Linda Goodman was a woman of paradox. She was a proud mother of seven, though only five survived beyond infancy, most of whom she was supposedly estranged from. She was intensely patriotic, though she believed the U.S. government was behind a cover-up of Sally’s death. She was a Franciscan scholar and Vatican enthusiast despite being raised in an American tradition which developed, more or less, in revolt to the Catholic Church — not to mention she was otherwise considered a heretic. Goodman was a critic of astrologers and advisers who charged for their services, though she was among the most profitable authors of her era. She sold paperback rights to Sun Signs for a record-breaking $225 million, but died bankrupt. Among friends, she was considered both needy and reclusive, often asking her confidants to spend the night so she didn’t have to be alone. She was a celebrity and a hermit. She was born in the East and died in the West, 10,000-feet above sea level. She was of the first generation of diabetics to have insulin, but opted to become a “fruititarian” which may have led to the mid-leg amputations toward the end of her life and her death at age 70.