Storyline: The hard-driving sweetheart plays frozen little girl to endless acclaim, while directly capitalizing on her own ventures, although cannot get past her dependencies, and so, winds up frozen in full maturity as well.

Mary Pickford (Gladys Smith) (1893-1979) - Canadian/American actress. Outer: Mother (Tatum O’Neal) was a seamstress. Father was a printer, then a bartender and a laborer who was killed at work when she was 5. Her younger brother Jack (Ryan O’Neal) and sister Lottie (Peaches Geldof) both became screen personalities, following in their big sister’s big footsteps. The quartet was very close and initially interdependent with one another. Mother took in theatrical lodgers, who started her daughter on her career, allowing the latter to support her family by the age of 8, and her siblings soon followed her onto the stage. Only had 6 months formal education, and taught herself to read. Depressed by her shabby existence, she campaigned to make it to Broadway, and succeeded in starring in a Great White Way play at 14. 2 years later, she began working with director D.W. Griffith, doing some 75 two-reelers before she was 20, showing a versatile range. However, she became known to the public as the eternally adolescent, ‘Little Mary,’ with her golden curls and feisty screen presence. Close friend of writer Frances Marion, who scripted all of her hits. Secretly married at 18 to incurably alcoholic actor Owen Moore (Charley Sheen), divorced 9 years later. Partial to alcohol, although she kept it hidden from the public, while her whole family often drank together. Showed her self to be an instinctive actress, with a virtual spiritual hold on her movie audiences, as the little girl they would love to adore. A clever businesswoman, she made the most of her popularity by moving from studio to studio, while demanding higher and higher salaries, eventually commanding $10,000 a week by her early 20s. The following year, she received $350,000 a picture, becoming in the process, ‘America’s Sweetheart.’ Chose her own writers and directors, and although she stayed in arrested development for many years on the screen as a golden-tressed little girl, she drove an exacting bargain off-screen, while acting out the childhood she never had. Toured America selling savings bonds during WW I, and in 1919, with Douglas Fairbanks (Robert Downey, Jr.), Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, she formed United Artists, taking over the control and distribution of her films. Became the first woman to not only own her own studio, but also distribute her own product. The following year she married Fairbanks, and the two settled into a fairytale castle named Pickfair, as King and Queen of Hollywood. Although this royal union delighted America, it was less than ideal, with Fairbanks continually disturbed about her drinking and her alcoholic family, and the 2 eventually drifted apart, divorcing 16 years later. Continued to play child roles, although her films declined in quality during the 1920s, even though her audience would not let go of their image of her as the spunky innocent. Devastated at the death of her mother in 1928, she never truly recovered from it. The coming of sound ended her career, when she cut off her fabled locks and made 4 talkies before retiring from the screen at 40, buying up all her old prints with the intent of destroying them for fear she would be laughed at. Her 3rd marriage at 44 was to actor Buddy Rogers, 12 years her junior and with a strong facial resemblance to her mother. Purposefully had the word ‘obey’ omitted from her marriage vow. Active in charity work, she eventually sold her shares in United Artists in 1953. Wrote her autobiography 2 years later, “Sunshine and Shadow.” Her last decades saw her mostly inebriated with little to do, behind the protective walls of her estate. Filmed an acceptance for an honorary Oscar in 1975, but looked absurdly frail. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage 4 years later. Inner: Tough, hard-bargaining businesswoman, despite her little girl public image. Ambitious, driven perfectionist, totally in control of her career, if not quite her life, thanks in large part to alcohol. Always had a great fear of losing her fans, and was driven to uplift their lives. In control, but codependent lifetime of bringing her business acumen and her actress skills to an entirely new medium and prevailing up to an inebriated point, with a long decline to redesign herself, into doing it better the next time around in this series, whenever and wherever she chooses to appear. Laura Keene (Mary Frances Moss) (c1826-1873) - English/American actress. Outer: Little known of her early life. Her father supposedly had been a builder, 3 other siblings. Claimed to have been raised in a gentleman’s household, where she learned the musical and social skills of a well-bred young lady of her time, but was working as a barmaid when she met her husband, Henry Taylor, in her early 20s, 2 daughters. Her louse of a spouse opened a tavern, but was convicted of a felony and banished to Australia. After early training, on the recommendation of Charles Matthews (Gene Wilder) served her further apprenticeship with Mme. Lucy Vestris (Gilda Radner), the foremost actress/manager in England, which inspired her to try to do the same. Had an unstagey, natural presence with a pleasant voice, and a handsome personal esthetic. Actor/manager James William Wallack (Tom Hanks) caught her act, and engaged her in his NYC company. Made a successful debut there in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in her mid-20s, and wound up playing 34 roles over the next near year, before taking the opportunity to co-manage a Baltimore theater, the first woman in America to do so, beginning on Christmas Eve, 1853. Went on an extended tour of the United States and Australia, afterwards, with her mother and daughters. Her estranged husband, now flush again, begged her to return to him, but she refused. Came back to San Francisco, then returned to NYC 3 years later, and the following annum, she managed her own eponymous theater in the city for a run of 8 years, during which time she lose it and then had another built. Promoted young players and encouraged Americans to write for the stage. Married in her late 30s to the owner of the Theatrical Hotel, who also became her business manager. Her forte was both playing pathetic heroines in melodrama and elegant ladies in classical English comedy. One of her productions was Our American Cousin, which launched 2 major careers, E.A. Southern (Gary Oldman) and Joseph Jefferson III (Jimmy Stewart). That vehicle played in Washington, D.C., where her performance was attended by President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated. Recognized John Wilkes Booth (Michael Kennedy) as the assassin, and cradled the president’s wounded head in her lap, until he was carried away. The notoriety of the night would subsequently overshadow the rest of her career. Tired of managing in her early 40s, she went back to touring, doing both plays and giving lectures. Helped found and edit a monthly magazine, ‘Fine Arts,’ in her mid-40s. When her husband died, her financial woes began and her health started to fail. Died of consumption. Inner: Helpful, self-assured, relatively independent. In partial control lifetime of proving herself an astute businesswoman until her mate expired, at which point she unraveled, necessitating a try at a more independent turn the next time around, while still dealing with issues of co-dependency. Madeleine Bejart (1618-1672) - French actress. Outer: Father was a minor official in the Chief Bureau of Forests and Waterways. One of 11 children, she was raised in poverty in the theatrical quarter of Paris. Several of her siblings, both male and female, became traveling players, including Joseph (Gene Wilder), Genevieve (Gilda Radner), Louis (Richard Prior) and Armande (Frances Marion), who may also have been her daughter. Tall and comely, she built her reputation on heroines of classical tragedy. In her mid-20s, she met young playwright Moliere (Charlie Chaplin), who, as legend goes, became an actor because of an infatuation with her. Together they formed the Illustre Theater, although they were unsuccessful in Paris with it, and so, spent 13 years in the provinces, eventually joining with another company, and allowing Moliere to preside over their joint operation. After the success of one of his plays with the king, they spent the next 13 years in the heart of the French cultural world, toiling for the Palais Royals. Became one of France’s first noted actresses, playing in Moliere’s comedies, as well as doing portrayals of wise-cracking maids in the houses of the aristocracy. Lost a child, but raised another, by an Italian count, while Moliere snatched her sister, Armande, for an unhappy marriage, although continued his relationship with her. The duo remained together in an affectionate coupling for the rest of their lives, until she preceded him in death by a year. Inner: Capable actress, probably had a good business sense. Family that plays together lifetime of learning to make a celebrated living from a heretofore maligned craft, as well as having intimate relations with recognized genius, to see how it would rub off on her. Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinoise (1499-1566) - French noblewoman. Outer: Came to court to serve as lady-in-waiting to the mother of Francois I (Bob Geldof), and then to the queen. At 15, she married the Senechal de Breze, who was old enough to be her grandfather, and when he died in 1531, Francois’s son, Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.), then only 17, fell madly in love with her, despite her being 20 years his senior. Became his mistress through the encouragement of Francois, although dressed in black out of respect for her husband. Exerted a strong influence over him, becoming, in essence, the untitled Queen of France, as he completely ignored his wife, Catherine de’ Medici (Indira Gandhi) in favor of her. Accused by her enemies of using magic to maintain her hold over the king, but it was only the magic of her strong personality. Used her influence to augment her own income, and provide for her family. Learned and cultured, she supported many contemporary writers and artists, championing the ‘French School’ in art, as opposed to Catherine’s ‘Italian School.’ Led the conservative Catholic faction at court, and was appointed in the king’s stead when he went off to fight the HRE, rather than the queen. Eventually fell to the superior machinations of Catherine in the last 2 years of her husband’s reign. Retired from the court at the king’s sudden death in 1559, and was forced by Catherine to restore the crown jewels given her. Spent the remainder of her life at a chateau built for her. Inner: Beautiful, cultivated, patron of the arts. More interested in securing her own position than public affairs. Ersatz queen lifetime of focusing on her cultured side, within a royal framework, while allowing her longtime mate to act out a sudden downfall, while hers was more subtle over a longer stretch, to give her time to rethink her next approach to her ongoing fascination with thrones. Agnes of Cortenay (c1136-c1184) - French Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem queen. Outer: Father was Joscelin II of Courtenay, whose family was awarded the County of Edessa, the most northern of the Jerusalem states, and was her mother’s second husband. One of 3 children, including a brother and sister. Grew up in Edessa, until it was captured in 1144, when the family fled to a safer fortress. Married as a young teen, but her husband was killed in battle in 1149, no children from union. The following year her father was captured by the Turks and blinded and imprisoned, whereupon her mother sold what was left of her domain to the Byzantine Empire, and went to Antioch with her children, claiming Saone from her first marriage. Betrothed to Hugh of Ibelin, but he was captured in battle, and instead, in 1157, she wed Amalric (Harold Alexander), the brother of the King of Jerusalem, Baldwin III (Alan Brooke), with whom she shared a great-great-grandfather. 2 children from union, Baldwin IV (Benecio Del Toro) and Sibylla (Lucille Ball). Lived in the royal court, where the queen regent, Melisande (Jessica Mitford), reigned during her son’s campaigning. In 1161, Melisande died, and Baldwin followed her the following year, leaving her husband as heir, but the royal council refused to endorse him until he annulled their marriage, since she held no useful lands, and had a brother who may have coveted far more power. Her moral character was brought into question as well, although no real record of priapic apostasies on her part exist. Amalric agreed to the ruling, although he demanded their children still be seen as part of the succession. She retained her title as countess, as well as an income, but lost her children, with her son raised at court, and her daughter by her great-aunt, the abbess Ioveta (Nancy Mitford). In 1163, she wed her earlier inamorata Hugh, who died during a pilgrimage some 6 years later. The following year she married for the third and final time to a local noble. In 1174, Amalric died, and was succeeded by her son Baldwin IV, who suffered from leprosy. While a serial set of regents ran the kingdom, she returned to the royal court and re-established a close relationship with her son, whom she hadn’t seen since infancy, accompanying him to meetings, as well as on military campaigns, and proving a trusted support to him. Made several key appointments, showing a good political instinct, while involving herself in maintaining her children’s power, despite a struggle between the two in Sibylla’s ultimate choice of husband, Guy de Lusignan (Desi Arnaz). Eventually her health failed, and she retired to her estate in Acre, where she died. Inner: Entered the records with a questionable character, although her reputation might have been besmeared by the chroniclers of the time. Treated harshly by future novelists, despite being a high-born medieval woman interested in maintaining her own, as well as her children’s, power, in the face of royal authority. Clouded lifetime of taking the herstorical fall for failing to impress her contemporary chroniclers with a conventional passivity and piety that they preferred, as testament to her own continued head-held-high runs through both real and magical kingdoms in the succeeding millennium.


Storyline: The compromised craftsman goes into personal turn-around, and becomes an unhappy model of self-annihilation, despite a far higher level of craft and creativity at his disposal, than ever he had as an early Hollywood legend, before finally straightening out.

