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We share a few words about notable people who are celebrating birthdays

The Gemini Boar – Tupac Shakur – The Legendary Poet

We pay homage to a man who was often misunderstood and painted poorly by the mainstream media. Tupac Amaru Shakur was a man of immense talent. His Aries moon often got him into trouble. It was an “act now, ask questions or think about the potential consequences later” kind of impulsiveness. He was born in the Chinese Year of the Pig/Boar. No doubt about it, this man was used to making sacrifices. His Gemini adaptability took to fame easily. He just didn’t always know how to handle the extra attention so he left it to his handlers. The boar can be trusting and generous to a fault.

Tupac is immortalized as the symbol of the struggles he endured as he clawed, kicked, punched, screamed and lyricized his way to the top of the album charts. His music isn’t for everyone. However, if you listen closely to his tracks you will hear his true self come out. Tupac was a poet of the highest order. He shared his struggles and relished in his triumphs in a way that we could all understand and relate to. Sure, his lyrics may have been foul and his message was probably too forthright for some to handle but when you strip away the image you see a man who was generous with his thoughts, feelings and talent.

WARNING: Explicit lyrics. Listener discretion advised.

There will never be another Tupac Shakur. He will be remembered until the end of time as a remarkable poet and an artist who shared his spirit of sacrifice.

Starfile: Birthdays – Tina Turner

tinaturner2Happy Birthday weekend to the lady who reinvented herself by taming the Rock and Roll savage beast. This truly remarkable woman helped pave the way for many of the talented singers that you enjoy hearing today: Fellow Capitol Records artist Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Rihanna and even Lady Gaga. We’re talking about the Queen of Rock & Roll music herself, the legendary Tina Turner.

The Sagittarian songstress turns 77 on  November 26th. Tina’s music has inspired and uplifted a generation and it is a lasting tribute to practicing faith, optimism and the perseverance to make it through incredible adversity.

My grandmother Mary had a special connection to Tina’s life story and her music. She’d often speak of the time she went to see the Ike and Tina Turner Revue at the Golden Gate Theater in East L.A. My grandmother could relate to Tina because like many women of their era, she was also a battered wife who felt powerless at the hands of a domineering husband.

I remember as a kid watching the video to “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and my grandmother would just light up at the sound of Tina’s voice and at the sight of her punk-rocker 1980’s hairstyle and jean jacket over a super-sleek black dress. As Tina walked along a chain link fence doling out the song lyrics, I’d notice a tear in my grandmother’s eyes. Tina Turner is a living legend and an inspiration as a symbol not just of sex, but of love, strength and unwavering devotion to her incredible sense of artistry and talent for music.

Actually, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” is a very Sagittarius-inspired song. It’s about our biological need for mating and the emotions that become intertwined. When is lust just lust and love just love and how do we strike a fine balance from what it is we feel we desire and what it is that we know we need?

Starfile: Birthdays – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Barbara Walters and the memory of Christopher Reeve

Catherine Zeta-Jones exemplifies that one Libra quality that is above all others: that vivacious, captivating, beautiful Libra smile. The Welsh born actress and former T-Mobile pitchwoman is married to fellow Libran Michael Douglas. In fact, the two share the same birthday. I bet that was fodder for conversation when they first met. There’s got to be some similarities and like mindedness in the way they communicate their love and affection for each other.

michael-douglas-catherine-zeta-jonesMichael Douglas is an iconic actor. The son of legendary thespian Kirk Douglas, Michael didn’t fall very far from the tree when he decided to go into acting himself. He wasn’t content to simply follow in his father’s footsteps, however. Michael made a name for himself by playing memorable characters who all suffered in or relished the human condition. In my opinion, his most memorable role was in the movie “Falling Down” where he played a down-and-out “I’ve had enough of this shit!” guy who was sick of the rat race. Michael Douglas is undoubtedly one of the most memorable and terrific actors of our time.

Barbara Walters has the gift of gab and a certain Libran savoire-faire that have helped score her some of the most sought-after interviews in television history. The intimate, up-close, audience-free setting of her interview style is very different from the way Oprah interviews people. Barbara’s grace, charm, sophistication and disarming candor all serve to open up her subjects to revealing their hearts and baring their souls. Barbara broke a lot of ground as the first female news person to be taken seriously by her peers and audiences alike. She broke the mold and paved the way for the journalists you see today. Her Libran diplomacy has served to diffuse potentially incendiary issues; take for instance the Starr Jones debacle: Barbara did her best to remain above the fray, even though it was her show, The View, that was the subject of controversy. Barbara Walters is perhaps the best television interviewer the medium has ever seen.

