Robert Van Winkle, baby. Robert Van Winkle. With a real name like that, Vanilla Ice was destined for 15 minutes of fame long before he became Vanilla Ice and scored a huge hit with "Ice Ice Baby" in the early 1990s. Since then it's been a hard road for Vanilla Ice. Suicide attempts, failed comebacks, many arrests, being dangled over a balcony by Suge Knight in a dispute over royalties... the life of a fallen star is often tragic. And entertaining to write about.