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Date of Birth 15 July 1946Tucson, Arizona, USA
Birth NameLinda Maria Ronstadt
Nicknames The Queen of Country Rock
The Queen of Rock
The First Lady of Rock
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, USA as Linda Maria Ronstadt.

Trivia (22)

Singer and actress.
Had a string of highly successful country and pop singles during the 1970s, including "When Will I Be Loved" (a 1975 No. 1 country hit); "Heat Wave" (also 1975); "Tracks of My Tears" (1976); and "Blue Bayou" (1977).
With country performers Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, formed The Trio, releasing two successful albums--in 1987 and 1999. Only their first song, "To Know Him is to Love Him" (1987), would go to #1 on Billboard magazine's country singles chart.
Has 11 Grammy Awards.
Ranked #21 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Her brother, Peter Ronstadt, is former police chief of Tucson, Arizona.
In an interview published on 15 July 2004, she told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the presence of a "Republican or fundamental Christian" in her concert audience "can cloud my enjoyment."
Was nominated for Broadway's 1981 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "The Pirates of Penzance," a role she recreated in the film version of the same title, The Pirates of Penzance (1983).
Revealed in a late 1970s Rolling Stone magazine interview that she was battling severe depression.
Linda's paternal grandfather, Frederico Jose Maria Ronstadt, was born in Banamichi, Sonora, Mexico, to a German father, Friederich August Ronstadt, and a Mexican mother, Margarita Redondo Y Vasquez. Linda's paternal grandmother, Maria Guadalupe Agustina Dalton, was born in Arizona, of one quarter English and three quarters Mexican/Spanish-Mexican descent. Linda's mother had English, and some German, ancestry.
Has recorded and performed in the widest diversity of genres in popular music such as country, rock, standards, rock 'n' roll, reggae, New Wave, rhythm and blues, folk, big band, jazz, Cajun, opera, Broadway, Latin American, Mexican and Afro-Cuban, children's music, acoustic rock, adult contemporary, art rock and gospel.
She has two adopted children: Carlos (born 1994) and Mary (born 1991).
Attended and graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Was engaged to George Lucas.
Ex-girlfriend of then-California governor Jerry Brown.
[1997] Diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease attacking the thyroid, which has contributed to her weight gain over the years.
[1983] Dated Jim Carrey when he was 21 years old and she was 37.
Half-niece of Luisa Espinel. (Luisa was Linda's father's half-sister).
Parents are Gilbert Ronstadt (1911-1995) and Ruth Mary Ronstadt (1914-1982).
Disclosed that she is suffering from Parkinson's disease and can no longer "sing a note". She also said she received the Parkinson's diagnosis about eight months before. [August 2013]
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014.
Big-league ball players have an expression for an unhittable fastball. They call it a "Linda Ronstadt" since the pitch "blew by you" a play on words referring to her hit, "Blue Bayou".

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