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Tucson's favorite daughter returns: Linda Ronstadt at the Fox

Folk-pop ingenue. Country rock pioneer. Chart-topping '70s rock and roll goddess. Retro torch singer. Mariachi bandleader. A little Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in for good measure.

A Tucson legend will be back for an appearance at the Fox Theatre in April, though she won't be bursting into song.

Linda Ronstadt's journey as a musician spanned more than four decades from her debut as a member of The Stone Poneys to her final live performance in 2011. Along the way, she earned a reputation as one of rock and pop music's most versatile female vocalists, with an unmistakable voice as strong and powerful as it was sweet and pure. Over the course of her career, she sold over 100 million records worldwide,won 11 Grammys, and landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition to her own musical accomplishments, Ronstadt also played the role of cheerleader, muse and partner in musical crime to friends and colleagues in the industry, collaborating or shining a well-deserved spotlight on fellow artists including Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, the McGarrigle Sisters and Elvis Costello, not to mention her pivotal role in helping launch the Eagles.

In 2014, Ronstadt was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama, with the White House citing her "one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music."

She had been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the year before, just months after she told the world that her renowned singing voice had been silenced by Parkinson's disease.

To Tucsonans, Linda Ronstadt has always been more than a musician, as the scion of one of Tucson's founding families and, during her 1970s heyday, a sort of unofficial pop music ambassador for our town.

A few years ago, Ronstadt put her Tucson home on the market to move back to California, and not long afterward the singer retired from the public eye, in the wake of her diagnosis with Parkinson's disease.

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This April, Tucson's hometown heroine, now 71 years old, will return in a special screening and event at Downtown's historic Fox Theatre.

"A Conversation with Linda" will be part big-screen multi-media presentation and part intimate examination of an artist, including rare videos and photos, highlights of Ronstadt's musical output, and a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the people and events that shaped the singer's eclectic and prolific body of work. The event will conclude with a question and answer session with the singer herself, something of a rarity since Ronstadt's retirement.

"A Conversation with Linda" will take place April 29 at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday at the venue's box office or at www.foxtucson.com.

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