Storyline: The midas-touched merchant prince turns almost everything he fondles into gold, while acting as pocketbook patriarch for the generations of his own family who continually follow his unleaden lead.

David Geffen (David Lawrence Geffen) (1943) - American movie & record producer and philanthropist. Outer: Son of Russian immigrants, mother was an an entrepreneur, and basic breadwinner of the family, father was a pattern-maker, who preferred reading to working. Younger of 2 brothers. His mother’s entrepreneurial activities made him want to be a businessman. Slept in his parent’s bedroom until his older brother left home. Fascinated by movie moguls from a young age, particularly Louis B. Mayer (Master P). Began working after school at 14, when his mother cut off his allowance to make him enter the working world, then headed west the day he graduated high school. Denied admission to UCLA, he went to the Univ. of Texas for a semester, but flunked out, then did the same at Brooklyn College. Began his career working in the mailroom of the William Morris management agency, claiming he was a UCLA graduate and a cousin of record producer Phil Spector. Went to work an hour early for 4 months, before intercepting and steaming open a letter from UCLA, and then forging himself as a graduate of that university. Already signing artists as a mailroom clerk. Became an agent for various agencies, created and sold Tunafish Music, then formed Asylum Records, which he also sold, but continued working for them in their merged form as Elektra/Asylum. Briefly lived with singer Cher after her break-up with Sonny Bono. Worked for Warner Bros. for a year, then was misdiagnosed and thought he was dying of a cancerous tumor. Taught at UCLA and Yale, then 4 years later, discovered he was in good health and returned to the music industry. Formed Geffen Records in 1980, ultimately making it the largest music management company in the U.S, through his skill at knowing what the public wanted. Known as the ultimate schmoozer, on phone from morning til night. Extremely persuasive, built his own entertainment empire by expanding into Broadway productions as well as films, through the Geffen Film Company, and wound up one of the richest men in the entertainment industry, through manipulation and the willingness to sabotage any personal relationship in the way of his goals. Capable of both off-beat productions as well as commercial hits, and able to successfully balance the two. Almost married pop star Cher, then came out of the closet as a homophile in the 1990s, after becoming a billionaire, and contributed large amounts of money to the AIDS crisis. Bought the old Jack Warner mansion in Beverly Hills, as a further reconnection with moguls past. Joined longtime friends Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg in forming the first new Hollywood megastudio in many a decade, Dreamworks SKG, in his early 50s, while continuing to develop his own projects. Never particularly fond of the film industry, he let it go in 2005, when it was absorbed by Paramount. Prototype of the modern mogul, a combination of acute player skills, masterful manipulations, complete self-interest and an unerring ear and eye for public tastes. Interjected himself into the 2007 Democratic run for the presidential roses by laying his financial favors on Barack Obama, while badmouthing the Clintons for their dishonesty, despite having earlier backed them to the tune of $18 million. Butted heads with Paramount’s Sumner Redstone, and left the studio in 2008 when his contract ran out. Pursued his philanthropic goals afterwards, showing no further interest in show business. His various relationships with much younger men, was highlighting in 2014, when he won a restraining order against 20 year old, Jamie Kuntz. Has a net worth of $7 billion Inner: High-energy, highly ambitious, highly persuasive, with the ability to regain the confidence of people he has abused and betrayed. Magnetic, ruthless and totally solipsistic. Extremely social, as well as casual and down-to-Earth. Golden touch lifetime of actualizing his power fantasies in the cultural realm, unweighed down by family or throne as he has been in the past, to be his own kingdom unto himself. Lewis Selznick (Lewis Zeleznik) (1870-1933) - American movie mogul. Outer: One of 18 children of an impoverished Jewish forester. Walked out of Russia and emigrated to England at 12, then worked as a factory hand until he earned passage to America. Married Florence Sachs, the strong-willed daughter of a chicken-killer, 3 sons, including agent Myron (Jeffrey Katzenberg) and producer David O. Selznick (Brett Ratner). Taught his sons that they were heir to his kingdom and read them the classics. His youngest son was slightly brain-damaged and mostly ignored. After becoming a jeweler’s apprentice in Pittsburgh, he recreated himself as a successful self-made entrepreneur with a chain of stores by his mid-20s. Moved to NYC at 30, and took a chance on the fledgling motion picture business 2 years later. Slid around several companies, then stole an established star, Clara Kimball Young (Laura Dern), and created a motion picture company around her, before changing it in months to his own Selznick Pictures. Thrived for a while as one of the original Hollywood moguls, but made many enemies in the business. By the time he reached his early 50s, gambling, competitive rivalries, particularly with Louis B. Mayer, (Percy Miller) and sour real estate investments, forced him into bankruptcy over a small $3000 debt. Compelled to move from his 22-room Park Avenue apartment, to three furnished rooms, with his wife doing the cooking, and all their possessions, including the latter’s jewels, hocked. Failed to rally in the Florida land boom and retired, supported by his two successful sons. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Inner: Restless, inventive, self-destructive. Doting father with middle son, David, treating him like a child into his early 20s, and seeing his own immortality in him. Intensely competitive with a propensity for risk-taking, allowing him to open up his previously controlled autocratic Catholic character for a more expressive immigrant Jewish one. Bridge lifetime of overextending himself, while learning through both his failures and a forced retirement for late-life reflection on how to proceed in creating a far more successful go-round the next time up in the same industry. Joseph I (1678-1722) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: From the House of Hapsburg. Mother was a German duchess, father was HRE Leopold I (Leopold Stokowski). Oldest of 7 surviving children of his father’s 3rd marriage, including brother, Karl VI (Michael Eisner). With a restless, hectic nature, he took after his mother far more than his father, with whom he was often at odds, although he inherited his sire’s musical sensibilities. Became king of Hungary at 9, and was designated king of the Romans at 12. Not adverse to amorous romance, unlike his more staid sire. In1699, he married Wilhelmina Amalia, a German princess, 2 daughters from union and one son who did not survive. Succeeded to the imperial throne at the age of 26, and involved himself in continual wars, particularly over the kingship of Spain for his brother, which remained unresolved at his early death. Eager for reform and change. Reorganized Austria’s finances, creating a much more viable banking system to finance the empire’s military pursuits. As an accomplished musician, he greatly fostered the cultural life of Vienna, but his reign was too brief to leave a permanent imprint on his inherited empire. Died from smallpox in his mid-30s, and was succeeded by his brother. Inner: Cultured, energetic and highly competent. Modernizer, impatient with the old ways, particularly in the political arena. Foreshortened lifetime of giving cultural impetus to Vienna as the musical capital of Europe, while learning the exigencies of ruling a vast empire without being given the full scope of time to develop them. Philaret (Fyodor Romanov) (c1554-1633) - Russian Orthodox Patriarch. Outer: Related to the Muscovite royal family. 2nd son of a general and statesman, and although one of the favorites of tsar Ivan the Terrible (Joseph Stalin), was kind and generous. Tall and robust. Married Xenia Shestova, 5 sons from theunion, with the first 4 dying in infancy, and only the youngest, Michael (Michael Eisner), surviving. Like his sire, he pursued a successful worldly career as a statesman with close ties to the court, surpassing him in importance to the crown. Had his own eye on the throne, and when his cousin, Fyodor I (Lavrenti Beria) died in 1598, he found himself outmaneuvered by his more powerful rival, Boris Godunov (Sergei Kirov), who trumped up charges of treason, and had him and his entire extended family exiled to the arctic regions of Russia, after a manufactured trial. His wife was subsequently given the veil, and the two were separated, while he was made a tonsured monk, ending his direct dreams for the throne. On his archfoe’s sudden death in 1605, he was released in the dynastic confusion afterwards and made metropolitan or archbishop of Rostov. Carried off by the Poles in 1612, he was imprisoned in a castle dungeon, not to be finally released until 1619 after the ascension of his son, Michael, to the throne. Following a joyous reunion with his family, which had always been close, he was made Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Overrode his lesser son, to become the dominating force of government, insisting on the title, “sovereign majesty,” which had heretofore solely been reserved for tsars. Proved to be a highly capable reformer in all domains. Made the church far more Russian, forcing all who entered it from its Roman counterpart to be rebaptised, while reaching back out across Europe, after Russia’s long isolation. Established both libraries and colleges in each of the country’s dioceses. Also reformed the tax structure, reorganized the military and gave more stability to peasant life, in an all-round run at totally reshaping society in preparation for unknown futures to come. Tsar in everything but title, he was able to cement a household that would ultimately house 18 tsars and last 300 years. Inner: Extremely ambitious, with an inordinate instinct for order, and the capacity to resurrect from all sorts of situations. Imprisoned lifetime of being forced to excessively contemplate himself and his ambitions, before embarking on a mature career of re-altering political and spiritual realities to a far more pragmatic level. Paul III (Alessandro Farnese) (1468-1549) - Italian pope. Outer: His family had been in the Papal service since the 12th century. On his mother’s side, Pope Boniface VIII was an ancestor. Father was a Roman noble, mother was an heiress. Born on a once every 4 year day, signaling the unusual life he would lead. Youngest of 3, including a sister, Giulia (Helena Rubinstein). Given a humanistic education by a school grounded in pagan mythos, then spent some years in the lively humanist circle around Lorenzo de’ Medici, unconsciously tapping into the descendants of his earlier go-round, while connecting up with the future Leo X (Brett Ratner), and going to the Univ. of Pisa. Of medium height, with an aquiline nose, and a ruddy complexion. Spent a short prison term because of a family quarrel, then Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (Maxim Gorki) became his patron, after taking on Giulia as his mistress. Made a cardinal deacon by the latter, although gossipmongers whispered it was his sister’s intimacy with the latter that got him his position. Despite his position, he was not ordained a priest until 1519, at which point he took his clerical duties seriously. Up until then, he acted every inch the Renaissance nobleman, hunting, traveling, and collecting handsome revenues through his benefices. Exhibited acute artistic tastes, which were used exclusively for enhancing his family’s property, including the Palazzo Farnese, which he worked on from 1513 until his death. Kept an unnamed wellborn Roman mistress, and had four children by her, including his eldest son Pier Luigi (Leopold Stokowski), although he gave her up once he was ordained. Given various positions by the papacy, he used his diplomatic skills to elect 5 popes, before he became pontiff himself in 1534. Immediately enhanced his own family, making two teenage grandsons cardinals, and his son Pier Luigi head of the papal army. Despite his own nepotistic corruption, his predilection for splendor made him popular with his constituents, while his practice of naming those of worth as cardinals, rather than those who agreed with him, broke precedence. Worked hard to root out unethical practices in response to the rising threat of the German Reformation, which was seriously countermanding the authority of the papacy. Refounded the papal inquisition, oversaw new orders, such as the Jesuits, and reformed and reorganized the papal offices. Excommunicated the king of England, Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), and asserted papal control over central Italy. Continued to enhance his own family, making his grandson Ottavio (Steven Spielberg), duke of Camerino, which was resisted, as were his heavy taxes. Had Michelangelo (Henri Matisse) paint the Last Judgment on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and was a noted patron of learning and public buildings. Convoked the Council of Trent in 1545, as a means of further reforming the church, and sponsored missions to the outlying world, while giving his son Pier Luigi the duchy of Parma and Piacenza, which did not sit well with his strongest Catholic ally, the HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), who gave assent to the latter’s subsequent violent removal. Greatly weakened by the shock of his son’s assassination in 1547, and then began undone in anger when Ottavio brooked his will and refused to leave Parma. Died shortly afterwards, with one last word, “Parma.” Greatly mourned afterwards, with the populace lining up to kiss his feet. Inner: Seen as good-hearted, intelligent, and magnanimous, as a bridge figure from the decadent past chosen by the hand of his/story to try to lead a beleaguered church into the post-medieval world. Rarely made an important decision without consulting his astrologer. Managed to be well-loved while his son and grandson were hated, although had difficulty when his considerable will was challenged, particularly by family members. Actualized lifetime of achieving his aim to become a highly memorable pontiff, so as to complete his impressive medieval run, and prepare himself for his future role as patriarchal mogul in the entertaining world of modernity. Cosimo de’ Medici (1389-1464) - Italian banker and Renaissance prince. Outer: One of 2 sons of the gonfalonier of Venice. Learned about wealth and power from an early age from his prudent, cautious banker father, Giovanni de’ Medici (Michael Eisner), while serving as his right hand for many a year. Scholarly, he was given an excellent classical education, and a sense of duty to the family name. Lean, olive-skinned, over medium height, with a dignified, benign expression. As commonsensical as his sire, but less cautious, with far greater personal ambition. Managed the papacy’s finances and became the wealthiest man of his time. Founder of one of the main lines of the subsequent de’ Medici family. Married Contessina de’ Bardi, 2 sons from the union, including Piero (Steven Spielberg). After his father death in 1429, an anti-de’ Medici faction prevailed and he was arrested, jailed and narrowly avoided being beheaded before being exiled in 1433 to Padua for a ten year sentence. His brother and other family members were also scattered throughout Italy. Wound up in Venice, where he was treated like a prince and maintained his connections with his Florentine supporters. Overwhelmingly called back soon afterwards, he returned in his mid-40s to establish a 3 decade dominion over Florence, ruling with a sure hand, although his popular measures were never particularly well liked. Had a passion for building, and was a patron of culture, learning and antiquities, buying the largest extant library in existence in 1437. Chose good subordinates, and never displayed himself ostentatiously, following his father’s advice. Led a long and largely successful life, steering his state through complex difficulties, although the end saw the loss of his brother and favorite son. Established Florence as a learning and banking center of Renaissance Europe. Became an enthusiastic student of the Greek philosopher Plato (Anandmurti Gurumaa) at 50, going so far as to re-create his ancient academy at his own villa, and ultimate putting scholar Marsilio Ficino (Ram Dass) in charge of translating the manuscripts he had in his possession. The project would last decades longer than he did, but ultimately would be of extraordinary benefit to both medieval and Athenian scholarship. Afflicted with the family propensity for gout, and at the end of his long life, he felt his large gloomy house would not survive, although he was able to accept his oncoming death with good grace. Inner: Highly pragmatic, and relatively modest. Never used his fortune for his own physical enjoyment. Disliked violence, autocratic, imperturbable. Spoke little and was deliberately easy-going. Not particularly brave or eloquent, preferring to use finances as his primary source of aggression. Deep pocket lifetime of allowing his financial and cultural skills full flower in a perfect milieu for them, while establishing a base for his ongoing family of cultural moguls. Rudolph IV, duke of Austria (1339-1365) - Austrian noble. Known as “the Founder.” Outer: Oldest of 6 children of the duke of Austria, and a third generation member of the Hapsburg dukes of Austria. First in his line to be born in that polity, and seen as kingly as a young man. In 1357, he married Catherine de Luxembourg, a fellow teenager and the daughter of HRE Karl IV (Chaim Weizmann) of the House of Luxembourg, thereby linking those two powerful dynasties. No children from the union, with his wife outliving him by 30 years. Extremely ambitious, as well highly competitive with his father-in-law, who had made Prague a cultural and intellectual center. Wished to do the same with Vienna, and was more than willing to manipulate circumstances to effect that end. Created a Metropolitan chapter at the Cathedral of Saint Stephen in order to make Vienna a bishopric, since it had heretofore been part of a neighboring diocese. Also founded the Univ. of Vienna in 1365 to compete with Karl’s Univ. of Prague, and it would ultimately wind up as the oldest continuing German-language university, after WW II. Extremely active in Vienna’s economic growth, as well, including creating a stable currency. Forged a document, the “Privilegium Maius,” which made him an equal with the electors of the Holy Roman Empire, and also invented the title of Archduke for himself in 1358, at his sire’s death, which his Hapsburg descendants would employ for themselves. Wangled Tyrol under his rule in 1363 via his childless sister, and fashioned a contract of inheritance with his father-in-law, so that the Houses of Hapsburg and Luxembourg would enjoy mutual inheritances. Modernized his territories and his cities, so as to set the future central European cultural and economic superiority of Vienna, although his premature death found his brothers Albert III and Leopold III at one another, to found two different lineages. The House of Hapsburg, however, would become ruling custodians of the Holy Roman Empire through his great-grand-nephew the following century, for the rest of its 350+ year existence. Inner: Suffered from facial palsy. Highly energetic, and not above manipulating documents to achieve his ends, which were dedicated to creating a ruling house for the ages. Founder lifetime of cementing a house he would return to, while feeding into his ongoing paterfamilial education as primary architect of the fortunes of his descendants in medieval and then modern times. Constantine V (718-775) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: Of Syrian descent. Father was Byzantine Basileus Leo III (Michael Eisner). Second of four children, with two sisters and a brother. Known by the embarrassing epithet of Copronymous, because of a fecal-drenched baptism on his part. Proclaimed co-emperor when he was two on Easter Day, and was in accord with his sire’s policy of iconoclasm, destroying all religious images as heretical misrepresentation of the Christ. In 732 he was betrothed to the daughter of the Khazar khagan, who became a Christian, and was baptized under the name of Irene. Their son Leo IV (Samuel Goldwyn), would be his successor. Involved in his father’s military campaigns, and succeeded to the throne in 741 on his progenitor’s death. Upon doing so, he was attacked by his older brother-in-law, Artabasdus, while marching against the Saracens, who wished the title of Basileus for himself. After thoroughly defeating him, Artabasuus raced to the capital, claimed the title, and restored the city’s icons. Took refuge in Amorium, an iconoclast stronghold, and raised sufficient troops to defeat his rival two years later and reclaim his throne. Blinded his rival and his sons and mutilated or executed their cohorts as was the practice of the time, while also humiliating the patriarch who had crowned his rival, although allowed him to retain his office, since it fed into his need to control as much of the religious and political hierarchy as possible. Intensified his persecution of all icon-worshipers afterwards, while showing himself to be, at core, fairly libertine, a bisexual who filled his court with favorites, and was an accomplished musician on the harp. At heart, a monophysite, who believed in the singular divine body of the Christ, he spent much time pondering religious issues, ultimately penning some 13 treatises on the subject. Both his wife and daughter were iconophiles, although they publicly supported the emperor’s policies. Once reinstated, he focused on the conquest of Arab-held territories, proving a successful commander, while taking full advantage of the divides in the Muslim world. By the 750s, his eastern frontiers were more secure, as was his empire, despite inroads by the Lombards into Italian holdings, and he turned his attention on the issue of iconoclasm. Called a Council in 754 which was not attended by any patriarchs, that underlined the impossibility of depicting the Christ in art, and also undercut the images of saints, so as to reduce their cult status. Spent the second half of his reign doing battle with the Bulgars to the north, prevailing for the most part, although never fully defeating them. In the 760s, he began persecuting monks, with a fury that bordered on the pathological, since many were in the camp of the cultists. Also weathered a major patriarchal plot against him in 766, which furthered his own prejudices against the church hierarchy. Moved peoples around liberally, repopulating Constantinople after a two year plague hit the area. After his first wife, died, he wed a second time, only to lose her, as well, occasioning a third marriage with Eudokia, who produced five sons and at least a daughter. in order to insure he had his eldest son marry a Greek, also named Irene (Vilma Banky), and she, too, produced a son, another Constantine, which would create dynastic infighting following his death from a fever, while he was campaigning against the Bulgars, when his legs grew so swollen, he had to be borne on a litter. His legacy would remain mixed since many of his chroniclers were associated with the Church, and when the icons were finally restored in 843, the Basileus of the time, Michael III (Johnny Weissmuller), broke open his sarcophagus, and burned his remains. Inner: Nervous and high-strung with a weak constitution, which caused bouts of depression and ill health. Despite his debilities, proved a solid commander and tactician, earning the love of his troops. Rabid to the point of point of pathological in many of his clerical stances despite being deeply religious. Iconoclastic lifetime of proving himself very much his father’s son, while tempering a sensual, musical nature, with a strongly religious one, in his ongoing lessons of exercising power over a variety of empires. Gordianus I (Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus) (c159-238) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Origins somewhat clouded. Claimed to be descended from Emperor Trajan (George C. Marshall) on his mother’s side, and the reforming Gracchi brothers on his father’s. His ancestors had thrice been consuls. Of ordinary height, and dignified, he carried himself well and sounded like an augustus. In his mid-30s, he married Fabia Orestilla, the great grand-daughter of the emperor Antoninus Pius (Bernard Kouchner) by whom he had Gordianus II (Brett Ratner), as well as a daughter, who would become mother of Gordianus III (Steven Spielberg). Impressive-looking, and strongly family-oriented. A wealthy landowner, he had far vaster provincial estates than any other private Roman citizen. Also held literary interests, and was noted for his huge library. Had a successful career as an aedile or judge, held various senatorial posts, and was governor of several provinces. Became consul at the relatively advanced age of 64. Accorded the title of emperor in 238, along with his son, while proconsul of Africa, as part of a rebellion not of his making. 80 years old at the time, and reluctant to take on the role, he eventually accepted acclamation as Augustus. Sent deputies to Rome and through their machinations, was given the imperial nod by the Senate. His son was soon killed in battle, and he hanged himself with his belt in grief, after only 22 days of wearing the purple. Inner: Moderate in all things he did, with an excessive love of slumber, even in social situations. Gentle and affectionate temper, extremely generous in his dealings with friends. Trifecta lifetime of trying to unite intellectuality with martiality, only to be eventually overcome by his own emotionality.


Storyline: The crowd-pleasing crown prince moves from the uncertainty of the political realm into the magical kingdom of cinematic fantasies, and proves himself to be the absolute master of his domain, giving the public precisely what it wants, through a combination of sentiment, story-telling expertise and the desire to uplift and enlighten.