Robert Downey, Jr. (1965) - American actor. Outer: Son of underground comedic filmmaker, Robert Downey, Sr, who would go on to have drug problems of his own. Mother was an actress. Made his screen debut as a puppy at the age of 5 in his father’s satire, Pound. Grew up in a Bohemian family, where father and son often smoked marijuana together. Doing drugs became a way of life, and he dropped out of high school to come to NYC to become an actor, although he experienced slow going at first. Hooked up with future star Sarah Jessica Parker in a 7 year relationship, despite continuing his partying mode, rationalizing it didn’t affect his work. 5’9”. Began appearing in films in punk roles, then expanded into other genres, before appearing on TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for a season. 2 starring roles followed, including the prophetic Less Than Zero, where he played a rich drug addict on a downward spiral. After several more star turns, he did a brilliant interpretation of Charlie Chaplin in the film Chaplin, unconsciously tapping into his close past-life connection with his former business partner and fellow superstar. Couldn’t bear to live the film’s final Swiss location at its conclusion, in an unconscious desire to remain moored to his previous go-round in this series, rather than reenter his far more hazardous present-day life. The aftermath of his return would predictably prove disastrous for him, as he lost any sense of momentum he had, and fell back into his annihilative off-screen course, chasing after perpetual altered states. The good intentions of friends never even slowed him down, nor did enforced, but always brief, drying out periods. Managed to continue working in a fairly effortless mode, although cast members never knew if he was going to complete each succeeding film. Married Deborah Falconer, a singer and songwriter, but continued his patterns of constantly searching for a less-than-zero state, divorced a dozen years later. Their son, Indio, also became an actor, Pulled over for speeding in his early 30s, and driving naked down Sunset Boulevard, as his problems became more and more public, particularly after he was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and a handgun. A month later, he was found passed out in the bed of a neighbor’s child, and had to be revived from his symbolic desire to return to unconscious innocence. His wife moved out, although later returned, while more incidents surrounding drugs followed, despite relatively lenient sentencing for each one, remorse expressed on a national televised interview and close supervision during his work periods. Eventually forced to do 6 months, and then sentenced to 3 years, offering absolutely no excuse for his behavior, while suffering the consequences of his various addictions afterwards. Allegedly forced to pay $10,000 a month protection money while in prison, and was released in 2000, after serving a little over a year, but 3 months later he was re-arrested for possession of drugs, while working on the sit-com “Ally McBeal.” Once again, he received extended probation, before finally going the clean and sober route in 2001. A confirmed 12-stepper, he has continued to try to take his life one-day-at-a-time, as he works on rehabilitating his sense of self, while continuing to give bravura performances in whatever project he undertakes. Added music to his repertoire as singer, pianist and composer, releasing his first jazz inflected, middle-of-the-road rock album, “The Futurist,” in 2004, while saying out of trouble, thanks in part to his relationship with producer Susan Levin, and his recognition of the fact that he needs constant nurturing to remain drug-free. Entered the superhero ranks in 2008 with Iron Man, as an affirmation of his own iron clad will to be a responsible adult, and scored a huge triumph with it, setting box office records as the second best non-sequel opening ever. With his career resuscitated, he added Sherlock Holmes, more superheroes and sequels to his c.v., and in 2012, also appended a son to his happy second union, followed two years later by a daughter. Earlier, he netted some $50 million for the blockbuster The Avengers, for which he reprised his Iron Man character, thanks to a deal well beforehand on Marvel comic’s future revenues around his portrayal, following the huge success of the first film in the series. The following annum he was given an official pardon for the 20 year old drug felony that had sent him to prison, signaling his rehabilitation was complete in the eyes of the state. Inner: Charming, candid, honest, but compulsively self-damaging and lavish to the point of near bankruptcy, before finally straightening his life out. Needy, articulate, with a lifelong desire for stable domesticity, to compensate for his own ungrounded upbringing. Tremendous need for a support network, and to embrace the mundane, as a means of counterbalancing his earlier desire to be constantly flying. Out-of-and-back-in-control lifetime of plumbing his own abyss, in an attempt to make himself a far more complete actor and human being, while playing with his control ethic in lives past by purposefully being the opposite. Douglas Fairbanks (Douglas Ullman) (1883-1939) - American actor/athlete. Outer: Mother was a Southern socialite from a well-to-do Catholic family, who had been once widowed, father was a prominent Jewish lawyer, who had been an amateur Shakespearean scholar and fond of reciting from the Bard’s oeuvre. Younger of 2 brothers, and 4th child of his mother’s. Strangely glum as an infant, which made his parents wonder if he was retarded, although he was climbing over things as soon as he could crawl. His sire moved the family to Colorado to speculate in mining, then deserted when he was 5. Only saw him once more briefly when he was 12. Quite dark-complected as a child, which initially made him withdrawn. Raised by his unhappy and domineering mother in Denver, taking on the surname of her first husband. Brought up Catholic, and made to take a temperance pledge as a youth, which he maintained his entire life. A poor student, he was a constant prankster, continually demanding attention for his antics, while morphing into a lighthearted teen. Made his stage debut at 12, playing a newsboy with an Italian accent in a local play. Spent two years at military school at his mother’s behest to rein him in, then attended the Colorado School of Mines, while continuing his stagework. Moved to NYC with his family at 17, after his mother divorced and remarried, and joined an unsuccessful touring company. Briefly attended Harvard, then was a steward on a cattle freighter to Europe, before clerking. Made his Broadway debut at 19, and was just starting to establish himself as a leading man, when he quit the stage to marry Betty Sully, the daughter of a cotton broker, who went on to hero-worship her husband. A son from the union, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., became a movie star as well. Returned to the stage when his father-in-law lost his fortune the following year. 5’10”, 165 lbs, and filled with brio and charm. After establishing himself as a light comedy star on Broadway over the next 5 years, he signed his first movie contract at 32, despite director D.W. Griffith’s misgivings on his looks, and made his debut in The Martyrs of the Alamo. Within a year, he was a star in his own right, and formed his own production company, over which he had absolute control. By his mid-30s, he was Hollywood’s most popular actor, as well as its reigning social lion, combining dash and flair with hunkish handsomeness. Divorced his first wife, and in his mid-30s, married America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford, and together they became the King and Queen of Hollywood, residing in their huge mansion, Pickfair. Along with his wife, Griffith and Charlie Chaplin, they formed United Artists in 1919 to distribute all their films, although he later forced Griffith out of the company. Wrote and produced most of his movies, with a desire to control all aspects of his career. A master of the adventure comedy, he made up for his limited acting skills with a contagious enthusiasm, as well as a taste for the grandiose, creating the biggest sets and the highest budgets in Hollywood. All during the 1920s, his popularity continued in swashbuckler roles geared towards his well-built athleticism, and social comedies capitalizing on his charm. Made the transition into sound through his stage-trained voice, but did not make a similar transition into handsome middle-age, as his hair receded, and his face began to bear the fatigue of his years, while his body became muscle-bound and stiff, thanks to his constant over-training. After the failure of the only film in which he costarred with his wife, The Taming of The Shrew in 1929, both his career and marriage began to unravel, thanks to her secret drinking problem. The duo divorced in his early 50s, against his wishes, and he married Edith Hawkes, an ex-chorus girl, after having retired from the screen, following his portrayal of the legendary lover, Don Juan. Spent his last years mostly in Europe, hobnobbing in high social circles. Dispirited at life’s end, feeling he had done everything he wanted twice over, two marriages, two careers, and too much work and too much play. Suffered from circulatory problems, and died alone in his sleep of a heart attack. Wrote 4 autobiographies, covering a life enthusiastically and well-lived. Inner: Had a taste for grandeur, with a great desire to be in absolute control, and a great need to be loved and admired. Everything began and ended with his physicality his entire life, including his endless optimism. Never outgrew his penchant for showing off. In control lifetime of actualizing most of his fantasies, only to discover at life’s nearend that he still wasn’t satisfied with who he came to be, making for a much more confused existence in the next go-round in this series, as he continues to try to integrate his enormous potential to entertain with a long-running happiness that has so far eluded him. Tyrone Power (William Gratton Tyrone Power) (1797-1841) - Irish actor. Outer: Father was a member of a well-to-do family who died in America before his son was a year old. Mother was the daughter of a colonel who had been killed in the American Revolution. Went to Cardiff from Ireland with his mother, and both narrowly escaped drowning on the trip. Served as an apprentice in a relative’s printshop, which did work for the local theater. Joined a group of strolling players at 14 to the great grief of his mother. Handsome and well-built, although initially of middling talent. 5’8”, lithe and agile. Married Anne Gilbert at 19, but his early failures caused him to quit the stage when his wife inherited money. 4 sons and 3 daughters, including actor, Frederick Tyrone Power, the 2nd of 4 generations who would carry that name on the stage. Spent an unproductive year in South Africa, then returned to England. Continued his career in small roles, until taking over a part for an actor who had just died. In his late 20s, he suddenly found himself a huge success in a succession of playing comic Irish characters. Went on to a well-received career as a comic stage presence, making an annual trip to Dublin’s Theater Royal to the great appreciation of his native country-people. Toured America twice in his mid-30s, and made his last stage appearance in London in his mid-40s. Sailed to America to check on property he had bought, and on the return trip, he went down at sea with 123 other people on the largest steamer of the time. Wrote 3 romances, a memoir of America in 2 volumes and several Irish farces, all of which he produced. Inner: Animated, expressive, exuberant and good-humored. Foot-lit lifetime of finding a natural outlet for his creativity, and then exiting by diving into deeper waters of himself, in a largely conflict-free adult life. Henri II (1519-1559) - King of France. Outer: Of the House of Valois-Orleans. 2nd but eldest surviving son of Francois I (Bob Geldof), mother Claude (Kathy Acker) was the daughter of Louis XII (Bernard Kouchner). The latter died when he was 5, and he probably had a maternal fixation the rest of his life. One short-lived younger sister Madeleine (Peaches Geldof) was briefly queen of Scotland. Also had a younger brother Charles de Valois (Ryan O’Neal), who died relatively young. Sent with his older brother Francis (Richard Pryor) to Spain in 1526 as a hostage, following one of his sire’s military defeats to insure a treaty he had signed, and did not return until 1530. The damp, gloomy confinement probably scarred him psychologically, as it did his sibing. Tall, sad-faced, and robust, while also being loutish and uncultured, with his sole interest in physical activities and sports. In 1533, at the age of 14, he married Catherine de’ Medici (Indira Gandhi), 10 children, 7 growing to maturity, with 3 of his sons becoming successive kings, Francois II (Roald Dahl), Charles IX (Rajiv Gandhi) and Henri III (Gianni Versace). Dominated by his wife, Catherine de’ Medici and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers (Mary Pickford), who was his senior by almost 20 years, playing the role of controlling maternal mistress with him. Probably sexually dysfunctional in the early part of his marriage, since no children appeared for the first decade. His foreign wife was extremely unpopular at court, and was believed to have poisoned her husband’s older brother in order to secure his succession in 1547. The rival house of Guise rose during his reign to eventually challenge his son, Henri III, for the crown. As indication of his dualistic character, Protestantism began spreading during his reign, despite persecutions and numerous edicts against it. Established royal authority through edicts, although affairs of state were handled by others. Led an army into Germany in 1552 against the Holy Roman Empire, but did not, as was usual, appoint his wife regent in his absence, naming Diane de Poitiers in her stead. After a truce in 1556, hostilities resumed with Spain, and Catherine proved her mettle in his absence, winning his respect for the last 2 years of their union, while his aging mistress was sent packing. At the cessation of animosities with Spain in 1559, he ordered a tournament and rode in the lists, suffering an accidental lance through his right eye by a member of the Royal Scottish Guard. Died after 10 days of intense suffering. Inner: Uncultured, uncurious, unintelligent. Weak and pliant disposition, ill-suited for absolute power of throne. Eye-popping lifetime of literally having his right eye, or material orb, pierced and opened to his own failings to come. Henri II de Champagne (1166-1197) - French king of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Outer: Eldest son of the count of Champagne. Mother was the daughter of the French king Louis VII (Oswald Mosley). After his father’s death in 1181, his mother ruled as regent for the next 6 years. Tall and powerfully built, looking every inch the warrior. In 1190, he left his county to join the 3rd Crusade, and was one of the leaders of the seige of Acre, before his uncle, Philippe II Augustus (FDR), the king of France, arrived. Afterwards, he was said to have been one of the group who abducted the queen of Jerusalem, Isabella (Diane Keaton), to get her consent to divorce her husband Humphrey IV of Toron (Wallace Shawn), in order for her to marry Conrad of Montferrat (Richard Harris), to whom he was related via his maternal grandparents. Wounded at Acre, he switched his allegiance to Richard I (Richard Burton) of England, and served as his messenger to Conrad in 1192 to inform him he was now king of Jerusalem. Before he could be crowned, however, Conrad was assassinated. Not knowing this, when he went to help organize his coronation, he suddenly discovered he would be king in his stead, and promptly married the widowed Isabella a scant week after the death of her second husband. At the time, she was already pregnant with the latter’s posthumous daughter, Maria (Sean Young), who would be their successor, while he and Isabella would have two more daughters together. Because the kingdom needed a warrior hand at the helm, he was easily accepted in his royal role, although suspicions remained as to just who ordered the assassination of his uncrowned predecessor. Later sought an alliance with the Hashashin, whose members had done in Conrad, and to honor him, they had two of their number fling themselves from their ramparts, while offering to off anyone of his choosing, to which he politely declined, choosing instead to merely make a treaty with them. Accidentally fell to his death from a window, under somewhat cloudy circumstances, along with a servant who had tried to save him. Left a somewhat confusing legacy, since he had borrowed a great deal of money to go on crusade, as well as to marry, and his daughters by Isabella were tainted by her first husband, Humphrey still being alive at the time of her wedding to him, leading to contesting and counter-contesting after his death around his heirs. Inner: His clumsy demise may have been personal recompense for arranging the savage departure of his predecessor. Strong-armed lifetime of living by the sword, and perhaps dying by a conscience that was very much conscious right and wrong. Robert the Strong (?-866) - King of the West Franks. Outer: From a line of counts, who oversaw the region between the Seine and Loire rivers. Served the Carolingian king Charles II (Darryl F. Zanuck), proving to be an adept general in halting incursions by marauding Northmen into his territory. After a particularly inspired victory in 865 over his nemeses, he was given a grant by the king for full control over Neustria. Killed the following year in a battle with his adversaries, but his sons Eudes (Sean Young) and Robert I (Richard Harris), continued the line as kings of West Francia, and, in turn, were ancestors of the Capetian line of French monarchs. Inner: Able martial artist. Strictly sword-in-hand lifetime of proving his battlefield mettle, without letting politics offset his accomplishments, thanks, probably, to his removal at the apex of his military successes.


