- As a teen, formed a folk trio with brother Peter and sister Suzy; they billed themselves as the New Union Ramblers.
- Met guitarist Bob Kimmel while attending college; the duo relocated to Los Angeles, where they formed the Stone Poneys with guitarist and singer/songwriter Kenny Edwards.
- Embarked on a solo career in 1968.
- Released her first solo album, Hand Sown Home Grown, in 1969.
- Recorded a string of country and pop hits during the 1970s, including: "When Will I Be Loved" (1975) and "Blue Bayou" (1977).
- Banned from performing on TV during the 1970s for her refusal to wear a bra.
- Made the cover of Time magazine in 1977.
- In 1980, starred in a Broadway production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
- Forayed into jazz/big-band music during the 1980s, collaborating with famed arranger Nelson Riddle on three albums: Lush Life (1982), What's New (1983) and For Sentimental Reasons (1986).
- Was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.
- Has a guitar named in her honor; Martin's Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition acoustic guitar was released in 2009.
- 1988, Grammy — Best Mexican-American Performance: Winner
- 1989, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
- 1990, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
- 1981, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
- 1987, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
- 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1999, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
- 1992, Grammy — Best Tropical Latin Album: Winner
- 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
- 1976, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female: Winner
- 1975, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
- 1992, Grammy — Best Mexican-American Album: Winner
- 1996, Grammy — Best Musical Album for Children: Winner
- Gretchen — Sister
- Peter Ronstadt — Brother
- Suzy — Sister
- George Lucas — Ex-significant Other
- Gilbert Ronstadt — Father
- Ruthmary Copeman Ronstadt — Mother
- Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt — Grandfather
- Michael Ronstadt — Brother
- Jerry Brown — Ex-significant Other
- Carlos Ronstadt — Son
- Mary Clementine Ronstadt — Daughter
- Attended University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
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