Steven Spielberg (Steven Allan Spielberg) (1947) - American director, producer and screenwriter. Outer: Of Russian descent. Mother was an extroverted concert pianist, who doted on him, and ultimately became a kosher dairy restauranteur. Father was an electrical engineer and computer expert, who was quite distant and wedded to his work, although he provided the knowledge and support to make his son a filmmaker. Oldest of 4, with three sisters introverted as a child and extremely close to his mother. In adulthood, he was able to find common ground with his father.Had a suburban Jewish upbringing in Phoenix, although had trouble accepting his Judaism, which made him feel an outsider and began his involvement in cinema as a child with home movies, churning out his first production with actors at 12 The following year, he won a contest with a 40 minute war film, Escape to Nowhere. His parents divorced when he was 19. Although he was a poor student, his film obsession carried him to California State College, where he made his professional debut with a short called Amblin’, a name he would later give his production company. Stepped into an empty office at Universal and pretended to work there, unconsciously tapping into the ghost of his earlier career start. 5’7” with brown hair and brown eyes. Honed his skills initially on TV work. Made an impressive debut in his late 20s with Sugarland Express, and with his following film, Jaws, he established himself as a box office heavyweight, with the ability to bring craft and big financial numbers together. With his succeeding expertise at turning his fantasies into astonishing figures on the tally sheets, he helped redefine Hollywood as a magical well-monied kingdom. Reached his commercial apex in his mid-30s with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the most popular film up until its time. Able to form his own production company, Amblin, off of it, and go on to become one of the richest and most powerful people in Hollywood. The following year, he married actress Amy Irving, one son from the union, divorced 4 years later, then married actress Kate Capshaw in his mid-40s. Had an adopted son and daughter with her, as well as two more sons and a daughter. Brought many of his childhood fantasies to screen, while creating a huge entertainment empire through his ability to tap into the public’s dreamworld, and work successfully with other people. Elicited strong loyalty from those beneath him, and admiration from those who labored with him. Worked in animation, sci-fi and sheer terror, creating a number of the top 10 money-making films of all time. Continually snubbed by the Motion Picture Academy for his directorial efforts, he was finally rewarded with the Irving Thalberg Award in his late 30s, for Best Repeated Life. His saccharine sensibilities often marred his extraordinary story/telling abilities, as his wish to be loved for his work by a distant audience conflicted with the confident artist in him. Capped his creative career with Schindler’s List, a film on the Nazi Holocaust, a subject which has continued to fascinate him. Won the Academy’s nod as Best Director for it in 1993, and two years later, he was given the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Formed a megastudio, Dreamworks SKG, with close friends Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, although it took its time unfolding, while he has continued with his own projects, alternately playing off of fantasy and his own replays of his/story, including the highly successful WW II drama, Saving Private Ryan, and Munich, an attempt at a balanced look of the bloodlust of the Middle East. In 2005, Dreamworks SKG was sold to Paramount. Far more interested in directing than running a studio, and being the storyteller supreme of his generation of filmmakers, although chafed at Paramount’s Sumner Redstone refusal to acknowledge DKG’s contribution, and along with Geffen, terminated the deal in 2008, hooking up with India’s Reliance Group and Disney Studios in a huge distribution deal,. Remained active in the 20-teens, on both the large and small screens, Has directed some 35 films, and produced some 70 all told including several TV series. His various directing endeavors have grossed over $9 billion world-wide, making him the highest grossing director in his/story. Has a net worth of $3.5 billion. Inner: Unassuming, straightforward, workaholic sentimentalist. Strong sense of family, and strong cultural identification with his Judaism, after earlier struggling with it His films rarely delve into romantic relationships.. Sees himself as an outsider, despite his successes, along with a fear of offending. Conservative financially, shrewd businessman, demanding a high percentage of the gross of most of his later endeavors. Dislikes the word ‘mogul,’ making him think of debauched mongrel. Midas-touched lifetime of playing the commercial visionary and giving ever more range and depth to his artistic imagination through the wholesale acceptance of his efforts on the part of the great mass mind. Irving Thalberg (1899-1936) - American film executive. Outer: Mother was extremely ambitious for him, father was an importer of lace, comfortable middle-class German-Jewish upbringing. The elder of 2, he had a sickly childhood, with a rheumatic heart condition, and was often bed-ridden, particularly in high school. Read continually from the stacks of books his mother carted home for him from the library, then brought many of his childhood literary fantasies to the screen. Wound up with an impressive breadth of knowledge, and the ability to discuss virtually everything, thanks to adding Spanish and German, his/story and philosophy to his self-taught curriculum. Told he might not live to 30, he skipped college, learned shorthand and began his movie career in his late teens, with old family friend, Carl Laemmle (Michael Eisner), the founder of Universal Studios. Showed excellent administrative abilities and keen judgment on story material, and by the time he was 20, he found himself head of production of the fledgling outlet. Became known as ‘the Boy Wonder’ around Hollywood for his uncanny ability to sate public appetites for entertainment. Had a great eye for flaws in films, and was a stickler for detail. Forced to leave 3 years later, when he turned down a proposition offered to him to marry Laemmle’s daughter. Joined Louis B. Mayer (Percy Miller) and his small company as head of production, right before it was absorbed into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, one of Hollywood’s longtime major houses. With Mayer as manager and himself as artistic director, the team made the studio Hollywood’s most prestigious, as he personally supervised the silver screening of many of the classics of 1920 and 1930 filmdom. Always shot quickly, then reworked his efforts, until they shone to his satisfaction. Spared no expense in bringing stories he loved to the screen, and was roundly supported by the public for his efforts. In his mid-20s, he married the studio’s leading actress, Norma Shearer (Jennifer Lawrence), after earlier searching for several years for her, after seeing her in a silent, son and daughter from the union. Carefully guided her career afterwards, selecting both her directors and vehicles, to insure her preeminent Hollywood status while he lived. Never took credit on the 90+ films he produced, but was outraged over his writers attempting to unionize into a guild. Suffered a heart attack at 32, and left filmland to recuperate in Europe, but on his return, he found he was no longer relevant. Lost much of his power and authority, although he continued producing some exemplary films, such as Mutiny on the Bounty and Night at the Opera. In his last moments, he looked up at his wife and said, “Don’t let the children forget me,” and died of pneumonia at 37. Immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Last Tycoon.” Inner: Despite his frailty, he was a strong taskmaster, with great attention to detail and an uncanny knack for public taste. Self-effacing, but did not allow individuality in his directors, insisting they be company man to the core. Invented the role of the producer, with many managers beneath him to make sure the product was delivered on time and for cost. Foreshortened lifetime of acting the commercial visionary in a weak body, under threat of the strict time limitations of his frail mortality, motivating him to return in similar mode and bring his talents to full maturity. Alexander II (1818-1881) - Russian tsar. Outer: Eldest son of Nicholas I (Percy Miller). Spent his early years in the company of women, then at 6, began his training in the autocratic tradition of his father, who always felt he needed toughening up. Also tutored by a humanistic poet. The conflict of the two modes would make for a dual character, humanitarian and autocrat, with a preference for the former over the latter. Became the first of his family to receive a truly comprehensive education, learning how to balance the interests of his elites against one another as an instrument of change, rather than allowing one set to dominate the other. Despite being a dilatory student, he managed to absorb some of what he was taught, with a distinct preference for the spectacle of the parade ground over the drudge of the classroom. Toured Russia in his late teens, getting some sense of its vastness, then spent over a year abroad, visiting 40 major European cities. Fell in love with an illegitimate German princess, Marie of Hesse (Jennifer Lawrence) after spending one day with her family, and insisted over his parents’ objections, that she would be his wife or he would renounce the throne. She adopted his religion and changed her name to Maria Alexandrovna, and the two were married in 1841, 6 children from the union including his successor, Alexander III (Johnny Weissmuller), after his eldest, Nikolai (David Hasselhoff) died at 20. Happy union for nearly a quarter of a century. Began acting as his father’s deputy, and served in the upper echelons of the government for 15 years before ascending the throne at the age of 36 on his sire’s death, relatively well-prepared for his role. Immediately greeted with Russia’s defeat in the Crimean War, a result of his father’s failed policies, which forced him into a reformist mode. In 1861, he freed the serfs, “better from below than above,” and subsequently won enmity from both left and right over whatever he did. Helped modernize Russia, more from necessity than visionary idealism, creating a whole new series of elective bodies to govern Russia’s hamlets and districts, while introducing trial by jury and making the country’s judges independent. Once he began, however, expectations far exceeded actualities, and his relative progressivism spurred revolutionary activity. Escaped an assassination attempt in 1866, which reinforced his autocratic conservatism, then took on an 18 year old mistress, Ekaterina Dolgorukia (Kate Capshaw), with whom he had 4 children, and she became the mainstay of his life, while he forced his wife to deal with her constant presence at court. Married her four months after the death of the empress in 1880, because he felt his life could end any moment. Many of his advisers as well as the public were shocked at his lack of protocol, but he innately knew the precariousness of his position. Despite his many accomplishments, revolutionary ardor reached a pyretic pitch towards the end of his reign, with numerous violent episodes directed towards him during his last decade of rule, culminating in his assassination through a tossed bomb at his carriage, tearing his legs to shreds. Died in agony several hours later, after his wife had warned him not to take that route. Inner: Neither overly strong nor overly talented, but assumed the throne at a time of great turmoil and instituted sufficient change to insure a high place in Russian his/story. Struggled with expressing his true self against his father-dominated sense of who he should be. Tenacious and stubborn beneath the surface, despite giving off a weaker facade. His death was symbolic of a disconnection from the planet and a tearing apart of his being, so as to reconstruct it in a completely different mode, from his previous lives of rule. Completion lifetime of being an instrument for metamorphosis, with an explosive ending rearranging his being to better suit it to touch on his own potential greatness within, as an emperor of the imagination. Alexis I (Aleksei Mikhailovitch) (1629-1676) - Russian tsar. Outer: Father was Michael Romanov (Michael Eisner), the patriarch of the Romanov line of tsars who would rule Russia for the next 3 centuries. Mother was the daughter of a rural squire and the former’s 2nd wife. 2nd of 6 children. Spent his first 5 years zealously watched over in the women’s quarters. Received a superficial education from his brother-in-law, although he developed a lifelong habit of gobbling down information. Ascended the throne at the age of 16, and immediately faced revolts and threats to his crown. Forced to exile his brother-in-law after a popular uprising, and allowed a new code of laws defining serfdom to be drawn up, which placed the peasantry in perennial servitude. Married Maria Miloslavskaya at 17, 13 children from union including two sickly sons, one suffering from Down’s Syndrome, Ivan V (Samuel Goldwyn), and Feodor III (Brett Ratner), who both became short-lived tsars. His wife was a deep traditionalist who argued against the modernization of Russia. Forced all westerners to retain their dress, thereby reinforcing the alien status of his country. Constantly dealing with unrest, as well as problems of state. Entered into war with Poland, and permitted the patriarch Nikon (Percy Miller) to rule in his absence. Conflicts with him over power abused led to the patriarch’s ultimate defrockment and exile, although he was able to improve relations with the volatile cleric later in life. A schism in the Russian Orthodox Church occurred through the machinations of the latter. His wife and 2 children died when he was 40, and he immediately began embracing more Western ways. Married a 2nd time less than 2 years after his first spouse’s death. His 2nd mate, Maria Miloslavskaya, was a year younger than his oldest daughter, and much more open to change, having been raised as an orphan in his closest adviser’s home amidst strong Western influence. The oldest son from this union became the legendary ruler, Peter I (Yukio Mishima). Opened up trade with the west, which caused more rebellions, and then died suddenly and unexpectedly in his prime. Inner: Deeply religious, extremely intelligent, but prone to outbursts of anger, as well as terrible retributions against dissenters. Basically kind, sensitive, gentle, warmhearted and impulsive, with a great interest in Western technology, architecture and theater. Favored the middle classes, and depended on favorites to advise him, showing no strong sense of leadership himself. Viewed as a weak ruler, despite his near 30 year reign of relative prosperity. Dualistic lifetime of showing no great affinity for rule, evincing instead far more of a proclivity for arts and culture, in an attempt to open up his female side and give eventual birth to his far greater talent as a ruler over the mythical land of Hollywood. Ottavio Farnese (1524-1586) - Italian duke. Outer: 2nd son of Pier Luigi Farnese (Leopold Stokowski) and Giraloma Orsini. Younger brother of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (Michael Eisner). As a 14 year old, he was married, for political purposes, to the natural daughter of HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), Margaretha of Parma (Coco Chanel), who was already a widow and 2 years his senior. Twins from the union, with Alessandro Farnese (Lucien Bonaparte), the sole survivor. Lived apart from his wife for most of their married life, while she was far more attached to her son, than she was to him, while they both wound up dying exactly 8 months apart. Made lord of Camerino, although had to give it up, when his father became Duke of Parma, then tried to take possession of the latter, first by force, then by negotiation, after his sire’s assassination in 1547, which so angered his grandfather Pope Paul III (David Geffen), that it probably hastened his death, because the move directly challenged his considerable will. Following the pontiff’s departure, he was recognized as Duke of Parma by the next pope, Julius III in 1551. Able to negotiate with Charles’s successor, Felipe II (Adolf Hitler) of Spain for continued recognition, as his domains became virtually a Spanish protectorate, with Parma as the Farnese capital. Organized a better army, and founded a Jesuit College, in order to produce his own administrators, which would later become the Univ. of Parma. Established new industries and reorganized agriculture, while opening banks around his territory, in an all-around orderly show of competence and good business sense. In 1559, Felipe II made Margherita governess of Flanders, a position she held for a decade. Spent the latter part of his life quietly at home, tending to strengthening his duchy by building on the systems he had created. Succeeded by his son Alessandro, after his death. Inner: Extremely tenacious, albeit less the soldier than the negotiator, with an excellent sense of organization, and a determination to get his way. Like his other family members, evinced good taste and was an active patron of the arts. Continuer lifetime of solidifying systems he had inherited in his ongoing lessons in learning how to run and maintain and extended enterprise be it political or financial. Piero de’ Medici (Piero di Cosimo de’ Medici) (1416-1469) - Italian Florentine ruler. Known as ‘Piero the Gouty.’ Outer: Father was Cosimo de’ Medici (David Geffen), mother was an Italian contessina. One of 2 brothers. Scholarly, although more commonsensical than intellectual. Supported the arts and high minds of Florence, although was not presumptuous enough to join the circles he upheld. In 1443, he married Lucrezia Tornabuoni (Kate Capshaw), a highly intelligent woman from a powerful mercantile family, 4 surviving children, including Lorenzo (Abraham Lincoln) and Giuliano (Carl Sandburg), who was assassinated. Tight union twixt he and his wife, as she matched him in intelligence, as well as unprepossessing physicality, so that theirs was a connection of equals. Closely oversaw the education of his sons, allowing the former to become a figure for the ages. Afflicted so badly by hereditary gout, that he was often able to only move his tongue. His father never felt he was strong enough to continue in his tradition, despite adequately acquitting his duties as ambassador to other Italian city-states. Gonfalonier of Florence, the last of his family to hold that title. Believed in himself, even when others did not. Served as a patron for the Plato Academy, and supported many great artists, continuing the tradition of his father, and assuring his house would be a lasting testament to rule and patronage of learning. Assumed command of Florence the last 5 years of his life, and proved to be a fine political judge of character, steering his domain through its difficulties with tact and aplomb, while his wife worked as a close adviser. In 1466, on learning of a plot to overthrow him by the Duke of Ferrara, he had himself borne on a litter to outmaneuver his enemies, showing a courage he had heretofore kept hidden. Placed them in exile afterwards, rather than executing them, then later successfully stood off a seige. Ultimately fell victim to his disability, which caused him considerable depression during his final years, although did not mute his effectiveness. Inner: Tactful, innately humane, firm moral character. Avoided ostentation, well respected, and despite his afflictions, very much in control of his charge’s destiny. Debilitated body lifetime, once again, of trying to transcend his physical limitations and proving through the dint of sheer will, to be a powerful figure behind a weak exterior, an ongoing theme of his. Hugh Capet (c940-996) - French king. Outer: Began the Capetian line on the French throne. Grandfather, great-uncle and uncle had all been non-Carolingian kings. Eldest son of the Count of Paris, Hugh the Great (Percy Miller), and his 3rd wife. Inherited his father’s title, duke of the Franks in 956. Married in his mid-20s to Adelaide Aquitaine (Jennifer Lawrence), the daughter of the duke of Aquitaine, 4 children, including his successor Robert II (Mikhail Gorbachev). Became a lay abbot, and derived his nickname from the cape (cappa) he wore. Like his father, he served the Carolingian monarchs, until the last of their line died in a riding accident. Also had good relations with the German kings, Otto II (Shah Massoud) and Otto III (Ayman al-Zawahiri). Appointed regent by the Archbishop of Reims, and elected by a council of nobles to fill the vacant throne in 987, based on his family, as well as his holding a position of power that made him ruler in all but name. Assured his succession by having his son Robert crowned the same year. Constantly had his throne threatened, although his enemies were never able to coordinate a successful coup. Very little known about him, other than his having a relatively pious and peaceful disposition. Ruled for 9 years and died of smallpox. Inner: Predicted seven generations would follow him. Somewhat of a blank page, probably had a fairly strong spiritual nature. Hidden lifetime of consolidating his family’s official hold on the throne of France and inaugurating their dynastic succession, while keeping his basic nature completely hidden from the prying pen of his/story. Theophilus (813-842) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: Father was the future Byzantine Basileus Michael I (Master P), while his godfather was the Basileus Leo the Armenian (Brett Ratner), who attained the throne at the time of his birth. His mother was daughter of a general. After his sire usurped the throne by having his supporters hack Leo to pieces in 820, he was made co-emperor two years later. Unlike his unlettered progenitor, he showed himself to be academically apt with a keen mind, a scholar’s fascination with information, and a deep interest in the arts, particularly music. Given an excellent all-around education, including the martial arts, he also evinced a strong interest in Islamic culture, despite doing continual battle with the Muslims during his reign. Content to stay in the ceremonial shadow during his sire’s reign, focusing on his education, rather than strutting stage-center. On his progenitor’s death in 829, he succeeded to the throne, and immediately executed his father’s coconspirators on the murder of the latter’s predecessor, Leo V (Brett Ratner). The following year, he wed Theodora, an Armenian who was an iconophile, despite his opposing belief. Seven children from the union, two sons and five daughters, with the eldest son dying young, and the second eventually succeeding him as Michael III (Johnny Weissmuller). Made himself available to his constituents, riding through Constantinople weekly, so that he could be regularly redressed with complaints of his citizens, if they felt they had been unfairly taken advantage of. Seen as a great champion of justice for his accessibility, while also curtailing corruption, he also became the last of the iconoclasts, officially forbidding their veneration in 832, although he eventually came to see that the movement had largely spent its religious coin. Began a large construction program in Constantinople, and furthered commerce and industry in the empire, evincing a good feel for finance, so that his constant wars and expensive tastes did not drain the treasury, due to his solid sense of administration. Led his armies against the Arabs in Anatolia, suffering a defeat, but rebounded against them in Cilicia, while Sicily became an emirate. Continued his mixed military campaigns, while successfully rescuing Byzantine captives from the Bulgars in 836. Led a huge army the next year into Mesopotamia and triumphed, only to lose considerable ground to the Arabs during the rest of the decade. Also did battle with the Bulgars during this time, although the constant warfare eventually undermined his health. Died of dysentery, and with him, passed the iconoclast movement, and a return to familiar relics and images as manifestation of religious feeling. Succeeded eventually by his only surviving son, but not before a long regency of thirteen years by his wife Theodora and the Byzantine official Theoctistus. Inner: Excellent communicator, with a genuine desire to be approachable and available to his subjects. Liked to dress in rags and wander the streets and markets of Istanbul to hear the plaints of the common people, much like his secret idol, Haroun al-Rashid, the caliph of Baghdad. Never an inspiring military leader, although competent enough to directly head his troops into battle. Had a great love of opulence and splendor, but never outspent himself, allowing his treasury to dictate his outlays. Last of the iconoclasts lifetime of bringing his brand of relatively conscious, compassionate rule to an empire much in need of both, although his ultimate rendering by the analysts of his/story would see highly divergent views of him, from the exemplary to the ordinary, in keeping with his continued mixed record on his various thrones. Gordianus III (Marcus Antonius Gordianus) (225-244) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Mother was the daughter of Gordianus I (David Geffen), while his sire was an unnamed Roman Senator who died when his son was in his teens. Nephew of Gordianus II (Brett Ratner). Father unknown, but was probably a senator, who died when his son was young. Showed himself to be a handsome youth with much promise. Raised to the rank of Caesar at 13 at the death of his same name forbears, and when his predecessors, Pupenius (Rupert Murdoch) and Balbinus (Maxwell Beaverbrook) were all murdered, he was made emperor later that same year by the Senate and the army. In 241, he married Furia Sabinia, the daughter of his cultured mentor, Timesitheus, whom he made praetorian prefect, and proved highly capable at the position. Timesitheus, however, was probably poisoned by his successor, M. Julius Philippus, known as Philip the Arab (Louis B. Mayer), 2 years later, and took his place. Philip then coveted the throne, and while on campaign, turned his soldiers against the boy-emperor, who was summarily killed, before he could bring his incipient talents to bear. Died in his teens. Inner: Light-hearted, handsome and merry, as well as well-loved by the people. Intelligent with a gift for communication. Foreshortened lifetime, once again, of being educated for both rule and the communication arts without being allowed to give mature expression to either, while dealing with the perfidy of his longtime father figure.


Storyline: The no-nonsense autocrat brings his ethic of absolute control to the entertainment realm, transforming a series of hard-knock upbringings into self-made success, after earlier showing the same focus, drive and martial aggression in all his lives of rule, whatever the timeframe and whatever the empire.

