Even with these characteristics, which are said to be applicable to people who have the Cancer zodiac sign, these people are not that easily defined. They range widely across the spectrum of personality types. Still, deep down, Cancers are homebodies who are not known to be too liberal in their views or thinking. They love to come home to rest and relax and retreat from the world’s stresses. Cancer women are strong mothers with loving, and often, large nests full of many children.
To outsiders, those who were born under the Cancer zodiac sign, can seem distant, unemotional and purposeful. But those who know and love them best see them in an entirely different light. They get to know the real Cancer, and what they see is a person with a sensitivity and compassion for others. They are known to be very empathetic as well.
Cancers make for good fiction writers, because they can sometimes have overactive imaginations. The often live life according to romantic ideals of what they think their lives should be like, rather than what they really are or are capable of becoming. This also explains the love of art and drama, especially theater, that people born under the Cancer zodiac sign often have. As well as making for good writers, they are often good actors.
This tendency to live life in a fantasy transfers to their relationships with spouses and partners. They can be very sentimental and emotional, but at the same time be tough. They are always loyal, even if they stray outside marriage for sex. This sounds completely opposite, but it means that Cancer remains protective of his family and spouse. Cancers carry this predisposition to loyalty into their friendships as well. They can take it too far, however, and become too narrow-minded when it comes to outsiders.
Those born under the Cancer zodiac sign have the memories of elephants. They can remember emotional moments in their lives the best and tell you all the details years down the road. Because they live in fantasy, this tendency to reminiscence can often make them feel emotions they felt long ago again and again as they relive them in memory.
Some famous people born under the Cancer zodiac sign include: writers Neil Simon, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell; actors and comedians Bill Cosby, Phyllis Diller, Robin Williams, Dan Akroyd, Mel Brooks, John Goodman and Don Knotts; actors Anthony Edwards, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Pamela Anderson, Meryl Streep and Janet Leigh; musicians Cyndi Lauper, Linda Rondstadt, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana and Courtney Love; plus entertainers Alex Trebek, Richard Simmons and even Captain Kangeroo.