Famous Sagittarius Sun Sign People
Sagittarius People of Fame
Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter, and so its natives tend to be lucky. Sagittarius rules the house of higher learning, so these are people very interested in philosophy and religion, they love to study other cultures than their own and have an aptitude for learning languages. They are fond of travel to far places. This is a fire sign, so Sagittarians are passionate, and like the archer, when they have a goal, they make sure they hit their targeted area.
It is a mutable sign of change, and many Sagittarians will marry more than once or have more than one meaningful relationship in their life. These people are honest and blunt, sometimes to the point where they can hurt your feelings, but they do not do it with malice, they tell you what they think you should know. Sag people are fun and easy to get along with. When this writer began to list the Sag people for the piece in this series of Famous People of the Astrology Signs, it would have been easy to choose 10 musicians. That was surprising. Taurus people have great voices, but musicians did outnumber many other career options, something unexpected with Sagittarians. It was not difficult to find Sagittarians who did very well in other careers though.
There are the chatty Sagittarians, and then there are the quieter ones, I have seen many of both kinds. They are generous people with hearts of gold. My best friend from my childhood was a Sagittarian, and they are very clumsy. I recall her first kiss, it happened at my house. Her BF was leaning against the glass door which led outside, and had his arm around her. They both went right through the door, breaking the glass, but thankfully there were no injuries. That's a first kiss she never forgot!
Jimi Hendrix, Sagittarius Singer, Songwriter
Jimi Hendrix—11/27/1942— born Johnny Allen Hendrix—is often considered the best electric guitarist in American history, and certainly one of the most influential and eclectic musicians of his time. His first album was The Jimi Hendrix Experience, containing favorites, The Wind Cries Mary, Hey Joe, and Purple Haze. He covered Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone in a way nobody ever heard before at the Monterey Pop Festival, his first big performance outside of the UK and Europe. He did crazy things, like set guitars on fire while on stage. The 1960’s were a time of great social unrest, and this was reflected in his music. His rendition of The Star Spangled Banner on guitar at Woodstock was outrageous, he tried to get the sound of “rockets” and “war.” Some called it a protest against the Vietnam War, but it was somehow more than that.
Hendrix helped make the use of the wah wah pedal more popular, and pioneered all kinds of special effects in music recordings. He was influenced by blues artists B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Elmore James, and a fan of surf guitarist Dick Dale, all inspired guitarists in their own ways. Hendrix was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and in the biography it was said, “He expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas where no one ever ventured before. His boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.” When Jimi spoke about what he wanted to accomplish, he said “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice.” He certainly met that goal. Hendrix was well known for his love of psychedelic drugs, and sadly, died in 1970 in London, of somewhat suspicious circumstances. Apparently he had passed on many hours before authorities were called in, and there are varied stories of what happened that night. The time frame is not even narrowed down by many hours, and one of his doctors was sued for malpractice. One can only wonder what he would have accomplished had he not died at the young age of 27. He is buried in Seattle, WA, and there is a Fender Stratocaster guitar on his headstone, though it is right side up, and Jimi played his upside down and left handed.
Taylor Swift, Sagittarius Singer, Songwriter
Taylor Swift—12/13/89—is a 23 year old American singer and songwriter, born in Reading, PA, who has accomplished a phenomenal amount in her short life! Taylor’s parents thought she was a prodigy, and list her first hobby as English horse riding. Her mother put her in a saddle at 9 months old, and later Taylor competed in horse shows. Then Taylor showed a love of singing, and turned to musical theater in school. She went to Broadway in New York on a regular basis for vocal and acting lessons. This suggests that although she showed promise, she was pushed to succeed in some ways by her parents. Her mother travelled to Nashville with Taylor when she was 14, and shortly later her father transferred his Merrill Lynch job to Nashville, and the family also bought a larger home in PA. Taylor felt at home in Nashville, as that is where many aspiring singers get their starts. Although inspired by country singers such as Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks, Taylor sings a sort of mix of country and pop music. She began songwriting at 14, and her lyrics are praised as being true to her age, but inventive as well. She was the youngest songwriter/singer ever hired by Sony/ATV Tree Publishing House. But she left at 15, because they wanted her to sing other people’s material, and Taylor was confident in her own song writing abilities. As an intro into the country music business, Swift interned as an artist escort at the CMA music festival. She began her debut album, wrote three songs herself, and the rest with help, but feels it was a diary of her early teenage years. Taylor has been praised by artists such as Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, and Lady Gaga.