Storyline: The self-involved self-celebrator uses the stage, the pen and, upon occasion, the sword of his fists as instruments of self-expression largely geared towards his own self-glorification.

Richard Harris (1933-2002) - Irish actor. Outer: Father was a miller. Strong, boisterous and athletic, with a multi-gift for personal expression. Suffered TB as an adolescent, which made him more brooding and introspective. 6’1”, with a definite masculine cast. Trained at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art in 1956, and while still a student he staged a production of “The Country Girl,” in a nearby theater. Made his stage debut the same year in Brendan Behan’s “The Quare Fellow.” and entered films 2 years following. His first stage lead was in the roisterous “Ginger Man,” and his breakthrough role as an international star came in his early 30s, as a soccer player in This Sporting Life. Played King Arthur in the screen musical Camelot in his mid-30s, and then embarked on a dual career as film actor and concert-giving singer, reciting his own poetry as part of his performance. Briefly extended his talents into directing, then as a co-producer, while his off-screen life careened out of control with heavy drinking and cocaine use, which debilitated him greatly, although he continued working in muscular roles, most memorably as The Man Called Horse, an Englishman who adopted to the ways of indigenous America. Married actress Ann Turkel in his mid-40s, divorced 8 years later, while continuing with his excessive behavior. His son Jared Harris became an actor. After his career began to wane in the early 1980s, he went into retreat in the Bahamas, rediscovered religion, and changed his eating and drinking habits, emerging a new, albeit, still totally self-involved man. Dedicated much of his renewal to writing both poetry and short stories as well as a thriller. Much aged, but also matured by his experiences, on his return to the screen, where he was able to endow his acting with a deeper resonance. Died of Hodgkin’s disease in a London hospital, after giving his valedictory performance as the old wizard, Dumbledore, in the Harry Potter films. Inner: Highly expressive, sharp-tempered, exuberant, and self-involved, a public warrior/poet trying to find his essence through self-expression, while alternately playing the fool, and the wizened victim of himself. Excessive lifetime of self-worship, self-involvement, self-expression and ultimately, self-realization, by nearly dissipating his many gifts to an overwhelming sense of self-indulgence. F. Tyrone Power (Frederick Tyrone Power) (1869-1931) - Irish/American actor. Outer: Grandson of Irish actor Tyrone Power (Robert Downey, Jr.). English-born, he was sent to Florida by his family at the age of 17 to learn the citrus fruit business. Found himself far more attracted to the stage, and at 17 he made his debut, before touring with repertory companies, beginning with that of Fanny Janauschek (Greta Garbo) for several seasons, and then with Augustin Daly (Aaron Spelling) for a decade. Large, powerful frame, handsome and dark-eyed. Married thrice, beginning with Edith Crane in 1898. Following her death in 1912, he wed actress and drama coach Patia Reaume, by whom he had two children including actor Tyrone Power, Jr. (Sean Young). His third marriage was to Bertha Knight in 1921, whom he also outlived. Toured Australia and appeared in both NYC and London, becoming a popular matinee idol by the turn of the century on Broadway, noted for his booming vocal chords and masculine stage presence. Far more rhetorical than dramatic in his stage portrayals, with a sonorous voice that lent itself to theatricality rather than realism, which eventually made him outdated when the theater began demanding more down-to-earth performances from its actors. In 1914, he made his silent screen debut in Aristocracy, and played leads afterwards, before switching to character parts, most often playing villains. Married several times, and father of Tyrone Power, Jr. (Sean Young), who also followed the family career path. Made only one talking picture at the end of his career. Died of a heart attack. Inner: Serious rather than comic, with a quick, jealous temper around his profession, and a proclivity to defend it with his fists. Identified with the heroic in his roles. Self-glorying lifetime of following in the family tradition, and taking naturally to the stage, then afterwards, the screen, although a figure of past traditions, celebrating his own dramatis persona, rather than the vehicles offered him. Anne, duc de Montmorency (1493-1567) - France general and statesman. Outer: 2nd son of a noble family. Raised at court, with the future king Francois I (Bob Geldof), and pursued a military career. Fought in Italy in his late teens, and was sent to England as a hostage in 1519, before participating in the Field of the Cloth of Gold tournament, the following year. Raised an army in Switzerland, and continued his campaigns in Italy, although was unable to restrain the ill-considered advance of his troops, and wound up wounded. Made a Marshal of France in 1522, then served again in Italy the following year, conducting a delaying action against the army of the renegade constable, Charles, duc de Bourbon. Ultimately captured along with Francois, then was released and negotiated a peace treaty in 1526. The following year, In 1527, he married Madeleine de Savoy, 12 children including Francois Montgomery (Sean Young). Named governor of Languedoc and superintendant of the royal household, becoming Francois’s chief minister, serving him in diplomatic capacities, while being entrusted with public works and foreign affairs. Proved himself to be energetic but autocratic in the discharge of his duties. Waged a successful campaign against HRE Charles V (Napoleon), through denuding Lorraine of its resources, but intrigues and political misreadings forced him into retirement, after he had earlier been made Constable of France. Recalled during the reign of Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.), he savagely crushed a revolt in Bordeaux, and was made a duke and peer of France in 1551. Captured by a Spanish-Anglo army and released 2 years later, but was unable to return to court until the accession of Charles IX (Rajiv Gandhi), whom he served as commander during France’s religious wars between Catholics and Huguenots. Captured yet again and released during an opening foray. Then, along with his son, Francois, he served at the head of a joint Catholic-Huguenot army, recovering Le Havre from the English. Returned to the internal wars of Religious Intolerance, was wounded in battle and died shortly afterwards. Inner: Brave and energetic commander, staunch Catholic although less successful as a leader, having an irascible and autocratic nature. Had an inability to assess political situations with the same acuity as battlefield judgments. Continuation lifetime of being intimate with royalty as well as being a symbolic captive of his own misjudgments, despite his clear abilities, in his ongoing drive to rechannel his royal ways into a more balanced internal and external character. Conrad of Montferrat (c1145-1190) - King of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Outer: 2nd of 3 sons of a Latin Kingdom noble. Mother was German, making him first cousin to the HRE Friedrich I (Michael Milken), among other European monarchs. Served at the court of his maternal uncle, a German bishop, and was an active diplomat from his 20s onward, thanks to a facility for languages, and an impressive, handsome bearing. A military commander as well, he fought alongside his family against the Lombard League. Married the daughter of a German count, although his wife died in his early 30s, with no issue from the union. Led an army against his cousin HRE Friedrich I in 1179, and was alternately taken hostage by and captured the imperial chancellor, whom he left with his brother. Went to Constantinople to be rewarded by the Byzantine emperor, then returned to Italy shortly after the latter’s death in 1180. 6 years later, the next emperor offered his sister, Theodora, in marriage to his older brother, who was already wed. Despite taking the cross in anticipation of joining his father in Jerusalem, he returned to Constantinople to accept the emperor’s offer in 1187, and was given the rank of Caesar on his marriage to Theodora. Fought heroically in defense of the weak emperor against a revolt, without shield, helmet or mail, incurring a slight wound in the shoulder, in an excessive display of devil-may-car courage, unhorsing the rebel general, before his bodyguards killed him. Miffed at being ill-rewarded for his exhibitionistic feat, he set sail for the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, to find it in abysmal disarray, thanks to the conquering legions of the Saracen Saladin (David Sarnoff), so that he hastened to Tyre, which was about to surrender to the latter. Took command and reorganized the defense of the city, with the help of the Italian merchant communities there, and was able to withstand Saladin’s seige. The sultan returned a few months later for a second go at the city, which was now filled with Christian refugees from Jerusalem, and offered him his captured father in exchange for a surrender, but the latter told his son to stand firm, and Saladin was unable to kill him, releasing him the next year. Aggressively went after Saladin’s Egyptian fleet, to striking effect, and the following year, the sultan released the nominal king of Jerusalem, Guy de Lusignan (Desi Arnaz), who immediately demanded the keys to Tyre, but he withheld them, making both Guy and his former sister-in-law Sibylla (Lucille Ball), the rightful queen, encamp outside the city. Sibylla had been married to his older brother, who had died in battle years earlier. Eventually allied with them in the two year seige of Acre, but after Sibylla’s death in 1190, Guy no longer had claim to the throne of Jerusalem, although he refused to abdicate. The rightful heir, and half-sister of Sibylla, Isabella (Diane Keaton) now was nominal queen, and through the machinations of her mother and stepfather, she was abducted and her marriage was annulled. Although he was still wed to Theodora, he married Isabella in 1190, to become king of Jerusalem, despite all the uxorial chicanery involved. Since his position was questionable, he was still contested by Guy, who, after a series of negotiations, retained the empty kingship, while he was made the latter’s heir. Remained in Tyre during the 3rd Crusade’s bloody shenanigans, under the banner of Richard I (Richard Burton) of England, and opened direct negotiations with Saladin, in fear that Richard would try to take Tyre from him and give it to Guy. In 1192, the barons of Jerusalem unanimously voted Conrad king. However, he was never crowned, and instead was waylaid by a pair of Hashashin who stabbed him to death in the back and the side, while a mystery remains as to who exactly hired them. His posthumous child with Isabella was Maria of Montferrat (Sean Young), who would sit briefly on the throne herself, before dying in childbirth. A week after his assassination, his wife was married to Henri II of Champaigne (Robert Downey, Jr.). Inner: Amiable, intelligent, courageous and well-educated, with a strong manly cast to him. Live and die by the sword lifetime of success in the warrior realm, but as soon as he raised the stakes to the royal, he held nothing but a losing hand. Robert I (860-923) - West Frankish king. Outer: Son of the West Frankish king, Robert the Strong (Robert Downey, Jr.). Younger brother of Eudes (Sean Young), whom he fought alongside with, then faithfully served during his decade long run as king of the West Franks. Married the daughter of a French count in 890, when she was about 10. His subsequent line would become the House of Capet, through his son, Hugh the Great (Master P), one of 3 children. On his brother’s death in 898, he swore fealty to the Carolingian king, Charles the Simple (Lex Barker), while inheriting vast lands, as well as the loyalty of many regal vassals. Proved himself over and over on the battlefield, until he was in a position to challenge the king, thanks to a treaty in 911, which put an end to Norse raids in the territory. When Charles impolitically gave preferment to the lords of Lorraine, he went into open revolt, and in 922, he was elected king by his nobles. The following year, however, he was killed in battle, after routing the armies of his enemy. Inner: Loyal, up to a point, then eager to transliterate his mastery with a sword into that of a sceptre. Singing sword lifetime of doing constant battle for others, and then his own ambition, only to be impolitely removed from the political scene shortly after finally achieving his goal, an ongoing theme of his in the royal realm.


Storyline: The playgirl-turned-player follows the same patterns of youthful profligacy and more mature craft in her ongoing attempt at healing a heart damaged by a lack of self-love, as she once again switches genders to get closer in touch with her true self.

