Marilyn Monroe was a huge movie star, but she owned diddly-squat. She was not materialistic!
Marilyn’s estate was a bunch of poignant schlock. The auction raised more than $13 million, but not because of any intrinsic value in the numbered lots. There were no Renoirs or Picassos. Her knickknacks were pedestrian. Her cookware was greasy. Her spatulas were bent. Even her Golden Globe was broken.
The majority of her clothing showed surprising wear and tear. She had worn it all repeatedly and there just wasn’t that much of it.
Her jewelry? With the exception of her DiMaggio wedding ring it was a bunch of paste danglers and costume crap.
Shoes? Yes, there were several pairs of black suede Ferragamo stilettos with worn heels. But Marilyn—brace yourself for another shocker—was more into books than shoes. Her poignant desire to cultivate her mind and give herself an education resulted in an extensive library of first editions. Take that, Carrie Bradshaw!
This stunning lack of materialism made me love and respect her more. What do you need in life other than a good book, a few capri pants, and a cotton sundress or two?
We’ve discussed Marilyn M previously here - her ultimate Gemini genius, Lilith in Leo Rising early adoption of weight lifting and massive Neptunian mojo + foibles – but i did not think of her as a minimalist, as such.
But it fits! She had Saturn in the 4th House (home sector) and Moon in Aquarius, both often lovers of austerity, clean lines and space. Clutter freaks the fuq out of a lot of Aqua Rising/Aqua Sun/Aqua Moon people…myself included.
Another celebrity minimalist? Steve Jobs, the late C.E.O. of Apple:
Former Apple CEO John Sculley said, “I remember going into Steve’s house and he had almost no furniture in it. He just had a picture of Einstein, whom he admired greatly, and he had a Tiffany lamp and a chair and a bed. He just didn’t believe in having lots of things around but he was incredibly careful in what he selected. The same thing was true with Apple … I think that reflects everything that I have ever seen that Steve has touched.”
And…Jamie Lee Curtis:
My style is a distillation. I’ve etched out who I am through myriad haircut attempts, outfit attempts, beauty attempts, diet attempts. It’s been an evolution. I’ve let my hair go gray. I wear only black and white. Every year I buy three or four black dresses that I just keep in rotation. I own one pair of blue jeans. I’ve given away all my jewelry, because I don’t wear it. [It's] Function over frivolity. Clean living. Clean lines.
I love these people – minimalists find so few role models in pop culture, you know?
Maybe there is not a particular astro-signature for uncluttered people, minimalism and all but it’s more that it’s totally now?
Image: Philippe Halsman