67 and Dolly is 70.
Though Stella certainly isn’t as famous as her older sister, she too has been on the country music scene since 1967. Her most popular tune, “I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight,” was released in 1975.
Stella is back in the headlines this month while promoting her new album, Mountain Songbird, which is a tribute album to Dolly’s arsenal of hits. In an interview with British news channel ITV, she revealed the background of the record.
“I did do this for her,” she said. “It’s 11 of her songs and then one that I wrote with her, and that’s the new song out right now, called ‘More Power to Ya.'”
Music aside, we really can’t get over the resemblance between the sisters, which has only grown as the pair has gotten older. Here they are in 1981, with Stella in the middle. (On the right is their other sister, Freida Parton.)
And here they are last year at the premiere of Coat of Many Colors.
Speaking of Many Colors (the 2015 television movie that was inspired by Dolly’s life story), Stella actually played the part of Mrs. Corla Bass, the woman from church who owned a clothing store in town.