Sean Young (Mary Sean Young) (1959) - American actress. Outer: Of Irish, English and Swiss-German descent. Mother was a screenwriter and journalist, father was a TV news producer. Transferred from High School to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she pursued voice, flute, dance and writing. Then moved to NYC, where she studied ballet and worked briefly as a receptionist, model and dancer, before entering film in 1980 with Jane Austen in Manhattan. 5’10” with dark brown hair and eyes. A handsome beauty with considerable screen presence, she subsequently showed far more of an inclination to play the wild woman off the screen then on it, while also finding herself the object of lust of a variety of directors and co-stars, which led to firings and the reputation of not willing to play the Hollywood game. Despite initial promise, particularly in 1982’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner in which she played a repllicant and 1987’s No Way Out, where she was the accidental victim of jealousy, she was never able to realize her early potential, so that a combination of poor choices and act-out behavior crippled her youthful career. After appearing in The Boost in 1988 with James Woods, he filed a $2 million lawsuit against her for stalking him, in a confusing drama that far outshone the nondescript film in which they appeared. Married actor Bob Lujan in 1992, and moved to Sedona, Arizona to get away from show business, divorced 9 years later, 2 sons from the union. Later remarried him in 2011. Eventually got bored and returned to Los Angeles in 2000, to resume her career, allowing her to channel her talent in a series of off-beat films to better advantage, and become a more mature leading lady. Returned to the headlines in 2008, when a drunken heckling incident at the SAG awards, sent her to rehab. Has appeared mostly in below-the-radar fare since then, as well as some stage productions, while continuing to periodically draw attention to herself including slapping a security guard at a 2012 after-Oscar party, which briefly saw her arrested. Periodically continues to pit her considerable will against a world equally resistant to it, in her ongoing lessons surrounding the imbalances between her inner and outer self while shifting back and forth between her male and female side. Inner: Uninhibited and self-destructive, but with a desire to heal her innumerable wounds and not sink into her own self-abasing abyss. Has complained that if she were a man, she would have been treated far differently. Act two lifetime of switching sexes to have another go at Hollywood from a female perspective, following the same casual youthful attitude to her craft, followed by a similar attempt at maturing and capturing her true artistic power. Tyrone Power (1913-1958) - American actor. Outer: From a multi-generational family of actors. His mother, Patia Power, was a Shakespearean actress, who was a well-known drama coach and helped him immeasurably in his early career. Father was matinee idol F. Tyrone Power, Sr. (Richard Harris). Frail and sickly as a boy, he moved to NYC then Southern California, before his parents divorced and his mother brought him back to Ohio. After graduating high school, he went to Chicago to be with with his father, who later died in his arms. Began his stage career in his early teens, and made his film debut in 1932 in Tom Brown of Culver, after being accused of looking like a chimp in his screen test because his eyebrows connected. Later had that area shaved. 6’, with black hair and dark brown eyes framed by a handsome face. Relegated to bit parts, he initially used his good looks and pleasant personality to compensate for his extremely modest talents. Became a film star in 1936 with a series of lead roles for 20th Century-Fox, beginning with Lloyd’s of London, after they carefully groomed him with appearances in an assortment of popular genres geared specifically for showboating his looks rather than his abilities. Married in 1939 to Parisian actress Annabella. The duo were divorced in 1948, while he adopted her daughter. Served in the military during WW II, and then returned to the screen, with a desire to be taken more seriously as a dramatic actor, showing flashes of talent in such films as The Razor’s Edge, although his over-all career was less than memorable. In 1939, he was the second biggest male box office star after Mickey Rooney. Married actress Linda Christian in 1949, 2 daughters from the union, which ended in divorce in 1955, had fleeting screen careers. Bi-sexual, he supposedly had a fling with actor Errol Flynn (Ethan Hawke). Married a 3rd time a few months before his death, to Deborah Ann Smith, and had a posthumous son, Tyrone IV. His last few films showed a maturity of style, but, like his father, he died of a heart attack, after 8 takes of a dueling scene in Solomon and Sheba. Inner: Initially sensitive, he eventually became a sensualist, although always remained a gentleman. Felt his looks impeded his talent, and that he became a movie star long before he became an actor. Playboy-turned-player lifetime of following the family tradition onto the stage, then screen, while struggling with his craft and his propensity for play, before exiting early through his damaged heart, to try it again in a role reversal of genders. Charles d’Eon de Beaumont (Charles Genevieve Louis Auguste André Timothee D’Eon de Beaumont) (1728-1810) - French diplomat, soldier and transvestite. Outer: From an old noble family, possibly of Breton lineage. Father was a lawyer who became mayor of Tonnerre, and like his own sire, a sub-delegate of the intendant of the generality of Paris. One sister. Studied law at the College des Quatre-Nations in Paris, showing an aptitude for academics that led to several degrees. Through his family connections, he became secretary to the intendant of Paris, and began putting pen to paper, which led to his appointment as a royal censor for his/story and literature in 1758. Three years previous, he attended a ball at Versailles disguised as a woman, and later bragged of seducing the king’s mistress, Mme. de Pompadour (Raisa Gorbachev), despite her reputation for frigidity. Although somewhat effeminate, he was most definitely male, but nevertheless supposedly drew the priapic attentions of Louis XV (Mikhail Gorbachev). At the same time, he was recruited for a secret mission to Russia to establish communications between the two countries. Became embassy secretary in Russia until 1760, and proved an effective diplomat, secretly working towards French international interests. Afterwards, he served as an officer in several engagements, showing himself to be courageous in battle. Well-paid for his services, albeit somewhat reckless with money, he reluctantly accepted appointment as a ducal secretary in 1762, and went to London on a peace negotiating mission. His subsequent success in that regard earned him the title of Chevalier D’Eon. Promoted to temporary minister-plenipotentiary, he lived quite lavishly in London, while secretly gathering information for a possible invasion of England, in recompense for the humiliating Treaty of Paris the French king had to sign. When his permanent replacement arrived, he accused him of trying to poison and kidnap him. Armed and barricaded himself in self-protection, then when he received no guarantees from his own government, began publishing his political correspondence, which made the French government look laughable. Never divulged the secret information he had gathered, however, and wound up being paid handsomely by Louis XV for the return of any further compromising documents he had. In 1764, he was found guilty by default in a libel case against him and outlawed. Hid in female attire, while his adversary the ambassador was recalled, after being indicted for inciting a fellow Frenchman to kill him. Remained an outlaw in England, despite receiving a pension from the French crown, and spent his time working on a massive treatise on public administration, which was eventually published in 1774. Kept the French crown informed of political developments in England via his wide circle of connections, while continually asking for money under the threat of publishing more revealing documents. When the king died in 1774, he failed to manipulate his position to his advantage, and in 1777 he finally returned to France. Presented himself at Versailles in full military dress, only to be ordered to don female garb, and disallowed from continuing his military service. Imprisoned in 1779 for wearing his uniform in public, he was finally allowed to return to England in 1785. Resumed his social life, and took up fencing to augment his revenues, while continuing his mannish appearance in female dress. With the collapse of the French crown at the onset of the French Revolution, his finances took a precipitous turn for the worse. Forced to serially sell his possessions, while his mother and sister were both guillotined. Gave fencing performances with an English actress, before being seriously wounded in the armpit during an assault of arms. Wound up living with a widow of a Royal pump-maker, who believed him to be a woman, even after keeping house for him for 14 years. Spent 5 months in prison in 1804 for debt, before signing a contract for an autobiography, which was never completed. Died peacefully, and the examining doctors concluded his genitals were very much a man’s. Inner: Odd admixture of the masculine and feminine, with a dualistic and duel-prone personality. Extravagant and manipulative, although skilled in whatever he attempted. May have suffered from Kallman syndrome, a hormonal disorder that disrupts the advance of puberty. Disguised lifetime of playing with both sides of his gender make-up, as a means of reintegrating his soldierly self with his expressive self, in a performance go-round that would ultimately make him a curiosity for the ages. Francois, duc de Montmorency (1530-1579) - French general. Outer: Oldest son of Anne, duc de Montmorency (Richard Harris). His younger brother Henri, would also became a military leader. Fought in Piedmont in 1551, and was appointed lieutenant general of the Ile-de-France 5 years later. Went to Rome in 1557 to try to get a papal dispensation releasing him from a betrothal so that he could marry Henri II’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) daughter, Diana de France (Frances Marion). The duo were wed 2 years later. Succeeded his father as duc de Montmorency on the latter’s death in 1567. Thanks to his wife’s help, he became a leader of the Politiques, a moderate Catholic party looking for peace, during the French Wars of Religion. Imprisoned in the Bastille in 1574, but was released. Inner: Love and death lifetime of following his longtime family members into the frays of his times, while also tempering their martiality with his own successful search for love. Marie of Montferrat (1190-1212) - Queen of Jerusalem. Outer: Mother was Isabella (Diane Keaton), and her father was Conrad of Montferrat (Richard Harris), who was assassinated just before she was born. Within a week, her mother had married again, to Henri II de Champagne, only to have him accidentally die through a tumble out a window when she was 7. In 1210, she was married to John of Brienne (Adolph Zukor), who was in his 60s at the time, and he ruled Jerusalem in her name. Two years later, she died giving birth to their only child, Yolanda (Melanie Griffith), who assumed the throne as an infant. Inner: Given lots of negative male models, from a prehumous pop to a clumsy stepfather, to a grandfather partner to sour her on what to expect as queen. Complete pawn lifetime of switching over to his/her female side, and fading as soon as she found good productive excuse. Eudes (?-898) - West Francia king. Also known by his German name, Odo. Outer: Father was Robert the Strong (Robert Downey, Jr.), the count of Angers. Given the title of count of Paris when he reached his majority, although the city was more of a crossroads than a great metropolis at the time. Along with his brother, Robert I (Richard Harris), he played a key role in defending Paris against a Viking invasion in 885-886, and was elected king of West Francia for his efforts, the first to hold that title who was not a Carolingian or Merovingian. His realm, however, was fractious, and his crown was equally in constant contention, as he fought off other claimants, including the future Charles III (Lex Barker), as well as further Viking incursions, despite proving victorious against them. Never married and left no heirs. Inner: Brave and effective soldier, but given a virtually impossible task in holding together a realm that was buffeted from both within and without. Uneasy-lies-the-head lifetime of trying to hold his own over a fractious kingdom, perhaps as reflection of his own continual dualistic character.


Storyline: The gilded golden boy cannot maintain his luster beyond the glorious flush of youth and winds up a shell of his former self through excesses and an unwillingness to look in the mirror beyond the outer glow of his handsome appeal.