Master P (Percy Miller) (1970) - American rap artist and entrepreneur. Outer: Of African/American descent. Raised in the notorious Calliope housing projects in New Orleans by his grand/parents, as the oldest of 4 brothers. His younger brother Kevin was murdered by a drug addict when he was 18. Had his sibling’s name tattooed on himself, as a symbol of distrust of anyone but his immediate family. 2 other brothers became rap artists, C-Murder and Silkk, on his own label, and recorded with him under the name of TRU. 6’3”, bespectacled and athletic, he went to the Univ. of Houston on a basketball scholarship, but injured his knee, and returned to the street life of New Orleans, before moving to Northern California, where his father lived, to a safer environment, and attended Merrit Junior College in Oakland. Opened up his own record store in Richmond with $10,000 that his grandmother had received in a wrongful death suit involving her husband. Within 2 years, he went from selling records to making his own gangsta rap, which he peddled to record shops, and sold through word of mouth, as well as giving out free samples to neighborhood hotshots, who would blast them from their cars. Cut a distribution deal with Priority Records, and formed his own label, ‘No Limits,’ in his early 20s. Within 5 years, he had built it into a highly successful independent company, despite his derivative and unoriginal lyrics and music, which tried to retain their sense of the street. Diversified into film with a straight-to-video release in 1997, I’m ‘Bout It, then made his first theatrical release, a crude ghetto comedy, I Got the Hook-up, that starred himself and other members of his label. Ended his solo career in favor of producing and acting in films, while becoming, by the end of the 1990s, one of the most successful of all the self-made rap producers, creating a $400 million empire for himself, as CEO of No Limit Enterprises, thanks to his innovative marketing and his branching out into other business venues like real estate, clothing, sports management and fast food franchises, all the while creating a model for other hip-hop capital venturists. As an added fillip, he played in the Continental Basketball Association as a back-up guard, as part of his own lifelong dream of becoming an NBA star, then was cut by the Toronto Raptors, only to re-emerge in the IBL, showing the same determination for an athletic career as he has in all his endeavors. In 1991, he married Sonya Miller, 4 children from union including L’il Romeo, who became a rap star at 11. Also has a son from an earlier relationship. Continually expanded his empire until he hit a bankruptcy wall in 2004 with his record company, although started a new label the following year, New No Limit, while showing ‘no limits,’ to his thirst for accumulation and dominance within his niche market. Has a net worth of over $375 million. sInner: Polite, but extremely businesslike, with no limit to his ambitions, which include acting, producing and being an entertainment mogul. Extremely innovative, putting his imagination into his marketing, rather than his product, and serving as an exemplar of self-made entrepreneurship. Ghetto gateway lifetime of coming up through the heaviest culture available, just like some of his other fellow moguls, in order to re-establish himself as a pre-eminent judge of popular tastes, while continuing on his pathway as a pivotal figure in America’s ongoing entertainment industry. Louis B. Mayer (Eliezar Lazar Meir) (1884-1957) - American movie executive. Outer: The Russian-born son of a laborer, he emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Youngest of 3, with two older sisters. His father was in the ship-salvaging business, while his mother was a simple peasant who sold chickens door-to-door. Despised the former, who abused him both physically and emotionally, and adored the latter. Later changed his birthdate and year to a more patriotic 7/4, and a more rounded 1885. His family moved to New Brunswick, Canada where he was a ragpicker as a child. Quit school at 12, and joined his father’s scrap metal business. By 15, he was conducting all its deals. In 1904, he moved to Boston, and later that year, he married Margaret Shenberg, the daughter of a butcher and part/time cantor, 2 daughters from union, over whom he exercised strict control. At 22, he bought a small derelict 600 seat burlesque house in Boston, renamed it the Orpheum, and showed a French film called The Passion Play, and soon expanded it into the largest theater chain in New England, operating under the premise that what he liked, everyone would like. 5’7”, bespectacled, with powerful shoulders, a barrel chest, and a fierce temper. Branched out into distribution by his late 20s, and by his early 30s, he had moved into production, beginning with Virtuous Wives, with his own company in Los Angeles. When a trio of studios merged in his late 30s, he became the Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), which he ruled as general manager, both paternalistically and tyrannically, boasting “more stars than there are in the heavens,” while using tears, cajolery and bullying to keep his luminaries in financial line. Largely left all creative decisions to his producers, although he had the gift of nurturing and recognizing talent. Helped found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927, which would ultimately award yearly ‘bests’ for all aspects of moviemaking. Rarely read anything; stories had to be acted out for him. Heavily dependent on his young production chief, Irving Thalberg (Steven Spielberg), but he also had an excellent knack for popular taste. Hard worker and totally devoted to his role as taste-maker for mass America. Began to stray from his marriage in his late 40s, when his wife had a hysterectomy, and finally left her a decade later, giving tacit permission for his fellow moguls to do the same, although he suffered lasting guilt for doing so. In 1948, he married a much younger widow, Lorena Danker. As one of the original czars of Hollywood, he viewed his studio as one large family, demanding both loyalty and obedience with a preference for escapist, wholesome fare. Totally controlling with his own family as well, not letting either daughter go to college. Briefly replaced Thalberg with David O. Selznick (Brett Ratner), who went on to marry his daughter, Irene, much to his initial misgivings. Very active in Republican politics as a staunch conservative, serving for several years as chairman of the Republican Party of California. Averaged over a million a year in the 1930s and 1940s, and was the highest paid man in America in 1937, holding that honor for 9 years. His office at the time was mostly done in white, reflecting his sense of absolute economic power. Dethroned as MGM boss in his mid-60s, he spent his last few years fighting stockholders of the parent company. Died of leukemia shortly after the stockholders denied his last manipulative move, and ironically the company had its first losing year ever. Left a mean-spirited will, cutting out one daughter because of her husband’s liberal politics. Inner: Tyrannical, quick-tempered, ruthless, totally controlling. Cocky, boastful, anti-intellectual, sentimental and arrogant, with an acute instinct for public tastes. Felt a moral imperative to positively influence the viewing public. Liked Catholics; at one point, contemplated converting. Stars always came first with him, followed by producer, director and writer. Confounding father lifetime of shifting from the political to economic rule with the same sense of absolutism and control, although able to be a somewhat more integrated character through the competitive pressures of free enterprise. Nicholas I (1796-1855) - Czar of Russia. Outer: Son of a German princess and future Emperor Pavel I (Shah Pahlevi), who succeeded to the throne 3 months after his birth. 3rd of 3 brothers, including the future czar Alexander I (Mikhail Gorbachev), whom he succeeded. Also had a younger sister. His mother was extremely cold, while his father was off in his own militaristic fantasy world, although was kind to his children. His only close relationships were with his younger siblings. His sire died when he was 5, and his brother Alexander was made czar. Given strict military training which made him a lifelong reactionary. Introduced to the theater at an early age. Over 6’, noble, handsome, with a regal bearing. At 21, he married a Prussian princess, Charlotte, 7 children including his successor, Alexander II (Steven Spielberg). Had a bitter dislike of both Poles and Jews. Traveled and held secondary military posts until his brother’s sudden death. Ascended the throne at age 29, after some question as to the line of heredity. Rebels launched a failed revolt called the Decembrist Rebellion, and he came to rule over their fallen bodies, keeping him on the alert for revolts forever after, as an absolutist monarch who suspected any popular curtailment of his power. Ruled through militarism and bureaucracy, secretly going past ordinary governmental channels with his own staff to make sure his wishes were carried out. Admired by few and feared by all, although a very phobic figure himself under his starchy posturing. Champion of authority and the orthodoxy of the Russian church. Had a continual need for absolute control, discouraged initiative in others or threats to his own blind self-confidence. Pursued an anti-Jewish policy, and looked backwards for models in everything he did. The theater and opera flourished under him, but everything else stood still. Greatly frightened by the European revolutions of 1848, he isolated his country and blindly led it into the Crimean War, before dying of pneumonia after a 3 decade reign. Inner: Unsociable, cold, inflexible, severe and yet sentimental, his mother’s son. Evidenced extremes of timidity to occasional bravado. Great patriarchal need to be absolutely in unquestioned control. Hard-hearted lifetime of autocratic rule, with an inability to express himself emotionally, or brook opposition, requiring a more flexible environment the next time around to open him up to more possibilities within himself surrounding rule. Nikon (Nikita Minin) (1605-1681) - Russian patriarch. Outer: From peasant stock, his father’s side of the family was of Finnish origin. Grew up in a small village, before running away from his cruel stepmother. Briefly educated in a nearby monastery, married and entered the clergy, before settling in Moscow. After all 3 of his children died in his late 20s, he spent a dozen years in penitence and solitude, living as a hermit, before he became abbot of several northern monasteries. In his early 40s, he visited Moscow and impressed the young tsar Alexis I (Steven Spielberg), and within 6 years found himself patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia. Accepted the post on the condition of being able to exert complete authority on all matters of dogma and ritual, imposing his own rules on Russian church custom. Given sovereign powers by Alexis, when the tsar’s attention and presence had to address a foreign war, and found himself ruling Russia in his early 50s. Quickly alienated allies and enemies with his high-handed, autocratic ways, and was deeply resented by both the populace and clergy for changing the outer forms of the prayers and rituals, thereby creating a great schism in the Russian Orthodox church. On the tsar’s return to Moscow, tensions twixt the two were unspoken but virtually unbridgeable, and he was forced to ultimately announce his resignation and step into self-imposed exile. Formally charged by the tsar with excessive power-mongering, he was stripped of his vestigial powers and sent into exile into the frozen north. Relations between him and Alexis ultimately improved, and the tsar’s successor finally recalled him from exile, but he died on his way back to Moscow. Inner: Extremely autocratic, a power/tripper of the highest order, who was unable to deal with any opposition to his will. Conservative, violent/tempered, morose and combatative because of his oppressive childhood. Heavy-handed lifetime of extreme early loss before being given the opportunity of rule from a spiritual/secular perspective and falling into the same web of inflexible character he has had great difficulty in transcending. Giovanni de’ Medici (Ludovico de’ Medici) (1498-1526) - Italian soldier. Known as ‘Giovanni of the Black Bands,’ and ‘the Great Devil.’ Outer: Member of a cadet branch of the de’ Medici family, descending from the brother of the house’s founder, Cosimo (David Geffen). Christened Ludovico, he took on his father’s name Giovanni (Samuel Goldwyn), when the latter died soon after his birth. His mother was Caterina Sforza (Vilma Banky), a force in her own right. Educated in the martial arts from the very beginning of his life, he became the foremost soldier in the family. Lean and athletic, he was already an imposing figure at 11, spending most of his time in the saddle, at full gallop. Swam rivers in the depth of winter, raided neighboring villages and robbed passing travelers, gaining a formidable reputation. Killed his first man at 12, and at 16, unhorsed 8 combatants serially in a tournament. Married to Maria Salvati in 1516, a cousin who was devoted to him, as he was to her, although he continued his compulsive carousing, one son from the union. Fought for Pope Leo X (Brett Ratner) against Italian enemies and the French, but proved far too much of a brawler and wencher to be entrusted with anything more than a company of men. Disappointed in not becoming a Florentine leader, he switched sides in 1522, but returned to the HRE’s fold the following year, only to return to French service in 1525. The following year he once again changed loyalties, fighting against the emperor, only to be mortally wounded in battle, when a volley broke his leg and he fell from his horse, unconscious. His leg was amputated, and he died laughing and cursing that fate would render him such. Inner: Lusty, turbulent, preferred fighting to all other activity. Combatant lifetime of sheer martial and physical expression, while exploring the tandem of sex and violence to the hilt, under the guise of a powerful and feared name. Hugh the Great (?-956) - French nobleman. Outer: Son of a West Francian king, Robert I (Robert Downey, Jr.) and brother-in-law of another trinity of kings, including Athelstan of England (Duke of Wellington) and Otto I of Germany (Mohandes Gandhi). One of three children. Made duke of the Franks, as well as count of Paris. Married Eadhild, the daughter of Edward the Elder (JFK) of England. Following her death, he wed again, before becoming progenitor of the Capetian line of kings, via his 3rd wife, Hedwige, a Saxon princess, through his son Hugh Capet (Steven Spielberg). Excluded from the succession at his father’s death, and thereafter preferred to work behind the throne. Holder of vast estates, and the most powerful noble in France. The constant struggle with his father’s successor, Louis IV (Henry Miller), caused his excommunication, and eventually his submission, while it involved all the great magnates of France as well as Otto. Captured Louis in 945 and held him for a year, before public pressure caused him to release his royal prisoner. When Louis died in 954, he turned down the opportunity for the throne, but was, in essence, untitled ruler of France for the final 2 years of his life, before being succeeded by his son. Inner: Sobriquet ‘the Great,’ came more from his wealth than any outstanding deeds on his part. House-founding lifetime of learning to wield power without full title, and gaining strength from standing up to the holder of that elusive birthright. Michael II (770-829) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: From a peasant family of professional soldiers, who were Athinganoi, a Christian sect who nevertheless employed Jewish rituals, and were well-represented in the Byzantine army of the time. Gruff, boorish and unlettered, with a speech impediment that caused him to stammer. Close ally of the general Bardanes Turcos, marrying his daughter Theka, in what would prove to be a close relationship. Their only son, Theophilos (Steven Spielberg), would eventually succeed him. May also have had a daughter. Aided in his career by fellow general Leo the Armenian (Brett Ratner), who served as godfather to his son. The two abandoned their father-in-law when he rebelled against the emperor Nikephoros in 803, and both rose in rank for their actions. When the latter’s successor, Michael I Rangabe (Lex Barker) eagerly abdicated his throne in 813, Leo the Armenian became Leo V, and rewarded him by making him a member of one of the Palace’s elite regiments. Accidentally stepped on his cloak when he first entered the imperial palace, almost tearing it off, in a harbinger of their future entanglement around the throne. In an act of egregious ambition, he began conspiring against him in 820 as a ringleader of a host of fellow officers, and after confessing when confronted by the emperor, he was dungeoned and sentenced to death. His supporters, disguised as monks, retaliated b hacking Leo to pieces, before freeing him from his confinement on Christmas Day, and he subsumed the throne as his own, while still in leg irons, since his predecessor had hidden the key somewhere, and a blacksmith could not be summoned until later. Began the Phrygian dynasty, which lasted three generations. Immediately had to contend with a revolt from Thomas the Slav, which was not settled for nearly four years, as he sought, above all else, a sense of stability for the empire. Despite his skills as a soldier, his army failed to halt the Muslim conquest of Sicily and the loss of Crete to the Saracens. After the death of his wife in 823, he married Euphrosyne, the daughter of a previous emperor, whom he fished out of a nunnery, in order to cement his standing. The move was condemned by the clergy, who never cared for him in the first place because of his religious background. Supported the iconoclasts, which gained him the loyalty of his clerics and proved to be a sound administrator, despite having to struggle through anything written on paper. Brought stability to the empire, and built up the army, so as to give a future solidity to his holdings, and, towards the end of his reign, his treasury suddenly began to overflow, possibly through the discovery of a new gold source. When he died of kidney failure after nine years of rule, he was the first Basileus to pass away in his own bed for half a century. Inner: Competent administrator, and a solid soldier, with a good feel for rule. Also highly competitive and overly ambitious, with action, rather than analysis, his longsuit. Disliked spending money, although his wars depleted the treasury considerably, until a mysterious source replenished them at reign’s near-end. Hand upon the throttle lifetime of violently usurping a throne, but once having done so, proving himself worthy of the purple in his ability to serve the political, religious and martial needs of his empire. Philip I (M. Julius Philippus) (c204-249) - Roman emperor. Known as ‘the Arab.’ Outer: Father was an Arab chieftain who held a Roman knightly rank. Much of his early life is obscured. Pursued a military career within the Roman hierarchy. Married Marcia Otacilia Severa, at least one son from union, Philip II. Accompanied the young Roman emperor Gordianus III (Steven Spielberg) on his eastern Persian campaign as a deputy praetorian prefect, and managed to turn the soldiers against their leader by blaming him for a food shortage, which occasioned the latter’s death. Reported the demise as one of natural causes to the Senate and proposed his predecessor’s deification, before he in turn was raised to the purple. Became the first Semite to hold the imperial throne. Strongly nepotistic, he appointed various members of his family to governorships, while evincing a great desire to form a new dynasty. Made his wife Augusta and his son a Caesar, while deifying his late father. Abandoned the Persian campaign, and enjoyed success against the German tribes, with enough added prestige to make his son an Augustus. In 248, the two Philips became consuls together, and he celebrated Rome’s millennial birthday with lavish games and a bonus for the people of the city, who were encouraged to see his dynasty as a reflection of the eternal vibrancy of their powerful urb. A rash of usurpations, however, made him nervous, and he despairingly offered to step down from his throne. Made Roman general Decius (Joseph Stalin), his ultimate successor, but was militarily responsible for the weakening situation in the Danube area, while the latter was so successful that his troops wanted him to be emperor. Marched against him, but he was in poor health and not much of a general, and despite his superiority of numbers, fell in battle, after which his praetorian guard murdered his 7 year old son. Inner: Suspicious, with a tendency towards depression. Tolerant towards Christians, although rumor made him the first Christian emperor, which was probably untrue. Protector of civil rights, despised homophilia and passed laws against it, as well as the use of castration to curb it. Great provider of public works. Martial lifetime of being out of his depth on the battlefields, as well as a control freak in uncontrollable times, leading to his own premature ending as recompense for putting to death his longtime protege.


Storyline: The grandiose crown prince continually overextends himself in his love of the luxurious and the spectacular, while complementing his longtime family as the most brazenly sumptuous and grandly extravagant of the entire crew.

