It’s that month again; the one in which I get to turn another year older. When I was a child I got it into my head that the date of my birth held the key to my destiny. That I had been sent to earth for some special reason. By this logic anyone born on my birthday was special too. This idiocy was reinforced when I found out how many famous people were born on May 26th.
John Wayne was born May 26, 1907. He rode horses and shot guns. I tried to ride a horse once but the critter paid me no never mind (as my grandmother would say) galloping off into the desert until it finally got tired. Luckily it knew the way back to the barn because I sure didn’t. Clearly being a cowboy star was not in my stars.
Sally Ride was born May 26, 1951. At one time I wanted to be an astronaut. My motives were entirely selfish. I wanted to sail off into space to find the mothership that deposited me on Earth like a demented stork with a sick sense of humor. But then I hit high school and realized I have math dyslexia. I can’t even copy down a telephone number without transposing the numbers. Plus they drink their own urine in space, Yuck. Did I ever mention that I’m a real picky eater?
Stevie Nicks was born on May 26 1948 and Peggie Lee, May 26. 1920. I tried out for choir once and sang so beautifully that the choral director suggested I consider a career in comedy.
Indeed, of all the celebrities born on May 26th (Dorothea Lange, James Arness, Jack Kervokian to name a few) the only one I feel a kinship with is Isadora Duncan born May 26, 1877. I love to go barefoot in the garden. I love to dance in loose clothing. And I suppose one day my scarf will get caught in the spokes of a Bugatti and that will be end.
As I got older I realized that having my picture taken all the time or reading about myself in “stars who’ve aged badly” would have ended, well, badly. Very badly. It’s a good thing my path was not one that led to celebrity.
Do you feel a kinship with any celebrity born on the same day as you or are the stars just flaming balls of gas twirling out in space?