Ryan O’Neal (Patrick Ryan O’Neal) (1941) - American actor. Outer: Father was a screenwriter and novelist, mother was an actress. Brother became a film and TV performer. Parents were self-involved characters in their own right, leaving their son to spend an aimless, nomadic childhood at play in Southern California and various parts of the world. 6’1”, handsome, athletic, California golden boy. Golden Glove boxer as a teen, getting up to the championships, although was arrested for assault and battery following an out-of-hand New Year’s party. Joined his parents at 17 in Munich where they were working on a TV series, and became a stuntman. Returned to the US and began appearing on TV, winning a regular role on a western series. His breakthrough came when he starred in the long-running daytime soap, "Peyton Place," doing more than 500 episodes. In his early 20s, he married actress Joanna Moore, son Griffin O’Neal became a Hollywood bad boy, while daughter Tatum had an on-again, off-again acting career, before getting lost in cocaine. The pair divorced 4 years later. Also married and divorced actress Leigh Taylor-Young, son from union, Patrick O’Neal became a popular sportscaster. Hollywood called, and he soon achieved stardom with the coveted romantic lead in the hit Love Story. Became a popular star in the 1970s, although self-indulgence and pleasure-seeking got in the way of his career. Began an 18 year liaison with actress Farrah Fawcett-Majors in 1979, one son from union, but further deteriorated during that time, to only appear occasionally in films, usually looking somewhat bloated and out-of-sorts, once more blowing a handsome potential in the pursuit of self-obliteration. Eventually took up with a much younger woman in 1997, which settled him into the peaceful domesticity he craved, after an extremely volatile near 2 decades with FF. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, which brought him closer to his daughter Tatum, although in 2007, he was arrested for assaulting his son Griffin, and discharging a firearm, after discovering he had chained up his other son Redmond to a stairwell. After the latter later pled guilty to a drug possession charge, a routine search of their home in 2008, led to an arrest of father and son on further possession charges, in the family’s ongoing dramatic dance with authorities. Pled guilty and was sentenced to 18 months of drug counselling. After FF’s death in 2009, he began a cancer foundation in her name, along with friends, while feeling her loss deeply. A subsequent eponymous reality show in 2011 on the Oprah channel did nothing to enhance his reputation as anything other than a selfish pursuer of his own pleasures, although it made Tatum a more sympathetic figure for having endured him. The following year he announced he had prostate cancer, while also releasing a memoir, “Both of Us,” about his life with FF. Inner: Pleasure-loving, physical, charming, with an addictive personality, and little real regard for intimates in his life. Self-sabotaging lifetime, once again, of difficulties in maintaining the momentum of a popular career, when vices and addictions demanded otherwise. Jack Pickford (1896-1933) - Canadian/American actor. Outer: Mother (Tatum O’Neal) was a seamstress. His father was a bartender and laborer who was killed at work when he was 4. Older sister Mary Pickford became a Hollywood superstar, and younger sister Lottie (Peaches Geldof) also became a minor screen personality. Close family after death of father. His mother took in theatrical lodgers, who started his sister Mary on her career, as a family support, and he and Lottie soon followed her onto the stage. Played child roles, then juveniles, before switching to romantic leads in silents. 5’7”, 135 lbs., slightly built. Alcoholic, along with other members of his family. His behavior was often an embarrassment to Pickford, who acted as his protector. Began his film career in 1909 when the family moved to Hollywood, and he followed his sister from studio to studio, earning stardom in his own right, making some 125 motion pictures, although he had difficulty in forging his own identity because of the heavy shadow of his sibling. He was soon billed as the ‘Ideal American Boy,’ and was ultimately linked romantically with the ‘Ideal American Girl,’ of the time, Olive Thomas (Marilyn Monroe). Married her at the height of her fame when he was 22, although the marriage proved rocky because of frequent separations. Also infected her with syphilis, to put further lie to their public glow. Enlisted in the navy to impress his wife, but wound up as a go-between for a lieutenant who insured safe assignments for “bluebloods,” who did not wish to be in the line of fire. After testifying at the latter’s court martial, he was dishonorably discharged, although the former word was removed from his separation papers at the behest of his sister. The duo were looked on as Hollywood romance come true, but Thomas, on what would have been their delayed honeymoon in Paris, 3 years later, committed suicide with barbiturates. Distraught at his wife’s death, he was accused in turn of being addicted to heroin, while his irrepressible spirit suffered irreparable damage, and he never fully recovered from her death. Resumed his career, directing and producing, marrying actress Marilyn Miller (Ann-Margaret), in his mid-20s, divorcing her 5 years later, and marrying a 3rd actress, Mary Mulhern in his mid-30s. All 3 of his wives had been Ziegfeld Follies girls. His last film appearance was Exit Smiling. Tried his hand at directing, but by the end of his brief life, his nerves were completely shot. Died of nephritis in Paris 13 years after his first wife’s death, depressed and alcoholic. Inner: Charming, athletic, handsome and extremely hedonistic. Didn’t like to work, much preferred playing. Self-sabotaging lifetime of coming into what should have been a royal family of stardom for him, and screwing up royally. James Hackman (1752-1779) - English murderer. Outer: Had a middle-class upbringing. Tall and handsome. Originally destined for a trade, but he proved to have far too volatile a nature, so his parents bought him an ensign’s commission. Became friends with the Earl of Sandwich, through whom he met his mistress, Martha Ray (Marilyn Monroe) in 1775, and immediately became obsessed with her, despite her being with the former for 16 years, as well as having 5 children with him. Unable to obtain a preferment in the army, he took holy orders, and gained a living in Wolverton in Norfolk, although he also took residence in London, while fantasizing about marrying Miss Ray. On the afternoon of April 7, 1779, he dined with his sister, then wrote a letter to her husband, an attorney, stating he was going to kill himself, and instructed him on his debts, although he never posted it. That evening, he went to the Covent Garden Theater dressed in black with two loaded pistols, after first ascertaining that Miss Ray would be there. When she stepped into her coach at evening’s end, he discharged one into her head with his right hand, killing her, and tried to do the same to himself with his left hand, although failed. Beat himself about the head with its butt end, but was subdued, and patched up before being brought to prison. Went on trial the following week, miserably confessed his guilt and was condemned to death. Shortly thereafter he was hanged. Inner: Extremely volatile nature, with a very strong bent towards self-destruction. Delusional lifetime of victimizing a longtime victim in an ongoing dance twixt the two, that has yet to be satisfactorily resolved for either. Henri II, duc de Montmorency (1595-1632) - French general and rebel. Outer: Father was a French duc, mother was his second wife. Brother of Charlotte de Montmorency (Tatum O’Neal). Appointed in his early teens to succeed his father as governor of Languedoc, and became a grand admiral in 1612. When Henri I, his uncle died 2 years later, he succeeded to his dukedom Campaigned against the Huguenot in 1620, and spent the decade in battle, with various successful commands, including ending the last serious Huguenot resistant in 1628, and was made Marshal of France in 1630. Later that year, he joined the prince-inspired revolt against the high-handed Cardinal Richielieu (Henry Kissinger). Tried to raise Languedoc against the government, but was defeated in battle in 1632, and taken prisoner. Tried in front of the Parlement of Toulouse, he was found guilty of treason. Despite the pleas for mercy of several notables, he was summarily executed, and his peerage duchy became extinct on his death. Inner: Brave and adept in battle, before overextending himself in a losing cause, which would cost him both title and life. Arcing lifetime of reaching an early pinnacle, only to self-destruct with an ill-advised move at the apex of his career, which would be summarily terminated by his misjudgment, a continual theme of his. Charles de Valois, duc d’Orleans (1522-1545) - French royal prince. Outer: Of the House of Valois-Orleans. Third son of King Francois I (Bob Geldof). Mother Claude (Kathy Acker) was the daughter of Louis XII (Bernard Kouchner). Younger brother of Francis (Richard Pryor), the future Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Madeleine (Peaches Geldof), the future short-lived queen of Scotland. Clearly the favorite of his father, he was handsome, fun-loving and cut from a similar mold, without any real sense of royal responsibility. Contracted smallpox as a child, which made him blind in one eye. A cutup and practical joker, he was given full support by his sire to be the family clown, in contrast to both his older brothers, who were solemn and morose, thanks to being held hostage in gloomy Spanish circumstances for several years during their youth. Following the death of his oldest brother Francis (Richard Pryor) in 1536, he became duc d’Orleans. When Spain and France went to war again in 1542, he captured Luxembourg, before relinquishing it to fight further south. After another treaty was signed between the two countries, the Spanish king and HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) set up a huge potential conflict between Charles and his older brother, Henri, now dauphin, by awarding him a considerable amount of territory, making him a potential rival monarch to his sibling. The issue was resolved by the dark hand of fate, when he accompanied his brother to the siege of Boulogne, and while there, contracted the plague, in the form of pneumonia. Took ill, and died soon afterwards. Never married, despite several royal possibilities, and much mourned by all who loved his carefree nature. Inner: Happy-go-lucky, insouciant, and a blithe spirit, through and through. Lighthearted lifetime of providing a happy counterbalance to his morose siblings, before exiting right when his devil-may-care presence might have caused serious problems for the crown. Baldwin I (1172-c1205) - Latin emperor of Constantinople. Outer: Father was the count of Hainault and mother was countess of Flanders, two titles he would inherit as Baldwin VI of Hainault and Baldwin IX of Flanders. Oldest son, second of eight children and younger brother of Isabella of Hainault (Carolyn Bessette), who became the first wife of Philippe II Augustus of France (FDR), only to die prematurely at 20. Also older brother of Henry of Hainault (Luc Besson), and Yolanda (Meg Ryan), both of whom would follow him on the Latin throne of Constantinople. His uncle, Philip of Alsace, became an important figure at the royal court, and both he and his father would do a long pas de deux over power and territory, before his progenitor succeeded him in Flanders, as Baldwin VIII through right of marriage. In 1186, in his early teens, he wed Marie of Champagne, daughter of the count of Champagne, and a niece of the kings of England and France, as well as a sister of Henri II (Robert Downey), a king of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem. Despite a deep infatuation on his part, his pious spouse much preferred the solitude of prayer to his company in bed, although two daughters managed to spring forth from the uneasy union. When his mother died in 1194, he became ruler of Flanders, and one of the most powerful nobles of France. Previously, his domain had been significantly reduced and he spent a goodly part of his time trying to recover some of it, proving successful in doing so during his eight years there. Took the cross in 1200 and set out as a member of the Fourth Crusade in 1202, but not before issuing rules of inheritance, in case he did not return. As one of the more prominent figures of the crusade, with a long his/story of family involvement in the Latin kingdom, he was part of the contingent that was invited into Constantinople, where he restored the blinded and incompetent Isaac II Angelus (Oscar LaFontaine) to their rightful rule, along with his son Alexius IV (Erich Pommer) after he had been toppled, only to see the throne briefly usurped in 1204. Along with his fellow crusaders, he sacked the city, sending the legitimate crown into exile in Nicaea, while he was enthroned as the first of the Latin Emperors of Constantinople, through the auspices of the Venetians in the city, in full accordance with Byzantine ceremony. Joined by his wife at the same time, who left their daughters with a younger brother as regent in Flanders along with an uncle as regent in Hainault. His governing territory was limited to the city and its adjacent regions, as he took the role of a feudal lord, with his princes as his vassals dividing up the rest of his realm, which was still in Greek hands. Treated his subjects like second-class citizens, and was ill-liked by one and all. Forced to give his rival candidate for the throne, Boniface of Montferrat, the kingship of Thessalonica, sparking a bitter rivalry in the Latin camp between the Lombards and the Flemings. A civil war was avoided by French and Italian interests, which resulted in Boniface getting Thessalonica as a fief and command of the armies going against the Greeks. Losses to the latter impelled him to march on Thrace, where his knights were defeated, and he was captured by the Bulgarians. Held as their prisoner, with varying stories of his demise, including his having been slain by the Bulgarian tsar in a fit of pique over his attempt to seduce his wife. Per a conquering custom of the time, he skull was made into a drinking cup. A false Baldwin would appear 20 years later in Flanders, occasioning riots, revolts and rebellions, before being shown to be a Burgundian serf who was summarily executed for his presumptuous posturing. Inner: Arrogant and quite filled with himself, despite a contemporary reputation as a virtuous knight. Blighted knight lifetime of evincing little real talent for rule as a secondary member of a powerful family, thanks to an inability to rein in an innate sense of superiority and entitlement, before being reduced to that ultimate of medieval humiliations, a royal drinking cup.


Storyline: The precocious Hollywood progeny tries to emulate her past-life daughter’s success, only to fall victim to her own taste for excess, forcing her to assay the difficult task of bearing and baring her own bad news in an attempt to heal her ancient wounds.