Brett Ratner (1969) - American director. Outer: Of Jewish-Cuban descent. Born out of wedlock. Mother was a 16 year old Cuban, father was the son of wealth, who sold rat poison among other things, and disappeared from the scene before his son was born. Raised by his maternal grandparents and his mother, a socialite drug abuser who became a drug counsellor, when her son was a child, while also teaching him to be fearless in his pursuit of his goals. The latter proved to be more of a sister than a mom, giving him an undisciplined upbringing, while his basic father figure was a Miami lawyer, who was friends with his grandfather. Always saw himself as a movie director. Given a camera at the age of 10 by an R&B producer family friend, and began making mock ‘Miami Vice’ episodes, after watching the show being shot on set. Spent time in Israel in high school, and finally met his father at 16. His parents eventually married before his h.s. graduation in order to give him legitimacy. 5’8 1/2’, with dark brown hair and blue eyes, as well as pudgy and hyper-energetic, with an infectious enthusiasm about movie-making. Never got involved with drugs or alcohol, thanks to a natural high and sense of enthusiasm. At 16, he interviewed for the NYU film school, despite terrible grades, and was able to talk his way into it. Hooked up with music impresario Russell Simmons a year later, who became his mentor and introduced him to NY’s hip-hop society. Began shooting hip-hop videos, ultimately doing over 100 of them. At the same time, he became involved with model and actress Rebecca Gayheart, who remained his steady girlfriend through this period. Able to channel his innate drive and aggressiveness into a successful early career, while mingling with Hollywood’s royalty. Made his feature debut with Money Talks, a modest hit, then scored his breakthrough film in his late 20s, with an action/comedy, Rush Hour, and quickly became one of Hollywood’s hot young directors, following it up with an uninspired but equally successful Rush Hour 2. Broke box office records in 2006 with the third installment of X-Men, although has yet to establish a distinctive style for himself, other than a good feel for entertaining action, while claiming to be the go-to guy for Part 3s of franchise movies, thanks to his gifts for sheer entertainment, in his ongoing role as excessive member of an elite cultural crypto-family. Has had a host of high profile lovers, including tennis star Serena Williams and ubermodel Naomi Campbell, while serving as a nonstop Hollywood host for the name set, in his complete embrace of all things Lotus Land. His first 7 blockbusters have put him in the billion dollar category, as he continues to live and breathe celluloid, in his ongoing desire to be a highly memorable figure in the annals of Hollywood. In that regard, he started Rat Press, a publishing house dedicated to people in the film industry, both old and new. Scheduled to direct the 2012 Oscars, until a homophobic remark, coupled with other crude slurs, terminated his selection. The same year, he formed Rat-Pac Entertainment with Australian media and resort billionaire in 2012, and had a hit with their first production, Gravity. Worked masterly on the small screen afterwards, as both a producer and director. Has a net worth of over $60 million. Inner: Supersalesman, extremely driven, and known as good in a room. Characterized as a frat boy on a sugar high. Name oddly reflects Rhett Butler, the hero of his previous life’s consummate success, Gone With the Wind. Preference for old-school Hollywood and established stars, while constantly pushing his actors to their limits. Loves lunching at the Friar’s Club where he can mingle with comic icons from the past in an unconscious nod to his earlier days in Hollywood, while also filming in the same manner, eschewing special effects for clean action and unobtrusive camera work. Gives motivational speeches at colleges, and continually taps into excesses of yore, including running up a $5k per month cellphone tab, and owning 7 black cars. Repeat lifetime, like his confreres, of bringing his excessive personality into the seductive arena of filmdom, fame and fortune to see how he will fare in its bloviated blockbuster era. David O. Selznick (1902-1965) - American movie executive. Outer: Father was movie mogul Lewis Selznick (David Geffen), middle of 3 brothers, oldest sibling was super/agent Myron Selznick (Jeffrey Katzenberg). Taught by his progenitor that he was part of a royal family of Hollywood. Called him ‘Daddy’ well into maturity, a role the elder continued to play in his life, going so far as to tuck him into bed at night into his 20s. Attended private schools, and briefly went to Columbia, before pursuing his true interest, the film industry. 6’1”, 200 lbs. Started as a script reader for MGM, and quickly worked his way up to producer’s assistant, before switching to Paramount and doing the same, while winning a reputation for brashness and arrogance. After his father’s bankruptcy, and working as a v-p at RKO, where he began producing quality films, he was reluctantly hired by Louis B. Mayer (Percy Miller), his father’s former partner, who had earlier sworn never to work with a Selznick again. Went over his head to manipulate his hiring, and was roundly despised by his fellow executives, which hurt him deeply. Earlier, in 1930, he had married Mayer’s daughter, Irene, who later became a producer herself, duo had 2 children, including a film producer son. Left in 1935 to form his own production company when he felt his progress blocked, and bought the rights to the Civil War novel, “Gone With the Wind,” right before it became a bestseller. Brought back to MGM when Irving Thalberg (Steven Spielberg) got sick, in order to partially replace him. After a successful string of hits, he formed his own company in his mid-30s, Selznick International, and 3 years later produced his masterpiece, the aforementioned Gone With the Wind. It would be the most expensive -$4,250,000 - film produced up til that time, as well as one of the longest, some 3 hours and 45 minutes. Wound up using 15 writers and 3 directors, but wrote most of the script himself and even directed some scenes, while dictating some 1.5 million words worth of memos. A rapid talker, who spoke in quick staccato sentences, he was also a tireless worker, exhausting himself on every project, through his endless focus on the smallest minutiae of every film he made, while always preoccupying himself with both quality and getting his own way. Continued making conspicuous films, while exhibiting more and more uncontrolled behavior, drinking heavily, arguing with everyone, and gambling to distraction like his father did. Sold off his shares in GWTW, forcing him into financial difficulties later on. After divorcing in 1948, he married actress Jennifer Jones the following year, one daughter from the union, who ultimately killed herself by jumping from a building in 1976. Renamed his wife, remolded her, totally controlled her and tried to make her into a big star, by producing her early films, although her talents were limited, as was his vision of her abilities. His career faltered at the end, as he grew worn out and haggard, with his last film, a remake of A Farewell to Arms, in 1957, starring his wife, a failure. Died in a hospitalof a heart attack, suffered while talking to his lawyer in the latter’s office. Inner: Arrogant, self-confident, mercurial and indefatigable, with an extraordinary attention to detail. Loved to live well, and saw the well-enjoyed life as an art itself. Strong feminine side, although highly exploitative, seductive and obsessive. Crown prince lifetime of actualizing his gift for making art happen, after having been raised specifically to do so, while putting all his passion into his product, with far less of an interest in the people involved in it. Fyodor III (1661-1682) - Russian tsar. Outer: 3rd son of Tsar Alexis (Steven Spielberg), and 2nd to live beyond infancy, although he never expected to sit on the throne. Delicate from birth, he suffered an attack of scurvy as a child and never recovered from it. Gentle and somewhat bookish. Given a good education, with special tutoring by a learned monk in Polish and Latin. had a strong, active mind, but an extremely weak body, forcing him to be confined to his chambers. His physical and mental dynamics made him excessively pious, trying to find a medium between the imbalance of his attributes and deficiencies. Ascended the throne at the age of 14 on his father’s death, but because of his poor health, he was extremely limited in his role, and spent most of his time in his rooms or praying in his private chapel, with his thoughts geared to life after death. An uncle played the dominating role initially, then was replaced by two courtiers who reinforced his upbringing, promoting the spread of Polish customs, Roman Catholic religious doctrines and Latin books among the Russian aristocracy. In 1680, he married Agaphia Simeonovna Grushevskaya, a woman from an obscure noble family, one son from union who died several days after birth, with his wife following him soon afterwards. When Vasily Golitsyn became his administrative head, vast military reforms were undertaken, while the hierarchical system of noble rankings was rendered inutile. Died and was succeeded by his equally deficient brother Ivan V (Samuel Goldwyn) and half-brother, Peter I (Yukio Mishima), with his sister Sofia Vilma Banky) as usurping regent. Inner: Gentle, pious, but with a will of his own, that his body could not support. Contained lifetime of dealing with extreme physical limitations to see what his always active mind would do with them. Ranuccio Farnese (1530-1565) - Italian prelate. Outer: 3rd son of the future 1st Duke of Parma, Pier Luigi Farnese (Leopold Stokowski) and Giraloma Orsini. Youngest brother of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (Michael Eisner), and Ottavio Farnese (Steven Spielberg). At the age of 4, his grandfather, Alessandro Farnese (David Geffen) became Pope Paul III, which elevated his entire family, so that he was made prior of a Knights of Malta property in Venice at the age of 12, after entering the Order of St. John of Jerusalem as a child. Educated at the Univ. of Bologna and the Univ. of Padua. At 14, he was named administrator of the metropolitan see of Naples. Made cardinal at the age of 15, gaining the nickname cardinalino (little cardinal) for his youth. Given several bishoprics, as well as made administrator of the archdiocese of Naples, among his many posts. Put in charge of the troops that guaranteed the safety of the conciliar fathers during the Council of Trent in the mid-1540s. When his older brother Ottavio and Pope Julius III got into armed conflict in the early 1550s, he was forced to leave Rome and wound up exiled to Urbino and later Venice, although the pope restored his properties in 1553. Always had talented people under him, and participated in several conclaves, although did not last long enough to make a particular name for himself, in his family’s accomplished hierarchy. His last ecclesiastical position was as administrator of the metropolitan see of Bologna. Died of a fever in his mid-30s, after being called to Parma. Buried in his family tomb. Inner: Although not well-recorded, probably far more the secularist than the spiritualist, with the same family draw towards luxury, power and display. Abbreviated lifetime of doing his familial duty as a lesser member without being given the opportunity to strut his usual stuff, which probably hastened his exit to try it again from a more noteworthy position, only to receive yet another lesson in humility, genuine religiosity and limitations to counterbalance his stage center needs. Leo X (Giovanni de’ Medici) (1475-1521) - Italian Pope. Outer: A member of the illustrious de’ Medici family, 2nd son of Lorenzo the Magnificent (Carl Sandburg) and Clarice de’ Medici (Rosie O’Donnell). Brother of Piero (Budd Shulberg) and Giuliano (Ben Stiller), and one of ten children. His father ruled Florence, and he was given the finest education possible in preparation for a church career. Made a cardinal-deacon at the age 13, but showed far more interest in the cultural advancements of his office than his religious duties. Studied theology at the Univ. of Pisa, and was elected to the Sacred College of Cardinals while still in his teens. Returned to Florence at the death of his father, then was exiled with other members of his family 2 years later. Had a huge head and a fat, florid face. Traveled all over Europe for 6 years, then became head of the family at the death of his older brother. Involved in Roman theological politics, and reestablished his family as Florentine rulers by his mid-30s, through the use of invading papal troops. A year later he was elected as Pope Leo X, succeeding Julius II (Peter Jackson), whom he had served as a legate. Known for the sentiment, “God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.” Proceeded to use its exhaustible treasury, as well as his own considerable coin, to further the cultural glory of Rome, through his generous patronage of artists and architects. A vast building program marked his reign, otherwise he was an ineffective pontiff, far better suited as a cultural czar. Established Greek colleges in Florence and Rome, promoted the study of Hebrew and Arabic writings, and was a strong advocate of printing. Funded excavations and restored several early churches. Had little flair for politics, but was a skilled negotiator. Held continual feasts and ceremonies, and was a lover of practical jokes, as well as those of his own gender, although reputedly was not sexually active as pope. Dressed in the finest velvets and silks, he would hold court like a Renaissance prince, surrounded by poets and philosophers, while indulging in falconing and fishing during his leisure hours. Had several jesters, with twice weekly fasting his singular nod to the religious spirit of his office. Trafficked indulgences, and the selling of blessings, as a means to keep his treasury afloat, what with various wars, building projects and a projected crusade. Failed to see the importance of the growing Lutheran movement which rose, in part, in his indulgent wake and was born under his reign. Merely excommunicated its most vocal leader, Martin Luther (Martin Luther King) as a harmless heretic. Greatly mourned at his relatively early death, where he refused to receive the sacraments in his final hours, while leaving the papacy to face schism and turmoil in his lavish, financially ruinous wake. Inner: Plump, studious, happy and virtuous. Insatiable gourmet and a passionate huntsman. Generous, charming, openhanded and highly cultivated, with a devil-may-care attitude towards his role as supreme pontiff. Renaissance prince lifetime of deriving immense cultural and humanistic satisfaction out of his spiritual role, despite not being up to the political tasks of his times. Leo V the Armenian (775-820) - Byzantine Basileus. Outer: Of Armenian descent. From humble beginnings, rising in the military totally on his own efforts. Short and bearded with curly hair, as well as an unusually loud voice. Served under Bardanes Tourkos, along with his fellow officer, the future Michael II (Master P), although refused to support a rebellion on the former’s part, proving pivotal in putting it down. The emperor Nikophorus rewarded both for their loyalty to the crown. Married Theodosia, the daughter of Arsaber, a Byzantine patrician, four sons from the union. His father-in-law led a failed revolt against the emperor in 808. Fell out of favor because of his marital connection to him and was exiled, before being recalled by the latter’s successor Michael I Rangabe (Lex Barker) in 811, who made him a governor. Fought well against the Arabs, and survived a defeat in 813 that saw the emperor eagerly abdicate his crown, having had little taste for rule. On assuming the purple the same year, he showed himself to be an iconophile, which assuaged the fears of the Patriarch of Constantinople, who did not wish that practice to be reinstated, and, after publicly kneeling before an icon of the Christ at the Chalke Gate to the Palace, he was given the throne. Castrated his predecessor’s sons, while sending him to a monastery and his daughters and wife to a nunnery. Made his oldest son Symbatios co-emperor in 814. Did battle with the wily and dangerous Bulgar khan, Krum, taking full advantage of his death in 814, and was able to defeat and make a long-term peace with them the following year. Reinstituted iconoclasm, after deposing the patriarch, then used it as excuse to seize the relics and icons of immediate monasteries. A good judge of military character, he appointed skilled commanders, including the future Michael II, while also persecuting the Paulicians, a radical sect who denied the authority of the church. When he divorced his wife, Michael conspired against him, and he had him thrown in a dungeon and sentenced to death. Circumstances and fellow sympathizers, however, were determined to free him, and while the emperor was attending Christmas day services, he was set upon by assassins disguised as monks. Used a cross to defend himself, only to have his arm severed, before he was hacked into pieces and then dragged naked to the Hippodrome where his body parts were put on public display. Michael was retrieved from his cell and crowned still wearing his leg irons, since the key to them was hidden on the person of the fallen Basileus. His mother and wife were subsequently exiled to monasteries, while his sons were all castrated, with one dying during the brutal mutilation. Inner: Extremely competent administrator, and basically a wise ruler. Also cruel, quick-tempered, treacherous and duplicitous, evincing a very dualistic character. Harbored boundless physical energy, which fed into his rise from a decidedly non-privileged background. Uneasy lies the head lifetime of falling victim to a will even greater than his own, in the longtime volatile dance that his various family members have done with one another down through the epochs and empires of western his/story as political and cultural figures nonpareil. Gordianus II (Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus) (c192-238) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of Gordianus I (David Geffen). At least one other sister. Had a literate and wealthy upbringing, with access to his father’s huge library. Showed himself to be a serious scholar while enjoying a sensual life, with some 22 formal mistresses, and some 60 children by them. Made praetor, judge, governor and consul, then accompanied his aging father to Africa as deputy when the former was made proconsul there. Killed in battle in Africa shortly after both he and his sire assumed the throne of Rome in 238. His father committed suicide in grief shortly afterwards. Inner: Kind-hearted, amiable, lusty. Respected and beloved, good-looking with an impressive memory. Loved the company of women, fancied himself as a writer, with an equal love of literature. Foundation lifetime of briefly enjoying power, and exhibiting interests that would later come to commercial fulfillment, in his ongoing association with his cultural imperial family.


Storyline: The gamin gamer pursues her hunger for the fortunes of fame on her own, after earlier threading her magical lives through a powerful mate, only to falter when he expired, and fall back to the level of ordinary mortal when her fairy tale life with him was over.

Jennifer Lawrence (Jennifer Shrader Lawrence) (1990) - American actress. Known as J-Law. Outer: Of English, as well as German, Irish and Scottish ancestry. Mother owned and managed a children’s camp, and father worked inconstruction. The youngest of three with two older brothers, who gave her a roughhouse upbringing, replete with put-downs galore to keep her level-headed. Actively athletically, she also acted in church plays, and at the age of 14, had her parents take her to NYC to find a talent agent. Won plaudits for her cold-reading auditions, did some commercials, and finished high school two years early so as to pursue acting full time in Los Angeles. 5’7”, blonde and blue-eyed. Never took any acting classes, relying instead on an innate talent, and won a daughterly role in the sit-com “The Bill Engvall Show, ” which ran for three seasons, beginning in 2007. The exposure led to guest spots on other series, and in 2008, she made her film debut in The Garden Party, which got her a higher profile role in The Burning Plain, which won her the 2008 Venice Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young emerging actor or actress. Continued with her filmwork, enhancing several directorial debuts, before her first breakout performance in 2010 in Winter’s Bone, garnering an Oscar nomination for her performance, the second youngest ever in the Best Actress category. Did several more indies, as well as an X-Men, then, In 2012, she appeared in the apocalyptic best seller turned mega-hit, The Hunger Games, perfectly personifying the athletic grace of its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and, in doing so, insuring her status as a preeminent member of the post-millennial generation of Hollywood actresses. In the process, she was given the accolade of being the world’s most desirable woman. Concluded her Year of Living Deliciously by winning the Best Actress Oscar for playing a widow in Silver Linings Playbook, while also gaining Time magazine’s accolade as the world’s most influential woman. Became a victim of a nude celebrity photo leak along with others in 2014, as part of the unfortunate price of easy recognizability. Continued to help make Hunger Games eminently watchable in its fourth and final 2015 installment, as she cements her position as Hollywood’s primary actress of her times. Added to her trophy case with a Golden Globe best actress award for Joy, playing a tough entrepreneur through the ups and downs of her life. Has a net worth of $60 million.Inner: Athletic, down-to-earth, open and unafraid to be self-revealing around her less then heroic sense of self. Resurrected lifetime of taking control over her considerable talent and ambitions, so as not to wind up dependent on others for her choices and career, as in her last go-round in this series, which culminated in a long decline and a tragic last act, totally out-of-keeping with her earlier status as “the First Lady of the Screen.” Norma Shearer (1900-1983) - Canadian/American actress. Outer: Of Scottish descent on her paternal side. Grandfather was a successful timber merchant. Father took over his business and prospered, while her stage-struck mother was extremely ambitious for her 2 daughters. Youngest of three, with her older brother Douglas becoming a pioneering sound technician who won a dozen Oscars, and her sister Athole a minor film actress, who married director Howard Hawks. Given piano and dance lessons, and at 14 won a beauty contest. After her father’s business failed during WW I, her mother left him and brought her and her sister to NYC, hoping to get them into show business. Failed an audition for producer Florenz Ziegfeld (Bob Evans), then went to work as a billboard model and movie theater piano payer, before appearing in bit parts in NYC film productions, beginning with The Flapper. 5’1”, and brunette, with a striking profile, in lieu of conventional beauty. One of her films, The Stealers, was seen by ‘boy wonder’ producer Irving Thalberg (Steven Spielberg), who spent several years tracking her down, then signed her to a long-term contract in 1925. Appeared in a wide range of films, from costume dramas to comedy, showing a chic charm that quickly made her a fan favorite. Married Thalberg in 1927, and from that point onward, she had her choice of vehicles and directors. Son and daughter from the union, with the former becoming a philosophy professor, and the latter a bookstore owner. Had both poise and elegance, and understood the dynamics of a successful career, employing a style that was a cross between acting and pantomime. Avoided being typecast, playing both comedy and drama, while receiving 6 nominations for Academy Rewards, winning in 1930 for The Divorcee. Billed as “The First Lady of the Screen,” by MGM, she was able to retain her queenly status after her husband’s early death in 1936, but without his guidance, she was unable to choose the proper vehicles for herself, and a series of poor choices doomed her career. After her final role in 1942, she retired and married Martin Arrouge, a ski instructor turned land developer who was two decades younger, and removed herself from the Hollywood scene. Spent the last part of her life in depression, dementia and ill health, losing both her sight and memory, and winding up asking visitors, “Are you Irving? Were we married?” Died of bronchial pneumonia, the same affliction that took her husband, nearly a half century before. Inner: Extremely ambitious, with the ability to transcend her limitations through sheer drive. Camera-conscious, elegant, graceful and charismatic. Quasi-regal lifetime of achieving royal status in the mythical kingdom of Hollywood, before experiencing difficulties following the death of her king, in a parallel repeat of her earlier life on the throne of Russia. Marie Alexandrovna (Princess Marie of Hesse) (1824-1880) - Russian tsarina. Outer: Illegitimate daughter of a German prince. Had a privileged upbringing in a provincial city. Met the future Alexander II (Steven Spielberg) in 1839, as a teenager, and he fell madly in love with her, insisting after only a day together, that she would be his wife and none other. His parents immediately opposed the choice, although he threatened to renounce the throne, and they relented. Took the name of Maria Alexandrovna and converted to the Russian Orthodox Church, before marrying him in 1841, 6 sons and 2 daughters from union, including successor Alexander III (Johnny Weismuller). The two spent a happy near quarter century together, until their idyllic union was irreparably broken, when her husband met Ekaterina Dolgorukia (Kate Capshaw) in 1865. The same year, she lost her eldest son, Nikolai (David Hasselhoff) to TB, and never really recovered from the loss. Earlier, her husband had made Ekaterina a lady-in-waiting, made her a lady-in-waiting, before the duo became lovers the following year, and four more pairs of little feet were eventually pattering around the palace, much to her shame and chagrin. For the last fourteen years of their marriage, their sacred union was virtually nonexistent. To add to her humiliation, she was forced to continually and directly deal with both his mistress and illegitimate children. On her deathbed, she could hear the sounds of the children of her rival upstairs and died alone, her husband already planning to remarry as soon as he could. Inner: See-saw lifetime of acceptance and rejection by a longtime mate, which probably made her a good deal more difficult to find and get the next time around, to insure his ongoing constancy. Adelaide (c945-1006) - French queen. Outer: Father was the duke of Aquitaine. Married around the age of 20 to Hugh Capet (Steven Spielberg), and with him, began the Capetian line of kings on the French throne, a dynasty that would last over three centuries. 4 children from union, including the successor, Robert II (Mikhail Gorbachev). Little is known of either her or her husband. Inner: Support lifetime of giving base to a dynasty, while remaining totally hidden to the larger eye of her/story.


Storyline: The highly competent helpmate hitches her star to her longtime partner, after establishing herself on her own, showing her usual high intelligence and easy grace as she finally gets to enjoy her husband as a healthy mogul in his prime.

Kate Capshaw (Kathleen Nail) (1953) - American actress. Outer: Of British descent, with some German ancestry. Mother was a travel agent and beautician, father was an airline employee. Moved to Missouri at 5, and grew up in a suburb of St. Louis in an Episcopelian family. Received an MA degree in education from Missouri Univ., and worked as a teacher with children with learning disabilities. Decided to try her skills at performance, and went to NYC and worked as a Ford model. 5’7”, with blonde hair and brown eyes. Landed on a soap, “The Edge of Night,” and her new career was underway. Married Robert Capshaw in 1976 and divorced four years later, daughter Jessica became an actress. Moved to NYC after her marriage ended to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, and landed a role in the soap opera, “Edge of Night.” Made her film debut in 1982, in A Little Sex. Beat out 120 other actresses for the lead in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and caught the attention of producer Steven Spielberg. Adopted a son on her own, before the two married in 1991, after she converted to Judaism. Together the two would have a daughter and two sons, while adopting a second daughter and sons. In addition, she would adopt his son from his first marriage, to make for a brood of 5 children, with daughter Sasha pursuing an acting career. Her own career would be curtailed by her marriage, although she would occasionally return to the screen, most notably in 1995 in How to Make an American Quilt. Her larger life would be fully centered around her family, and the privileged status and all that goes with it, that her position as equal helpmate to a genuine Hollywood emperor entails. Inner: Intelligent and congenial. Raising the bar lifetime of hooking up with a longtime mate with numerous health problems in the past, in order to finally enjoy not only a full life with him, but also a full life on her own of teaching, acting and having a full brood to care for. Ekaterina (E.M. Dolgorukia - Princess Iurievskaia) (1847-1922) - Russian tsarina. Outer: From an aristocratic background, father was Russian prince. Medium height, with an elegant figure, frightened gazelle eyes, and a sensuous mouth, according to a contemporary. Attended a finishing school for St. Petersburg’s creme de la creme, where she met the tsar Alexander II (Steven Spielberg) in 1865, who was much taken with her, and made her one of his wife’s ladies-in-waiting. The duo became lovers the following year, and he proclaimed her his “wife before God,” awaiting only the death of his spouse to make their union official, with nary a thought towards the Empress Maria’s (Jennifer Lawrence) deeply hurt feelings. Despised by the tsar’s family and close circle, while his infatuation with her coincided with his inability to curb revolutionary sentiment. She remained at court over the next 14 years, and they would meet three or four times each week, which ultimately resulted in 4 children, and further ignominy for the empress. Originally just a sympathetic ear for the tsar, she became a rallying point for anti-conservative groups. Upon the empress’s death in 1880, she married Alexander forty days later, rather than waiting the protocol of a year of mourning, largely because he now feared for his life, and saw each day as his potential last. The marriage was initially kept secret because of this breach, until it was finally slowly leaked to family and leading advisers several months later, after he gave her the title of Princess Iurevskaia. The public, however, remained shocked at the union. A year later she begged him not to drive a certain route, but he did anyway, and was assassinated in his carriage by bomb-tossing terrorists, sending her back into the shadows of her/story. Turned her attention to writing and produced “Behind the Veil of the Russian Court,” as well as other works, under the pseudonym of Count Paul Wassili, and ultimately died in exile after the Russian Revolution. Inner: Glimpse of happiness lifetime of enjoying her company of karmic choice, before losing him to fate while still in her mid-30s, and retreating from the eyes of the record-keepers, to work out her grief and sense of self in private. Lucrezia de’ Medici (Lucrezia Maria Tournaboni) (?-1482) - Italian princely helpmate. Outer: From a powerful mercantile family who had always supported the Medici. Plain-looking but with a keen intelligence. Married Piero de’ Medici (Steven Spielberg) in 1443, when he was already an invalid. Although she stayed behind the scenes, as was the custom, she was an extremely important adjunct to his life, exercising her will for the good of the city. 4 surviving children from union, including eldest son Lorenzo de’ Medici (Abraham Lincoln), and Giuliano (Carl Sandburg), who was later assassinated. Showed excellent taste in the artists and writers she supported, and proved a shrewd judge of character and of inestimable help to her husband during his five year reign in Florence. Inspired the other women of the city to take a more active part in their larger world, although her modesty kept her in the shadows. Her husband died in 1470, and she remained an important adviser to her son Lorenzo, while doing battle with eczema and rheumatism, before eventually succumbing to ill health. Idealized in a painting by Sandro Botticelli (Brian Jones) as “the Madonna of the Magnificat,” with her sons kneeling as angels at her feet. Inner: Grave, pious, shrewd and insightful. Virtuous and extremely strait-laced, but with a warm heart. Combination lifetime of utilizing a sharp mind in a weak body, held together by a strong sense of probity, to make her a genuinely magnificent madonna in a legendary family during a rich, ripe era.


