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Madonna, The Material Girl
Madonna—8/16/58— or Madonna Louise Ciccone, the real name of this controversial artist who constantly reinvents herself, is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the top selling female performer of all time. She lost her Mother at the age of 5, and suffers the unresolved emotions of this tragedy. Madonna was a lonely young girl who got good grades in school, but always felt rebellious, like she was searching for something. So she dropped out of college to move to New York and become a dancer. She was raped in Central Park soon after her arrival, but is a survivor. It may be difficult for younger women to understand that until the last thirty years or so, the music industry was dominated by men. So the popular women artists of today owe Madonna their gratitude for breaking the barriers. She had never even been on a plane before she left Michigan, but learned about dancing in New York, and then played in a few rock groups.
Her look was often imitated, as she wore short skirts, fishnet stockings, crucifixes, and bleached her hair very light blond. Her overtly sexual videos on MTV caused many parents to accuse her of promoting premarital sex and they tried to make her a scapegoat for declining family values, a familiar tactic for people who want to blame their teen’s bad behavior on someone else. Madonna hosted the first MTV Video Award show. She stood atop a huge wedding cake, and while wearing a wedding gown and white gloves, rolled around on the floor! She has said it was “the most blatant sexual thing” she ever did on TV. The film Desperately Seeking Susan stars her in a hilarious love story and case of mistaken identity, and introduced her song, “Into the Groove.” Madonna married actor Sean Penn in 1985 on her birthday, while filming the video for Material Girl. She dedicated her album True Blue to him, but they divorced in 1987, because he drank and became abusive, and she admits to being obsessed with her career. Madonna also played the part of Eva Peron very well on the stage, a role she really wanted, which won her both a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for the title song, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” Madonna studied with a vocal coach and has a serious work ethic. She was one of the first artists seen wearing a headset while performing on stage. She often had to lip synch because the dance numbers which accompanied her songs were so intense.
She found out during the filming of Evita that she was pregnant with her daughter Lourdes, with Carlos Leon, her personal trainer. Madonna is not a terrific singer, or the most beautiful woman around, but she knows how to market herself, and how to handle her money. When she wrote her 1998 album Ray of Light, she was interested in Eastern Mysticism and the Kabbalah, and claims that her perception of life changed quite a bit. When she wrote “Like a Prayer,” she came into a more mature period of her life. Madonna met Guy Ritchie in 1999, and they have a son together, Rocco. They got married in Scotland in 2000, and Madonna and family lived in England part time during the years of her marriage to Ritchie. Her Confessions tour of 2005 was the highest grossing tour to that date for any female artist.
She adopted a child from Malawi in 2006, and wrote a documentary to draw attention to the plight of Malawian people. Her brother, Christopher Ciccone, wrote a book entitled, Life With My Sister Madonna, but this caused a rift between the two of them. Madonna also filed for divorce from Ritchie in 12/08, although she did adopt another child from Malawi, Mercy James. She also performed in the Hope for Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert in 1/10 to help assist those in need. Madonna performed at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime show in 2012, and did an excellent version of Like a Prayer, with backup choirs. Her popularity is attributed to the numerous turning points in her own life and the way she has been so honest about them. Madonna’s upbeat dance music is liked by many audiences. Her later work is more introspective and she has dedicated herself to the Kabbalah more deeply, and taken on the Persian name Esther, or Star. What better name choice for a Leo woman? Madonna has been a leading figure in encouraging women to celebrate their bodies, to refuse to let themselves be oppressed, and to be in control of their own lives. Madonna is considered one of the most influential women in history.
Andy Warhol—8/26/28-2/22/87— was famous for bringing “pop art” into our culture. His family came from what is now known as Slovakia, but he was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the youngest of three brothers. He was a sickly child, who was bedridden with chorea, a nervous system disease, and this caused him to be something of a hypochondriac. He had a terrible fear of doctors and hospitals. But Andy loved to draw, and to read about celebrities. He was able to combine the two hobbies into a very lucrative career as he got older. Pop art is a visual art movement about celebrity culture and advertisement.
