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Overview (4)

Born in Tucson, 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)

Mini Bio (1)

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, who also had Spanish and Italian ancestry. 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, German, and Dutch 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.
Has two adopted children: a daughter Mary Clementine Ronstadt (b. 1990) and a son Carlos Ronstadt (b. 1994).
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".

Personal Quotes (61)

The thing I like about singing duets is that I get things out of my voice I never get singing by myself.
The thing you have to be prepared for is that other people don't always dream your dream.
Art is for healing ourselves, and everybody needs their own personal art to heal up their problems.
I miss singing every day. I can't sing anymore. My voice doesn't work. I have Parkinson's disease, and it sometimes takes my words away from me.
I wanted to sing when I was little. That's what I liked doing. It didn't occur to me that you became famous or anything like that.
Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose. So when I finally went to a neurologist, and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked.
I'm your basic atheist that believes in maybe - I'm a spiritual atheist.
I had a galvanized voice: I could sing through a 105 fever or a flu or a root canal or anything that you could throw at me.
I know my own father's business was very dependent on the goodwill and business and trade from people in northern Mexico. We knew their families and went to their weddings and baptisms and balls and picnics, and we had a great time with them.
I had a lot of chances to do things that other people don't ever get, and I have to be content with that. I have to look around for some other way to make myself useful.
There should not be a question of legal or illegal immigration. People came and immigrated to this country from the time of the Indians. No one's illegal. They should just be able to come.
In the United States, we spend millions of dollars on sports because it promotes teamwork, discipline, and the experience of learning to make great progress in small increments. Learning to play music does all this and more.
The smell of the carpet in a hotel room is the same everywhere.
Having children makes you see the world in a completely different way. When you're responsible for those little lives, you can't slough it off or forget about it until later.
You don't want people who have never had to deal with adversity - you want people who have been able to deal successfully with adversity. That's what adds to society. Those are going to be the hardest-working, best people.
You don't forget you have Parkinson's disease, believe me, especially in the shower. If you are not paying attention, you fall down.
It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know.
I wish I had as much in bed as I get in the newspapers.
I don't think you can look for love. All you can do is get yourself in a situation where you don't discourage something that may be rather nice.
You have the United States, and you have Mexico, and then you have this Mexican-American thing which is this third culture, which I like to call Aztlan.
I used to feel kind of impatient with people who couldn't do things fast or couldn't remember stuff.
I didn't love Jim Morrison. There was something very reptilian about him. And I didn't care for his singing, but his band! The Doors were fantastic.
I always thought competition was for horse races and it never belonged in art. I never felt that competitive with other girl singers, really.
Men are very delicate. They don't like being rejected.
I didn't know why I couldn't sing - all I knew was that it was muscular or mechanical. Then, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's, I was finally given the reason. I now understand that no one can sing with Parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try. And in my case, I can't sing a note.
I can't really walk well. The muscles don't get the electronic signals from my brain, not that there's anything wrong with the muscles themselves. It's just my brain.
I listen mostly to live music, and mostly my musical experience was playing music with other people.
Ninety-eight percent of the singing I did was private singing - it was in the shower, at the dishwasher, driving my car, singing with the radio, whatever. I can't do any of that now. I wish I could. I don't miss performing, particularly, but I miss singing.
As I got older, I got Parkinson's disease, so I couldn't sing at all. That's what happened to me. I was singing at my best strength when I developed Parkinson's. I think I've had it for quite a while.
I grew up in Arizona. I love it. I'm a part of the desert. I feel like, really, I'm from the Sonoran Desert, which is - extends to both sides of the border. I'm really from that part of Mexico, also. And I hate that there's a fence, you know, running through it.
I grew up in a big sky country. Then I lived in Manhattan, where you can only see the sky between buildings, and then I went into a building where you couldn't see the sky at all. I didn't like that so much.
I am a believer in discipline; it takes a lot to do well. You need discipline for those little excursions into the chaotic that make life interesting.
I always say if music can't make you cry, you're a hopeless case. I don't cry very much myself, but it's my job to make you cry.
The music that I chose during my life, it wasn't arbitrary. It was all in my family home when I was growing up. I never tried to record anything I hadn't heard before the age of 10. Otherwise, I couldn't do it authentically.
The only reason to be with somebody is that they make you a better person and you make them a better person.
I've never been happy with the quality of my work. I always felt as though my musicianship was lacking and that I should have worked harder at it when I was younger. As I sang and sang, I improved.
I used to live with J.D. Souther, and I would watch him write. He's be sitting, he'd say something, and then he'd write it down. That's craft.
Songwriting wasn't my gift. I think you have to cultivate a gift; you have to practice and develop craft around your gift so that you can execute it in more convenient, efficient ways.
People have often written about me, that I did this for this reason and that for that reason, and they're usually 98 percent wrong.
I've been lucky in my life to work with people who I consider master singers.
I never thought of myself as a rock singer. I was interested in songs like 'Heart Like a Wheel,' and I liked the others for about 15 minutes.
To sing with Frank Sinatra in any capacity at all is overwhelming.
I didn't think I was a famous singer. I didn't think I was a star or that I could make the waters part - just that singing was what I was going to do.
I can remember sitting at the piano. My sister was playing, and my brother was singing something, and I said, 'I want to try that.'
Singing with Aaron Neville, he pulled stuff out of my voice I never could have gotten, because if he's providing XYZ, I have to put in ABC, and usually I don't have to put in ABC.
I'll occasionally go and do an honor like the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund because it raises money for a very worthy organization.
I'm a chameleon. I can change my voice a lot. I always was able to, because in my family's music, I was a harmony singer, and harmony singing is really hard.
Ninety-nine percent of singing is listening and hearing, and so then 1 percent of it is singing.
Full disclosure here - I had a terrible crush on Smokey Robinson, like every other female on the planet.
In the Troubadour days, it was all those songwriters that I hung around with all the time, so I could get songs and find out what was going on. So we all knew each other, and we just carried each other's word around.
I love everything soft, cashmere and down. I don't like anything scratchy.
I got to sing with Placido Domingo... I got to sing with Aaron Neville, who is one of my favorites. Got to sing with Brian Wilson, one of the great high tenors. And Ricky Skaggs, a bluegrass tenor. I'm also proud of my musical friendship with Emmylou Harris.
For years, I've been interviewed, and they write what they thought I thought or what they thought I said. Sometimes it's accurate, and often it isn't.
I always sang harmony with my family growing up.
Sometimes I was frivolous. Did you have some frivolous years? I had to live mine out in public.
I got a couple of different contacts from publishing companies saying they'd be interested in a book about my work: not a kiss-and-tell book, which I specifically put in the contract. Just a book about my work and what I did.
The constant fear of a performer is to become what is reflected back at you.
The whole thing with recording is you have to know when to turn off the tape machine and just stop recording because you want to keep fixing, fixing, fixing, you know?
Everywhere you go, there's a soundtrack. You can't really quite hear it. It's just a little out of the range of hearing.
I admire people's marriages, and I think it's a wonderful thing to have, but I don't think it's the only way to live. I think there are many ways to live and many ways to establish intimate support in your life that can be from family or friends or great roommates that you like.
I'd go over to my grandmother's house, and she'd be playing opera. They loved opera. Not only did they play it on the radio, but they played it on their piano. Everybody learned how to read music and how to play.

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