Divas are known for their spectacular behavior as well as their spectacular voices. Over the years,



Divas are known for their spectacular behavior as well as their spectacular voices. Over the years, people have gotten used to Aretha Franklin's refusal to sing in air-conditioned theaters and Diana Ross' delays (but not her DUI). Some diva meltdowns, though, have become legendary.
LISA "LEFT EYE" LOPES: Burning down the house (1996).
Meltdown: After a fight with then-boyfriend Andre Rison, Lopes sets his new sneakers on fire. The fire quickly grows out of control and Lopes flees the scene.
Career Impact: Minimal. She was, after all, the "crazy" part of "crazysexycool" trio TLC.
Recovery: Full. Lopes was in the process of taking her career to the next level when she was killed in a car accident in Honduras.
DIANA ROSS: Drunken driving arrest (2002).
Meltdown: Unable to write out the alphabet, she fell down laughing when given a field sobriety test. She was lost and wanted a video, she said, while parked in a handicap space at Blockbuster.
Career Impact: Too soon to tell.
Recovery: Recovery?
WHITNEY HOUSTON: Hawaiian Pot Bust (2000).
Meltdown: A search at a Hawaii airport turns up marijuana in a purse that reportedly belonged to Houston. She was charged with marijuana possession, though charges were ultimately dropped.
Career Impact: Moderate, mainly because it was seen in conjunction with several high-profile cancellations.
Recovery: Still recovering.
SINEAD O'CONNOR: "Saturday Night Live" (1992).
Meltdown: At the end of her performance of the a capella song "War," about child abuse and racism, O'Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II and said, "Fight the real enemy."
Career Impact: Devastating. Went from pop darling to pariah.
Recovery: Still recovering.
MARIAH CAREY: Physical and emotional breakdown (2001).
Meltdown: Within two weeks, Carey had babbled at an appearance at Roosevelt Field Mall, done a suggestive striptease in front of a teenage audience at MTV and left rambling messages on her Web site about needing a break.
Career Impact: Moderate. Compounded by the failure of her movie debut "Glitter" and its soundtrack.
Recovery: Still recovering.
FIONA APPLE: Midconcert tantrum (2000).
Meltdown: After complaints about the sound system at Roseland, Apple launches into a string of expletives and threatens to kill reviewers who critique her performance. She performs a few more songs, begins to cry and leaves the stage for "a break," but never returns.
Career Impact: Moderate.
Recovery: Still recovering.

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