Tatum O’Neal (1963) - American actress. Outer: Father was actor Ryan O’Neal, mother was actress Joanna Moore. Younger brother Griffin. Her parents divorced when she was 2, and she and her brother went to live with their mother, who soon descended into drugs, to compensate for her obsession with looking young. Molested at 6 by a family friend, and tormented by her mother. At 7, her grandfather sent her to boarding-school, but she was miserable, and soon went to live with her father, the professed love of her life, although the duo had an uneasy relationship, thanks to her obsessiveness and possessiveness around him. However, she received positive mothering from some of his famous girlfriends. Began her film career at the age of 9, playing her father’s daughter in Paper Moon, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, the youngest person ever to do so, as a tough-talking, cigarette-smoking con artist. Her jealous father slugged her afterwards. Molested on the set of A Bridge Too Far by her father’s drug dealer, she began doing drugs to obliterate the memory. After a 3 year hiatus, she returned to the screen, becoming the highest paid child ever to appear in movies for her role as a little league pitcher in The Bad News Bears. Her career soon tapered off, however, and her screen appearances were spotty, as she became estranged from her father. 5’7”. Married volatile tennis ace John McEnroe in her early 20s, after the birth of the first of their 3 children. Wanted to resume her career, but her husband absolutely refused to allow her to the point of physical abuse. Separated a year after their 3rd child, divorced 7 years later. Failed to get her movie career moving again and descended into heroin and cocaine abuse and depression. Went in and out of rehab and McEnroe sued for custody of their children, claiming she was a totally unfit mother, and won. Broke off an engagement to be near her father when he learned he had cancer in 2001, while she continues to fight to try to get her life back together again as a confirmed 12-stepper. In 2004, she published a steamy memoir, “A Paper Life,” in which she took revenge on her past, and by doing so, freed herself of it. Began assaying a modest comeback via TV roles, and low-budget indies, slowly working her way back into the grace of the entertainment industry, one day at a time. In 2008, despite having a recurring role in the prophetic, “Rescue Me,” she got nabbed trying to buy crack cocaine on the street, in a highly public relapse, that may just have been another call to be saved from her unhappy and uncontrollable addictions. Along with her father, launched an eponymous reality show on the NOW channel in 2011, which showed precisely what she had to deal with, in his negative paternity, while growing up, giving added insight into her own problems in reaction to him. The reconciliation twixt the two didn’t take, while she released a second memoir detailing her further struggles around her life’s dynamics. Announced in 2015 that she preferred dating women, while refusing to sexually categorize herself. Inner: Precocious, self-involved, angry, self-destructive. Bad news bared lifetime of enjoying celebrity from a young age onward, before engaging in a life-long struggle with her sense of self and self-worth, via an addictive personality, and an inability to totally transcend it. Charlotte Smith (Elsie Charlotte Printer) (1873-1928) - Canadian/American stage mother. Outer: Both parents were Irish immigrants to Canada. Her mother served as the grounding spirit of the family, while her father loved the theater and was a postal worker, although was highly impractical. Slender and large-eyed. Labored as an embroiderer and in her mid-20s, married John Charles Smith, an alcoholic, who was a printer, then a bartender, then a laborer. 3 children from union, all of whom became Hollywood figures: Mary Pickford, Jack Pickford (Ryan O’Neal) and Lottie Pickford (Peaches Geldof). Baptized all her children, and also supported her invalided mother. Her husband was killed at work in 1898, which absolutely devastated her, leaving her with 3 small children to support. Went back to sewing and took in boarders, which led to Mary’s stage career, and her subsequent successful support of the family. Extremely close to Mary, who served as her alter ego. Made a few early film appearances, before becoming very possessive of her daughter’s career, forbidding her to have children. May also have encouraged an abortion towards that end. Partial to alcohol, as were her 3 children; the family often drank together in private. Enjoyed her daughter’s phenomenal success, living vicariously through her. Injured her breast on a trunk, but refused an operation, and eventually slipped into a coma, from which she never recovered. Her death from cancer devastated her daughter, and the latter probably never recovered from it, closing out her career soon afterwards. Inner: Practical, witty and high-spirited. Good mimic in private. Support lifetime of facing her responsibilities and shepherding one very talented child to a phenomenal Hollywood career, while doing little to ameliorate the self-destructive tendencies of the rest of her brood, before fading out into her own oblivion through a lack of desire for self-healing, a challenge she would be forced to face the next time around in this series. Charlotte de Montmorency (1594-1650) - French noblewoman. Outer: Father was a French duc, mother was his second wife. Older sister of Henri II de Montmorency (Ryan O’Neal). Also had her aunt, Diane de France (Frances Marion) as a surrogate mother. A noted beauty, despite smallpox scars on her cheeks, she was highly social, and was known as “la perroquette” - the little parrot, thanks to her playful coquettishness. In 1609, she married Henri II de Bourbon, the prince of Bourbon, raising her status to that of royalty. 3 children from the union, as well as three stillborns. Those that survived included a warrior adept, the Great Condé (Yul Brynner), and daughter Anne Genevieve (Farrah Fawcett). Because of the king, Henri IV’s (FDR) excessive interest in her, her husband was forced to send her abroad, and then flee himself to escape the monarch’s fury. Returned after the Henri’s assassination in 1610, and accompanied her husband in prison later in the decade, when he ran afoul of Cardinal Richielieu (Henry Kissinger). A debauchee, he also contracted syphilis. Conceived and delivered her daughter while incarcerated. Noted for her resolution in upholding her children’s cause during the civil war of the Fronde. Died 4 years after her husband. Inner: Said to have had two happy days in her life, the day she was married, raising her status to royal blood, and the day her husband died, giving her back her liberty. Plucky lifetime of displaying both integrity and courage during unsettling times, despite a profound unhappiness in her marriage, and a sense of victimhood at being prisoner of forces much larger than herself.


Storyline: The inundated ingenue and crypto-queen continually comes into high profile families, which only seems to lead to premature exits, as she does ongoing battles to not only please others, but her own submerged sense of self.

Peaches Geldof (Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof) (1989-2014) - English DJ, model, writer and media personality. Outer: Mother was Paula Yates, who eventually died of a drug overdose when her daughter was 11. Father was singer and activist Bob Geldof. The middle of three daughters, with one other half-sister added to the brood, following her mother’s death. Had a celebrity childhood as the progeny of a high-profile father, which would lead to a well-publicized adolescence. In 2006, she wrote and starred in her own reality TV program, “Peaches Geldof: Teenage Mind.” Able to parlay her celebrityhood into an incipient career as both a DJ and entertainment reporter, as well as a guest columnist and journalist for a couple of English newspapers and Elle magazine. Her high profile presence in the British media would turn her into a fashion icon, as well as the object of carping and criticism for her hearty-partying lifestyle, and media glory-hounding. Alledgedly filmed buying cocaine, which set her father off, and somewhat tempered her blatant disregard of social propriety, making her more protective of her younger siblings, and the huge glare on their lives, as children of a high profile parent. Serially linked to a number of celebrity squeezes, she made her modeling debut in 2007, and quickly became a self-styled fashionista. Along with a friend, she has also been a co-DJ, known as the “Trash Pussies.” Both protective of and competitive with her younger sister Pixie, particularly in the publicity realm. Suffered a collapse through excess dieting in 2008, and had to be given the ‘kiss of life’ to revive, as she continues her literal struggle between a desire for show business immortality and her own very mortal limitations. Later that year, after a whirlwind romance, she married Max Drummey, a Harvard grad anthropologist turned rock’n’roller, in preparation for moving to NYC to attend NYU an work for Nylon magazine, a pop culture and celebrity periodical. Her initial efforts however received a thorough American razzberryy, and within six months her marriage received the same from her. Her husband later revealed it had been a publicity stunt for his band, and little more. Subsequently lost her position as the face and body of Miss Ultimo lingerie in 2010, when salacious pictures of her during a heroin-fueled evening with an unidentified partner appeared on the internet. Later launched her own English TV talkathon, “OMG! Peaches Geldof,” as a problem-solving exercise with peers, although it elicited little viewer interest. In 2012, she had a son with fiancee Thomas Cohen, lead singer of the English band S.C.U.M. The duo would marry later that annum, and add another son to their brood. Spent her last years searching for some sort of spiritual meaning to her life, serially exploring Scientology, Judaism and the sex magick of O.T.O., before finally finding the ultimate religious experience in accidentally induced death. In 2014, she was found dead with her second son by her side. Later toxicology reports showed she had verdosed on heroin, just like her mother. Her last instagram post showed the two of them together. Inner: Strongly opinionated and outspoken, with a natural proclivity for the spotlight. Inveterate drug user according to her friends, despite protestations galore to the contrary. Obsessed with dieting as well as bigheaded, with a reputation for rudeness, and little inherent charm. Stage center lifetime of trying to be far more in control of her existence, than her previous two go-rounds in this series, while also developing her skills at self-expression in order to offset the drive towards self-obliteration that heretofore has terminated her brief moments in the celebrity sun, only to once again fall victim to that inexorable draw. Natalie Wood (Natasha Gurdin) (1938-1981) - American actress. Outer: Mother was a ballet dancer of Russian descent with immense drive and ambition, who fled her native Siberia in the wake of the Russian Revolution. Father was a set decorator of Russian descent who specialized in miniatures. Younger sister Lana also became an actress. Began taking dance lessons before she could even walk. Did a bit part in a film, Happy Land, at 5, along with her mother, and was signed 3 years later by its director for a more noticeable role and became a child star, most notably in the Santa Claus fantasy, Miracle on 34th Street when she was 9. Her name was changed on her 2nd film, while she proved desperately eager to please adults during her early career. When she was unable to cry on cue, her mother tore a butterfly in half, and pushed her back on the set. Resented her deeply, but also acknowledged her drive behind her. Able to make the transition to teenage ingenue, although she had limited skills as an actress. 5’1”, 100 lbs. Her bright-eyed beauty, however, carried her through a continuous career, with a mixed record on the vehicles she chose for herself. One of the fated trio of stars of Rebel Without A Cause, along with James Dean (Sean Penn) and Sal Mineo (Joaquin Phoenix), who would also die young. Acted out her own sense of rebellion by dating older men, while harboring a desire to be viewed as a serious actress, despite her limitations. Married actor Robert Wagner, who was 11 years her senior, in her late teens, only to see both their careers decline, which led to their divorce 5 years later, following an affair with her Splendor in the Grass costar, Warren Beatty. Rebounded with her best-known role in 1961, in West Side Story, and her career took off again, with several hits. By the time she was 25, she had appeared in over 50 films, and had also received 3 Academy Reward nominations. Made a suicide attempt in 1966, following her break-up with Beatty, and stopped working for several years, while focusing on her own mental stability, and turning down the opportunity to star in several showcase vehicles, which she later regretted. Nevertheless, her salary for her next hit, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, was a record breaking $3 million. In 1969, she wed British producer Richard Gregson, one daughter from the union, Natasha Gregson, who became an actress. Her husband quickly proved unfaithful, and the duo soon separated and were divorced three years later. Remarried Wagner in her mid-30s, and had one more daughter, while trying to be a more conscientious wife and mother, despite labeling her husband as “sweet but boring.” Returned to acting, although found herself far less in demand, despite winning a Golden Globe for the TV mini-series, “From Here to Eternity,” in 1979. As a commentary on her career, Harvard Lampoon began issuing an annual “Natalie Wood Award” for poor performance by an actress. Spent her 40s fretting about her age, her looks and career, while turning to alcohol for solace. Invited costar, Christopher Walken aboard the couple’s yacht, Splendour, during the making of Brainstorm. Had a huge argument with her husband about a suspected infidelity with Walken, and sometime during the night, she accidentally fell off the yacht while drunk and drowned, with enough mystery surrounding her floating exit that the case would be reopened 30 years later, because of the delay in reporting her missing and the coroner would utimately add, “and other undetermined factors” to the original assessment of merely drowning in her death certificate. . Inner: Sensitive, sensual, intelligent, hearty-humored and genuinely sweet, with a desperate desire to be both liked and loved. Superficial, slimly talented and very materialistic. Subject to sadness and depressions her entire life, with an ironic fear of “dark waters,” which ultimately consumed her. Drown in your own tears lifetime of taking her limited talents to their limit despite a strong artistic springboard, before wobbling off to a relatively early exit once again. Lottie Pickford (Lottie Smith) (1895-1936) - Canadian/American actress. Outer: Mother, Charlotte Smith (Tatum O’Neal) was a seamstress, father was a laborer who was killed at work when she was 3. Older sister Mary Pickford became a superstar of the early days of silents, while younger brother Jack Pickford (Ryan O’Neal) became a screen personality as well. Her mother took in theatrical lodgers, who started her older sister on her career as a family support. Soon followed her sibling onto the stage, although was far less talented than she. Nevertheless, she went with her family to Hollywood, and changed her name along with the others to Pickford. While her sister became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in its first decade, her career remained extremely minor, due to her conspicuous lack of talent. Had her family propensity for alcohol, and exploited the family name for whatever little career she had, while garnering the reputation of being a tramp. Married 4 times, including to an actor/bootlegger, Alfred Rupp, who pretended to be an undertaker. Had a daughter via a marriage to an automobile salesman, Alan Forrest, but her mother and sister later adopted the child away from her. All four of her marriages ended in divorce. Allowed herself to go to seed, losing her beauty, as well as her name and died of a heart attack in her early 40s. Inner: Jealous of her sister’s success, and yet lived her life off of her. Disconnected lifetime of incarnating into circumstances that would totally reveal her failings, and yet give her a key to the magical world of fame and praise, which she would continue to explore through her attempts at trying to make her creativity finally supersede her sense of self-immolation. Madeleine of Valois (1520-1537) - French queen consort of king of Scotland. Outer: Of the House of Valois-Orleans. 5th child and third daughter of French king Francois I (Bob Geldof). Her mother Claude (Kathy Acker) died when she was three. Younger sister of the short-lived Dauphin, Francis (Richard Pryor) and her father’s eventual successor, Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.), as well as her sire’s favorite, Charles de Valois (Ryan O’Neal). Received a royal upbringing, and at 16, she was married to the King of Scotland, James V (Peter O’Toole), in a political alliance between the two countries. Suffering from tuberculosis, she only lived a few months in her elevated role before succumbing to the dis-ease. Interred in Scotland, and within less than a year, her husband had married again to Mary of Guise (Rebecca West), who had been witness to the earlier wedding. Inner: Sip of Scottish malt lifetime of serving as a brief footnote to both French and Scottish herstory, in her own ongoing struggles with mortality and truly valuing herself, despite the fame and fortune continually thrust upon her. Mary of Burgundy (1457-1482) - French duchess of Burgundy. Known as “Mary the Rich.” Outer: Only child of Isabella of Bourbon (Paula Yates), the second wife of Charles of Burgundy (Bob Geldof). Her birth was heralded by a loud clap of thunder, in an otherwise clear sky. Became the object of much conjugal conjecture because of the territories she would inherit, in particular, the matrimonial machinations of her godfather, the future Louis XI of France, (Adolph Hitler), who wanted her vast duchy for his son. When she was 8 her mother died, although she would have a positive relationship with her father’s succeeding wife, Margaret of York, whom he married in 1468. In 1477, she became the sole heiress of her sire’s vast Burgundian estates, following his sudden death, which enflamed Louis’s interests again, although she completely mistrusted him. On her formal recognition as Charles’s heir, she was forced to sign a charter of rights for the Low Countries, called “the Great Privilege,” which granted them the relative autonomy that had been taken away by her predecessers, who had wished to centralize their conrol over them. Later that year, she took the future HRE Maximilian I (Charles de Gaulle) as her husband, thus uniting the Low Countries with the Hapsburg empire and setting up a future continent-wide contretemps for their control. Through these various maneuvers, the Netherlands were able to enjoy a period of internal stability, unbothered for the moment by French interest in the area. Had three children with Maximilian, including Feliipe I (Baldur von Schirach,) who would become king of Castile, as well as a daughter and another son who died as an infant. An active athlete who loved to ride, she was falconing with her husband, when her horse tripped and threw her, before landing atop her, breaking her back. Died within a few days, forcing Maximilian to renegotiate her holdings, which still worked to the benefit of the Low Countries. Inner: Backs are usually associated with life foundations and father figures. Lusted-after lifetime of coming into an inordinately powerful position as heiress over a vast territory, and, as usual, making an extremely early exit, after being forced to deal with some of the political powerhouses of her time.