Barbara Walters has the gift of gab and a certain Libran savoire-faire that have helped score her some of the most sought-after interviews in television history. The intimate, up-close, audience-free setting of her interview style is very different from the way Oprah interviews people. Barbara’s grace, charm, sophistication and disarming candor all serve to open up her subjects to revealing their hearts and baring their souls. Barbara broke a lot of ground as the first female news person to be taken seriously by her peers and audiences alike. She broke the mold and paved the way for the journalists you see today. Her Libran diplomacy has served to diffuse potentially incendiary issues; take for instance the Starr Jones debacle: Barbara did her best to remain above the fray, even though it was her show, The View, that was the subject of controversy. Barbara Walters is perhaps the best television interviewer the medium has ever seen.

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No one has played the Man of Steel with such convincing authority as has the late Christopher Reeve. He looked like he had some straight from central casting and right out of the DC comic books. Chris Reeve had such grace and poise and he was believable as Superman. He was tragically injured in an equestrian accident and it left him paralyzed. He became a champion for people all over the world.

Check this out:

What is the secret of my success?” This is something we often hear from wealthy or famous people, usually in response to an interview question.

What follows is sometimes interesting, sometimes predictable. However, when the late Christopher Reeve discussed the secret of his success, he moved his audience to tears.

How do you define success?

Try writing down your answer, before and after you’ve read this poignant story.

In his excellent book: “Fast Food Nation”, Eric Schlosser recalls going with a fast-food chain manager, and some of his employees, to an event entitled “success”. It was a large-scale event with big-name speakers, all giving advice or encouragement for an eager audience. All seemed hungry for success and it’s hardly surprising that the words “success” and “wealth” seemed almost synonymous.

Speaker after speaker addressed the audience. Each was making the link between money and success until finally, accompanied by the theme tune from the film “Chariots of Fire”, actor Christopher Reeve was wheeled onto the stage. Despite his tragic physical condition, Reeve talked clearly, though with pauses to allow his respirator to work.

He thanked the audience for their welcome and began by explaining that he donates his speaking fees to groups that conduct spinal cord research. This set the tone for what was to follow…..

The Secret of My Success……”None of it Matters”

Famous for his acting role as Superman, Christopher Reeve was critically injured by a riding accident in 1995. This accident left him fighting for life and permanently paralysed. Reeve had often been asked: “what is the secret of my success”, but tragically his answer was totally different now. Schlosser recounted that, in the midst of what had been a non-stop celebration of wealth-related success, Reeve hushed the crowd with some thoughtful words:

“I’ve had to leave the physical world. By the time I was twenty-four, I was making millions,” he continued. “I was pretty pleased with myself …. I was selfish and neglected my family….. Since my accident, I’ve been realizing …. that success means something quite different.” Members of the audience started to weep. “I see people who achieve these conventional goals,” he said in a mild, even tone. “None of it matters.”

Schlosser described the atmosphere in the arena following the former film-star’s speech. “His words cut through all the snake oil of the last few hours, calmly and with great precision. Everybody in the arena, no matter how greedy or eager for promotion, all eighteen thousand of them, know deep down in their hearts that what Reeve has just said is true – too true.”

“When the first Superman movie came out, I gave dozens of interviews to promote it. The most frequent question was: what is a hero? My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences. Now my definition is completely different.

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.”

In many ways, Eric Schlosser’s book uses fast food as a metaphor for modern life. It looks good, it tastes good, it’s affordable and available for almost anyone. For all its convenience or allure though, we still don’t regard it as “proper” food. Much fast-food, as with much success, can leave us feeling hollow and unfulfilled.

Christopher Reeve’s moving words bear a timely testament to such an interpretation. He died on October 10, 2004 at the age of 52.

The Secret of My Success……”Make the Best of What We Have”

Reeve redefined success by asking what really matters. “I felt I needed to do something – not just for myself but for everyone else in the same condition. Even if I had wanted to (which I didn’t), I would never be able to forget the other patients I had met during rehab. I had seen too much of their struggles and pain. I couldn’t go home, devote my life to myself and my family, and ignore the larger picture.”

If you were asked, how would you want to answer the question: “what is the secret of my success?” It’s worth using this story to think about what really matters. Is enduring success really about fame and fortune or could it be something else? Something that helps others and helps them to achieve success? A success defined much more widely than just by our own wealth and possessions. In answering these questions, you might find it useful to read our article: Stress Management Tip.

This introduced the views of two Harvard academics, Laura Nash and Howard Stevenson. They suggested that “enduring success” has four categories:

  1. Achievement – accomplishments;
  2. Happiness – feelings of pleasure or contentment about life;
  3. Significance – a positive impact on people you care about;
  4. Legacy – establishing your values or accomplishments in ways that help others find future success.

