Famous Gemini Sun Sign People
Versatile Gemini People
The list of Famous Gemini People is varied, and many of them are legends. All of them are multi-talented people, who have many interests and excel at them. Since they are ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, many are actors, singers, linguists, and writers. If they did not succeed in one area, they could have gone on to easily succeed in another. Many are great speakers and all communicate with the public in one way or another. This group is a very varied one, with people from all walks of life and from different fields.
Angelina Jolie—6/4/1974—is an actress, director and humanitarian. She had a reputation as something of a wild child, especially during her short marriage to Billy Bob Thornton, when they wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks. Apparently she suffered serious bouts of depression in High School, had issues with cutting herself, but has settled down since then. She is openly bisexual and sports 14 tattoos. She is slowly starting to change her image.
She acts as a special envoy for Humanitarian causes, and was formerly a Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees. She has been cited as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman. She won an Academy Award for her performance of Girl, Interrupted in 1999. Her performance in Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, in 2001 brought her even more attention. She was also the leading actress in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, where she met Brad Pitt, and was blamed for breaking up his marriage with Jennifer Aniston of Friends fame. Jolie has adopted 3 children, and has 3 biological children with Pitt as well. The couple has announced they plan to marry in 2012. They have been dubbed “Brangelina” by the press. In 2005, Brad Pitt adopted Maddox and Zahara, the two children that Jolie had already adopted, and their names were changed to Jolie-Pitt. The couple went to Nambia, so Jolie could give birth to her and Pitt’s first biological child, Shiloh, in privacy and in Africa. Brad and Angelina also adopted Pax from Viet Nam.
As I revisit Jolie now in 2016, it is rumored that she and Brad Pitt are seriously considering a divorce. It would be so sad to see them break up the family they were so dedicated to, and I hope they go to counseling and reconsider.
At the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, Jolie announced she was pregnant with twins, and shortly after Knox and Vivienne appeared. Jolie says she became aware of the plight of poor children while playing the part of Lara Croft in Cambodia. Since then she has visited many countries to raise awareness for the homeless and hungry people living in poor conditions. In 2007, Angelina Jolie won the Freedom Award by the International Rescue Committee. At this time she is one of the best known celebrities in the world.
Jolie recently underwent a double mastectomy, and then reconstructive surgery, because she learned she carried a genetic mutation which greatly increased the odds of getting cancers--an 87% change of getting breast cancer and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer, which killed her Mother at age 56. This was a very brave act, and I am sure she thought about being alive to see her children grow up. I hope she has a speedy recovery, and think that by coming out publicly with this very personal information, Angelina has done a great service to women everywhere! And with her very, varied interests and abilities, she is a also a great Gemini example too!
Marilyn Monroe—6/1/26—8/5/62, was an actress, model and sex symbol in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Her real name was Norma Jean Baker, and she spent much of her life in foster homes. When one of the later foster families was moving, Norma Jean wanted to stay, so married a young man named James Dougherty, to avoid going back into foster care, as she was underage. He joined the Merchant Marines, and Norma Jean went to work in a nearby munitions factory. A man from Blue Book Modeling Agency saw her, convinced her she had good looks, but should dye her hair blonde, and she changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Her modeling career got her noticed, and she appeared in “dumb blonde” roles, which later led to comic effect.
She was cast in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. Marilyn won a Golden Globe for her performance in Bus Stop. In 1951, she enrolled in college at the University of California and studied literature and art appreciation. She had a fragile and innocent air about her, and a photographer persuaded her to let him photograph her in the nude for $50.00. Later, as her career began to take off, the pictures resurfaced on a calendar, and although she had used a different name, Marilyn was recognized. She decided to put a spin on the story and say she had to do it to pay her rent, a definite Gemini trait, but people felt sympathetic towards her. She began dating baseball great Joe DiMaggio. He visited her on the 20th Century Fox set, generating lots of gossip. As Marilyn got more film roles, her acting became more overtly sexual. But she actually suffered from extreme stage fright and was rather shy. Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio were married in 1954. She told the public that “marriage was now her career,” but soon embarked on a tour to Korea where she performed before a crowd of 13,000 adoring men
One of her most famous roles was in the Seven Year Itch, and most people are familiar with the iconic scene where her skirt blows up from the air in a subway grate. Joe DiMaggio was furious, and they divorced in the same year they married. She began seeing and married Arthur Miller, and suffered her second miscarriage. The Seven Year Itch made her famous, but she had issues remembering lines, and became temperamental. Her movie Some Like It Hot was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. But her health began to suffer, and doctors were prescribing too many drugs. Her separation from Arthur Miller began to cause her more distress, and she was hospitalized for a time. On May 16, 1962, she attended John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden, and performed the much viewed Happy Birthday song in a skin tight dress, which sold at auction for 1.26 million dollars in 1999. She was rumored to have had affairs with both JFK and his brother RFK. In her last interview, she discussed her uncertainties about being identified as a sex symbol.