Storyline: The toothsome beauty ungraciously suffers the slings and arrows of aging, while clinging to surface appeal, before her struggles gave her little choice, but to touch on her deeper self.

xFarrah Fawcett (Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett) (1947-2009) - American actress. Outer: Of mixed French, English and 1/8 Choctaw descent. Father was a pipefitter for an oil refinery. One older sister. Born with a tumor obstructing her digestive tract, which was corrected after 28 days. An obedient child, she was raised a Roman Catholic, and attended Catholic elementary school. Protected by her family, which she appreciated. Projected a healthy All-American toothsome beauty right down to her blonde tresses, although felt she was penalized in school for looking too good, and rarely dated. 5’6 1/2”. After dropping out of the Univ. of Texas, where she studied sculpture, she moved to Hollywood and began working as a model, focusing on her exterior, and achieved popularity as an iconic pin-up in a red swimsuit, while doing commercials and magazine covers. In 1970, she was arrested twice for shoplifting, although was able to charm her way into lighter charges and fines. Appeared in guest roles on several TV series, then cemented her reputation soon after as one of a trio of bikinied beauties on TV’s “Charley’s Angels,” which she appeared in for only one season, but it made her a merchandising emblem, with replications of her various physical attributes in much demand. Switching to films, she failed to convey anything more than superficiality in her initial forays. Married actor Lee Majors in her early 30s, and appended his name to hers. Divorced him in 1982 and took up with actor Ryan O’Neal in the early 1980s, one son from the union, and then began to challenge herself as an actress, surprising critics with an off-Broadway turn in “Extremities,” which she reprised on film, and as an abused wife in The Burning Bed. Endured a volatile relationship with O’Neal, once breaking her arm in a fight with him. Separated from him in 1997 after 18 years together as live-in companions, over an affair he had. Made a Playboy video in her 50s of herself as a naked painter, then embarrassed herself on a late night talk show. Battered by a post-Ryan boyfriend, a producer, but also admitted breaking some windows in his house with a baseball bat, in a display of considerable anger and angst beneath her golden exterior. Dated a convicted sex offender afterwards, before being forced to deal with herself as a solitary figure, after a lifetime of unsteady partnerships, and a desire to be reunited with the one real love of her life. Decided to give up acting in her 50s to pursue an art career, and began collaborating both personally and artistically with sculptor Keith Edmier, who had earlier had a schoolboy crush on her. Made one failed attempt at Broadway afterwards, then joined the reality show bandwagon in 2005 with “Chasing Farrah,” to mixed reviews. The following year, it was revealed she had intestinal cancer of the bowel and anus, for which she successfully received treatment, only to have a polyp appear in 2007. Made a televised documentary, “Farrah’s Story,” of her dying process, while fighting it all the way and exited in a hospital the same day as Michael Jackson, a fellow struggler with aging, two years later, with O’Neal and her son in attendance. Inner: Sunny, wholesome, but with a hidden agenda of trying to be more than a mere survivor of uncommon beauty into full maturity. Had difficulties with aging and dealing with the world outside her protective facade, but was more than willing to fight against her ultimate unfortunate fate. Wounded angel lifetime of trying to plumb her hidden depths through a variety of struggles, culminating with one final burning bed brawl with that ultimate bestial devourer of beauty, death. xFlorence Labadie (Florence Russ) (1888-1917) - American actress. Outer: Some question as to her origins. May have been born in NYC, although was adopted and raised in Montreal. Father was a successful attorney, giving her an upper-middle-class upbringing. Educated at the Convent of Notre Dame, where she studied art, painting and sculpture, while also evincing strong athletic skill.. A striking beauty as a teenager, she began her career as an artist’s model, appearing on magazine covers, before hitting the boards in 1908 with a touring company. Introduced to director D. W. Griffith by fellow Canadian Mary Pickford, she subsequently starred in numerous early Biograph silent productions, before switching to Thanhouser, becoming the studio’s most popular player, while appearing in some 80 films over a two year period. Also a risk taker, who performed her own stunts. Rode a motorcycle to work, and learned how to fly an airplane. Often played opposite James Cruze (Kevin Spacey). Became a peace advocate during WW I, traveling the country with a stereopticon slide show of pictures a Canadian soldier had sent her of the devastating aftereffects of trench warfare. Died at 23 of blood poisoning two months after being crushed by her car when it overturned with a male passenger in it, after its brakes had failed. Suffered greatly, and subsequently caused the death of her studio as well. An inspection of her vehicle afterwards showed that the brakes had been tampered with, although no official inquiry was ever launched. Rumors at the time had her murdered because she was pregnant by a prominent politician, none other than Pres. Woodrow Wilson (Michael Eric Dyson) although the far-fetched allegations were never proved. Became the first female star to die at the pinnacle of her fame. Inner: Athletic and ambitious, with a strong thrill-seeking side. Accident-waiting-to-happen lifetime of tasting the potential of stardom before being overwhelmed by the sheer force of her careening ambitions and ineluctable draw towards self-obliteration. Anne Genevieve de Bourbon-Condé, Duchess of Longueville (1619-1679) - French noblewoman. Outer: Of the House of Bourbon. Only daughter of the Prince of Condé and Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency (Tatum O’Neal). Her two other surviving siblings included the Great Condé (Yul Brynner), one of the premier warriors of the age. Born in prison, after her mother decided to accompany her father there for running afoul of the will of the crown in the person of Cardinal Richelieu (Henry Kissinger). Educated in a convent by the Carmelites with undue rigidity, which probably fed into her later life religiosity. Lost her uncle Henri Ii de Montmorency (Ryan O’Neal), when he was executed for treason in 1632. A noted beauty, she fit easily into royal society, and became a mainstay of the Hotel de Rambouillet, where the wits, the wags and France’s creme de la creme entertained one another. In 1642, she unhappily married a widower twice her age, who was a ducal governor of Normandy. Two sons from the union, who would prove to be the opposite of one another. Following Richelieu’s death in 1642, the family’s fortunes rose, and she became a figure of political importance. Went to Munster with her husband at the behest of the crown in 1646, and was an important and charming cog in the signing of the all-important Treaty of Westphalia, which ended the religious wars been Protestant and Catholic states that had been plaguing the continent for the last century and a quarter. On her return, she fell in love with the Duc de la Rochefoucauld (Henry Miller), a writer and seducer, who used her to elevate his own status. Helped organize the first Fronde, a failed revolt of nobles against the crown, by bringing her brother into it. Had a son during this period, and named the city of Paris as its godmother. Played a larger role in the second Fronde, once again drawing its ultimate military leaders into it, while continuing to take on high-ranking amours. After being abandoned by Rochefoucauld, and in disgrace at court for her rebellious activities, she threw herself into religion with the same intensity she had pursued all her other interests. Became a Jansenist, a brand of Catholicism closely connected to Calvinism in its beliefs, and served as one of its major patrons. Following her husband’s death in 1663, she returned to Paris, growing ever more pious and otherworldly. Pardoned by the king, Louis XIV (Charles de Gaulle) for her earlier aggressive stance against the crown, she became the leading protectoress of the Jansenists, housing them, and spreading her great wings over the high and the humble of that sect. Her eldest son gave up his titles and estates and became a Jesuit through her influence, while the younger, a debauchee, died with sword-in-hand. Towards the end of her life, she spent all her time in the convent of the Carmelite nuns, where she had been educated as a young girl. Buried with much circumstance by her brother, and her heart was separated from her body, and sent to the nuns of the Parisian convent of Port-Royal. Inspired several biographies in later eras because of the unusual range of her pursuits. Inner: Charming, manipulative and driven, allowing herself to be completely consumed by whatever role she chose to play. Wide arc lifetime of touching all the bases from coquetry, to organizing two major rebellions, to other-worldly asceticism, in a go-round for the ages in the audacity of her enthusiasms, and the extraordinary will she put behind achieving her disparate aims.


Storyline: The festering jester combines an acerb eye and a time bomb heart to race against his predilection for self-annihilation to see if he can prevail over it with his telling eye for everyone’s social foibles save his own.

