July 29 is Theda Bara’s birthday.
I don’t know much about Theda Bara except that she was one of the biggest stars in the world during the silent film era. In fact, there were only a couple of stars in Hollywood who were paid more than Theda Bara at the height of her popularity. It figures that she was a Leo, though. Even today, I’ll be reading a list of the highest-paid actresses in show business, and it will be disproportionately filled with the names of Leo performers.
What interests me the most about her astrological makeup is her sun/Mercury combo. With the sun in Leo and Mercury in Virgo (both planets in signs over which they rule), she is an club of iconic women that includes Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mae West, Lucille Ball and Coco Chanel. Even the contemporary celebrities who share this combination of planets have the potential of becoming money-making, pop-culture icons during their own lifetimes, like Jennifer Lawrence and Kylie Jenner.
One of the reasons why I know that Theda Bara was very rich is that I once was in Fred Leighton at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The clerk behind the counter obviously found my enthusiasm to be contagious because he couldn’t stop showing me the pieces of jewelry in the store that had the most-fascinating provenance. At one point, he placed a gorgeous enamel, platinum and diamond Art Deco necklace in my hands and told me that it originally belonged to Theda Bara. It was the sort of thing that would easily have a six-figure price tag today at a Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction. Believe me — I watch those auctions like a hawk!
Anyway, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing something about sun/Mercury combos because I keep noticing these interesting commonalities between celebrities who share the same combinations. While I’m sitting around with nothing to do and nothing to inspire me, maybe I should try to put a chapter or two together about the subject and see where it goes.
Hmm . . .