Ronstadt’s sad diagnosis; “Literally my entire career flashed in front of my eyes … “
CNN – When Linda Ronstadt found herself struggling to sing, she thought the headphones she was using at the time were defective.
“I couldn’t hear the top end of my voice. I couldn’t hear the part that I used to get in tune,” the legendary artist shared in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“My throat would clutch up. It would just be like I had a cramp or something,” she added, noting that this was the moment she realized something was off with her health.
That was in the year 2000. By 2009, Ronstadt was preparing for what she knew would be her final show.
It was in San Antonio, Texas, and she performed songs from her 1987 album “Canciones de Mi Padre,” which pays homage to her Mexican heritage.
“Literally my entire career flashed in front of my eyes. I remembered every show I’d ever done,” Ronstadt said. “I was glad it was Mexican music,” she continued, not only because it was her favorite music to sing but because she could rely on the mariachi singers to back her up. “I had ’em sing a lot of songs,” she recalled, “because it was hard to get through that show.”
Ronstadt, now 73, prematurely retired from her decades-long singing career due to a rare condition called progressive supranuclear palsy, which is similar to Parkinson’s disease and has no known cure.
“I was expecting [the doctor] was going to say I had a pinched nerve and they could fix it. And he said, ‘Well, I think you might have Parkinson’s disease,’ and I was totally shocked. It took him about a year after that to come to the diagnosis and then took a little bit longer to come to supranuclear palsy,” Ronstadt said.
The biggest challenge that comes with the brain disorder is losing autonomy as motor control diminishes, she explained. “Everything becomes a challenge. Brushing your teeth, taking a shower,” Ronstadt told Cooper … Read more.
Ronstadt’s diagnosis | What is supranuclear palsy?
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a less well-known neurodegenerative brain condition which is sometimes misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease (or other forms of dementia). Because of the similarity to some Parkinson’s symptoms during the early stages of the disease, PSP is included in a group of diseases called Parkinson’s Plus Syndrome or Atypical Parkinsonism. However, PSP progresses much faster, causes more severe symptoms, responds very poorly to Parkinson’s medication, and has a significantly reduced life expectancy.
PSP is a distinct brain disease that not only displays motor symptoms, but also causes some form of mental impairment, which explains why PSP is also one of a group of diseases under the umbrella of so-called frontotemporal dementias (FTD).
The term PSP stands for Progressive meaning ‘gradually getting worse’; Supranuclear meaning ‘above the nuclei of the brain’ (an area that controls eye movements among other things); and palsy meaning ‘paralysis’. PSP is also known as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome, from the family names of the three Canadian physicians who first described the condition in 1963. Source.
How Cher Looks So Incredibly Fit and Young at 73
May 20, 2019
PREVENTION – Born on May 20, 1946 in California, Cher rose to stardom in her early 20s after Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe topped the charts. [Ronstadt, born July 15, 1946, is two months younger. – Ed.]
Several decades later, she continues to sell out solo shows worldwide as one of the most successful entertainment figures of all time.
Now, at 73, Cher maintains the same vibrant, youthful energy as she did more than 50 years ago when she was an aspiring performer. Her iconic show attire has featured skin-tight leotards, sheer, lacey fabric, and knee-high stilettos—even to this day.
The way she moves on stage is nothing less than impressively athletic, and it has left many of us wondering how she does it.
Well, we did some digging to find out all of her diet, skin care, and fitness secrets—and apparently a five-minute plank is involved. Here’s how Cher looks so young at 73.
Walking in 5-inch heels is difficult enough, but imagine strutting around a huge stage in them while singing and dancing at 73.
While Cher makes being insanely fit look easy, she works hard to maintain her physique. She told Hello! Magazine that she works out five days per week with a trainer who doesn’t let her “play the age card.”
She admitted to E! Online in 2010, though, that “you have to work twice as hard” and “be in the gym all the time” as you get older. Oh, and did we mention she can hold a five-minute plank?
In 1991, the singer released a book dedicated to her diet and exercise routine, which she says is nothing short of hard work. “I’ve killed myself in the gym to have this body. It isn’t like I have some amazing secret that nobody else has.” Still, Cher also finds some time for fun workouts, like surfing, walking, and yes, even Wii Tennis.
It’s not exactly surprising that Cher’s diet doesn’t include greasy bacon or fatty burgers. The Grammy-winner has admitted on Twitter that she avoids ham and red meat. “I don’t like meat and so most of things that I like are healthy for you, apart from desserts.” she told Hello! in 2013 … Read more.
Linda Ronstadt: A “Voice” Well Worth Celebrating
Sept 9, 2019
Culture Sonar – For those unfortunates who did not have their formative years soundtracked by the brilliant singer Linda Ronstadt, this movie plugs you into what all the fuss was about.
The new documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice gives viewers a poignant window into the life and work of one of our best-loved musicians. It’s a giant sweep of her stardom, from the freewheeling 1960s until her forced retirement in 2011, when Parkinson’s Disease took the color and vibrato from her extraordinary voice.
Oscar-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt) step outside their usual political realm to elegantly explore Ronstadt’s life.
Narrated by Ronstadt herself, who’s glimpsed at the beginning and the end of the film in her current persona – still lovely, still humorous but deeply affected by her illness – she talks about her colorful musical roots. Raised in Tucson, in a Mexican family that connected her to music on both sides of the border, her gift was both innate and honed by her family’s joyful singalongs. She deemed the radio her “best friend.”
A move to California in the 1960s was inevitable, where the folk/country/rock movements were exploding. Initially in a band called “The Stone Poneys,” a savvy producer heard their work, summarily dismissed the group and zeroed in on the career of the “girl singer.”
Possessing a vulnerable mystique, compelling sexuality (along with soulful gumdrop eyes), Ronstadt was destined for stardom.
She earned her worthy legacy for vocal stylings that took other songwriter’s works to the next level. Her rendition of Mike Nesmith’s “Different Drum” began a lengthy list of enduring hits.
Crisp, exciting film footage of her performing “You’re No Good,” “Heart Like a Wheel,” “Don’t Know Much” (with Aaron Neville) and “When Will I Be Loved” will thrill the newcomer and take those who grew up with her music on a delicious musical time trip. Read more.
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