Warhol began his working life as a commercial illustrator, but it was obvious that he was onto something new. He began by drawing pictures of shoes, and was also commissioned to paint a campaign of cars for BMW. He attended what is now Carnegie-Mellon Institute, and in 1949 began working in New York City, illustrating magazines, and later developing a technique for silk screening. Many people are familiar with his iconic painting of a Campbell’s Soup Can, and he had his first gallery showing in 1962, in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles. This was his first solo effort, and soon after he had a gallery showing in New York as well, at Eleanor Ward’s Stable Gallery. As his career picked up, he began painting dollar bills, mushrooms, Coca-Cola bottles and the Campbell’s Soup Cans. There was a symposium of his work at New York’s Metropolitan Art Museum in December of 1962, but he was criticized for giving in to commercialism.
It was Andy Warhol who first coined the phrase, “15 minutes of fame”, which is often heard now. Warhol headed a pivotal exhibit in 1964 called “The American Supermarket.” He painted pictures of regular items people bought on a typical shopping trip, except they sold for $1,500.00 a piece. He made it difficult for critics to define art, and what was not art. Warhol collaborated with a variety of people in his projects, and liked to surround himself with bohemian eccentrics. Andy Warhol was openly gay at a time when few admitted to being gay. David Bowie admits to being influenced by Warhol, and during the 1970’s, Warhol concentrated on portrait paintings of celebrities. Warhol was the founder of Interview Magazine, and his studio in New York, called The Factory, was a great meeting place for intellectuals, play rights, drag queens, wealthy patrons, and his much loved celebrities. His paintings are now very valuable, his canvas of Eight Elvises (Presley) sold for $100 million U.S. dollars in 1963. He loved to party at Studio 54 and other spots where the elite loved to play. A lot of people called him a “business artist,” but Andy Warhol had a deep love affair with glamour, and sometimes even glamorous people use the same products regular people do.
Warhol also was a prolific film maker, but many of his films were too sexual in nature to be released and not many are for sale anywhere, only found if they were gifts or in private galleries. He took a big interest in the group the Velvet Underground, of which Lou Reed was part, and enjoyed painting album covers. Surprisingly, Andy Warhol was a Catholic who was often seen at Mass every day. He was recovering from gall bladder surgery when he suffered a heart arrhythmia and passed away suddenly in 1987 (perhaps the fears of hospitals were a premonition)? He left money and art to his family, but donated the rest of his belongings to the advancement of the visual arts. The Andy Warhol Foundation, opened by his brothers the same year as Warhol’s passing, “is primarily focused on supporting work of a challenging and experimental nature.” This Foundation is one of the largest organizations to give grants to new artists who wish to experiment in new media in the United States.
Sandra Bullock—7/26/64-- came to the public’s attention when she co-starred with Keanu Reeves in Speed, and has gone on to build a great acting career for herself. She has had roles in While You Were Sleeping, The Net, and A Time to Kill. Men like her because she has a sort of girl next door quality, and women like her because they don’t feel threatened by her good looks—it must be that Leo charm and disarming smile! She was really funny in Miss Congeniality. Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2010 for her role in The Blind Side. It was quite a year for her, as she had secretly adopted a son named Louis. She married motorcycle builder Jesse James in 2005, and she and he won custody of his daughter from a prior marriage. But in 2010, several women came forward saying they had affairs with James, and he made a public apology to her. She filed for divorce and received it in 2010.
