1969: A Year for Divas

As we bid farewell to the year (and the decade).. I thought I would take a moment to celebrate the birthdays of the very long list of influential and iconic women in American culture who turned 40 in 2009. After all, 40 is the “new 30”, am I right ladies?!

Who could imagine the Oscar Red Carpet without Cate Blanchett, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones or Jennifer Aniston?

How about the Grammys without Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey or Gwen Stefani?

Two of the most beloved female athletes of the past 20 years were also born in 1969- Nancy Kerrigan and Steffi Graf.

These woman have been phenomenally celebrated and phenomenally transformative to their fields.

Jennifer Lopez was famously the first Latina to get a million dollar paycheck for a film. She also broke boundaries in terms of proving that you could have your cake and eat it too- or more precisely that you could be a singer, dancer, actor, clothing designer, serial monogamist, fragrance maker, and producer simultaneously. Mariah Carey is one of the best selling female artists of all time  and Gwen Stefani also transformed the constrictive model of being a female singer by keeping her band together as well as having a thriving solo career, launching a style revolution and entrepreneurial empire.

Jennifer Aniston, meanwhile seems to be the slightly reluctant face of an entire 90s generation as they attempt to age gracefully and keep their yoga-toned bodies, eco-friendly lifestyle, and romantic comedy-ready lives set for the next chapter. And while Cate Blanchett, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones embody more the style of the old-fashioned Hollywood stars, they have been embraced wholeheartedly by the public and the Academy alike.

So besides being born in 1969, what do these ladies have in common? Well it is precisely because they were born in 1969 that they have something in common- they were born during the epic Uranus/Jupiter/Pluto conjunction. This was one of the most- perhaps THE most- significant period in 20th century American history as the counter-culture revolution was crystallized and permanently changed the American way of life. It was the pinnacle of a time of rapid, radical, freedom-oriented change (Uranus), deep psychological reassessment of values and norms (Pluto) mixed with a good sized dash of courage, optimism and hope for the future (Jupiter). The landing of man on the moon took place in 1969.

So it is really not a surprise that women who have shaken up the norm, who have made such an indelible mark on the American public, were born during this spectacular conjunction. These women are humanitarian and  individualistic (Uranus), intense and dramatic (Pluto) and really lucky {as if we didn’t already know that!!} thanks to Jupiter. Other fabulous females who rang in their 40th this year were Anne Heche, Christy Turlington, Rachel Hunter, Ellen Pompeo, Julie Delpy, Julie Bowen and Chandra Wilson.