Ronee Sue Blakley was born on August 24, 1945 in Nampa, Idaho. She is an American actress, singer-songwriter, composer, producer and director, perhaps best known for her work as an actress.
Blakley began her music career in New York, improvising vocally with Moog synthesizers in Carnegie Hall to music by Gershon Kingsley. Her first soundtrack was composed for the 20th Century Fox film Welcome Home, Soldier Boys and earned her a spot in Who's Who in America.
Blakley released her self-titled debut album on Elektra Records in 1972. The album featured Blakley's original songs, self-accompanied on piano. Blakley also made the musical arrangements. The song "Bluebird" featured a duet with Linda Ronstadt. Blakley's songs were published by her own company, Sawtooth Music. Her second album, Welcome—produced by Jerry Wexler and recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama—was released on Warner Bros. in 1975. That same year, Blakley appeared in what may be her most widely known performance in Nashville. Her character, Barbara Jean, looked similar to country star Loretta Lynn, though Blakley stated that the character was based on Lynn Anderson. Blakley performed her own songs in character, including "Tapedeck In His Tractor," "Dues" and "My Idaho Home." In her review for The New Yorker, film critic Pauline Kael wrote: This is Ronee Blakley's first movie, and she puts most movie hysteria to shame. She achieves her gifts so simply, I wasn't surprised when somebody sitting beside me started to cry. Perhaps, for the first time on the screen, one gets the sense of an artist being destroyed by her gifts.
Throughout her career, Blakley has performed on behalf of several political and social causes, with an emphasis on civil rights and equal rights for women. During the 1976 presidential campaign, she toured performing before the speeches of Jerry Brown and later performed at the final Los Angeles rally of Walter Mondale with Kris Kristofferson.
Blakley was married to German filmmaker Wim Wenders from 1979 to 1981
BLAKLEY, Ronee (aka Ronnie Blake, Roneé Blakley) (Ronee Sue Blakley) [8/24/1945, Caldwell, Idaho, U.S.A. - ] – producer, director, composer, writer, actress, singer, married to producer, production manager, director, writer, cinematographer, cameraman, film editor, actor Wim Wenders (Ernst Wilhelm Wenders) [1945- ] (1979-1981).
China 9, Liberty 37 – 1978 [sings: “China 9 Love Ballad”]