Donna Ludwig - The Tragic Love Story Of Ritchie Valens And Donna Ludwig
Ritchie Valens and Donna Ludwigare best known for their tragic love story, which began when they were both in high school together. When Valens recorded the classic single "La Bamba," which became a globalsensation in 1958, he was just 17 years old.
|Age||64 years old|
|Famous For||Her tragic love story with Ritchie Valens|
|Net Worth||Not Known|
Ritchie and Donna dated while still in high school, and the 1987 film La Bamba featured their love story. The real Donna (now known as Donna Fox-Coots), who was interviewed, reportedly possessed an "independent streak" that prompted her to date Ritchie despite the fact that the movie Donna was more subdued.
Because Donna was white and Ritchie was Latino in the 1950s, Donna's father didn't approve of the relationship. Donna often snuck out of her bedroom window to meet Valens at San Fernando hangouts like the Rainbow Roller Rink or Bob's Big Boy.
Ritchie contacted Donna and said he wrote a song for her, and that's how Donna first heard about "Donna." He sang her the opening verse of "Donna" and Donna said in an interview:
Of course I cried. It was just very, very touching. He didn't tell me he was going to record it. I was attracted to him because he was such a nice man, er...I mean, because he was a nice boy. He didn't swear. He didn't get drunk.- Donna Ludwig
They made the decision to maintain an open relationship after he dropped out of high school to focus on his musiccareer. They would get together every time he visited the area. Donna told The Post that he would occasionally make a marriage-related allusion.
Ritchie, regrettably, never got the chance to pop the question. Ritchie, who was 17 years old, perished in an aircraft crash on February 2, 1959, along with Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper."
Strangely enough, Ritchie was known to have a severe phobia of flying as a result of seeing two planes collide when he was younger. Donna said:
Going back to school after he died was so hard. I was devastated. I cried all the time and everyone pointed their finger at me. I didn't want a big thing made about it. It was rough.- Donna Ludwig
Ritchie died when she was only 16 years old. Now that it has passed, Donna is regularly questioned about if Ritchie was the "love of her life." Her reaction, "I was 15 years old, for heaven's sakes. Who knows? I liked Ritchie a lot, I really cared, but I can't say I loved him. I was a kid. I loved my mother and sister and brother."
In order to potentially profit from Ritchie's passing, Donna's father forced her to record "Lost Without You" and "Now That You're Gone," and Donna never forgave him for that. This caused a rift between Donna and her father.
Together with her third spouse, Donna now resides in a tiny town not far from Sacramento. She has two daughters.
Donna Ludwig, the first love of Ritchie Valens, is the real Donna in Ritchie Valens' song.
Donna Ludwig is 64 years old as of 2022.
Yes, Donna Ludwig is still alive.
Ritchie and Donna Ludwig first met in 1957 while Ritchie was performing at a garage party. At first glance, there was love. They shared hearts and memories for two and a half years. But after that, Ritchie died in a plane crash.