Sandy Bullock is a Generous Leo
For the role in The Blind Side Bullock also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Sandra turned the role down several times, as she was uncomfortable playing such a devout Christian. She is one of the world’s highest paid actresses. Sandra’s Mother is a German opera singer, and her Father was in the Army and stationed in Germany, so Bullock speaks fluent German. She often accompanied her Mother on the road, and took ballet and vocal lessons as a child. She later was a cheerleader and performed in High School play productions. Sandra attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, but quit while 3 credits short of graduation to become an actress. She took acting classes in NY with Sanford Meisner, and got parts in both Off Broadway and TV parts. She was one of Time’s Most Beautiful People in 1996 and again in 1999. She had a supporting role in Crash, which critics really liked. The Proposal, with Ryan Reynolds, took in $314 million and is her most successful film to date. In 2006 she opened a popular restaurant in Austin, TX, Bess Bistro, and then she opened a successful bakery across the street, named Walton’s Fancy and Staple. Sandra Bullock is a big supporter of the Red Cross, giving them $1 million dollar donations four times. She was also generous in donating to rebuilding efforts after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, donated $1 million to Haiti, and also to Japan when they suffered their 2011 earthquake. Wow, if that isn’t a fine example of Leo generosity, I don’t know what is! Sandra Bullock also works and tries to find volunteers to help clean up after the oil spill in the Gulf region.
Carl Jung—7/26/1875—6/6/1961— was the Father of some of the best known psychological concepts, such as the archetype, the collective unconscious, complexes, and synchronicity. Jung thought that the human psyche was by nature a religious one, and this was the basis of much of his studies. He was the foremost person to interpret dreams and analyze them for symbols of what was really on a person’s mind. Although he considered himself to be a scientist, much of his study was on Eastern and Western philosophy, Astrology, Sociology, Alchemy, literature and the arts. Since he was so interested in what was then called the Occult (the word now is Metaphysics) many considered him a mystic.
When he was a boy he made a mannequin and kept it inside a special case. Then he found a stone, and painted each half a different color, and added that to his case. He would write messages in his own secret language, and add those as well. He later said this felt like a ceremonial act, but at the time of his boyhood, it gave him a feeling of peace and serenity. When he got older, he realized that people in some civilizations kept totems, or soul stones, and celebrated these unconscious rituals in the same way he did with his items as a boy. His studies on psychological archetypes and the collective unconscious were inspired by these boyhood experiences. When Jung was about 12, another boy pushed him so hard that he was unconscious for a period. The first thing he recalled was thinking, “I won’t have to go to school anymore.” From that time on, whenever he thought about going to school, or doing homework, he fainted. His parents kept him home for six months, and finally believed he had epilepsy. He heard his Father discussing this, and did realize the doctor would be costly, so Carl forced himself to his Father’s study, and began to read a Latin book. This caused him to faint three more times (although friends who have taken Latin assure me it has negative effects on them too), but he fought it, and the fainting stopped. Jung had discovered this was neurosis.
When older, Jung was drafted into the army as a doctor in Switzerland, and always encouraged his patients to read. He later married and had 5 children, but it was an open marriage, at least from his side. Jung met Freud in Vienna in 1906. They had an intense intellectual relationship which lasted for about six years, as Jung was really interested in Freud’s book, The Interpretation of Dreams. Jung was about 30 and Freud about 50 at the time of their meeting, so although Jung was influenced by Freud, he was also open to many other new ideas in the psychoanalytical world. They discussed introverts and extroverts at the last conference they attended together, in 1913.
When Jung was 38, he experienced what he called “a confrontation with the unconscious.” He began hearing voices and seeing visions. He began writing all this down in a little red book, but never left instructions as to what should be done with this book. His family finally put it in a vault, but people begged them to publish it after Jung’s death. Finally, Jung’s Grandson who handles his affairs decided to publish it, in October of 2009. A reviewer of the New York Times said it was, “bombastic, baroque, and like so much of Carl Jung, a willful oddity, synched with an antediluvian and mystical reality.”