She has a youthful innocence but her songs have a ring of truth, Sagittarians are very blunt and to the point. Rolling Stone Magazine calls Taylor Swift “bright eyed but remarkably seasoned.” She is a spokesperson for l.e.i. jeans, and for Verizon Wireless. “Our Song” made Taylor Swift the youngest person to singlehandedly write and sing a number one country song. Her second album Fearless was also well received. In 2009 at the MTV Video Awards, Taylor won for Best Female Video. Kayne West interrupted her speech and ranted that Beyonce was more talented. He has since apologized, and she wants it forgotten. Taylor makes her stage entrances to Tom Petty’s American Girl, and is indeed a beautiful and talented young lady. The same year she was the youngest artist to be Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. Taylor seems mature beyond her years, and in Speak Now, her 3rd album, has been described as “expands beyond country-pop to border both alternative rock and dirty bubblegum pop.” It has also been said to capture “the sweet ache of becoming an adult.” Taylor is a Cover Girl spokesperson, and has travelled in tours to Europe, Asia and Australia, as Sagittarians love foreign countries. Taylor’s 4th album, Red, was supposed to be released in 10/12. Taylor self identifies as a country artist, and is working on her vocal skills, writing and phrasing. She’s quickly becoming America’s sweetheart, since she is singing clean lyrics about her own personal experiences growing up (but much faster than most). She is very generous in philanthropic efforts, working for children’s literacy and arts education. Taylor is currently dating Conor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and is well liked by the family. She has a bright future ahead of her as long as she paces herself and does not allow herself to burn out.
You're So Vain TaylorSwift/CarlySimon
Lucy Liu, Sagittarius Actress and Philanthropist
Lucy Liu—12/2/1968—is an American actress who came into the public sphere when she played Ling Woo, a mean spirited, nasty lawyer on the popular show Ally McBeal. Lucy was born in Queens, New York, although her parents came from Taiwan and are of Chinese descent. They spoke Mandarin Chinese at home, and Lucy began learning to speak English at the age of five. Lucy has a degree in Asian languages and culture from the University of Michigan. At first she had trouble getting roles, as many Asian ones were stereotyped, but that ended when Lucy Liu was cast in the lead role of Alice in Wonderland in her senior college year. Liu made her New York stage debut in Fairy Bones, but really got recognition in her role on Ally McBeal. She was originally considered for Portia de Rossi’s role, but Ling Woo’s character was created just for her, and audience approval and high ratings she brought to the show made her character permanent. Lucy won an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy series. Lucy was cast as Alex Munday in the Charlie’s Angels film with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. It was a big hit, and the sequel, Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle, did even better in June of 2003. Since then Lucy Liu has played parts on various TV shows, she hosted a Saturday Night Live, played lawyer Grace Chin on Ugly Betty, and was in an episode of Sex in the City, called Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.
She is a good sport and did guest spots on animated shows Futurama and The Simpsons. Liu has also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill as O-Ren Ishii, and won the MTV Best Villain Award for the part. Liu made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning God of Carnage, as Annette in 2010. She was cast as Joan Watson for Elementary, a Sherlock Holmes adaption, and that role still continues. Lucy is also an artist, and enjoys working in collage, painting and photography. She held an art show in 2006 and donated all the proceeds to UNICEF. She has also hosted an MTV documentary called Traffic, to raise awareness of human trafficking in Asia. Lucy has also won an Asian Excellence Award for Visibility. In 2011 Lucy Liu became a spokesperson for The Human Rights Campaign. She is also working with Heinz to combat the global threat of iron deficiency anemia, and vitamin and mineral deficiency among infants and children in the developing world. Lucy Liu supports many charities in other countries, showing the compassion of a true Sagittarian.
