|Birthname||Mary Alice Kemery|
|born on||9 April 1925 at 06:05 (= 06:05 AM )|
|Place||Morgantown, West Virginia, 39n38, 79w57|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||19°05' 23°05 Asc. 22°30'|
American astrologer and poet who wrote a top selling book, "Sun Signs" (1968), which sold over five million copies, bringing astrology into the everyday market. The paperback rights for her second book, "Love Signs," sold for a record $2.25 million in 1978.
She began her career as a newspaper writer locally, and married her first husband, writer William Snyder. They had five kids, three of whom died in infancy. With a divorce, she took a job as a radio announcer in Pittsburgh where she took the name Linda and married her second husband, radio announcer Sam Goodman.
Her interest in astrology blossomed when she moved to New York City in 1963 and she totally immersed herself in the study to the exclusion of everything else. Determined and intense, with an explosive temper, she was also generous, often giving gifts to friends of cars or jewelry, a habit that led to bankruptcy in the late '80s.
Goodman moved to the remote mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1970 to a 10,000 square foot home, where she could write with less distraction. She had an affair with Robert Brewer, a 26-year-old marine biologist who left her in 1972. In 1973, her 21-year-old daughter Sally committed suicide. She was an aspiring actress who had overdosed on Demerol in New York. Goodman refused to believe that she was dead and said it was a government conspiracy, a cover-up, and spent a half million dollars searching for her daughter. Eventually she claimed that Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hughes and Elvis Presley were alive and in hiding.
Diagnosed diabetic in the mid-1980s, she distrusted traditional medicine and sometimes refused to take medication or treatment. She had a toe removed and then part of her leg amputated. She became a virtual recluse. Her former husband, Sam Goodman, died in 1983. Goodman continued to write and completed her "Linda Goodman's Love Signs Relationship Report" to go on the Internet. She died from complications from diabetes on 21 October 1995 in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Goodman's notable clients included Steve McQueen, Princess Grace, and Sonny and Cher.
- Social : Begin a program of study 1963 (Began to study astrology)
- Relationship : Divorce dates 1972 (Sam Goodman)
- Death of Mate 1983 (Ex-husband Sam Goodman)
Frank C. Clifford quotes birth certificate in hand.
Previous notes: LMR quotes Kathleen Johnson for the date, from Goodman; confirmed by Frank C. Clifford by phone from the records bureau. Time deduced by LMR from her statement that she had Neptune right on the ASC. For the most part she concealed her own data, only dropping hints and clues to her colleagues.
According to Wikipedia, the magazine 'Today's Astrologer' writes on February 6, 2008, p. 11: "According to her birth certificate, on file at the American Federation of Astrologers in Tempe, Arizona, she was born on April 9, 1925 at 6:05 a.m. EST in Morgantown, West Virginia."
Sy Scholfield quotes from a magazine article about astrologers, "How It Can Be Foretold" by Ann Bayer, LIFE, 26 September 1969, p. 75: "Miss Goodman feels that ordinarily it doesn't hurt to increase your vibrations, but being a double Aries herself she often finds it necessary to curtail her own... although red is the color of Aries, she always wears blue (the color of Libra, her moon sign) ..."
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (Diabetic)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Toe, then part of leg, mid-80s)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Paranoid after daughter suicide)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
- Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Three kids died in infancy, daughter committed suicide)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field (Made millions)
- Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer (Pro)
- Vocation : Writers : Astrology
- Vocation : Writers : Poet
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession