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Stevie Nicks is a true rock and pop hero, thanks to her solo music and with Fleetwood Mac, her iconic style and work as a feminist leader. Here is all the big and surprising facts...
Stevie Nicks was born on May 26, 1948. She celebrates her 70th birthday in 2018. She was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks (1925-2005), former president of Greyhound's Armour-Dial, and Barbara Nicks (1927–2011), a homemaker.
According to TheRichest, Stevie Nicks' net worth is around $75 million (£55.8m).
With Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks wrote and sang lead vocals on various classic songs, including 'Dreams' and 'Landslide'. In her solo career, her most famous song is 'Edge of Seventeen'. Her work both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist has sold over 140 million records, making her one of the best selling music acts of all time.
Nicks first met her future musical and romantic partner, Lindsey Buckingham, during her senior year at Menlo-Atherton High School. He later invited her to sing lead vocals in his band Fritz, and they later formed a duo called Buckingham Nicks.
Nicks and Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in January 1975, after Mick Fleetwood heard their song 'Frozen Love'. Fleetwood called Buckingham to ask him to replace Bob Welch as guitarist, but Buckingham insisted that Nicks and he were "a package deal." Along with John and Christine McVie, they recorded the band's self-titled 1975 album, and its massive follow-up 'Rumours', which is still one of the world's best-selling albums.
Nicks' style has stayed the same throughout the years. Nicks has been known for her multiple wardrobe changes during live performances, and having a new outfit for each song. The cost to keep up her overall style, of hair, makeup, and wardrobe, was not cheap, and she filed expenses in 1991 costing "$12,495 for makeup and hairstyling, $43,291 for professional clothing and maintenance".
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham began dating in the late 1960s, but had broken up by the time Fleetwood Mac worked on 'Rumours'. A biography in 2017 claimed that Buckingham was at times abusive towards Nicks during their relationship.
Nicks and Fleetwood had an affair during their time in the band. The drummer said about their relationship: "We had a very bright moment. It wasn't an on-again-off-again relationship. It was on for the time it was on and we know why, and it was not to be, though it was a timely thing for both of us that we parted in the night. Having said that we are and we were before that little firefly connection that we certainly both own is that we were great friends before and we are great friends after."
Stevie Nicks dated Eagles member Don Henley in the late 1970s. At one point, Henley is thought to have wanted to marry Nicks, but they broke up by the 1980s. She also dated Eagles member Joe Walsh during the 1980s, and has described him as the main love of her life.
Nicks' only marriage was to Kim Anderson, the widower of her friend Robin Anderson. They married in 1983 soon after Robin died of leukemia. "I was determined to take care of [Robin's] baby, so I said to Kim, 'I don't know, I guess we should just get married." Nicks and Anderson divorced a few months later. Years after their divorce, she reunited with her stepson when he was a teenager, and has stayed in contact ever since.
Stevie Nicks has said that she consciously chose not to have children of her own, due to her demanding career and desire to follow her art: "My mission maybe wasn't to be a mom and a wife; maybe my particular mission was to write songs to make moms and wives feel better." Of her niece, godchildren, and extended family she said: "I have lots of kids. It's much more fun to be the crazy auntie than it is to be the mom, anyway."
Stevie Nicks's grandfather, Aaron Jess 'AJ' Nicks, Sr. (1892-1974), was a struggling country music singer. He taught Nicks to sing duets with him by the time she was four years old, and was one of the main inspirations behind her music career.
Stevie Nicks became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and officiated the wedding of singers John McCauley and Vanessa Carlton in 2013. She said: "I am religious. I wasn't raised in any religion, because we were always moving when I was a kid and didn't get involved in any church. But I believe there have been angels with me constantly through these last 20 years, or I wouldn't be alive. I pray a lot."