Comedians are notoriously tortured souls and Mel Brooks – a brilliant and successful filmmaker, comedian, composer, actor – Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood: Men in Tights etc – is no exception. A biography just out by Patrick McGilligan according to the Times review is “is a damning chronicle of narcissism, mental cruelty, prejudice, treachery, moral bankruptcy, financial impropriety and chronic shouting.”
Brooks harboured insecurities, especially self-loathing and fury at the world, partly due to his father dying when he was two and learned to survive by making people laugh. But without an audience he evidently became sullen, passive aggressive and worse. When his pregnant first wife, who bore him three children, attended the premiere of one of his musicals she was reportedly banned from the cast party and sent home so he could have sex with his new fling Eartha Kitt. He bragged about his liaisons with actresses and kept a little black book of hookers’ phone numbers. After the divorce he evaded child-support payments for years. And then he met actress Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) and miraculously stayed married to her for 40 years.
Born in New York on 28 June 1926 he has a stark Sun Pluto in Cancer square Mars in Aries, which would certainly explain his browbeating, bullying and rages; with an immensely stubborn and enduring Fixed Grand Cross of Jupiter in Aquarius opposition Neptune square Saturn in Scorpio opposition Venus in Taurus.
His Aquarius Moon was probably opposition Anne Bancroft’s Jupiter which would help to smooth a few of his rough edges; and her Sun Venus in Virgo was trine his Venus in Taurus which would give a resonance.
But it certainly wasn’t all singing and dancing with his Pluto square Mars hitting on her Saturn in Capricorn, which would evoke major irritation. But she was used to tough conditions with her Saturn opposition Pluto. His Uranus opposed her Sun Venus so he would exasperate her and they both needed their own space.
Their relationship chart does have a well-aspected composite Jupiter which would be essential for keeping morale high and lessening the strain – Jupiter squares the composite Sun Mercury and was conjunct the composite North Node. And the Sun Mercury was in a steady and long-lasting trine to Saturn. But there was also a power-struggling, dominating composite Mars opposition Pluto so there would be dark, difficult moments. Her Virgo Sun arguably helped her put up with his tantrums.
She was born 17 September 1931 New York – her time is unverified and his is not known. She died in 2005.