Goodman, Linda (1925–1995)
American astrologer, born Mary Alice Kemery on April 9,
1925, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She emerged into public
notice in 1958 as the writer-broadcaster for a Pittsburgh radio
show, ‘‘Letter from Linda.’’ She moved to New York City in
1964 and later became a speechwriter for the National Urban
League. In 1968 Goodman published her first book, Sun Signs,
a massive work on astrology and human relationships offering
advice for changing one’s responses to the actions of others in
accordance with one’s own astrological characteristics as well as
those of whomever one is dealing with. It became one of the
best-selling astrology texts of the period. It went into 17 hardback
printings prior to paperback publication in the fall of
1971. By the end of the decade it had sold more than four million
copies. From having no prior connection to the astrological
community, Goodman became one of the most influential
astrologers in America, and her clients included a number of
celebrity personalities.
Additional astrological texts by Goodman include Venus
Trines at Midnight (1970) and her equally popular Linda Goodman’s
Love Signs A New Approach to the Human Heart (1978).
Less known, Goodman founded a new religion she termed
Mannitou, a synthesis of teachings from St. Francis of Asissi
and some Native American tribes. She put a large percentage
of the income from her books into establishing her new faith.
Goodman, Linda. Linda Goodman’s Love Signs A New Approach
to the Human Heart. New York Harper, 1978.
———. Sun Signs. New York Taplinger, 1968. Reprinted as
Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. New York Bantam Books, 1971.
———. Venus Trines at Midnight. New York Taplinger,