We’ll leave final thoughts on “the secret of my success” with Christopher Reeve:

“What I do is based on powers we all have inside us; the ability to endure; the ability to love, to carry on, to make the best of what we have – and you don’t have to be a ‘Superman’ to do it.”

Reeve has left a practical legacy with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Be inspired by “the secret of my success”. Take a look at their site and “start making a difference today.” Or follow this link to Positive Thinking Day, for other ideas on how to support this worthy cause.

 

Starfile: Birthdays – The Donald and Boy George

Can you believe these two guys have the same birthday? Well, we can. Both were blessed with the gift of gab and the ability to shock and awe people. The Donald does it with his over-the-top histrionics and Boy George would do it with his theatrics and sexual provocativeness. As Mr. Trump gets ready to clinch the Republican nomination for U.S. President one thing comes to mind: how badly the Republicans underestimated this man and how much the party establishment discounted the level of disenfranchisement not only within the Republican party but in the entire system.

To his credit, Donald Trump is taking a tremendous risk in the name of publicity and self-promotion. There’s no way he’ll win the presidency but he’ll have to deal with the fallout for a long time to come. The caveat, of course, is that his outrageous comments will forever tarnish the Trump brand.

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Boy George is awesome! Our favorite song of his is “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”

 

 

Starfile: Birthdays – Shirley MacLaine (4/24), Al Pacino and Renee Zellweger (4/25)

StarfileShirley MacLaine traveled to India in her youth to attune herself to her past lives so that he could make the most of the present. She speaks openly about her new age awareness and has never been afraid to express her views in a way that is worthy of admiration. She is a powerfully magnetic and compelling woman and her reserve of Taurus sticktoittiveness and savoir faire projects and reflects light on an enlightened soul who has a heart of grace, resolve and compassion. We love you, Shirley. Keep shining.

StarfileSay hello to the bad guy, mang!!!! Al Pacino is forever immortalized as Tony Montana, the Cuban exile with a penchant for powdery substance. Every time I see Pacino in a flick I always think of Scarface. It’s too bad there can never be a sequel because, of course, we all know how the movie ended. I wonder if they’d ever dare remake the iconic Scarface. If they did, Pacino would have to come back as el jefe supremo.

StarfileBirthday Greetings to the lovely and talented Renee Zellweger. The actress who played British sexpot Bridget Jones is as sweet as she is charming. Originally from Texas, Zellweger exhibits a gentility that is patently lone star state. I used to work at this day spa place on Sunset Blvd in L.A. and Renee would come in for a treatment or two. I remember when I waited on her she looked at me with a nice grin and asked, “Where are you from, what are you?” I replied, “I’m Mexican, Native American and a quarter Irish from L.A.” to which she answered, “You look nice.” It was my ten minutes with Renee. She made my whole day! She’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and one of the best actors in Hollywood. Through the fame and all of the glitz and glamor somehow she has remained down-home and nice. I think it has to do with her Taurean grace and Venusian sophistication.

Starfile: Birthdays – Maya Angelou, Robert Downey, Jr., Kitty Kelley and the memory of Heath Ledger

Aries people are forward-thinking, exuberant, generous, adventure-seeking and fearless trailblazers who look forward more than they look back. April 4th is quite a stellar day for talent. Born on this day is poet Maya Angelou, actor Robert Downey, Jr., author Kitty Kelley and the late actor Heath Ledger.

StarfileMaya Angelou is a woman of spirited inspiration and extraordinary grace and accomplishment. Her articulation reaches out to people in a way that transcends all barriers and reaches to the very heart and soul.

StarfileRobert Downey, Jr. is one of the best actors in Hollywood today. His enormous fame did not come without a price: the Aries actor learned to “like the taste of gun metal” while he lived an indulgent life on the edge. Luckily, he was able to beat back his demons and make fun of himself in the process. There’s something unmistakably accessible about Robert in that he seems to bare all in true unpretentious and very direct Aries fashion. His best roles, in my opinion, have been Charlie Chaplin, Iron Man and as the dude in Tropic Thunder. 

StarfileKitty Kelley is the Aries author who is in the business of airing dirty celebrity laundry. She is known for her stinging biographies of famous people. She writes in forthright manner and her style of approach is all Aries in that she doesn’t mince words or beat around the bush.

StarfileHeath Ledger is immortalized as the Joker. The actor’s level of range and raw talent were amazing in that he could morph into any character and be convincing at it.  He wasn’t afraid to take on challenging roles that consumed him. The legend of his acting ability and expression of creative talent will live forever.