Steven Spielberg, Sagittarius filmmaker and producer
Steven Spielberg—12/8/1946—is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Raiders of the Lost Ark/ Indiana Jones films, The Color Purple, and Jurassic Park are a small sampling of his works. The film Close Encounters of the Third Kind won Spielberg his first Oscar nomination. Schindler’s List, the true story of Oskar Schindler, a man who risked his life to save 1,100 Jews from the Holocaust, brought Spielberg wide recognition. He made Saving Private Ryan with his friend Tom Hanks, and won his second Oscar for Best Picture, for a film about U.S. soldiers in WWII, sent on a mission to bring home Private Ryan, as three of his brothers were killed in battle action in France within 24 hours. Apparently Spielberg always had a camera in his hand since he was young boy. He won a prize at age 13 for a war film called Escape to Nowhere, and at 16, Steven wrote and directed his first film, called Firelight. He later fleshed out the story to become Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He moved to CA when his parents divorced, graduated from Saratoga High School in 1965, and was also an Eagle Scout. Steven also attended Hebrew School for 4 years, as his family was Orthodox Jews, and he was sometimes embarrassed by their practices while young, and the victim of anti-Semitic prejudice. So like a true Sagittarian, Spielberg is familiar with different religions and cultural ideas, from both his family and career. He went to CA State University in Long Beach, but his career really began when he went to Universal Studios as an unpaid intern and guest of the editing department. His first break came when he was offered the chance to direct Jaws. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is the story of a young boy and an alien who become friends, though the alien must go home to stay alive, and it could break a heart of stone. Spielberg also produced Poltergeist, The Goonies, and Gremlins. He took a break in 1994 to spend time with his family, wife Kate Capshaw and children. He also created the Dream Works studio with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
Other Steven Spielberg Projects
Steven has been planning a film on Abraham Lincoln as played by Daniel Day Lewis, with Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. It will be released in 11/12. He is also scheduled to shoot an adaption of David Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, about a global human war against a robot uprising in the future. Steven Spielberg’s films have several reoccurring themes, many of ordinary people coming into contact with extraordinary beings, or about people finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances. He says he often felt “alien” in his childhood. He has a keen interest in whether there is life on other planets, and enjoys making films which inspire a sense of faith and wonder. He also portrays tension between parents and children, particularly absent fathers, such as in Hook, which starred Robin Williams, E.T., and in Indiana Jones, his Father is absorbed in work all the time. Steven missed his father a lot after his parents divorced, and his protagonists often come from broken homes. Spielberg has collaborated with musician John Williams, who usually does the musical scores for his movies. He is a contemporary of filmmakers George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Brian De Palma. Spielberg was married to actress Amy Irving for four years and had one child with her. Surprisingly, when divorcing, the judge honored a pre-nup written on a cocktail napkin and it was a costly divorce settlement for Steven, $100 million dollars, and joint custody of their son. He met Kate Capshaw while making Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, and they have 7 children between them. Since Kate converted to Judaism, the children are being raised Jewish. Forbes places Steven’s worth at about 3 billion dollars. He is a supporter of Democratic Presidential candidates, and co-founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He and Kate gave their support to same sex marriage by issuing a joint statement and donating $100,000.00 to the cause. Based on his Eagle Scouting, Spielberg helped develop a merit badge in cinematography. He did, however, resign from the Advisory Board of the Boy Scouts, because of the organization's anti gay stance. He has won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. He was also awarded a Kennedy Center Honor, and made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II. Steven Spielberg was rated the greatest film director of all time by Empire Magazine. Alfred Hitchcock was heard to praise, “Young Spielberg.” Many of his fans are his fellow film colleagues, which says something about his kind and warm Sagittarius personality, as those working in the same field often experience jealousy, an emotion rarely seen in a Sagittarian.