Storyline: The avuncular patriarch gradually learns to let loose of his stiff, autocratic character, ultimately sacrificing his ongoing financial acuity to allow his more eccentric nature to come forth, after many a go-round as an upright, uptight head of state.

Carl Laemmle (1867-1939) - German/American film producer. Outer: Father was a poor German-Jewish real estate manager. 10th of 13 children, 8 siblings died during childhood. Began working at 13 when his mother exited, as an apprentice to a stationary dealer. An experienced manager by the time he was 17, at which point he headed for America, working in New York and Chicago at low level jobs. 5’2”. Moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and became a clothing store manager, marrying Recha Stern, the boss’s niece in his early 30s. 2 children, including Carl, Jr. who became a producer. A violent argument with a relative ended his employment with his in-laws. Opened a nickelodeon in Chicago in his late 30s, then another, and before long had set up his own film service, and quickly became one of the leading distributors in the fledgling film business. Stood up against the Motion Picture Patents Company, a trust that had muscled many of its competitors out of business, and formed his own production organization, the Independent Motion Picture Co., or IMP. Created the star system by announcing that his first noted player, Florence Lawrence (Kathleen Turner) had been killed and then resurrected her through a newspaper ad. Spent lavishly on publicity, saw the demise of the trust, and joined with several other small companies to create Universal Studios, a Hollywood mainstay ever since, naming it after seeing a truck with ‘Universal’ emblazoned on its side. Oversaw the opening of Universal City, a 230 acre studio, replete with bungalows, sets and viewing stands, in 1915, seeing that he could make as much showing people how movies were made, as making the films themselves. Created public offices for his ‘city,’ as well as held elections, despite it being initially unpopulated. The first police chief was a former opera diva. Provided the training/ground for numerous future executives, including Harry Cohn (Suge Knight), the ultimate head of Paramount Pictures. Known as “Uncle Carl,” he made his 21 year old son chief of production, and hired some 70 relatives all told to partake of his payroll. All-in-all he helped some 200 German refugees settle in Los Angeles. Pro-German prior to WW I, and after the war, he conducted a one-man campaign to relieve war-destroyed Germany. Despite the studio’s success in the silent era, he could not amend his financial habits to the Depression and spent the studio into financial difficulty, until he was forced to sell it in 1936, and retire. Built a beautiful home for himself called ‘Dios Dorados.’ Died of a heart attack just as his studio was rebounding. Inner: Highly competitive, innovative, avuncular. Extremely strong sense of family, albeit highly eccentric. Easy-going, genial, often impractical and sentimental. Impish lifetime of giving play to the lighter side of his character, while getting in on the ground floor of a magic realm, and never quite fully adjusting to its intricate demands, despite already having experienced its future. Michael Eisner (1942) - American media executive. Outer: Father was a lawyer and investor. Mother was the daughter of the co-founder of the American Safety Razor Company. Had a well-to-do upbringing on Park Ave. in NYC. Attended prep school, then graduated Denison Univ., where he majored in English and theater. Began his career in 1964 with a logging clerk’s job at NBC as well as doing radio traffic reports on weekends, then moved to CBS television in 1965, where he was the children’s programming liaison. Came to ABC in his mid-20s, and rose rapidly to the executive level, as a protege of Barry Diller. Married Margot Freedman, a computer programmer the year following his move, 3 children, including Breck Eisner, who became a film director, and Eric, who became a producer. In charge of ABC’s Saturday morning programming, successfully showing he had a knack for reflecting mass tastes. Hired by his former mentor as studio president of Paramount Pictures in his early 30s, and the duo were able to turn the studio around during the 1970s. Eventually became president and chief operating officer there, while employing the frenetic skills of Jeffrey Katzenberg. Tapped in his early 40s to become chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co., he made Katzenberg his studio chief. The duo were able to revive the studio with a string of comedy hits, using faded stars and TV actors in inexpensive, high return vehicles. Resuscitated the studio’s animated division, while continually cutting costs, as well as expanding on its theme parks and moving into professional baseball and hockey. Lost his second-in-command in a helicopter crash in 1994, then suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple by-pass surgery, before blocking Katzenberg’s further promotions, losing him and a huge lawsuit while winning his eternal enmity. Hired superagent Michael Ovitz in what proved a disastrously expensive move, although he also bought his old network, ABC, and continued to keep a firm hand on his corporate wheel, to mixed results, despite being determined to lead his magical kingdom into the 21st century, without an heir-designate, which caused an exit of much high profile talent beneath him. Highest paid CEO in the world, and much in evidence in the media as a seemingly benign faux ‘Uncle Walt,’ despite his autocratic underpinnings. Suffered the embarrassment of Roy Disney quitting the Disney board in 2003, while lambasting him as having lost the company’s heritage and focus. In 2004, he lost his chairmanship, although remained CEO, under shaky circumstances, despite his arrogant declarations to the contrary, and later in the year announced he would step down in 2006. A subsequent courtroom battle brought on by shareholders over his hiring and firing of Ovitz further reddened his Mickey Mouse ears, and his carefully wrought image and legacy. Finally agreed to step down in the fall of 2005, with Robert Iger as his successor, thereby assuring the continuity of his rule, in one last gasp of control. In 2006, he launched an every-other-month talk show on cable TV, working for Disney’s biggest rival, NBC Universal, the studio he would found his next life in this series, although the show generated little interest. Began a new business the same year, Tornante Co., in his ongoing desire to remain a player, even a highly peripheral one, in the larger kingdom of Hollywood, and subsequently scored a success with an original internet program, “Prom Queen,” a murder-mystery series distributed on MySpace, showing he still had the ability to explore and exploit new markets. Following the financial meltdown of late 2008, he decided to give up hosting "Conversations with Michael Eisner" on CNBC to concentrate full-time on his investing activities with Tornante. Has a net worth of $1 billion. Inner: Secretive, competitive, autocratic, solo strategist. Also supporter of family values and wedded to his work, albeit unable to deal with criticism. Lesson-learning lifetime of dealing with a magical kingdom from a much more conventional standpoint, while trying to exercise total control over his own domain, sacrificing originality for cost-cutting and putting great strain on his heart, which will inspire him to spin back in time to give freer reign to an underlying more eccentric character not yet in evidence. Karl VI (1685-1740) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: 2nd son of Leopold I (Leopold Stokowski) from his 3rd marriage to a German duchess. Had a royal upbringing, and was educated to rule. Unsuccessful in imposing his will on Spain, which he claimed by crown in his mid-teens. Instead, a long war broke out, and he had to wait another decade before succeeding his brother Joseph I (David Geffen), in order to lower himself onto a real throne. Medium height but slightly built with a protuberant Hapsburg lower lip. At 18, he married Elisabeth Christine, a German princess, 4 children, with his only son dying as an infant. As the last of the Hapsburg line, he lost the Spanish throne to a rival when his allies felt his empire would be too large, although he retained his hispanic advisers, and modeled his own court after the Spanish one. An enthusiastic builder, while extending his own territories and improving finances as a dedicated and talented mercantilist. The Empire, however, would decline during his later years through wars, as his destructive instincts superseded his creative ones. Became obsessed with his own succession, since he had no male heirs, authoring the Pragmatic Sanction, which legitimatized female royal heirs. Although he had manipulated to have it accepted by his fellow European powers, his daughter, Maria Theresa (Queen Victoria), had to fight her way onto the throne to succeed him after his death from a stomach ailment. Important patron of the arts and learning, continued to extend his family’s ongoing beneficence over the cultural life of Vienna. Inner: Abrupt, impatient, kingly. Pious, deep sense of tradition. Autocratic lifetime of political and cultural rule, with far more success in the latter arena, which probably motivated him to enter into it full throttle, as soon as he learned modern finances in his later series of go-rounds. Mikhail Romanov (1596-1645) Outer: From a noble political family, father had been a confidant and close adviser of the tsar, and had ambitions for the throne himself. 5th and last son of Fyodor Romanov (David Geffen), later known as Filaret, 4 older brothers had all died in infancy. Lavished with love and affection by his parents on account of their previous losses. Because of his political ambitions, his high profile father was banished to a monastery, and his mother was forced to take the veil by Boris Godunov (Sergei Kirov), while he went to live with an aunt 50 miles from Moscow. Short, slight, pallid and not particularly robust. The family was finally released on Godunov’s death in 1605, after which Filaret was made archbishop of Rostov, although because of his church position, he had to live separately from his wife. His sire was captured by the forces of a pretender for the throne in 1612, and imprisoned by the Poles for another 7 years, while he and his mother spent 4 years wandering. Elected to the throne in 1616 as a compromise, since he lacked connection to the most powerful boyars, or nobles, and his royal ancestors were well-remembered and well-liked. Had no close ruling family ties, nor had he been educated to rule, so his mother was his initial close adviser, although her major concern was for privileges for her family. Forced to cede land for peace to the Swedes, since he did not have the resources for fighting them. Named his father patriarch of the Russian Church when they were reunited in 1619, and his sire became the most powerful force in his government, sponsoring both ecclesiastical and political legislation to stabilize the peasant farmers, and reorganizing the military and reforming the tax structure. His first choice for a wife was cruelly undone by a rival family who hid an emetic potion in her food during a state dinner to embarrassing consequences. Exacted the revenge of banishment and confiscation on them, in a rare show of rage, then married Maria Dolgorukova, a Russian princess in 1624 who died within the year. In 1625, he wed Eudoxia Streshneva, the daughter of a rural nobleman, 6 children from the union. Able to keep his kingdom from being torn apart by forces both within and without, while letting his father carry the burdens of state, until 1633, when the latter died. Concluded a successful treaty with Poland afterwards, and then reigned over a relative era of stability, although not without its problems. Suffered from a leg injury that came from falling off a horse early in life, so that he was virtually crippled towards the end, when he internalized a failure of his own will, and exited via his frustration over it. Succeeded by his eldest and only surviving son, Alexis (Steven Spielberg). Inner: Quiet, unassuming, but able when the circumstances called for it. Strong sense of domesticity and great desire for stability, after a dismembered childhood that had begun under loving circumstances. Unmagical kingdom lifetime of serving as the patriarch for a long-ruling house, and providing just the right touch of integrated stability to give foundation to a family that would remain on the Russian throne for the next 300 years. Alessandro Farnese (1520-1589) - Italian cardinal and diplomat. Outer: From a family that had long survived the papacy, and held a former pope among its illustrious ancestors. Oldest son of the future 1st Duke of Parma, Pier Luigi Farnese (Leopold Stokowski) and Giraloma Orsini. One of 4 children, older brother of Ottavio Farnese (Steven Spielberg), and Ranuccio (Brett Ratner). Also had an illegitimate half-brother, Orazio. Studied at the Univ. of Bologna, and became a cardinal at the election of his grandfather of the same name (David Geffen) to the papacy as Paul III in 1534. Became overladen with bishoprics, honors and titles afterwards, including Governor of Tivoli, from 1535 to 1538, administrator of the see of Jaen, Spain, and vice-chancellor of the Holy Roman Church for the last 54 years of his life. Administered several sees, and in 1539, travelled as a papal legate to Avignon and Germany, negotiating peace between the HRE and the king of France, a process which took numerous trips and several years. Present at the Council of Trent, which his grandfather had called in 1545, and supportive of their counter-Reformation reforms. Also played an important role in the election of successive popes, following his grandfather’s death in 1549, although was denied the office himself in 1580. When his father was assassinated in 1547, he was able to help his brother Ottavio hold Parma, despite pressures from powerful outside sources, although he was forced to go into temporary exile in Florence, when a war erupted between the pope of the time and his sibling in the early 1550s. Served as papal legate over the traditional Farnese territory, and throughout his life, he was very protective of the poor and orphans, as well as being an enthusiastic patron of literature, science and ecclesiastical art. As a builder, he completed the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, a multi-generational familial affair, and restored and constructed numerous churches as well. Wanted a second Farnese pontificate, as a career topper, but his enemies were far too strong to allow him to follow his grandfather in office. Had a love affair with one of the noted beauties of the time, with one daughter from the union. Despite higher ambitions, he still wound up as a key figure behind the scenes for the Church for a half century. Died of the aftereffects of an apoplectic attack. Buried in a Roman church built for the Jesuits under his patronage. Inner: Like his fellow family members, evinced good taste, and a sure instinct for power, as well as keen diplomatic skills. Legate lifetime of having his larger ambitions thwarted by the past, rather than the present, while still managing to make his competent presence felt from a behind-the-scenes, rather than a stage center vantagepoint, thanks to the role created fro him by his longtime power-mongering family. Innocent VIII (Giovanni Battista Cybo) (1432-1492) - Italian pope. Outer: Of Greek descent. Father was a Roman senator. Spent his early life at the Neapolitan court, then studied in both Padua and Rome. Led a secular early life, which produced several illegitimate children, with some estimates ranging as high as sixteen, earning him the sarcastic sobriquet of “father of the fatherland,” later on. One of his sons would marry into the de’ Medici clan. Remained very much a figure of the secular world throughout his life, despite taking holy orders. Through connections, he was given the bishopric of Savona in 1467, which he eventually traded for a more prestigious see, and in 1473, became a cardinal. Eleven years later, in an extremely contentious conclave filled with rival factions, he was elected pope, taking on the name of Innocent VIII, in honor of his earlier countryman innocent IV (Rudy Giuliani) when a rival, feeling he could be easily controlled, gave him his support. Strove to promote peace among Christian princes, although had difficulties with the king of Naples, which resulted in his failure to elicit interest in a crusade against the Ottomans, while holding the sultan’s fugitive brother in confinement in the Vatican with the promise he would withdraw Turkish troops from Europe, should he be helped to gain the throne his sibling held. Sponsored a crusade of a different order via papal bulls against witches and magicians in Germany in response to a spate of especially cold weather in the northern states which was blamed on them. Witnessed the fall of Granada, which united Spain as a Catholic nation, while supporting the Spanish inquisition. Also promoted a crusade against the Waldensians, with indulgences aplenty offered to all who went after them for their excessive Christian sense of justice and equality. Thoroughly condemned the 900 theses publicly posted by Pico della Mirandola (Leo Tolstoy), and received the Holy Lance which had pierced the side of Jesus on the cross, from the Ottoman sultan shortly before his death. Actively promoted simony at his court in order to raise revenues from his continually depleted treasuries, including the auctioning off of offices. Excommunicated the king of Naples after he refused to pay a tariff imposed on him, and invited the French king Charles VIII (Hermann Goering) to conquer his kingdom, in an egregious misadventure that affected the entire Italian peninsula, and would not be resolved until after his death. Supported slavery as a means of ultimately converted them to Christianity, while doling out a host of Moorish slaves to his cardinals as favors. Crime remained rife in Rome during his pontificate, although he acted with alacrity against several individuals who forged and sold papal bulls, meting out the death penalty to two of them. An attempt was made to revive him on his deathbed via blood transfusions from a trinity of young male children who also died in the process. Inner: Worldly, materialistic and kindly, viewing the papacy with an admixture of business skills and limited political perceptions. Mitered lifetime of joining his fellow crypto-family on the throne of St. Peter, showing a similar focus on the material, rather than the spiritual sphere, per the papal overview of itself as a royal realm during that century and the next. Giovanni de’ Medici (Giovanni di Averardo III) (1360-1429) - Italian merchant prince. Known as ‘Bicci.’ Outer: Father was an obscure member of a banking family, mother had been his second wife. One of 5 sons, Began his career working in a bank owned by his cousin, then became a merchant in the traditional Florentine trade of refining and dying wool, before becoming one of the wealthiest bankers in Italy. Married, 2 sons, including his successor, Cosimo I (David Geffen). Used his close connection with Baldassare Cosse, later Pope John XXIII, to become a papal banker, with a monopoly on the position. Although the bank had branches in numerous other cities, over half its profits came from Rome when the latter was pope. When John XXIII was deposed and imprisoned, he remained loyal to him and helped secure his release. Continued doing business with the Vatican afterwards, although without the virtual monopoly. Used his wealth wisely, financing loans and helping the people of Florence to pay their taxes. Avoided public office, but used his money to political advantage, helping to create a new power with his own family, after a rival house had dominated Florence for generations. Elected gonfalonier of Florence in 1421, although refused to take sole charge of the government, knowing he would place himself in great danger from competing families. Died from natural causes. Inner: Honest, reserved, calm, courteous and pragmatic. Always thought in terms of stability, and taught his sons the value of humility and prudence. Foundation-building lifetime of creating a merchant prince’s house through his highly commercialized view of the world, and though a grand acquisitor himself, always thought in terms of balance and stability rather than sheer overarching greed. Leo III (c685-741) - Byzantine Basileus. Known as Leo the Isaurian. Outer: Despite his nickname, the Isaurian, he was from North Syria. From a simple peasant family, and originally called Konon. Probably spoke Arabic initially, with Greek his second language. The family was moved to the Bulgarian Black sea coast in an imperial reordering, where he was raised. Highly ambitious, he took full advantage of an imperial passthrough, by offering Justinian II (Adolf Hitler) a gift of 500 sheep for his army, and was made a member of his guard. Performed handsomely on a delicate diplomatic mission and was rewarded with a governorship. Continued employing his diplomatic skills to excellent effect with the Arabs through his fluency, and picked up the support of a fellow governor, promising him the hand of his eldest daughter, and with him, marched on Constantinople. Successfully negotiated with the city’s patriarch and Senate and forced the Basileus Theodosius to abdicate and enter a monastery. Made a triumphant entrance to the city, and took the Byzantine throne in 717, before having his wife crowned empress the following annum. Four children from the union, including Constantine V (David Geffen), who would succeed him, and cement a dynasty called Isaurian that would last a hundred years. Immediately had to do battle with Arab forces besieging Constantinople and successfully did so with the help of the Bulgarian khan. During the early part of his reign, the empire was eroded with territorial loss through Arab, Germanic and Slav incursions, while 726 saw an underwater earthquake that caused great damage. Both events were interpreted as divine disfavor with his rule. Replaced the relief on the Chalke Gate entrance to the palace with a cross bearing the inscription “I drive out the enemies and kill the barbarians.” In doing so he became the first of the iconoclast emperors, whether consciously or not, eventually precipitating a movement banning all direct images of the Christ and the saints, as heretic and unworthy of the central figures of Christendom, beginning in 730. Hundreds of monks fled to the outskirts of the empire, taking icons and relics with them, while succeeding popes fumed against him, although the move was popular in the eastern realms of his empire. Further antagonized the western church by transferring Italian dioceses from papal to Byzantine jurisdiction so as to milk them for taxes to defend the empire, in order to give its western and eastern holdings a sense of abiding unity, although the iconoclastic schism he precipitated only widened before becoming unbreachable several centuries hence. His final decade of rule was relatively quiet and taken up with his iconoclastic decrees, after having successfully rebuffed Arab incursions into it. His nearly quarter century reign wound up leaving his empire more divided than it had ever been, thanks to his inability to match its outer territorial sense with its inner need for manifest tokens of its religiosity. Inner: Skilled diplomat, with a deep understanding of the Arab character, thanks to the vicissitudes of his upbringing, allowing him to prevail in protecting his outer empire. Completely undiplomatic in his religious dealings, ultimately coloring his achievements in his inability to recognize the deep spiritual needs of the various religious communities of his empire. Dynasty-founder, as he would be several times hence in cementing ongoing families into royal his/story. Dualistic lifetime of ambitiously elevating himself from a humble background to the purple, without overt martial skills, only to see his skillful diplomacy and understanding of his political world eroded by a lack of equal comprehension around the dynamics of the religious sphere that sat over it.


Storyline: The lesser crown prince is forced to do continue battle with his karmic family make-up as the less-loved son, motivating him to alternately self-destruct and double his efforts at making his unprepossessing presence felt and respected.

