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Famous Gemini People
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.
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!
Sadly, in 2017,she and Brad Pitt have separated, and are now finding ways to share custody of their family. Both are casually dating at present.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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 then 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.
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.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara
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.
My Valentine, Featuring Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman (she is also Gemini)!
Sir Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney—6/18—is one of the founding members of The Beatles, one of the most loved and prolific song writers of his time, a wordsmith in true Gemini style. He founded the group along with John Lennon, and then later introduced George Harrison to John. Later, Ringo Starr came to be the drummer, and the four of them changed music forever together.
They were a sensation in Britain and Germany, before coming to the U. S. in 1963 and making their American debut on the Ed Sullivan show. Nobody knew what to make of these four “moptop” boys, with their then considered long hair, and they caused a major sensation. Paul was the “cute” Beatle, and prone to writing romantic ballads and love songs. His harmonies with John Lennon are sometimes so beautiful you can’t tell two of them are singing. In later years, his relationship with John and the others in the group became strained, due to the heavy touring schedule and constant hiding out from fans who invaded their privacy. His famous song "Yesterday" was covered by over 2,000 artists, and later he formed the band Wings with his then wife Linda McCartney, the former Linda Eastman. He adopted her daughter and they went on to have three more children of their own, when she sadly died of breast cancer in 1998. Paul seemed to really enjoy the life of family man.
He is an advocate for animal rights and a vegetarian. He was knighted by the Queen of England in 1997, thus becoming Sir Paul McCartney. Paul took up painting in the later years, and has a vast collection of famous paintings himself. Apparently in Paul’s last call to John before his murder in New York, they did have a peaceful conversation, as there were many bitter feelings and lawsuits when The Beatles broke up. Paul was consoled that their last conversation was a good one, but apparently was deeply shaken by John’s death. Although John was usually considered the leader of the Beatles, it was Paul who ran the business behind the scenes, often not letting his band mates know what he was doing, which also led to their break up.
Paul was married to Heather Mills for two years, and they have a daughter together, though they divorced, and in 2011 he married for the third time, to Nancy Shevell, in a quiet and private ceremony. McCartney is one of Britain’s wealthiest musicians. On June 18, 2006, Paul celebrated his 64th birthday with his famous song, “When I’m 64,” a cultural milestone for the era he helped define with his musical talent. Paul McCartney is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful composer and musician in popular music history. Paul gets dissed a lot for his optimism and love songs, but next to John's primal screaming and soul searing lyrics, this writer thinks they were a good balance for each other, bringing out each other's gifts.
Johnny Depp—6/9/63—is an actor mostly known for taking on roles of non-conformist personalities. He began his career in TV on 21 Jump Street, and quickly became a teen heartthrob. His portrayal of the quirky Edward Scissorhands began his movie career and association with Tim Burton. Although Depp has starred in many films, he is best known for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. He has been named the Sexiest Man Alive twice by People Magazine, and is the world’s highest paid actor, bringing in $75 million per film. Depp is known for being very choosy about which roles he takes.
When he showed up on the first day of filming the Pirates of the Caribbean, he had beads in his hair, and said he modeled his character on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Although the studio was nervous about how this would be received, people loved the character of Jack Sparrow. Depp also played the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, an interesting interpretation of the story. Depp was married for 2 yrs. while young, had several serious relationships, and was with Vanessa Paradis, a French singer, since 1998. They had together a 13 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. His daughter suffered a serious e coli infection where her kidneys shut down in 2007, and to thank the hospital for saving her, Johnny Depp came to the hospital everyday in his Jack Sparrow costume, to read to the other children. He then donated 1 million dollars to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has lived in France for many years, preferring the simpler and quieter lifestyle, but returned to the U.S. in 2011 to avoid having to pay taxes in both countries if he became a French citizen.
He has now split from Paradis. Johnny Depp has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, and won his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sweeny Todd. Johnny Depp, as a musician, has played with numerous bands, Oasis, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Marilyn Manson and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He also has tried his hand at singing in some of his roles and that has been well received, and signed on to another sequel of the Jack Sparrow series. The last one was kind of dark, but people seem to enjoy them.