On 8/5/62, the LAPD found Marilyn dead at her home in Brentwood, LA, CA. She was only 36 at the time, and huge amounts of barbiturates were found in her. It has been speculated that her death was not a suicide, but there was never conclusive proof. It has been said Joe DiMaggio sent roses to her grave every year for 20 years. It seems that the fragile, abused young girl, whom Elton John sings about in “Goodbye Norma Jean,” turned out to be too fragile for fame, and never really grew up.
John F. Kennedy
The heroic tale of how JFK swam for miles to save his buddies in the service who were stranded. Truly inspiring!
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy—5/29/17-11/22/63—was the 35th President of the U.S., assassinated in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. He was the military commander of PT 109, and when the ship was struck, saved himself and other crewman from drowning, despite chronic back issues of his own. He won a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, and later a Purple Heart. John Kennedy was the 2nd oldest son born to Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph Kennedy, a very competitive, large family, and his older brother Joe was being groomed to be President one day. Unfortunately, Joe was killed in action in 1944, and all the political aspirations his Father harbored for him fell onto John. He was always a sickly person, although many of his illnesses were kept secret from the public.
John Kennedy began his own campaign for President in 1960, and appeared later in the year in the first televised debates against his opponent, Richard Nixon. He was very good looking and defeated Nixon by a very narrow margin, becoming the youngest American President in history. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, and because she was younger than previous First Ladies, the couple was beloved and had much attention. “Jackie” became a much watched fashionista, and it has been said that John’s Father chose her to be John’s wife because she would be a great asset to him. JFK is known for his famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He vowed that America would be the first country to get to the Moon. His brother, Robert Kennedy, served as Attorney General during JFK’s presidency. His daughter Caroline was born in 1957, and is the only surviving member of the immediate family. His younger son John perished while flying his own plane to a family wedding at the compound in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
JFK has been linked to numerous affairs with women, among them Marilyn Monroe. Because of his and Jackie’s youth and his untimely death, people are obsessed with what might have been, and even today all kinds of conspiracy theories abound about his assassination. JFK’s death is remembered by my generation as TV’s first “saturation coverage.” It was also the first time anchormen actually cried on air, when prior to this they read the news and kept their emotions and opinions to themselves. His brother Bobby was also assassinated when he won a later Democratic Presidential nomination, and it has been speculated that both brothers were killed because of their Father’s mob ties. Although this has never been proven, their brother, now deceased, Ted Kennedy, never ran for the Presidency. His widow Jacqueline later remarried for a few years and lived in Greece, to give her children Caroline and John stability and privacy, and later she moved to New York, working as an author and patron of the arts. JFK, Jackie, and their children (Jackie suffered several miscarriages) are all buried in Arlington National Cemetery in VA, where an eternal flame burns in JFK’s honor.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox—6/9/61—is a Canadian actor who came onto the radar playing the role of Alex Keaton on a show called Family Ties. He was the ultra conservative son of hippie parents. It was obvious then that Fox had great comedic timing, and he won 3 Emmy Awards for his character. Later, he played the beloved Marty Mc Fly in the popular Back to the Future trilogy of movies. He was a natural in the film about a person who travels back in time from 1985 to 1955, and the two sequels were very successful. If you are looking for a fun, clean, series of movies to watch with your children, these are great, and adults will enjoy all three as well!
Fox also played Mike Flaherty on TV’s popular Spin City, a law graduate serving the Deputy Mayor of New York. Fox earned another Emmy for Spin City, and 2 Screen Actor’s Guild awards in 1999 and 2000. It was during the 3rd season of the show the crew noticed changes in his behavior, and knowing Fox didn’t have a big ego, found that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He continued his work schedule for as long as he could keep the disease hidden, but finally this became impossible. He retired from the show to spend more time with his family, wife Tracy Pollan, and their 4 children. Michael J. Fox holds dual Canadian-American citizenship. He began exhibiting signs of the disease in 1990, while shooting the movie Doc Hollywood, and after a bout of drinking, sobered up and decided to go public with his disease and became an advocate for it.