Jeffrey Katzenberg (1950) - American movie executive. Outer: Of German Jewish descent. American movie executive. Father was a Park Avenue stockbroker. One of two children, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing. Became involved in local politics as a teenager, working for Mayor John Lindsay on his first campaign. An indifferent student, after high school, he decided on practical experience rather than college and labored for Lindsay full-time, evincing the energetic thoroughness that would mark his working life. Compact and wiry, with a take-charge attitude. Married Marilyn Siegel, a school teacher in his mid-20s, twin son and daughter from the union, a symbol of his feeling he has to do twice as much to remain at even keel. Became a talent agent, then producer’s assistant, before opening the mail for Paramount Studio head Barry Diller. Eventually rose through the ranks to become president of production there, under Michael Eisner, as the two significantly changed their company’s fortunes for the better. In his mid-30s, he followed Eisner to Disney Studios, which the team also revived in spectacular manner, as he recharged their animation division to the cultural power level it had once enjoyed. After a decade, however, he was stifled by Eisner in his bid to become chief operating officer. In a highly publicized move, he left Disney, and formed the first new major studio in decades in 1994, Dreamworks SKG, with longtime friends, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, although the studio took several years before finding itself. Won a well-publicized $280 million from Disney on a breach-of contract lawsuit, and remains a compulsive, driven, competitive figure, continually needing to prove himself against both real and imagined rivals. Boasted of besting Disney in animation, before finally producing a string of successes, after an initial mixed record in reanimating Dreamworks. When it was sold in 2005 to Paramount, he retained DreamWorks Animation, allowing him his final fantasy of finally running a studio .Created a number of franchise works, most especially Shrek, as well as How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar, although over-all lost his touch in the 2010s, causing his studio to lose hundreds of millions, while his focus has been on TV series and licensing products, rather than its earlier core animated features. Admitted 3 films a year was far too ambitious, and was forced to cut several hundred jobs, as well as relook at what he was doing. Found far more success as a premier money raiser for the Democratic Party, particularly Barack Obama, allowing him to become an official liaison between the latter’s White House and Hollywood. Sits on a host of boards, and has remained a player, despite his roller-coaster ride through the 2010s. Has an estimated net worth of $850 million. Inner: Fast-talking, hyper-ambitious, workaholic. Domestic, with traditional values, and a great eagerness to succeed as his own production chief and cinematic money engine. Payback lifetime of struggling with a symbolic father figure, before resolving longtime ambitions to create and to control a dreamworks with his longtime dream/brothers, in an up-and-down go-round reflective of past go-rounds in this series. Myron Selznick (1898-1944) - American movie executive and talent agent. Outer: Oldest of 3 sons of Lewis Selznick (David Geffen), brother of David O. Selznick (Brett Ratner). In thrall to his movie mogul father, who favored his younger brother, although his sire convinced both they were Hollywood royalty. Dropped out of Columbia Univ. after only 2 months to work for his sire, as his mode of education. 5’6” and shaggy. Quickly learned the film business from the bottom up, and became one of Hollywood’s youngest producers while still in his teens, before serving at 21 as chief of production for his father’s short-lived company, Selznick Pictures. When the latter went bankrupt 4 years later, he failed on his own as an independent producer. At 30, he became a talent agent, instead, and soon wielded enormous power, through his skills at negotiating, and his ability to corral top names as his clients. Wanted revenge on the moguls who had mocked his father, and drove especially hard bargains with them. Relentless in his negotiations, even with his brother David. Married actress Marjorie Daw in his early 30s, duo separated a decade later and divorced several years after that. Worked from a telephone at home once he had established his agency, always taking 10%. Heavy socializing and drinking, however, took their toll on him physically and he died of an abdominal hemorrhage shortly after divorcing. Inner: Shy, with a need to act tough. Smart, cynical, intense and unfulfilled, despite great abilities. Obsessive and irregular, loved drinking and gambling, like father, like son. Had a boisterous, loving relationship with his brother, although the pair also fought. Experienced many lessons of the unfavored son, and how to harden himself against rejection. Reverse oedipal lifetime of acting out a sense of self-worth with his longtime family as the rejected son, a repetitive theme that he would continue to pursue in yet another guise the next time around in this series. Karl VII (Karl Albert) (1697-1745) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: From the House of Wittelsbach. Son of the king of Bavaria, the elector Maximilian Emanuel and his second wife, the daughter of the king of Poland. When Bavaria was occupied, he was taken prisoner, along with his brother, Clement, who eventually became archbishop of Cologne, to Vienna and was educated by the Jesuits there. Released when his father was restored to the electorate, and in 1717 led the Bavarian contingent of the imperial army, against the Turks, distinguishing himself in battle. Succeeded his father to the Bavarian throne when he was in his late 20s, then renounced his claim to the Austrian succession, but married Marie Amalie, the daughter of HRE Joseph I (David Geffen), and coveted the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which was held by Maria Theresa (Queen Victoria), daughter of HRE Karl VI (Michael Eisner). Despite a muted desire to improve the lot of his subjects, he also wished to have a court that rivaled France’s in its splendor, and spent most of his finances towards that aim, while intriguing with the latter nation around the HRE crown. On Maria Theresa’s death, he joined an alliance against her, and was crowned HRE in his mid-40s, only to see his base overrun by Austrian troops, thanks to his neglect of his own army. Ill with both stone and gout, he bemoaned his landless and impecunious fate, comparing himself to the Biblical Job. Became a pawn of the anti-Austrian coalition, and was restored to his Bavarian lands, but died shortly afterwards, totally worn out from his failed endeavors. Inner: Ambitious and competitive, but without the base to actualize his power fantasies, or the skill to do it, thanks to a taste for form over substance, and a lack of both foresight and insight. Failed lifetime of dealing with his longtime family from the standpoint of rejection and powerlessness, beginning a cycle of go-rounds of trying to prove his self-worth over and over in far more powerful company. Pius IV (Giovanni Angelo Medici) (1498-1565) - Italian pope. Outer: Distantly related, according to some sources, although not others, to the powerful Medici clan of Florence, but from far poorer patrician Milanese stock. One of fourteen children and younger brother of Gian Giacomo Medici, a noted condottiere with a violently checkered career. Sewed far milder wild oats than his sibling and studied law in Bologna, earning a reputation as a jurist, and came to Rome in 1527, the year the city was sacked. Became a favorite of Pope Paul III (David Geffen) who made him governor of several towns, allowing him to rise steadily in the church hierarchy after being ordained in 1545. Became a cardinal in 1549, as one of Paul III’s final creations. Never particularly spiritual, he was always open to schemes of the Medici and Farnese families to augment their power. Nevertheless, he showed himself to be an able administrator. A decade later, he was elected pope, as a compromise candidate, taking on the name of Pius IV. Pardoned the rioters who beheaded a statue of his unpopular predecessor, Paul IV (Alfred Rosenberg), and oversaw the execution of one of his two nephews, while undoing some of the damage he had fostered in the wake of his reactionary pontificate. Created eighteen new cardinals, and reopened the Council of Trent in 1562 for the third time as a means of defining the Church’s position contra the Protestant movement. Able to show his judicious instincts by maintaining papal authority, with the German princes, France and Spain largely satisfied with the outcome, as the basis for much needed reform was firmly put in place. His Tridentine Creed was an affirmation of Catholic faith, as well as the papacy’s ultimate authority in interpreting scriptures, dispensing the sacraments, and deciding which heresies needed to be condemned. Withdrew a charge of Calvinism against the queen of Navarre, per the French king’s wishes, while continually looking for ways to accommodate the desires of papal allies, rather than using his office as a tool of pure power. An enthusiastic builder, despite his limited treasury, he enhanced Rome’s look, while restoring buildings and fortifications in the various ecclesiastical states and supporting the work of the master sculptor and painter Michelangelo (Henri Matisse). Set a subdued tone of both style and dress, reducing his living circumstance and dismissing many members of his household, which some made plaint of, although it was well in keeping with his extremely modest character, with his singular failing a tendency towards nepotism with his own family, including trying to make a 13 year old nephew a cardinal. A conspiracy against him was crushed in 1565, otherwise he proved to be a well-liked and respected figure, and a good antidote for his despised predecessor. Inner: Moderate and modest, with good diplomatic and reformist instincts, and far more of a worldly view than a strictly spiritual one. Quasi-pious lifetime of following his crypto-family onto the Chair of St. Peter and acquitting himself well, without the usual sibling rivalry factor that would mar his later go-rounds in this series.


Storyline: The malaprop-spouting mogul follows a similar crypto-career arc as his fellow secret Medicis, but always seems to retain a blank space between the ears somewhere along the way in memory of a power go-round when he wasn’t completely present.

mSamuel Goldwyn (Shmuel Gelbfisz) (1882-1974) - Polish/American producer. Outer: Eldest of 6 children of a struggling Jewish used-furniture dealer. Orphaned early, at 11, he went to England by himself, showing an independence of spirit that would continue throughout his life. Learned English and worked as a blacksmith’s helper, while staying with relatives, who Anglicized his name to Goldfish. Tall and broad-shouldered. In 1898, after begging or stealing steerage passage, he came to America via Canada, once more by himself, and became an apprentice glove-maker in upstate NY, for $3 a week, while going to night school. By 15, he was an expert glove-cutter, and by 18, he was a high-powered glove salesman, as well as partner in his company. In his late 20s, after moving his operation to NYC, he married Beatrice Lasky (Betsy Brooks), the sister of musician and theatrical producer Jesse Lasky (Garth Brooks), divorced in 1919, one daughter from the union. When tariffs cut into his business, he joined Lasky as treasurer and sales manager for his eponymous Feature Players Company, an early entry into the fledgling film industry. Their first effort, The Squaw Man, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was a resounding success, and by 1916 they had merged with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players to ultimately become Paramount Pictures. Made Chairman of the Board of the revamped company, although the strong egos involved led him to be included out, and he was bought out for $900,000. Formed a new company with the Selwyn Bros., called Goldwyn, and in 1918, he liked the sound of it so much, he changed his own name to reflect it. Struggled with the second company, and was once more included out, when he proved more and more difficult to deal with. When the Goldwyn company merged with Metro and Louis B. Mayer Productions, to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a subsequent mainstay of Hollywood, he was completely out of the picture and their pictures, although he contributed their Leo the lion logo. Rather than join up with anyone else, he vowed to work, as he always did, by himself, and formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions. Immediately showed himself to be a master showman, taking complete charge of all aspects of his product, save for distribution, which he did through United Artists until 1940, and then RKO. Hired the best talent available, with a particular emphasis on good screenwriters, and focused on high quality productions, with a great intuitive feel for putting together winning teams. Often looked to the stage and successful books for suitable material. Always sensitive about his co-religionists and their unflattering portrayal on screen, almost not hiring Danny Kaye because he projected too Jewish an image, which he equated with ‘funny-looking.’ Nevertheless, he proved to be a tireless president of the United Jewish Appeal, raising millions for Israel and Jewish charities, when he headed that organization in the late 1940s. Married Broadway actress Frances Howard (Katie Holmes), some 20 years his junior, and a non-Jew in 1925, and she served as his close pragmatic partner, despite being in love with gay director Geroge Cukor the entire time. One son from the slightly disjointed union, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who also became a producer. Served as a launcher for a number of notable careers, and was particularly effective with director William Wyler, who won an Academy Reward with him in 1946, for The Best Years of Our Lives. The same year, he won the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award. A philanthropist, as well as a noted malapropist, he added numerous funny phrases, or as they came to be known, Goldwynisms, to the language, thanks to his fractured English, including the aforementioned ‘include me out,’ as well as, “in two words, im-possible,” and “I’ll give you a definite maybe.” Eventually retired from producing at the end of the 1950s, after two of his most memorable features, both musicals, Guys and Dolls in 1955 and Porgy and Bess in 1959. Suffered a severe stroke in 1969, and spent his last five years bedridden in his home, turning hugely obese, partly paralyzed and incontinent. Most of the time he just stared off into space, only able to speak on occasion, as he clung to a spent body, while reflecting in unconscious manner his go-round as an equally emptied-out tsar. Died of a heart ailment in his sleep at 91, virtually the last of his breed. Inner: Active, aggressive and temperamental with a genius for publicity, and a facility for turning off his partners. Although uncreative himself, a natural salesman of superior products, with a great gut feeling for quality, and an excellent instinct for talent. Usually went into a highly agitated state everytime a project neared completion. Almost never carried cash on him, as reflection of his own sense of power. Exclude me in lifetime of distancing himself from all save his familial intimates in order to totally control both his life and product, only to ultimately be forced to face the emptiness that still lies within him. mAlexander Beckendorff (Alexander, Graf Beckendorff) (1783-1944) - Russian general and police commandant. Outer: Of Baltic-German noble descent. Father was a general and served as a military governor of Russia’s Baltic provinces, while his mother, Anna Julianne, was a lady-in-waiting and close friend of the Russian tsarina. His brother became both a general and a diplomat, while his sister, Dorothea von Lieven (Vilma Banky), was a socialite and politically active in London and Paris. Joined the Russian military, and was one of the officers who assassinated Pavel I (Reza Shah Pahlevi) in 1801, per imperial instruction. Fought with distinction in the Napoleonic wars, capturing three French generals, and was made commandant of the Moscow garrison, after the city was liberated. Later fought against the fading French army in Germany and the Low Countries to equally good success. Served as aide-de-camp to Alexander I (Mikhail Gorbachev) in the early 1820s, trying to warn him of political unrest among the upper classes, but was largely ignored. A conservative traditionalist, he actively worked to suppress the result of that unrest, the Decembrist uprising, in 1825, which tried to prevent the ascension of Nicholas I (Master P) to the throne. Later proved to be a pivotal figure in their prosecution. Along with his fellow generals of German extraction, he relentlessly ran down the aristocratic family members connected with the revolt, leading some to believe he and his minions were all operating on a strong anti-Slav bias. Became one of Nicholas’s closest and most trusted companions afterwards, and one of the few people in his inner circle outside his immediate family, because of a shared belief in the absolute power of the throne. Made head of the Imperial Gendarmerie, a security police force, which Nicholas created in 1826, to root out any other revolutionary fervor, and within a decade had over 1600 men and women under surveillance, most for political reasons, thanks to the growing paranoia of his primary employer. Also oversaw a strict censorship of both literature and plays, as Nicholas clamped down on any and all expression that did not venerate his high position. Despite being the tsar’s chief political policeman, he was viewed positively by society-at-large, since he did not use his offices for petty gains or self-interest. Never owned a home in St. Petersburg, preferring his own longtime family manor in Talinn for his base, in his strong identification with his family. Had an odd affliction where he could not remember his name, and had to check his own visiting card to remember it, an unconscious throwback, to his earlier blank life in this series. Held his post until his death, and then was succeeded in it by Alexsey Orlov. Inner: Conservative, traditional, aggressive and ultimately an information-gatherer, proving over and over his competence in accomplishing whatever task was assigned him through his strong belief in the system he was loyally serving. String-around-the-finger lifetime of continually doing his duty as he saw fit, even when forgetting who he was, as a throwback to the time when he felt he wasn’t anybody. mIvan V (1666-1696) - Russian tsar. Outer: Younger son of Tsar Alexis I (Steven Spielberg) and his first wife. Probably suffered from Down’s Syndrome. Chronic invalid, half-blind, mentally and physically deficient, and later in life was partially paralyzed. When his older brother, Tsar Feodor III (Brett Ratner) died in 1682, his half-brother, Peter I (Yukio Mishima) was named tsar, but his sister Sofia (Vilma Banky) instigated the palace guard to riot, and they killed several members of his stepfamily, before the royal council proclaimed him co-ruler with Peter, and Sofia as regent. Crowned along with Peter, who left Moscow, the first time ever that Russian had two rulers. Married a Russian noblewoman in 1684, 5 daughters from union, including the future empress, Anna (Leonid Brezhnev). Always maintained a conciliatory attitude towards Peter, so when Sofia was deposed in 1689, he was allowed to live. Never participated in the government, and spent most of his time praying, fasting and going on pilgrimages. Inner: Childish mind, never fully grasped his role, deeply religious. Retarded lifetime of retreating backwards into a childlike state in order to re-establish his sense of love, a common theme of those suffering from Down’s Syndrome, who need to recreate their heart base from the simple perspective of unadulterated devotion, in order to try to be more loving people afterwards. Giovanni de’ Medici (Giovanni de’ Pierfrancesco Medici Il Popolano) (1467-1498) - Italian noble. Outer: From a cadet branch of the powerful de’ Medici family. His father had been the son of the brother of Cosimo de’ Medici (David Geffen), whose direct line created the main branch. Younger of two brothers. Handsome and physical. Lived a largely luxurious life as a country squire, thanks to his family wealth, while evincing a quiet arrogance. Charged with treason by his cousin Piero (Budd Shulberg) after a contretemps over a woman, and arrested, although he was not viewed as a threat to the authorities and was released. Like the other members of his family, he was an active patron of artists. Sent to Rome in 1496 as Florentine ambassador to the city, where he was nabbed by the redoubtable Caterina Sforza (Vilma Banky), as her third husband, after her first two had been unceremoniously murdered, in a charged physical attraction on her part. One son from union, Giovanni della Bande Nere (Master P), who would go on to a memorably violent career of his own. Faded out when his son was barely out of infancy, perhaps from exhaustion in trying to satisfy his lusty wife, or so contemporary chroniclers surmised. Inner: Secondary lifetime of being a minor member of a major family, with only his physicality as evidence of being out-of-the-ordinary, in a largely unmemorable go-round, save as a seed-spreader. Leo IV (750-780) - Byzantine Basileus. Known as the Khazar. Outer: Father was the Byzantine Basileus Constantine V (David Geffen). Mother was a Khazar princess, which gave him his nickname. Co-crowned emperor at the age of 1, and later had five half-brothers after his mother died and his sire married again. Married Irene (Vilma Banky), an Athenian noble in 769, who was extremely manipulative and ambitious. Their son Constantine VI (David Hasselhoff) would succeed him. Probably suffered from tuberculosis, which weakened his constitution. Became Basileus on the death of his progenitor in 775, and made the latter his co-emperor the following annum, which led to a revolt by his half-brothers, who were tonsured and sent into exile. Able to repulse Arab invasions onto his empire’s lands, and largely continued to pursue his sire’s policies, without ever putting his personal imprimatur on his office during his five years of rule. While following the same iconoclastic beliefs as his progenitor, he was conciliatory to the icon-venerating monks in his domain, and allowed many of those who had fled with their relics under his sire, to return to their monasteries and pursue their practices of old. Also appointed an iconophile as Patriarch of Constantinople, when the previous holder of that position died, although towards the end of his reign, he began reversing his position. Found some icons hidden under his wife’s pillow, and tortured the sources for them, while rebuking his spouse and refusing to have carnal relations with her afterwards. His end came suddenly from a fever, after boils broke out all over his head and face. His wife, Irene, a confirmed iconophile, succeeded him as regent for their son. Some controversy would remain over his death, which was believed to have been brought on by his retrieving a crown from the Hagia Sofia, whose precious stones may have been poisoned, thereby poisoning Irene’s subsequent highly controversial co-rule. Inner: Weak-willed and of average intelligence. Moderate in his beliefs and practices, and far less a figure than both his father and wife, both of whom totally dominated him. Lesser lifetime of living largely in the shadow of far stronger characters, while continuing his longtime association with a sister/spouse who was far his superior in all aspects of the power realms.


Storyline: The crypto-imperial exotic enjoys a short spectacular run in the Hollywood firmament, before her foreignness relegates her to silent memory, in a distinct desire to be domestic, after many an earlier go-round where her public lives far superceded her private ones, to mixed political and emotional results.