Depp became engaged to Amber Heard in January 2014, and they married on his private island in the Bahamas, LIttle Hall's Pond Cay. His son Jack was the Best Man.
Bob Dylan—5/24/41—is one of the most prolific musicians of our time, who became the reluctant voice of social unrest during the 1960’s with his protest songs. In fact, today, October 13, 2016, he has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In his usual avoidance with media, Dylan has yet to remark on this landmark.
His real name is Robert Zimmerman, and he hails from Hibbing, MN. He began his career as a fan of Woody Guthrie, and dropped out of college to follow him. Dylan later found him dying of Huntington’s disease in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in NJ. From there he went on to sing in coffee houses in New York. He has been influenced by country music, folk, blues, gospel, and seems willing to try most any style of music. Dylan is very good at writing songs which tell long stories, and has often allowed them to be used to state his opinions to help friends in need, such as for Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and helping George Harrison at his concert for Bangladesh.
He plays guitar, keyboards and harmonica, and tours with ever changing back-up singers and different artists, seeming to enjoy the changes, constantly on his “never ending tour.” He has received numerous awards for the profound effect he has had on American music, and for his extraordinary poetic songwriting ability. Although many dislike his rough edged voice, the poetic and social value of what he has to say cannot be ignored. Now college courses teach “Dylanology” to discuss the lyrics of his songs and poems. He changed his style to electric guitar a few years into his career, upsetting many, but as the years went on, people accepted that Dylan would continue changing.
In 1965, Bob Dylan secretly married a model named Sara Lownds, and they had 4 children together, including Jakob of the Wallflowers. He continued to tour, but was worn down by life on the road and drugs. He has said he had to do huge amounts of "uppers" just to remember the lyrics of some of his longer songs. Dylan had a serious motorcycle accident near Woodstock, NY, but not many details were disclosed to the public. Later, he said that he wasn’t that hurt, but desperately needed some time off. During that period he recorded a lot of songs with The Band in a house they rented and made into a studio, affectionately called "Big Pink." Dylan and The Band toured together. Dylan also recorded Nashville Skyline with Johnny Cash, changing country music forever.
When he recovered he did studio work with country singers and other groups too numerous to list. In 1974 he and his wife became estranged, and much of the music on Blood on the Tracks is considered to be about the end of their marriage, or about him and Joan Baez, nobody knows for sure, and he’s been coy about it. Many of his songs seem to be about a composite of all the women in his life. The album is also considered one of his best works. When questioned about this, he usually remarks, “I don’t see how anyone can enjoy listening to all that pain, you know?”
Maybe because he expresses it so well, it’s my favorite Dylan album. He has been criticized for not releasing much of his best work from the 1980’s, which later became volumes called the “Basement Tapes” and “Bootleg Series.” He became a born again Christian in the 1970’s, and later, he went on to embrace his Jewish heritage, explaining later that he “found religion in music.” It’s hard to pin him down to anything, which is a typical Gemini trait. He later had success as a Travelling Wilbury, with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, a band they just formed to have fun.
For Dylan’s 70th birthday, an actual symposium was organized by Universities in Europe and the US, just to study the volume of works Dylan has inspired fans with for so many years. He received a Nobel Prize for literature in 2017. He has been called a prophet of our times, and one of the most influential musical and cultural figures in the world. Lately, this writer has been revisiting some of his earlier works, and was struck by how "Masters of War" is more relevant today than it was when he wrote it on his first album! Another great sampling of his work is a 30th anniversary concert CD and DVD made by fellow musicians to celebrate Dylan's work and time with Columbia Records. This writer bought it recently and can't stop playing it. It's fun to hear other artist's renditions of Dylan songs! Plus it's easier to understand the lyrics.
A Hard Rains Gonna Fall Patti Smith Sang for Dylan at the Nobel Prize Committee
© 2012 Jean Bakula