In his later years Jung lived mostly in isolation, and many feel he missed Freud. He did go to Taos, New Mexico to visit Chief Mountain Lake of the Taos Pueblos. He also visited Eastern Africa in 1925 to try to envision “primitive psychology” in a better way. He learned that what he saw there was much like what he learned from his own life and that of those everywhere. At the end of his life, Jung became interested in UFO’s, and tried to decide if they had archetypal meaning or other psychological significance. All in all he was a very interesting man, who added much knowledge and understanding of our consciousness.
President Bill Clinton
President William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton—8/19/46—was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993-2001. He adores being in the spotlight as much as any Leo. He was 46 on his first Inauguration Day, and many people consider him to be the “Baby Boomer” President, as he was the right age and seemed to share many of the concerns of this particular group. Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas, and didn’t even know for sure who his Father was, bringing home the fact Baby Boomers grew up on—that anyone could grow up to be President. Clinton was always a top student, graduating from Georgetown University and earning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. He also attended Yale Law School, and has a law degree, but never practiced law. He did, however, meet Hillary Rodham at Yale, and they married a year later. Many of Hillary’s friends thought she was crazy to move from her Chicago home to live in Arkansas, but she did it anyway.
Bill became the youngest Governor of AK at age 32, and was re-elected, after skipping a term, to keep the title for ten more years. He tried to make education a priority, and with Hillary, a lawyer working on issues concerning women and children’s issues, they became a power couple. When he ran for President with Al Gore, he often said that with he and Hillary, the American people would be “getting two for one”, as she was a partner in the Rose Law Firm and very involved in political issues. Clinton presided over the longest peacetime period of economic expansion in American history. He passed the North American Free Trade Treaty. He made family leave a priority, signing the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, making sure people could leave work for a period to care for any family member who needed their attention, without losing their job.
His charming Leo ways often won him bipartisan support, and he moved to more centrist ways to win a second term. Clinton tried very hard to pass a National Health Care Bill, and Hillary worked tirelessly on it. But there was too much opposition to it, and the U.S. still has a shameful lack of a cohesive system of health care. Clinton signed the Brady Bill, enforcing a five day waiting plan on anyone purchasing handguns. He also devised the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays in the military, though now in 2012 that has been suspended, at least he tried to respect gays willing to serve their country. He launched the first official White House website, ushering in a new era during his time there. Clinton won a second term in 1996, and with Ted Kennedy, Orrin Hatch and Hillary, passed the State’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, the largest success in health care reform in his presidency. Hillary also helped usher the Adoption and Safe Families Act and Foster Care Independence Act through Congress.
Unfortunately, Clinton’s weakness is women, and although some scandals were wiped away, the one with Monica Lewinsky was his downfall. Congress voted to impeach him over this, a shameful hypocrisy, when later many Republicans who tried to take him down were having affairs themselves. This wasted valuable time when Clinton could have been doing more good for the country. He lied under oath, and this is still the accusation, although it was about his personal life. It had nothing to do with the way Clinton ran the country, and he left office with a balanced budget. He was later pardoned. There were military issues in Mogadishu and Somalia during his presidency, and Clinton tried to take out Osama Bin Laden several times, and warned President Bush to keep an eye on him. Clinton sent peace keeping troops to the former Yugoslavia, because of reports of “ethnic cleansing” and the genocide of Albanians. His visit to Vietnam was the first Presidential one since the Vietnam War.
He left office with an approval rating of 65%, the highest of any President. See how it is with Leos? He then moved to New York State with Hillary, and she became a State Senator for New York. She currently serves as the Secretary of State in President Obama’s administration. In spite of their issues, Bill and Hillary are still together, interestingly they were able to salvage their marriage. Bill Clinton was deemed by Toni Morrison, “the First Black President,” since he was born poor, in a single parent household, ate junk food, and was from the working class. He remains very active in public life, taking on charitable causes, giving speeches, and surprisingly, he has done much work with President Bush the elder! He has also worked on diplomatic missions on behalf of the Obama administration, and is well liked by the American public.