Linda Ronstadt Headed To The White House For National Medal Of Arts Honor
Linda Ronstadt will receive the prestigious National Medal of Arts on Monday, July 28th at the White House. The Los Angeles Times reported that Ronstadt, who is 68 and battling Parkinson’s disease, would likely attend the ceremony -- only three months after skipping her own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.
Ronstadt will be honored along with fellow honorees filmmaker Albert Maysles; novelist Julia Alvarez; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, arts patron Joan Harris; choreographer Bill T. Jones; Broadway composer John Kander; director and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; writer Maxine Hong Kingston; architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams; and visual artist James Turrell. The medals ceremony in the East Room of the White House will be streamed live on the White House website starting at 9 a.m. ET via http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
Ronstadt didn't shy away from anything in her recent autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir -- including her legendary '70s stage outfits. Ronstadt, who was always a reluctant sex symbol, touched upon one of her most infamous outfits -- a cub scout uniform that she took to wearing in concert.
We caught up with Ronstadt, who admitted that although eye caching -- the uniform also was practical: "We were just shopping in the second hand store, y'know, with second hand clothes and we went, 'Oh these are cute.' Y'know, it was like a practical thing, it was like, what can you wear onstage that looks kinda cute? Y'know, you don't wanna go out there in some scruffy old anything. Y'know, it was a hard niche to figure out fashion (laughs) wise. The girls today; they wear the top designers, they read Vogue -- we weren't into that stuff, we were hippies. We weren't gonna be wearing Armani gowns. You had to have something that was warm enough and cool enough."
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