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sagittarius Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven—12/16/1770—3/26/1827—was a German composer and pianist, sometimes called one the three B’s—along with Bach and Brahms. He is one of the most famous and influential of composers. The compositions for which he is most known are 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. Beethoven also composed chamber music, choral works, and songs. He showed musical promise in his hometown of Bonn from a young age, and his Father began teaching him, making claims he was a prodigy. He began his first important studies with Christian Gottlob Neefe, who taught Beethoven composition and keyboard variations, then Beethoven worked for him as an organist at a church chapel. His first three piano sonatas were dedicated to Maximillian Frederick, who noticed his talent and subsidized his studies, while encouraging his work. There were big changes in Bonn due to Enlightenment philosophy, and there was increased support for education and the arts. Beethoven was influenced at the time by Freemasons, and surrounded by many members of the Order of the Illuminati. He travelled to Vienna to meet Mozart, but had to return home when his mother died and he had to care for his younger brothers, as his Father was an alcoholic by this time. Later Beethoven was introduced to the von Breuning family, and they helped him make arrangements so the household money came to him to pay the family bills, and also that the money he made by playing viola added to the family income he sent home.
Beethoven Symphony # 9
Influences of Beethoven
Beethoven met Joseph Haydn in 1790, and he moved to Vienna, where he showed much more maturity and range, though before composing, he dedicated himself to study and performance. He got more teachers and people who were willing to help pay for his training in Vienna. Beethoven’s first performance in Vienna was in March 1795, and he played a piano concerto he composed. He had some financial success, enough to support himself for a year! He composed 6 string quartets dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz. Beethoven premiered his 1st and 2nd symphonies in 1800 and 1803, establishing himself as an important one in the generation of new composers following Hadyn and Mozart. But although they were influences on Beethoven, his style was unmistakably unveiling. He continued to compose wonderful works, but around 1826 began to lose his hearing. This, of course, caused Beethoven problems with his musical talents, but also in his personal life. He considered suicide, but rallied, and after he premiered his 9th symphony, and saw the crowd applauding, he wept, since he could not hear them clapping. He still composed music, but after a disastrous attempt to perform his Piano Concerto #5, he never played in public again. By 1814 he was totally deaf. Although he made money on his numerous works, he had to depend on wealthy patrons as well. There was a marked change in his style, called his “heroic” or “middle period.” Some of these works were extensions of what he learned from Haydn and Mozart. But his work of that period is what critics say established him as a Master. Once again he had family obligations when his brother had tuberculosis, so Beethoven was unable to put much time into his work. He did write two cello sonatas.
Beethoven's Late Period
Beethoven then began studying older works of Bach and Handel. A new style of his began, known as “The Later Period” He composed The Consecration of the House, his last 5 piano sonatas, The Missa Solemnis, and located older, unpublished works to bring in money. The Philharmonic Society of London offered a commission for a symphony, and he wrote his “late quartets.” Those bewildered people at first, but later were considered inspiring. Beethoven thought his single, best and favorite work the Fourteenth Quartet op 131 in C minor. To hear that was Schubert’s last wish before his death. So Beethoven’s works were divided into Early, Middle and Late periods. He was very influenced by Haydn and Mozart in the Early period, but he explored new directions and expanded the range of his work. In the Middle period, his encroaching deafness was a problem, but he composed large scale works which expressed his struggle, his last three piano concertos, and his only opera, Fidelio. His Late Period began in 1815, showing much intellectual depth, formal innovations, intense and highly personal expressions. His Ninth Symphony came from this time, his last five string quartets, and his last five piano sonatas. The Beethoven Monument was unveiled in Bonn in August 1845. It was a statue of Beethoven, and his name appears in gilded letters above the stage of Symphony Hall in Boston, the only name all the composers could agree upon when commemorating composers in the architecture!
© 2012 Jean Bakula
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