Vilma Banky (Vilma Konsics) (1898-1991) - Hungarian/American actress. Outer: Some question as to her original name. Either Vilma Konsics Banky or Vilma Lonchit. Began her career on the Hungarian screen in 1919, and also worked in France and Austria. 5’4”, violet-eyed and blonde-haired. While on a trip to Budapest, Samuel Goldwyn discovered and signed her, and then brought her to Hollywood in the mid-1920s, where her career immediately took off, despite speaking no English at the time. Nicknamed “the Hungarian Rhapsody,” she projected a graceful, ethereal beauty that made her a star in several of the most successful silent films of the 1920s, opposite such handsome leading men as Ronald Colman (Orlando Bloom), Gary Cooper (Brad Pitt) and Rudolph Valentino (John Travolta) in Son of the Sheik, the last film he ever made. Knew almost no English initially, and was taught to answer all reporter’s questions with “Lamb chops and pineapple.” In 1927, she married film star Rod La Rocque in a wedding extravaganza that Goldwyn footed for publicity purposes, since she was his biggest moneymaker. Unlike other high profile Hollywood couples, their union would last until his death in 1969. Had a heavy accent, and was difficult to understand, so that when the sound era began in the late 1920s, her career was over. Made one final talkie in 1930, and then two more films in Germany in the early 1930s, before retiring from the screen. Her husband also called it a career, and went on to become a successful real estate dealer, a venture in which she also participated. Had no offspring, but along with her mate, she created an educational fund for children, called The Banky-La Roque Foundation. After her spouse’s death, she became somewhat reclusive, although continued playing golf, a sport that became a passion with her well into her 80s. Deeply disturbed that she received no publicity or mention or interest from the public when she became quite ill in her late 80s. Died from cardiorespiratory arrest, although her death was not announced publicly until the following year, as recompense per her instruction of her earlier ignoral. Inner: Enigmatic, hidden and largely guarded as a means of working on herself outside the usual spotlight she usually demands. Meteoric lifetime of enjoying a brief, but spectacular run as a star, before settling into a much desired private life with a well-loved spouse, after earlier having done the opposite, and allowing the public domain to overwhelm her private sphere. Dorothea von Lieven (Dorothea Benckendorff) (1785-1857) - Baltic/French princess and diplomat. Outer: Mother was a former lady-in-waiting and close friend of the empress at the Russian imperial court. Father was a general and a military governor of the Baltic provinces. Younger sister of Alexander von Benckendorff (Samuel Goldwyn), a future head of Russia’s secret police. One other brother became a general as well. When her mother died in 1797, the empress adopted her, and after finishing her education at an exclusive St. Petersburg institute, she became maid of honor to the latter. At 14, she married Count Christopher Lieven, and a decade later, he was appointed minister to Berlin. Two sons from the union. In 1812, her husband was made ambassador to Great Britain, a post he held for over two decades. It was there that her social skills blossomed, and she became a leader of London society, as a gifted salonist, greatly enhancing her spouse’s position. Had several high profile paramours, including Prince Klemens von Metternich (Henry Kissinger) and Viscount Palmerston (Maxwell Beaverbrook), that had tongues clucking, thanks to an attraction to powerful men, a loose marriage and a skill at diplomacy very much equal to her mate’s. As a social lioness, she threw the parties where invites were most coveted, while becoming the first foreigner to be elected a patroness of the exclusive Almack’s club, where she introduced the waltz to England. Through her diplomacy, she helped modern Greece come into being, and also made contributions to the creation of Belgium, while serving as an element in one form or another in most of the major European diplomatic decisions of the first half of the 19th century, thanks to her ubiquitous linkage to some of the continent’s most powerful men. Corresponded with many of them, and held a unique position for women of her time. After being appointed senior lady-in-waiting to the tsar Nicholas I’s (Master P) tsarina in 1829, her husband was made governor to the young tsarevitch. Soon after being called back to Russia, both their young sons died, and the tragedy caused her to leave her husband and settle in Paris in declining health, where she once again was a popular salonist. Involved with conservative French political figure and his/storian Francois Guizot the latter part of her life, while maintaining her role as an independent stateswoman. Died peacefully at home, and was buried on the family estate in the Baltics, next to her sons. Her correspondence, in which she caustically limned life among the British aristocracy, was later published. Inner: Charismatic, intelligent, seductive and attracted to power. Illustrious liaisons lifetime of sacrificing home and hearth for the heady arena of power politics, only to ultimately lose her children along the way, making for a readjustment of priorities the next time around in this series. Sophia Alekseyevna (1657-1704) - Russian royal regent. Outer: 4th daughter of Tsar Alexis (Steven Spielberg) and his first wife. Received an exceptional education, showing a voracious appetite for knowledge, unlike her sisters, and also an equal aptitude for intrigue. Shapeless, fat, huge-headed and homely with hair growing on her face. Determined not to fall into the passive role of royal Russian women, she began involving herself in politics during her sickly brother, Fyodor III’s (Brett Ratner) reign, showing a daring aggressiveness the more she accustomed herself to the halls of power. Nursed him and was present at meetings with his advisers, and fell in love with Prince Vasily Golitsyn, who became her lover, and shared her passion for western learning, her interest in technology and the desire to put Russia more on a pathway that would it make it an equal of western Europe. When her brother died in in 1682, her 10 year old half/brother Peter I (Yukio Mishima) was proclaimed tsar, but she incited the household guard to riot against the family of her father’s 2nd wife, who murdered many of them within the Kremlin walls, and had her defective brother Ivan V (Samuel Goldwyn) proclaimed co-ruler, with herself as regent. Quickly consolidated her power, under the guidance of Golitsyn, while replacing the leader of the guard with one of her favorites, and moving over half the Moscow regiments from the city to the frontier, to prevent a reversal of her position. Proved to be an extremely effective regent, promoting industrial development and inviting foreign craftsmen to Russia. Unable to implement domestic reform because of dissident religious elements and a rebellious peasantry. Gained territory through treaties with Poland and China and sponsored 2 disastrous military campaigns, which stirred unrest among the populace. Tried to incite the guard against Peter and his family again, but his support had strengthened and he overthrew her in 1689, and forced her to enter a convent. In 1698, her supporters tried to reinstate her one more time, although she had nothing to do with the plot, and after being tried by a special tribunal, was forced to take the veil. Inner: Astute, extremely intelligent, a realistic and decisive politician, extremely emancipated for her time, and a born intriguer, with a powerful will. Brief window lifetime of mastering the Byzantine intrigues of the early Russian throne, and proving herself an adept ruler in all but title, until she finally came up against a will even more powerful than her own, and was forced into the precise non-existence she had earlier so strenuously fought against. Caterina Sforza (1462-1509) - Italian countess. Outer: Illegitimate daughter of Galeazzo Maria (Spiro Agnew), Duke of Milan, and Lucrezia Landriani, who legitimized and raised her at the court in Milan. When she was 10, she was engaged by proxy to Girolamo Riario, the supposed nephew, but actual son of Sixtus IV (Benito Mussolini), and shortly after their marriage, her father was murdered, and she left home for Rome. Had 7 children all told with him, and legend had it, gave birth to one after being in the saddle for 24 hours. Tall, slim and blonde. With her husband, she seized control of the Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome, and then defended it in his absence, while pregnant at the time, earning the reputation of being fearless and able to fight like a man. Dominated her weak husband, and helped defend their base city of Forli, when he returned fund-less there. Also dispensed justice and served in her mate’s stead, exacting cruel revenge over an assassination plot on him, although he was eventually murdered in 1488. Taken captive with her children, she escaped, and continued to rule Forli, making it a force in Italian politics. Secretly wed her lover, Giacomo Feo, who co-ruled with her, and bore another son in 1490, although her husband was murdered 5 years later, in front of her. Took revenge on all involved, then married into the de’ Medici family in 1496, with Giovanni de’ Medici Il Popolano (Samuel Goldwyn), and bore another son, Giovanni della Bande Nere (Master P), but her third mate died within a year. Continued to rule her domains, until they were attacked by Cesare Borgia (Joseph Stalin) in 1499. Forced to send her children to Florence for safety, while becoming involved in a plot to murder Cesare’s father, Pope Alexander VI (Maxim Gorki), who nevertheless created a state in Romagna, which threatened her own position. Captured by Cesare, she failed in an escape attempt, and wound up imprisoned in Castel Sant’ Angelo for a year. Finally renounced her sovereignty, and was released. Retired to Florence, in austere and saintly retreat, where she died 8 years later of liver ailment, peritonitis and pleurisy. Known as “the Virago,” or woman warrior. Inner: Great love of power, along with a noted cruelty and thirst for revenge. Paid strict attention to her own personal beauty, so that there was great demand for her portrait, although, oddly, she did not patronize the artists of her time. Also served as an informational beacon for many noble ladies, thanks to her facility for recipes and prescriptions. Virago lifetime of duking it out with the power elite of her time, and holding her own, before being overwhelmed by superior forces, and forced to dwell in her interior at life’s end, after spending most of her earlier time with exterior concerns. Irene (c752-803) - Greek-born Byzantine empress. Outer: From a prominent Athenian family. Orphaned early, she was raised by other members of her clan, and proved quite loyal to them once she achieved power. Probably chosen in 769 because of her beauty to be the bride of the heir to the Byzantine throne, Leo IV (Samuel Goldwn), although it may have been a political decisions on the emperor Constantine V’s (David Geffen) part, looking for Grecian alliances. Although the royal house was iconoclastic, seeing all images and relics as heretical, she was quite the opposite, an iconophile. The union produced a son, Constantine VI (David Hasselhoff), and in 775, on the death of the Basileus, her husband mounted the throne. Moderate in his continuation of his father and grandfather’s iconoclastic policies, he suddenly showed their same fierce intolerance in 780, when he allegedly discovered some icons in the possession of his wife, persecuting several courtiers for the same offense. He died shortly afterwards from a high fever, with rumors persisting that she may have poisoned him through his crown, and she became regent for their ten year old son. Relished the power thrust upon her, while having to deal with a revolt of several politically potent figures, who were all forcibly made into monks and banished. issued coins with her own image holding the orb of state, and had herself referred to as her son’s co-ruler. Selected a daughter of the emperor Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte) as his bride, in order to forge an alliance with the Carolingian empire. Withstood another plot in 781, while relying totally on eunuchs for her advice, rather than the aristocratic upper tier of Byzantine society, as was the normal practice. Her choices, however, were largely incompetent and venal, with her chief minister, Stauracius, particularly ill-suited for the pivotal role thrust on him. Removed several of her husband’s generals from their command, while achieving mixed results in the field, because of Stauracius’s inconsistent martial skills. Veneration of relics were officially restored in 787, while she encouraged a revival in monasticism, and appointed a layman patriarch sympathetic to her views, after the previous one retired publicly repenting his earlier iconoclastic stance. Tried to heal the rifts between the eastern and western churches through an official Council in 786 although it was undermined by the iconoclastic bishops, and she responded to its failure by removing troops sympathetic to them from the city and replacing the with those who shared her views. Also created a personal Watch Guard to protect the palace at the same time. Deliberately summoned her next Council outside of Constantinople, in Niceaea, where Constantine the Great (Mohandas Gandhi) had called his first unifying conclave in 325, in order to avoid rioting and interference, and, true to course, it officially justified the veneration of icons. At this juncture, her son had reached official age, although she refused to relinquish her absolute power, as the two went back and forth with one another. Broke off his marriage alliance and selected another in a bride-show beauty contest, Maria of Amnia. Two daughters from the unhappy union. The empire during this time suffered numerous military defeats around its edges, because of a lack of a singular dominating military leader, while tensions twixt mother and son continued to deteriorate. Half the army wound up mutinying in favor of the latter, in 790, and the troops confirmed Constantine as their emperor. All her eunuchs were tonsured and exiled, and she was confined in her palace, although was not deposed. Two years later she was restored and given her title back. Another plot to dethrone them by an uncle, saw the latter blinded and his four sons having their tongues cut out. A further misreading of another revolt, coupled with Constantine taking on a mistress and sending his wife to a convent his mother had founded, weakened her position further. The subsequent marriage of Constantine and Theodote completely alienated the monastic establishment, and darkened her son’s reputation even more. When he lost his own infant son, she made her final power move on him, having him seized and blinded in torturous manner, causing his death in 797. Her unconscionable triumph would be short-lived, since the empire was largely left aghast over what she had done. Minted coins as sole ruler, and tried to buy her popularity from vast sums she had concealed in her private palace. In 800 Charlemagne felt impelled to have himself crowned as king of the Romans by the pope in response to her, and then proposed marriage through intermediaries in order to unite the two empires. While she favored the move, a conspiracy was brewing, and her finance minister, Nicephorus overthrew her, in lieu of her chief eunuch putting his brother on the throne, and was crowned emperor. Without protesting, she was exiled to a convent, and then the isle of Lesbos. More plotting ensued, and she died in the midst of it. Eventually canonized for restoring icons, despite her actions in the political sphere. Inner: Shrewd, extremely strong-willed and duplicitous, with a true sense of how to actualize her power. Also philanthropic and genuinely religious. Black widow lifetime of making her extreme will manifest in an age not known for giving her gender any leeway in the power realm, before accepting the end of her run with the grace of a true champion finally defeated.


Storyline: The ongoing exotic expatriate tries to get past her past roadblocks in her adopted countries, in order to finally connect up with the realities around her, after many a go-round of disconnection, whether she rules or entertains.
Rita Ora (Rita Sahatçlu Ora)(1990) - Albanian/British singer, actress and songwriter. Outer: Soon after her birth in Kosovo, her family moved to London, where was raised. Mother was a psychiatrist, while her father was a pub owner. Extremely close to the former, who has had a strong influence on her. The middle of three siblings with an older brother and younger sister. Named after her film director grandfather’s favorite movie star, Rita Hayworth. Went to a Catholic school while growing up, before attending the Sylvia Young Theatre School as a teen, and finishing her education at St. Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. At 14, allegedly had a relationship with a 26 year old, and later dismissed it as child abuse. 5’5”, slim with light brown eyes and dark brown hair which is usually dyed blonde. In 2007, she teamed up with British singer Craig David for her first hit, “Awkward.” A mezzo-soprano, she sang in bars around London, including her sire’s pub, gaining a small following, and in 2009, she was signed up by Jay-Z for his Roc Nation label and her career took off in the U.K., as she began working with some of the top names in the music industry. Her debut studio album, “Ora” quickly rose to number one in the U.K. and spawned two top singles. Continued as a hit maker in the U.K with subsequent releases, although early in her career she was never that big in the U.S. since she could not be easy compartmentalized like other stars of her ilk. Although music has been her career focus, she has also made several appearances in a variety of TV series, as well as done film/work, with soundtrack tie-ins, and been the face of a variety of fashion houses and products. Has had a number of short relationships with fellow show biz personalities, with her focus more on her career than permanent coupledom. Became the subject of rumors in 2016 that she could be 'Becky with the good hair' referenced in Beyonce's new track Lemonade, who is said to have had a tryst with the superstar's partner, Jay-Z. Inner: Maintains a very cool public persona, with a wacky sense of fashion, and a dual love for both music and clothes. Projects a certain eccentricity that is just beyond the reach of American pop sensibilities, despite a deliberate sex kitten look she shares with those the industry eagerly promotes as the young female ideal. Her religious affiliation remans unclear, although she professes a strong sense of religiosity, be it Catholic or Muslim. Sports a tattoo of the Kabalah tree of life on her back. Pop queen lifetime of switching her focus to singing while maintaining the same exotic alien persona she carries in all her recent go-rounds as an expatriate transplant continually trying to overcome roadblocks to her high ambitions for herself. Pola Negri (Barbara Appollonia Chalupec) (1894-1987) - Polish/American actress. Outer: Father was a dealer in fabrics, who was arrested by the Russians and sent to a Siberian labor camp, where he died in 1905, leaving the family in financial straits. After a middle-class upbringing, she suddenly wound up in dire poverty. Nevertheless, her mother was able to send her to a private school in Warsaw, where it was decided she would be an actress, thanks to her striking beauty. Took her name from the Italian poetess Ada Negri, whose works she adored, and contracted her own middle name down to marquee size. Originally wanted to be a dancer, and was accepted by the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet, but TB curtailed that dream. Went to the Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts in Warsaw, instead, where she did the three year course in one annum, and made her professional debut there in “Sodom’s End.” 5’. Became a fixture of Warsaw’s stage until shortly before Germany occupied the country in 1916, and both she and her mother were suddenly plunged back into poverty. Acted in a pantomime play, which showed her natural ability without sound, and decided to explore motion pictures, writing, directing and acting in Love and Passion, which proved she could transliterate herself to the new medium. Moved to Berlin in 1917, where she teamed with the country’s top directors, and in 1919, made Madame Du Barry which had a sensational success in Europe, and the United States, as well, where it was released as Passion. Married a Polish noble at the same time, but found herself ill-suited to domestic life and divorced him after a year. Hollywood beckoned in 1922 and she went on to become one of the early sultry sirens of the silent screen, combining an exotic beauty with an excessive emotional flair. Lived like royalty, in a palace-like abode in Los Angeles, and was involved with both Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino (John Travolta), claiming after the latter’s premature death that they had been engaged to be married. Played the grieving fiancee to the hilt via a much photographed train/ride across country to attend his funeral, where she gave the public performance of a lifetime. Her extracurricular histrionics did not sit that well with American fans, who preferred their stars emotional excess strictly up on the silver screen. Ran into censorship problems around her vamp roles, as well, and when sound came in at the end of the decade, her Hollywood career was doomed, because of her heavy accent. In 1927, she married playboy Prince Serge Mdivani, making her the sister-in-law of actress Mae Murray (Miley Cyrus). After she lost her considerable fortune in the stock market crash of 1929, the duo were divorced two years later. No children from either of her unions. Also had numerous involvements with women, while showing a predilection for drugs and drink. Returned to Europe, although her hedonistic lifestyle had dimmed her beauty, so that she was permanently no longer ready for a close-up. Adolf Hitler was a fan of hers, and she traveled to Germany to continue her career, only to ultimately find herself banned because of a rumor that she had Jewish ancestry, which Hitler himself rescinded, before it was reinstated. Left Germany in 1938 and went to France, then returned to the U.S. virtually penniless in 1941, but got little filmwork. Supposedly turned down the plum role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, refusing to play a has-been, despite being one. In 1951, she became an American citizen. Her last film was in 1964, and the same year, she received an honorary award from the German film industry for her early contributions to it. Spent the latter part of her life with a Texas heiress and composer, Margaret West, and published her ghost-written autobiography “Memoirs of a Star,” in 1970. Given to both alcoholism and depression, she eventually died of pneumonia, after suffering a brain tumor. Maintained to the end that Rudolph Valentino was the great love of her life. Inner: Poetaster and overly dramatic, with an unerring instinct for self-destruction. Stranger in a strange land lifetime of continuing as royalty of sorts, under far more aggressive circumstances, only to be once more rejected by her realm, despite its completely imaginary boundaries. Elizabeth (Princess Louise Maria Auguste of Baden) (1779-1826) - German Empress consort of Russia. Outer: From the House of Zahringen. Mother was the daughter of the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. Father was the Prince of Baden. 3rd of 7 children. Enjoyed a close, warm family, with a strong attachment to her mother, with whom she would correspond her entire life, and who would ultimately outlive her. Came to St. Petersburg in 1792 with her younger sister at the behest of the empress Catherine II (Indira Gandhi) who was looking for a wife for her grandson Alexander I (Mikhail Gorbachev). The following year, the duo were engaged, although she was initially put off by his undemonstrativeness. Ash blonde and blue-eyed, with an angelic face, a melodious speaking voice, a shy, sweet, generous nature and an obvious intelligence. Her beauty, elegance and regal charm soon opened him up, and they came to love one another. Learned Russian, converted to the Russian Orthodox Church, while being renamed Elizabeth Alexeievna. In 1793, when she was 14 and he 15, they were married, and she became Grand Duchess of Russia. Withdrawn and repressed, she found the court far too licentious for her tastes, particularly after the empress’s young lover tried to seduce her, while its Byzantine intrigues were far beyond her naive sense of propriety. Felt lost after her sister returned home to Baden, and was both miserable and profoundly alienated, with only her spouse as a saving grace in her life. The latter, however, failed to give her the romantic sustenance she craved, while she was unable to provide a male heir, much to Catherine’s disappointment. Following the empress’s death, her son Pavel (Shah Pahlevi) proved to be intolerable to her, and she completely eschewed his court, despising his militaristic character. Eventually began looking to others for fulfillment, and wound up in the arms of her husband’s best friend, a dashing Polish prince, in a three year liaison. In 1799, she finally gave birth to a daughter, who bore a suspicious resemblance to her lover. The child died soon afterwards, while the prince was permanently sent off on a diplomatic mission, once again isolating her. Learned to live in solitude, and though she loved her husband, the two continued to look outside their official union for emotional succor. Unpopular at court, as well as with her husband’s family, she took solace in reading and solitude. Gave her husband support in overthrowing his father, who was assassinated in 1801, and then as empress consort, returned to court life, although played a secondary role to her mother-in-law. Upon becoming emperor, Alexander took on a Polish princess, Maria Naryshkina as his lover, and the latter flaunted her position over the next decade and a half. When her Polish prince returned to court, she went back to him, and then moved onto a staff-captain, who may have been killed in 1807 on orders of the czar. The previous year she gave birth to a second daughter, who rumor had it, was the child of the staff-captain. Her second daughter also died as an infant, which made her totally bereft, although it briefly brought her closer to her husband again. Remained a strong support of his, through his early attempts at reform, and all during the Napoleonic Wars. When Napoleon finally fell, she joined Alexander at the Congress of Vienna, where she briefly entwined with her Polish prince. By this time her beauty was a thing of the past, and after her husband underwent a mysterious religious conversion to mysticism, and finally broke off his long liaison with his Polish princess, the two began enjoying each other’s company again. Her health however was susceptible to a lung condition, and both tsar and tsarina traveled south in 1825, where they lived together in simple lodgings. He, however, developed typhus, and died later that year in her arms, which devastated her. On her return to the capital, she, too, joined him in eternity, through heart failure. Inner: Love hungry, profoundly alienated and focused largely on singular others to get her emotional fulfillment. Sad-eyed lifetime of once again being a stranger in a strange land, while continually suffering love and loss as a means of testing her heart and her own wounded sense of self. Maria Leszczynska (Maria Karolina Zofia Felicja Leszczynska) (1703-1768) - Polish Queen consort of France. Outer: The year after her birth, her father became king of Poland, only to soon be forced into exile. Became lost when the family fled Warsaw, and was eventually found in a stable. Also hidden in an oven on another occasion for her own safety. Her father consoled himself via her education. Through French political intrigue, she was proposed as the wife of Louis XV (Mikhail Gorbachev), who was 7 years her junior, since the betrothal carried with it no complicated alliance because of her father’s deposition. Though it was viewed as a complete misalliance by the French pundits of the day, the marriage took place in 1725, and was initially happy. A devout Roman Catholic, she instituted weekly Polish Choral Concerts at Versailles. Together the two had 8 daughters, including Louise-Elizabeth (Diane Keaton) and two sons, although neither of the latter two outlived their father, so that he was ultimately succeeded by his grandson, Louis XVI (Lex Barker). All the children were close with their mother. Accepted her husband’s compulsive seductiveness, since he seemed more interested in exploring his sensuality than affairs of state, and eventually alienated herself from her spouse with her singular act of political interference, trying to prevent the disgrace of the the Duke of Bourbon. After the birth of their last child, she discontinued their sex life, because of the threat to her health of any further childbirths. Her husband went on to take on a series of high profile mistresses, ending with a former prostitute, Madame du Barry (Xaviera Hollander), just before her death. Consoled herself with her close association with her exiled father, who was established in Lorraine, and save for one brief period of reconciliation, when Louis was sick in 1844, she remained apart from him, contenting herself with her intimate circle of friends. Inner: Simple, maternal, and accepting of the role thrust upon her. Act One lifetime of serving as a political pawn, while learning, although not quite accepting, the ways of a foreign court, before trying it again a second time to see if she could do it better, only to have things come out even worse.


