In arts and entertainment

  • Dolly Ahluwalia, Indian costume designer and actress
  • Dolly Buster (born 1969), porn actress
  • Dolly Collins (1933-1995), British musician
  • Dolly Haas (1910-1994), German-American singer and entertainer; wife of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld
  • Dolly Hall (born 1960), American film producer
  • Dolly Jacobs (born c. 1957), American circus aerialist
  • Dolly Parton (born 1946), American entertainer
  • Dolly Rathebe (1928-2004), South African musician and actress
  • Dolly Shepherd (1887-1983), English parachutist and fairground entertainer

In sport

  • Basil D'Oliveira (1931-2011), cricketer, nicknamed Dolly
  • William Denton "Dolly" Gray (1878-1956), baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators from 1909 to 1911
  • William "Dolly" King (1916-1969), American basketball player; one of a handful of African Americans to play in the National Basketball League
  • Albert D. "Dolly" Stark (1897-1968), baseball umpire from 1928-1935, 1937-1940
  • Monroe Randolph "Dolly" Stark (1885-1924), baseball shortstop for the Cleveland Naps and Brooklyn Dodgers from 1909 to 1912
  • Dolly Vanderlip (born 1937), pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1952 to 1954

In other fields

  • Doyle Brunson (born 1933), professional poker player known as "Dolly" or "Texas Dolly"
  • Derek Draper (born 1967), British former lobbyist, nicknamed Dolly
  • Robert 'Dolly' Dunn (1941-2009), Australian paedophile
  • Dolly Peel (1782-1857), celebrity in Victorian England; fishwife, smuggler, nurse and poet
  • Dolly Pentreath (died 1777), probably the last fluent native speaker of the Cornish language prior to its revival in 1904

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