Although some famous folks like Jane Fonda have discovered the fountain of youth in the form of political activism, that isn't the case with Grammy-winning, genre-hopping songstress Linda Ronstadt, 65, who ruled the airwaves and the arenas in the 1970s with hits like "You're No Good," and "When Will I Be Loved." Always one to speak her mind (more on that in a minute), Ronstadt eschewed the glamorous trappings that came along with being the lusted-after First Lady of Rock — her emphasis was always on the music — and her refusal to be pigeonholed made her even more sexy to her legions of admirers — who most famously included love interests George Lucas and former California Gov. Jerry Brown.
In recent years, Ronstadt has become hardly recognizable due to significant weight gain brought on in part by thyroid disease and her shift away from music-making to child-raising, which has kept her largely out of the public eye.
Ronstadt was the subject of both criticism and praise when she gave props and dedicated a song to polarizing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore during a 2004 performance at the Aladdin Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. Her pro-Moore comments didn't sit too well with some audience members who booed the singer, tore down posters and walked out of the concert demanding refunds. The whole debacle, described by Aladdin President William Timmins as a "very ugly scene," resulted in Ronstadt being ejected from the hotel premises. Ronstadt is currently penning a memoir, due to be published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster.