Sang background vocals on "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan.
Appeared in, and wrote the music for then-husband Wim Wenders's film Lightning Over Water (1980). Her documentary film I Played It for You (1985), in which she directed and starred in (and in which Wenders also appears), won a prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Working with Bob Dylann in the early 1970s, she appeared as "Mrs. Bob Dylan" in Dylan's film Renaldo and Clara (1978), which is set during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975. In the movie she performs the song "I Need a New Sun Rising". She also sang on Dylan's 1976 album "Desire".
Recorded two country/folk albums in the early 1970s, featuring most songs she wrote and arranged herself. The songs combined themes and genres including country, folk and blues.
Dark-haired singer widely recognized for her trenchant performance as country superstar Barbara Jean in the highly-praised Robert Altman's film Nashville (1975). She and Lily Tomlin were nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Supporting Actress. Both lost. Her role is considered loosely based on that of country icon Loretta Lynn, a singer whose own success came at the cost of exhaustion, loneliness, injury, bitter rivalries, exploitation, fickle audiences, obsessed fans, and an overbearing husband-manager. Ronee performed several of her own songs as Barbara Jean, including "Dues" and "My Idaho Home". The film's score received a Grammy nomination.
In 2006 she performed at The Mint supper club in Los Angeles where she sang some of her old songs and a few new compositions.
Wrote the title song, "Legend" for the 1976 Broadway play that starred Elizabeth Ashley. She also appeared in the Broadway musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes" as a replacement in the 1980s.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 42, a daughter Sarah Blakley-Cartwright on March 11, 1988. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend screenwriter Carroll Cartwright.
(8/06) Appeared and signed autographs at Hollywood Collectors Show, and Monster Mania.
Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Nashville (1975). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor/Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor/Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penélope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)).