Storyline: The repetitive robobride loses herself in marriages to domineering mates, in exchange for wealth, prestige and status, before finally reclaiming her essence just prior to yet another descent into the emptiness of being an arm candy adjunct to a control freak consort.

Katie Holmes (Kate Noelle Holmes) (1978) - American actress and director. Outer: Of German, Irish and British descent Youngest of five and fourth daughter of a homemaker/seamstress and an attorney specializing in divorces. Born two months premature and only four pounds, as well as five years younger than her nearest sibling. Raised Catholic, she went to an all-girl’s Catholic school, proving to be a top student. Did musicals at a nearby all-boy Catholic school, and was accepted at Columbia Univ. although only attended one summer session. Took classes in her early teens at a modeling school, then got an agent in her late teens and made her big screen debut in The Ice Storm in 1997. Turned down the lead in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” in what would prove to be the first of a number of questionable choices she would make, but got the role of tomboyish Joey Potter, the best friend of the title character of cable TV’s “Dawson’s Creek,” via an audition tape she made in her basement with her mother reading the lines feeding into her. Had her first starring role in Disturbing Behavior in 1998, while the press enthused over her girl-next-door charm. 5’9”, slender, hazel-eyed and brunette. Had a six year run with “Dawson’s Creek” from 1998 to 2003, and was the only cast member to appear in all its episodes, giving her a national following replete with magazine covers, while using the character’s fears and anxieties as a means of probing her own uncertainties. Unable to make similar inroads into fan appreciation in her big screen attempts, failing to impress critics with her various characterizations, while showing little instinct for choosing roles that would take advantage of her somewhat limited thesping skills. Made her Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” once again garnering mixed reviews. At the same time she launched a high fashion clothing line with a partner, while also appearing in numerous ads. Her professional life, however, would be completely overshadowed by her private life. After breaking an engagement to actor Chris Klein in 2005, she realized a long time fascination with actor Tom Cruise, who was 16 years her senior. The two began dating in 2005, as she passed muster with his Scientology handlers, while he did a memorable couch-jumping display on the Oprah Winfrey show to express his enthusiasm for her. The duo were wed in a castle in Italy in 2006 in a Scientology ceremony, while she accepted the belief system as her own, in becoming the latter half of TomKat. One daughter from the union, who was delivered under Scientology tenets of the mother suppressing any expression of pain so as not to upset the child. Rumor had it, their marriage was also contract-bound, paying her a certain amount for each set of years the union lasted. Her husband’s need to control all aspects of her life, however, made her feel she was turning into a robot. Finally felt so drained by the marriage, while fearing their daughter would become the object of Scientology’s relentless influence, she stunned her spouse by filing for divorce in 2012, using meticulous planning to make the move. Wound up with a speedy divorce settlement giving her primary custody of their daughter, with generous visitation rights, as she made overt display of returning to her Catholic roots, while remaining a prime target for the paparazzi. Ultimately given $400,000 a year child support, despite her ex’s considerably larger fortune. Returned to Broadway later that year in “Dead Accounts,” garnering mixed reviews, while her Holmes and Yang fashion line fared far better. Later hooked up with actor Jamie Foxx in a not-so-secret Hollywood high profile inter/racial coupling. Made her directorial debut in 2016 with All We Had, a mother-daughter drama in which her bravura performance playing a homeless drug addict is seen as the strongest of her career. Has a net worth of $25 million. Inner: Self-effacing, charming, chic, materialistic and driven. Seemingly in control of herself, despite allowing herself once more to fall victim to the excessive control of a powerful, older partner. On some level, her progenitor’s profession would be a key part of her design in resolving her longtime inability to be herself in power-tinged relationships. Recovering robobride lifetime of giving away all her power, before making a dogged effort to reclaim it with the help of family and close friends. Frances Goldwyn (Frances Howard) (1903-1976) - American actress and mogul’s spouse. Outer: Raised Catholic, with at least one sister, she attended a convent school, before dropping out at 14, and becoming a model. Headed for the Great White Way afterwards, where she made her Broadway debut in 1924 as a flapper in “The Intimate Stranger.” Tall, slim and brunette. Had an extremely modest stage career, while becoming the second wife in 1925 of producer Samuel Goldwyn, who was two decades her senior, following a whirlwind forty-eight hour courtship. The union produced a son of the same name as his father, who also became a producer. Appeared in just four films, before retiring from the screen in 1935, after her one and only talkie. Although on the surface, their union seemed to be a happy marriage, at least by Hollywood standards, she was in love all during it with director George Cukor, whose preference for his own sex made it a one-way affair. Loved reading, and made up for her lack of a formal education by immersing herself in the his/stories of France and England, while passing her enchantment with the written word onto her son. In a spate of paranoia during WW II, where she felt German Führer Adolf Hitler might invade the U.S., she made preparations to fake the drowning death of her son, and flee to Mexico under an assumed identity. Outlived her husband by two years after being forced to contend with his long decline, which saw him bedridden, obese and incontinent his final five years. Suffered a similar debilitating end game, and died after a long illness. By choice, she was buried next to Cukor’s plot, rather than her spouse’’s, as a final testament of her heart’s true love. Her son would later name a Hollywood regional library after her in 1986, following the burning down of the original building. Inner: Enjoyed the power and prestige of marriage to a mogul, proving an excellent partner on a pragmatic level. However, she obviously needed someone far more sensitive for emotional fulfillment than her rough-edged, controlling mate. Her Hitler fantasy was probably a reflection of feeling overpowered by her spouse, indicating a secret need to escape him, although she never acted on it. Always felt books held the answers to all of life’s mysteries, and occasionally chose projects for her husband’s studio. Compromised lifetime of sacrificing her true heart connection for luxury, fame-by-association and status, before running the same gauntlet the next time around in this series, until finally gaining the courage to assert her will in the face of unfulfilling matrimony.


Storyline: The multi-hyphenated Hollywood hybrid expands into all arenas of show business from performance to production after earlier being there at the founding, only to ultimately founder in his pursuit of the external trappings of success.

Ben Stiller (Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller) (1965) - American actor, writer, director & producer. Outer: Of Austrian and Polish Jewish descent on his paternal side, and Irish on his mother’s, with the latter converting to Judaism on her marriage. Both parents were comedians - Jerry Stiller and Ann Meara - who sometimes worked in partnership, but were rarely home for their children. Older sister, Amy is an actress and writer. Began performing as a youngster, appearing on his mother’s TV series, “Kate McShane,” as well as “The Mike Douglas Show.” At 10, his father gave him a camera, and he began shooting films with his sibling, about getting revenge on neighborhood bullies. Felt geekish as a teen. 5’8” with green eyes and dark brown hair and increasingly more muscular. Dropped out of UCLA film school after 9 months, and worked at the Actor’s Studio in NYC, sweeping floors and stage-managing. Made his Broadway debut in John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves,” in 1986, thanks to his mother’s connections. Joined ‘Saturday Night Live,’ in 1987 as a writer/actor, but left after only 5 weeks, because they wouldn’t allow him to make shorts, and he moved back to L.A. Made his film debut in 1987 in Empire of the Sun. In 1990, he began producing and acting in an eponymous sketch-comedy series on MTV. The show ended 2 years later, although it won an Emmy after it closed. Directed Reality Bites in 1994, and became identified with the newest group of young Hollywood stars, the Gen-Xers. Directed Jim Carrey’s first relative flop, The Cable Guy, before becoming a ubiquitous Hollywood presence by the end of the 1990s, directing and appearing in a host of movies, showing a talent for both comedy and drama, while steadily rising as one of screendom’s most popular comedians. Founded Red Hour Films in 1997. Revived the longtime moribund Hollywood tale, "What Makes Sammy Run," by his past-life son, trying to bring that classic to the screen after over 50 years in turn-around. Restless and constantly working, while expanding his own screen sensibilities, although his choice of films after century’s turn was mixed at best, and downright embarrassing at worst, often playing men who are perpetually humiliated. Nevertheless, he had several hits, and was able to attract high profile stars to his vehicles, so that by 2005, he was once again on top of his game and commanding $15 million a picture, while forming a loose comedy coterie, along with Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, that insures their own comedic output will continue to be made. Married actress Christine Taylor in 2000, with whom he has co-starred, daughter and son from the union.Added editor to his resumé in 2005 with the pictorial coffee table tome, “Looking at Los Angeles,” then came full circle in 2011, with a return to Broadway in “The House of Blue Leaves,” to play the father to the son role he had originally assayed a quarter century before. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014, which he treated with surgery, while becoming an advocate for greater awareness of the dis-ease, urging regular check-ups. Announced in 2017, that he was separating from his wife after 17 years of marriage. Has a net worth of $120 million. Inner: Intense, driven, workaholic, with an actor’s, rather than a comic’s sensibility, making him a perfect foil for scene-stealers. Low-key, thoughtful and courteous. Suffers from bipolar disorder, and a duality of character, alternately easy-going and paranoid. Empire-of-the-son lifetime of making himself run in all creative directions, by amplifying the innate abilities and disabilities that made him one of the early titans of Tinseltown. B. P. Schulberg (Benjamin Percival Schulberg) (1892-1957) - American producer and writer. Outer: Son of Jewish immigrants. His father never had a regular job, working occasionally as a sandwich board carrier, and earning enough to make it to the nearest saloon, where he enjoyed getting into fights at the drop of an anti-Semitic remark. Won a $100 prize for a schoolboy short story. Entered CCNY, but had no money and had to drop out. Began working as a copyboy for legendary columnist Franklin Pierce Adams (Conan O'Brien), then became a cub reporter, reviewing one-reel films. Became editor at 22 of a film trade journal, and shortened his name to its initials to make himself sound older. Entered films in 1911 as a photo-playwright, cranking out hundreds of mini-scripts and working as publicity director for Rex Films. The following year, he joined Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players. In 1914, he married Adeline Jaffe, the sister of producer Sam Jaffe, and the daughter of immigrants, whom he had known since childhood. His emotionally remote wife had a fascination for literature, 3 children from union including Budd Schulberg, a noted writer and screenwriter, who limned the classic Hollywood novel, “What Makes Sammy Run?” and Stuart Schulberg, a minor producer. Discovered Clara Bow (Courtney Love), and was instrumental in her success as the ‘It’ girl. Joined Paramount in 1925 as a producer, and 3 years later he became general manager of the company’s West Coast productions. Acknowledged as one of the brightest men in Hollywood, he became an independent producer in 1932. An affair with actress Sylvia Sidney effectively terminated his marriage, and his wife, who was extremely undemonstrative, became a writer’s agent. Married a second time to Helen McHale Keebler. In 1935, he ended his run with Paramount and went to work for Columbia, but chafed under its head, Harry Cohn (Suge Knight). Lived in sumptuous style, with several homes, before being a staff producer for several Hollywood companies, although he did not like working for other powerful men, despite his inability to produce hits without them. Left Columbia in 1943, and spent his last 14 years desperately looking for a new position of power, winding up in reduced circumstances, giving him much time for introspection. Inner: Impetuous, self-justifying and charming, a major Hollywood player who out-lived his usefulness. Compulsively promiscuous, with a pathological drive towards ultimate failure. Exploratory lifetime of being there at the beginning of the burgeoning motion picture industry, and enjoying both its heights and its rejections, necessitating a return as a more fully-rounded talent in order to insure continuity and longevity in an industry that has little inhibition about eating its successes alive. Mikhail Orlov (1788-1842) - Russian general. Outer: Son of Count Fyodor Orlov, the brother of Grigori (Sanjay Gandhi), who was pivotal in putting Catherine the Great (Indira Gandhi) on the throne, winning a special place for his family. Younger brother of Alexsey Orlov (Sean Combs). Pursued a military career, and was active during the Napoleonic wars, rising in rank from captain to lieutenant general for his prowess on the battlefield in various theaters. Following the conclusion of Napoleon’s last run at power, he was raised to the rank of general-major on his return to Russia. Unlike his brother, who was a strong traditionalist, he was imbued with some of the more positive aspects of the French Revolution, including an end to the absolute monarchy and a desire for a more republican form of government. A friend of Alexander Pushkin (Tupac Shakur), he was sensitive to the huge imbalance in Russian society, and wished, along with numerous other aristocrats and military officers, to see Russia’s serfs freed, and a government that was more responsive to the will of the great Russian mass. Joined what would be called the Decembrist movement, and became one of its leaders, although, when it failed in 1825, following the death of the tsar Alexander I (Mikhail Gorbachev), he was arrested. Unlike the others in his position, who were summarily tried and executed, he was released on bail, thanks to his powerful brother’s intervention, who probably strongly forbade him from sullying the family name again. Settled in Moscow, where he focused on finance, and wound up publishing a pioneering study of the state credit system, while largely staying out of both politics and trouble. Inner: Humanitarian and idealist at heart, despite serving the government at its highest levels. Sobering lifetime of going for change and being saved from the consequences, leading to a far less adventurous spirit afterwards. Giuliano de’ Medici (1479-1516) - Italian cardinal and ruler. Outer: Son of Lorenzo de’ Medici (Abraham Lincoln) and Clarice de’ Medici (Rosie O’Donnell). One of ten children, younger brother of Pope Leo X (Brett Ratner). Older brother was Piero (Budd Shulberg). Afforded a spectacular education, since his household was a cultural center of Europe. Exiled from Florence in his mid-teens, when the family was unceremoniously given the heave-ho, and made a cardinal, then returned to briefly rule the city when the Medici were returned to power there in his early 30s. A moderate ruler, although he employed harsh measures to suppress dissidents during his short reign. Great lover of the arts. Made gonfalonier of the Church when his brother was appointed pope, then joined him in Rome, although his peaceful disposition put him at odds with the military role that was bestowed upon him with the office. Married Filiberta of Savoy, the sister of the king of France, Francois I (Bob Geldof) of France, in a move by his brother, the pope, to make him king of Naples, although it was thwarted. Died of tuberculosis there. Inner: Generous, gentle, courteous, well-loved and tactful. Foreshortened lifetime of association with longtime power-mongering family, but his experience of rule was circumvented by precarious health, in keeping with his larger interests in the arts, rather than politics


Storyline: The tinsel town prince retains his sense of justice and fair play, despite numerous cries of betrayal, as he turns to fiction to salve his social conscience, after earlier doing the same from a similar anointed position of birth.

Budd Schulberg (1914-2009) - American writer. Outer: Father was early film mogul B. P. Schulberg (Ben Stiller). Mother, Arline, was the sister of producer Sam Jaffe, and had a strong interest in literature, which she passed on to her son, so that he grew up as Hollywood Jewish pseudo-royalty in the early days of the film industry, while she eventually became a literary agent. The family had moved there from NYC when he was 5. Oldest of 3 children, including younger brother Stuart Schulberg, who also became involved in the film industry as a minor producer. Suffered from fainting fits and a speech impediment as a child, which turned him into a good listener, as well as a precocious writer. At 17, he went to work for his father’s studio, Paramount, as a publicist, before becoming a screenwriter at 19, while at the same time attending private school, then Dartmouth Univ., where he was involved with the humor magazine and graduated cum laude. Sensitive to labor issues, he became involved with the Communist Party during the latter part of the Depression, going to the Soviet Union in 1934. Soured on communism because of its dictates on how and what he should write, and after three years, quit the party in 1939. Married actress Virginia Ray in 1936, divorced in 1942, one daughter from the union. Served on the original council of the Writer’s Guild of America, then was fired in 1939 after an unhappy collaboration with a fading F. Scott Fitzgerald (Bret Eason Ellis), which he later novelized in The Disenchanted. Moved back east, where he wrote his first novel, "What Makes Sammy Run?", published in 1941, about a Jewish hustler who becomes a huge lotus land success by steamrolling over people. The book was a bestseller, but also won the wrath of Hebraic Hollywood, particularly its moguls, making him persona non grata there. The book ultimately becoming the most extended project in turnaround in that fabled city’s his/story, having sat in the pipeline for so long, over 60 years, that the reincarnation of his own father, Ben Stiller, bought the rights to do it while he was in his late 80s. A very unpopular figure around Hollywood for years afterwards, particularly among the town’s powerbrokers and right-wingers. Married actress Virginia Anderson in 1943, divorced in 1964, 2 sons from the union. Served in the Navy as an officer both during and after WW II, spending time with John Ford’s (David Fincher) documentary film unit, and was commended for collecting visual evidence of Nazi war crimes. A huge fan of the sweet science, he covered boxing for the press, and in 1947, wrote his second bestseller, "The Harder They Come", about corruption in the industry, which made it to the big screen. In 1951, he willingly named 17 names to the House Committee on Un-American Activities when he was called before it to testify on his association with the Communist Party, causing much friction between himself and his former leftist friends, many of whom wound up blacklisted from his testimony, despite his rationalization he only gave them names they knew, despite offering one they didn’t. Won an Academy Reward in 1954 for Best Screenplay for On the Waterfront, which was a paean to testifying, and later in the decade, he penned the equally affecting demagogue-drama, A Face in the Crowd. In the mid-1960s, he founded a writer’s workshop in Watts following the devastating riots there, and in the 1970s, he launched the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in NYC to help inner city youth. In 1964, he married a third time to actress Geraldine Brooks, who died in 1977. The following year, he wed a 4th and final time, to Betsy Langman, with a daughter and son from the last union. In addition to other well-received novels, journalism, short stories and screenplays, he wrote a biography of boxer Muhammed Ali, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003. Penned a memoir of his Hollywood upbringing in 1981, "Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince". Still actively engaged in projects, when he died at home of natural causes. Inner: Liberal and highly conscious socially, with a soft spot for the underdog, and a great desire to right social wrongs. An extreme prude in reaction to his sire’s philandering, he had ambivalent feelings towards the latter, while his emotionally remote mother made him distant in that regard as well. Continually used the elements of his life and experience in his work, reexamining issues and himself via his creations, while also winning much enmity along the way for his insensitivity to the larger repercussions of his actions. Literary lifetime of following his longtime family into the royal realm of Hollywood, as a prince with a commoner’s desire to right society’s wrongs, in his ongoing need to root out social ills, no matter the cost to himself or his confreres. Nikolay Orlov (1827-1885) - Russian general, diplomat and writer. Outer: Father was Count Aleksey Orlov (Sean Combs), who later became a prince. His uncle was General Mikhail Orlov (Ben Stiller). Educated at home, then was made a page at court. Passed an officer candidate exam, was made a cornet and assigned to the Life-Guards Horse regiment. In 1846, he was made aide-de-cap to the tsar Nicholas I (Master P). Accompanied the latter’s brother Constantine in his European travels, then fought in Hungary in 1849, while steadily rising in rank. Traveled with the tsar, then lost an eye as well as received 9 serious wounds in the seige of Silestria in 1854, during the Crimean War. Given honors for his efforts, he spent a half-year in Italy recovering, where he began writing, penning a noteworthy account of the Franco-Prussian Napoleonic war of 1806. On his return he was made a major general and assigned to the tsar’s suite, where he took up his pen in the service of abolishing corporal punishment, which effected some changes in the Russian penal system. Brought into the diplomatic service and spent the 1860s as ambassador to Belgium. Spent diplomatic time in Vienna and London, before being appointed ambassador to Paris in 1871, during the delicate aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War, which saw the last of the House of Bonaparte toppled, and the French Republic reinstated. In 1878, he was made general of cavalry, and after being recalled in 1882, he finished his official career as plenipotentiary ambassador in Berlin. During his active time of office in the later stages of his career, he was a political writer, as well as a minor his/storian. Showed a strong humanitarian bent in his writings, from a moralistic Christian perspective, evincing tolerance for religious dissenters, as well as Russia’s Jewish population. With his health failing, he spent the very last part of his life in Fontainebleau, France, where he died. Inner: Very socially conscious, following his uncle, rather than his father, in his larger concerns, despite his direct connection with the royal household of Russia. Privileged lifetime of serving the highest and most staid levels of his government, while trying to use his basic decency and humanitarian overview to affect changes around the edges of the larger polity he served. Piero di L. de’ Medici (Piero di Lorenzo de’ Medici) (1472-1503) - Italian Renaissance prince. Known as ‘Piero the Unfortunate’. Outer: Eldest son of Lorenzo the Magnificent (Abraham Lincoln), and older brother of Giuliano (Ben Stiller) and Giovanni (Brett Ratner). Mother was Clarice de’ Medici (Rosie O’Donnell). Because his home was a European cultural center, he was given an excellent education, and was able to write light verse and speak well in public. Preferred the company of grooms and acrobats, however, to artists and scholars. Tall, handsome, strong, and a good athlete. In 1488, he married Alfonsina Orsina, a haughty daughter of the powerful Orsini family, but was a homophile at heart. Son, Lorenzo di' Medici II (John Wayne) and daughter from the union. Apolitical, took little interest in affairs of state, at one point advocated a theocracy with Jesus Christ as primate. Ruled Florence for 2 years, made a disastrous alliance with Naples and was invaded by the French under Charles VIII (Hermann Goering). Foolishly made an agreement with Charles and was forced to flee when the populace revolted. Lived the rest of his life in exile, designing abortive plots to retake his seat. Died by drowning during a military campaign. Inner: Impulsive, easily offended, prideful, with a volatile temper, and little gift for rule. Expected to be instantly obeyed. Privileged lifetime largely lived for the spectacular education of its early years, and the stimulating company of artisans and writers, with an unfortunate maturity that saw his failings as a leader readily exposed, and his own emotional excesses symbolized by his death.




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