Actor Gérard Depardieu – ‘the best and worst of France’- with a cast-iron liver and one-time buddy of Putin has a new well-received film out. The miracle is he’s still alive, having reputedly once downed 14 bottles of wine in one binge and still smoking after a quadruple heart bypass some years back, plus multiple motorcycle crashes. He exiled himself from France over high taxation rates, buddied up with Putin, who he reckoned was a hoodlum like himself, though they have recently fallen out after his direct criticism over Ukraine. A recent allegation of sexual assault against him is still under investigation and by his own admissions there were several instances of rape early in his life.
The star of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette (and the immensely popular Asterix and Obelix film franchise) he is a polarising figure but still dear to the French heart. Now 73 he ‘has achieved an almost mythic quality. At his best, he’s a thrilling, disruptive and almost dangerous performer’ – “both rude and so refined, rough and full of grace, uneducated and very learned, gargantuan and ascetic.” And has been forgiven for his failings because of his disarming candour about his lifestyle and temperament.
He was born 27 December 1948 8am Chateauroux, France into profound poverty, with illiterate alcoholic parents. He left home to move in with a pair of streetwalkers when he was 13, flirted with petty crime, was a male prostitute and a grave robber before stumbling into acting in his mid teens and discovering classic literature.
What saved him would be a lucky Jupiter Sun Mercury in ambitious Capricorn in his 1st house giving him unshakeable self-confidence and an ebullient personality. His Sun, Jupiter, Mercury also trine a hard-working Saturn in the well-informed 9th so he would be keen to make up the educational deficits of his early life. His determined Mars in Capricorn in his 2nd house of finances as well would give him a driving urge to get out of the pit of his childhood and with Uranus trine his Midheaven he would be blessed with an innovative spirit. His seductive Scorpio Moon would give him a brooding sexuality when younger. Though his emotional life, not surprisingly, has been as chaotic as the rest of his life with Uranus on his Descendant and a can-be-compulsive Venus square Saturn.
His Pluto in the 8th is interesting since it does occur with movie stars who can project a powerful aura and image, though it isn’t an easy placing bringing a life filled with out-of-control events.
He has several well-aspected Harmonic charts – his get—a-life-together 5H; his pleasure-seeing 9H; wheel of fortune and self-defeating 10H; victim 12H and super-star22H.
His story is not dissimilar to Edith Piaf, the French singer – ‘Non, Je ne regrette rien’ – who was born 19 December 1915 5am Paris, literally in the streets of Paris, the illegitimate child of a chanteuse and a street acrobat. Abandoned by her mother she spent her early years in a brothel in Normandy run by her father’s family and then in her early teens became a street singer in Paris.
She became one of the most famous and beloved entertainers in Paris but her life was plagued by drugs, alcohol and overwork. She had several car accidents, attempted suicides, four drug cures, two episodes of delirium tremens, ulcers, jaundice, seven operations, three hepatic comas, spells of madness, two bouts with bronchial pneumonia and one with pulmonary oedema. She died before she was 50.
Like Depardieu, she had an 8th house Pluto, which gives great resourcefulness though also bring situations requiring courage and endurance. Her 2nd house Sagittarius Sun would give her a liking for money though not always an ability to handle it well. She had an unloved Venus Saturn hard aspect like him, a testament to her unloved childhood.
There’s something incredibly French about both of them.
“My only model for being a father was my father, an illiterate on the margin of society.” Gerard Depardieu
“I’m living in the present. I have no ambition. It’s true. But I want to live.” Gerard Depardieu“Singing is a way of escaping. It’s another world. I’m no longer on earth.” Edith Piaf
“I can die now. I’ve lived twice.” Edith Piaf
“When you reach the top, you should remember to send the elevator back down for the others.” Edith Piaf
“If God has allowed me to earn so much money, it is because He knows I give it all away.” Edith Piaf
ADD ON: Other 8th house Plutos include:
Marlon Brando – a alcoholic mother, hostility towards his critical father and a global reputation.
Oprah Winfrey – a teenage unmarried mother, poor, messy and abusive childhood.
Elvis Presley – poor, father imprisoned at one point for check fraud. For chart see below June 23 2022.
Adolf Hitler – hostile relationship with his father.
Winston Churchill – emotionally damaged by a distant relationship with his socialite mother.
All rose to great prominence despite or maybe because of the grit-in-the-oyster from less than perfect beginnings.