More Than the Lion’s Share: Bad Girls

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“I’m a Leo. We’re all very sure of ourselves.”

                                                               –Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), “The Golden Girls”

Bad Girls

Talking ‘bout bad, bad girls. Yeah. *

As the story goes, Madonna (born August 16, 1958) definitely had a lot to live up to with a name like that. She ditched her middle class life in Michigan and headed for the hustle and bustle of NYC. Her own hustle in nightclubs scored her a record deal, and when she was interviewed by Dick Clark during her first appearance on “American Bandstand” in 1984, she was asked what her ultimate goal was. True to a Leo’s nature, she responded, “To rule the world.” Fast forward to more than thirty years later, Madonna remains a household name with her outrageousness and constant reinvention of herself and her image.

If anyone personified the phrase “sex as a weapon”, it was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. Better known as Mata Hari (born August 7, 1876), who would have thought that she would grow up to be executed by firing squad as a double agent?  She truly earned the femme fatale moniker and her place in history. Her pseudonym entered the vernacular as the symbol of the mysterious, often dangerous woman that few men can resist.

Mae West (born August 17, 1893) was never afraid to get down and dirty. Production Code be damned. Her films and plays, including “Sex”, showed that she was a woman on a mission, and she got the job done.  Even now, her double entendres and passion charged quips (one of my favorite quotes is front and center on this website) show that she didn’t care if she stepped on anyone’s toes. She was going to express herself as a ballsy Leo woman should, and on her terms. No apologies given or necessary.

List of Leos and dates of birth according “Sextrology” by Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox (billed as Starsky + Cox), The Internet Movie Database ( and individual Wikipedia pages ( 

*A special nod to the late, great Donna Summer (1948-2012). Toot toot. Beep beep. 



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