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Linda Ronstadt and Jim Henson

Linda Ronstadt (b. 1946) is a Grammy award-winning singer who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ronstadt appeared as the guest star in episode 523 of The Muppet Show, where she and Kermit the Frog share a mutual attraction for each other. The two reuinited years later for a duet of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" on the Kermit Unpigged album.

She also appeared in a pair of Sesame Street segments in season 20, including singing "Y Andalé" with a mariachi band (First: Episode 2487) and "La Charreada" with Elmo. (First: Episode 2540) While her Muppet Show appearance was related to her career as a pop singer, her two appearances on Sesame Street tied in with her recording several popular albums of traditional Mexican music. Ronstadt also recorded the song "I Want a Horse" for In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record, released in 1980.

Although initially considered a country-rock singer, she branched out into other musical fields in the 1980s, including a Tony-nominated performance in a 1980 Broadway revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, produced by Joseph Papp, which was adapted as a movie in 1983 (her only screen acting role). She later starred in a short-lived Off-Broadway revival of the opera La Bohème in 1984. Health problems forced her to retire from performing and recording in 2011. In 2013, she published a memoir, Simple Dreams, in which she recalled her on-screen "romance" with Kermit in The Muppet Show and how it was revived for Kermit Unpigged.

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