In spite of his problems, Fox always has always kept up his boyish appearance and attitudes on life. He began the Michael J. Fox foundation to help any kind of research that could prove useful in treating the disease. He wrote a book called Lucky Man to discuss how he tried to ignore the symptoms of the disease for 7 years, hiding behind drinking, but was able to stop. Fox testified before the Senate Appropriations Sub Committee in 1998, without meds, to try to let them see the real effects of the disease. He strongly expresess his support for stem cell research that could very likely help sufferers of the disease. Time magazine called him “One of the 100 people whose power, talent, and moral example transform the world.” He is still well loved and an inspiration to others.
Salmon Rushdie—6/19—is a British Indian novelist, whose main stories and characters are about people who live in India. He has a great way of combining realism with historical fiction, and has a wicked sense of humor. The Satanic Verses, his fourth novel, caused so much controversy that death threats were made against him, one a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomemi, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989. Rushdie was appointed Commander of Literature in France in 1999. Salmon Rushdie ranks highly on the top list of British writers since 1945. He mostly lives near Union Square in New York City, but did have to move his location often while the Ayatollah was threatening to kill him.
Rushdie was born in Mumbai, India, into a Muslim family of Kashmiri descent. He was educated in Mumbai, and later studied history at the University of Cambridge. His novel, Midnight’s Children is considered to have shaped the course of Indian writing in English, and is regarded as one of the best books written in the last 100 years. He has also written extensively about the political turmoil in Pakistan. His works of post colonial literature are characterized by a sort of magical realism, and Salmon Rushdie is very conscious of this as a member of the Indian Diaspora. He has mentored many young writers in India, and is the winner of many of literature’s highest honors. Rushdie opposed Britain’s Racial and Religious Hatred Act, and writes about it in Free Expression Is No Offense, a collection of essays by various artists, published in 2005. In 2006, Rushdie joined the faculty at Emory University for five years, and says that although he enjoys writing, he would have become an actor had his writing not been successful. Geminis are always so versatile in skills. Rushdie currently is one of the first to embrace Booktrack, a company which synchronizes books with soundtracks to create a more interesting reading experience.
The fascinating tale of how young Che left on a summer motorcycle trip through South American with his cousin, right before completing his doctor's degree, and came home with a whole new philosophy on life!
Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Ernesto “Che” Guevera—6/14/28—10/9/67—from Argentina, was known as the Father of Guerrilla warfare. Yet he was a fascinating and learned man. Born to a wealthy family, he attended college to be a doctor. The summer before his exams, he went on a motorcycle trip through South America, along with his cousin. Seeing the extreme poverty and illiteracy rate of people in the other countries, he began changing his political philosophy even then. He went to work in a leper colony, and did what little he could to try to make life better for those living in abject poverty. He was shocked to see their suffering, and once lent a Communist couple the only blanket he had. So besides being a revolutionary, and a symbol loved by teenagers who want to rebel, he was also an author, doctor, intellectual, diplomat and military strategist. He felt that Capitalism was the root of the inequalities he saw in people, and when he met Fidel Castro, they began to work together, bringing Communism to Cuba. He joined Fidel in the 26th of July movement, and they overthrew Batista. Che believed the only solution to the world’s problems was revolution. It is difficult to reconcile the sometimes violent acts of this man with the letters he wrote to his Mother when he went on the trip which became to be known as “The Motorcycle Diaries,” or the books of poetry he wrote while fighting battles in remote areas. No matter where he was, he tried to teach people how to read and write. Following the Cuban Revolution, Che had many roles in their government, including agrarian land reform, trying military tribunals, beginning a literacy campaign, and heading the bank. He forced his own family to give up their wealth to his movement. Che began to travel the world in order to promote Cuban Socialism, and played an important role in training the soldiers who repelled the attack during the Bay of Pigs invasion from the United States. He left Cuba in 1965 to bring his revolution abroad, first in Africa, and later in Bolivia, where he was murdered by the CIA. Che Guevara remains both revered and reviled, and was certainly a polarizing figure in history.
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