By Natori Moore
Unlike many celebrities,
who become famous because they have standout quirks that propel them into
the limelight, Tonight Show host Jay Leno is a regular guy. That’s
the impression he likes to give us every weeknight on television, and that’s
pretty much the way it is. Sure, he’s rich and famous, and he has
a knack for being funny that has taken him far, but Jay’s not a here today-gone
tomorrow kind of fellow. He’s got plenty of staying power, and despite
his luxury lifestyle, simple pleasures are often his favorites.
CHART. Jay’s Sun is in the steady and comfort-loving sign
of Taurus, and he displays the generally easy-going nature and ability
to accumulate material goods characteristic of this earthy sign.
Yet the public is more likely to notice Jay’s open friendliness, quirky
hair and jaw line (Aquarius rising), along with his sleepy-sexy eyes and
natural charm (First House Venus and Jupiter in Pisces). Like most
people with Venus in the First House, Jay is well liked and sociable.
Add benevolent Jupiter, and Jay becomes both court jester and king in his
environment, displaying a lively yet powerful presence.
WORK, WORK, WORK
But, yes, Jay’s arms ARE
tired, as the old joke goes. As a stand-up comic starting out in
the 1970s, Jay developed a reputation for being the hardest working person
around. He performed on the road 300 out of 365 days a year in his
early comedy career. His hard-working nature is represented by his
full Seventh House, which contains Mars, the Moon and Saturn in workaholic
Virgo. Virgo Moon people like Jay often meet their emotional needs
through keeping busy and completing tasks. They have an earnest desire
to serve people in practical ways. Yet they also tend to worry, and
accumulate a great deal of nervous tension.
GET THE MOTOR RUNNING
Jay’s favorite way to release
this nervous tension is by riding motorcycles. Jay has said he and
his wife never wanted children, and they have none. However, he has
a huge collection of classic cars and motorcycles, which could be considered
his mechanical kids. Uranus positioned in his Fifth House of children,
recreation and play symbolizes his love of machines. He may not have
been a good parent due to a tendency to neglect his children or give them
too much freedom. Luckily, Jay has had the foresight to recognize
IS THERE A DARK SIDE TO
Jay Leno’s nightly comic
performance on television reflects a large part of his genuine nature.
However, his complex Seventh House of partnerships reveals a few of his
shadows. With the sensitive Moon penned in between Saturn and Mars,
Jay may be unaware how he creates blocks to effective partnerships.
He may be stubborn, sensitive, defensive or aggressive because he doesn’t
like things to change much. He might have a “do it to them before
they do it to you” mentality. He is also likely to be cruel or cutting
at times, which we see occasionally in his monologue (especially when he’s
been one-upped by his sidekick, Kevin Eubanks), but which more likely comes
out in off-screen one-to-one encounters. He’s apparently been able
to tame the critical monster, though, since he’s been happily married to
Mavis Leno for 21 years.
Jay may also let the partners
in his life display anger or authority – doing his “dirty work” for him
-- while he becomes free to play the clown or the innocent. Witness
how his manager, Helen Kushnick, took most of the flack for conflicts with
David Letterman in the fight for the Tonight Show crown. After Jay
had become the new host, she had a reputation for being ruthless in booking
guests before Letterman or others could do the same. One wonders
how much of this dogged determination to get the best, no matter what it
cost him in relationships, really belonged to Jay.
A FEELING OF COMFORT
Not long after he took over
the Tonight Show, Jay Leno had the show’s stage redesigned to be closer
to the audience like the intimate comedy clubs he favored on the road.
With this familiar stage design supporting him, Jay loves performing his
comedy routine night after night to the public. Jay was likely chosen
to carry on the Tonight Show tradition because, like a favorite old easy
chair, he’s soothing and comfortable to an established audience.
With his jagged chin and spiky hair, he’s weird enough to seem progressive,
and he’s clever at delivering a joke. But he’s also got the engaging
charm and the staying power to uphold the traditions of a show that’s lasted
nearly 50 years. Being a “regular Joe” in glittery Hollywood may
be one of Jay Leno’s biggest achievements.
April 28, 1950
New Rochelle, New York
Source: From memory
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