Richard Pryor (1940-2005) - American comedian. Outer: Of African-American descent. Only child, parents and grandmother ran a string of bars and bordellos that catered to transients. Father had been a bartender and a boxer. His parents separated when he was young, and he was raised by his grandmother in poverty. A frail child, he learned to use his wit to deal with the means streets of his youth. Expelled from school at 14, he worked at various menial jobs, then did 2 years in the Army in Germany, but was discharged for stabbing another soldier in a fight. 5’10”, 150 lbs. Came home, married and had a son. Began performing in local nightclubs, then touring, abandoning his family. Worked his way to NYC and then TV in 1964, with Rudy Vallee’s “On Broadway Tonight.” His bland act finally caused him to storm off the stage in Las Vegas in 1967 in frustration, and he began exploring the edginess of his own existence, bringing to life the unseen lower depths he had witnessed as a youth, by giving character to pimps, hustlers, junkies and winos, using slang and loose language and a gift for mimicry to bring his stygian vision across. Both his birth parents died during this period. Began digging ever deeper into his earthy observational skills, and re-emerged as a trenchant scatological social critic, creating a comic archetype that many would later imitate. Made his film debut in his late 20s, and in his early 30s, released his first album, "That Nigger is Crazy." During the 1970s, he won several Grammys for his comedy albums, which unleashed his profane and hilarious observations of the dual worlds of black and white, and gained a national audience. Collaborated on the cult classic Blazing Saddles, then teamed up with Gene Wilder for a couple of well-received comedies, although played to earlier black stereotypes in his mousey portrayals. Became the first stand-up comic to achieve success with a performance film in 1979, and would serve as the master-jester for a whole generation who followed him. Felt compelled to keep topping himself, despite the many innovations he gave to the world of observational comedy, and proved himself a handful for his handlers with his unpredictability in showing up at dates. His private life became public when he shot his car, then had a heart attack because of excessive drug use. While free-basing cocaine in his late 30s, he set himself on fire in a suicide attempt, and received 3rd degree burns over half his body, which seemed to cool him out considerably, after he made a miraculous recovery. Returned to the screen, trying his hand at producing and directing, before succumbing to multiple sclerosis in 1986 and becoming an invalid. Married six times, including remarriages to his last two wives. His first four unions only lasted a year a piece, while his final 4 wives, Shelley Bonus, Deborah McGuire, Flynn Belaine and Jennifer Lee, were all minor actresses. Fathered 6 children, including daughter Rain Pryor, who became a stand-up comic as well. Wrote his autobiography “Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences,” published in 1995. Three years later, he won the prestigious first Mark Twain Prize for Humor. Occasionally performed in a wheelchair, until he was finally felled by a heart attack, dying in his home. Cremated afterwards, with his ashes given to his family. In 2006, he was awarded a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Inner: Angry, self-destructive, but brilliantly perceptive, with a comic genius for the ages. Pryor record lifetime of freebasing his imagination for all the raw material it could afford him, before burning his body out, only to discover how well-loved he had been, despite all his anger, paranoia and anti-social sensibilities. Ford Sterling (George Ford Stitch) (1883-1939) - American comedian. Outer: Ran away from home in his teens to join a circus when it came to town, where he billed himself as ‘Keno, The Boy Clown.’ Later worked as an acrobat, then performed in vaudeville and on the stage with stock companies where he assayed both Shakespeare and popular fare. Married actress Teresa Sampson in 1914. After a hit show on Broadway called “Sidewalk Chatter,” he joined Mack Sennett (Quentin Tarantino) at Biograph in Hollywood, where, along with Mabel Normand (Gene Wilder), he became one of the keystones of Keystone-Triangle. Began as a comic villain, then established his screen persona as Chief Teheezal of the Keystone Kops, with spectacles and a paste-on beard and caricatured grimaces. Became the biggest star on the Sennett lot, although when he demanded double his salary, he was asked to work elsewhere. Starred in his own series for Universal Studios, but returned to Sennett after bickering with them. The duo finally ended their work relationship in his late 30s. Played character parts and occasionally leads in features for the next decade, although he seemed to have lost his comic touch while his freewheeling slapstick style had become passe in the more disciplined arena of 1920s and 1930s filmmaking. Lost a leg in an accident, which eventually ended his screen career. Also a talented photographer. Died of thrombosis of the veins and a heart attack. Inner: Manic, self-destructive, but brilliantly inventive. Slapstick lifetime of being in his artistic element at the dawn of a new medium, only to literally lose the leg he stood on, to once again become victim of his excesses. Charles Mathews (1776-1835) - English comic. Outer: 7th son of a bookseller, who was also a Wesleyan preacher. His father’s bookshop gave him an interest in literature of the theater, and by 12, he and a friend had created a stage in a stable loft to entertain their companions. Educated at Merchant Taylors School, he studied his craft assiduously and began acting in the provinces, before going to Ireland. First appeared on the stage in Dublin in 1794, where he imitated famous actors of the day to uproarious audience approval, then returned to England and became a popular actor on the York circuit. Made his London debut in 1803 in “The Agreeable Suprize” by Samuel Foote (Robin Williams). A star afterwards, although he was not able to integrate his inner and outer life, despite being credited with creating 400 parts and appearing at all of London’s finest theaters. In 1797, he married Eliza Strong, a writer and poet who died in 1802. His second union was to Anne Jackson, an actress who penned a popular 4 volume memoir of him, and produced a son, Charles Mathews, Jr. (Gene Wilder), who also became a popular comic star. In 1809, he conceived a form of sketch entertainment known as ‘At Homes,” in which he would do comic songs and impersonate eccentric characters, showing a rare gift for mimicry, as well as some skills as a ventriloquist. Noted for his parody of black actor James Hewlett (James Earl Jones) mangling Shakespeare, in a blatantly racist bit. In 1814, he fell from his carriage and broke his hip, which left him with a limp, and forced him to play gout-ridden old men, since he no longer had the physical capabilities needed for comic leads. Feared by some public figures for his dead-on parodies, although his humor was gentle, rather than scathing. Won the plaudits of all the critics, as well as the public. Served as a theatrical co-manager, but he was a heavy drinker and not very good with finances. Made 2 one-man tours of America, in 1822 and 1834, but had to return home because of the failure of his voice, and his declining health. During the first one, he introduced black-face to the American stage. Despite a forty year career, he had to continue working til life’s end because of bad investments, and on his last American tour he developed a lung infection which would kill him a year later. Died on his 59th birthday. Inner: Excellent mimic, skilled comic, amiable and loyal but also nervous, restless and irritable. Dualistic lifetime of evincing his creative genius and his equal propensity for self-destruction, a pair of elements he has yet to work through. Louis Bejart (1630-1678) - French actor. Outer: Father held a small government post. Grew up in poverty in the theatrical section of Paris, along with ten other siblings, including older brother Joseph (Gene Wilder), and older sisters Madeleine (Mary Pickford) and Genevieve (Gilda Radner), and younger sister Armande. Joined the company formed by Madeleine and playwright Moliere (Charlie Chaplin), which several of his other siblings also acted in, and spent a long apprenticeship with them in the provinces, before the company came to Paris in 1659. Played comic parts and was extremely popular with audiences. Wounded himself while breaking up a street fight, and was the first comedian in the company to receive a pension in 1670. Inner: Self-dueling lifetime of exhibited his usual penchant for both laughter for others, and tears for himself, in his ongoing battle between his draw towards creativity and self-destruction. Francis, Dauphin of France (1518-1536) - French dauphin. Outer: Of the House of Valois-Orleans. Oldest son of Francois I (Bob Geldof) and heir to the throne of France. His mother, Claude (Kathy Acker), died when he was five. Older brother of the future Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.), who would eventually succeed to the throne, and Madeleine (Peaches Geldof), who became the short-lived queen of Scotland. Noted as a handsome lad, he wound up, along with his brother Henri, as a hostage in Spain, following his sire’s defeat and capture in battle there. Held by the recently crowned emperor Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) in lieu of his father, in order to insure that the king abided by the subsequent treaty between the two empires. Spent the next three years as prisoner of the emperor, along with his brother, in unhappy gloomy circumstances in damp cells that probably affected his physical health. Never fully recovered from the ordeal, either psychologically or physically. Returned to the French court, possibly suffering from tuberculosis. Despite several marriage proposals to eligible European houses, he was never officially engaged, although it was known he had at least one mistress. After drinking a cup of water, following a tennis game, he fell ill and died several days later. Under torture, his cupbearer admitted to poisoning him, perhaps at the behest of his ambitious sister-in-law Catherine de’ Medici (Indira Gandhi), although the true circumstances and political motives behind his death remain clouded, since he may also have been victim of his own deteriorated interior. Inner: Unlike his vigorous sire, he preferred pursuits of the mind to the body. Caged lifetime of suffering mightily for his heir apparent status, and exiting early via a corpus poisoned with the body politic of manipulative royal will.


Storyline: The dueling dualist switches sexes to try to integrate his sober male side with his wild female side in order to heal his wounds surrounding love and loss with longtime intimates.

Gene Wilder (Jerald Silberman) (1935-2016) - American actor, director & producer. Outer: Father was a Russian Jewish immigrant who became a manufacturer of miniature beer and whiskey bottles. Mother was a homeworker who suffered from rheumatic heart failure. along with a proclivity for sometimes punishing him angrily and then smother him with regretful kisses. Younger of two, with an older sister. At 8, he was told by a doctor, “Don’t ever argue with your mother - it might kill her. Try to make her laugh.” Went to a military school for a year where he was regularly beaten for being Jewish. On his return home, he saw her suffering every day, and at 18, began compulsively praying, while denying any happiness he might feel, unconsciously paying tribute to the wounded female within him. His mother finally died when he was 23. 5’10 1/2”, with blue eyes and brown hair. Attended the Univ. of Iowa, and began taking drama classes at college, while playing summer stock on the East coast. Took his name from writer Thornton Wilder, and a character in a Thomas Wolfe (Sam Shepard) novel. After graduating, he went to England and enrolled at the Old Vic Theater School. Won the school’s fencing championship, and returned to the U.S., where he taught the same sport, and also worked as a chauffeur and toy salesman. Served in the U.S. Army in the neuropsychiatric ward of a Pennsylvania hospital, which fed into his subsequent portrayals of nervous, hysterical characters. Made his off-Broadway debut in his mid-20s. In 1960, he married Mary Mericer, an actress, only to find he already disliked her on the drive to their honeymoon. After divorcing her in 1965, he married Mary Joan Schutz in his late 20s, one adopted daughter from the union, which ended in divorce in 1980. Joined the Actors Studio, and began getting Broadway roles, before appearing on the silver screen in his early 30s, as a kidnapped undertaker in Bonnie and Clyde. His 2nd role was a star turn as a neurotic accountant in The Producers, in which he established his screen persona as an androgynous hysteric. Continued working with director Mel Brooks in some of his most memorable screen portrayals as displaced comic characters, most notably in Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, co-scripting the latter. Made his directorial debut with The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, then worked with comedian Richard Pryor in a number of comedies. Married comedienne Gilda Radner in his late 40s, and also worked with her on the screen. She proved a difficult mate with her neediness and insecurity, but also had a delightful side as well. After her death from cancer in 1989, which devastated him, he became an active supporter of various cancer causes and founded a safe-house in her name for cancer patients. Less active in the 1990s, he married for the 4th time to Karen Boyer, a hearing specialist in his mid-50s, whom he met while playing a deaf man in See No Evil, Hear No Evil. Came to see her as the love of his life. Contracted lymphoma in the late 1990s, despite his own precautions around the disease, and eventually saw it go into remission. In 2005, he wrote his memoirs, “Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art,” finally revealing the demons that haunted him, and two years later penned his well-received fiction debut, “My French Whore: A Love Story,” revealing the underlying fey wit behind all his work .Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, which he kept a secret from his fans, and died at home from its complications, surrounded by his family, while listening to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”. Inner: Nervous, sensitive, damaged and anxious, with the ability to tap into his roiling interior to great comic effect. Thoughtful and warm, but with a serious mien. Always started with the title in all the comedies he created. Felt he was an actor not a clown and always tried to make his performances real rather than funny. Dueling lifetime of switching sexes, and parrying his self-destructive urges, while allowing intimates around him to act out his own vulnerable interior. Mabel Normand (1894-1930) - American comedienne. Outer: Father was an itinerant vaudeville pianist, while her mother worked, leaving her on her own from early childhood. Youngest of 3. Went to a convent school, before the family moved to NYC in her mid-teens, and she became an artist and photographer’s model. 5’, 100 lbs. Began working for Biograph films at the age of 16, and was originally known as Muriel Fortescue, since early players went nameless. Her first film was the ironically titled, Saved From Herself, which she never was. Briefly left the company, then returned to become a comic star, working mostly under the direction of Mack Sennett (Quentin Tarantino). Followed him to Keystone, and established her career with him. Although he was deeply in love with her, and the 2 were set to be married several times, they never quite made it to the altar, thanks to his continued infidelities. Probably the most talented comedienne of the silent screen, often working with Marie Dressler (Gilda Radner) as her comic foil. Credited with throwing the first pie on screen. Also directed and co-directed comic shorts, including several of Charlie Chaplin’s early efforts. In her early 30s, she got backing for the Mabel Normand Feature Film Company, proving herself a capable actress, as well as superb comedienne. Her first feature was shelved for several years, then proved a hit, which motivated her, along with Sennett’s affair with Mae Busch (Sandra Bullock), to sign a contract with Goldwyn Features. After separating from Sennett, she became a wild party girl, with all-night affairs and liberal use of alcohol and cocaine. Started to become unreliable, sometimes not showing up on the set for days, while rumors of her addictions became rampant. Became involved with roue director William Desmond Taylor (George Hamilton), whose unsolved murder implicated her in her late 20s, since she was the last known person to have seen him alive. Although exonerated of the crime, her career took a precipitous downslide afterwards, despite Sennett’s continued support. To compound her troubles, her chauffeur was found with her pistol, standing over the body of a wounded millionaire, and the dual crimes shattered her. Continued working, but her heart was no longer in it, and she stopped doing features and went back to 2 reelers. In her early 30s, she married actor Lew Cody (Susan Dey) at 4 A.M. after a party. He was dying of a heart ailment, but she pre-deceased him several years later from a combination of pneumonia and tuberculosis. Inner: Charming, radiant, high energy, brilliantly funny. Venus on the descent lifetime of acting out all her self-destructiveness in female form, in order to begin the long process of healing both sides of her aching comedic heart. Charles Mathews, Jr. (1803-1878) - English comic actor and playwright. Outer: Father was English comedian Charles Mathews (Richard Pryor), mother was an actress. Although he shared his parents’ skills, he was not initially drawn to the stage, and instead was articled to the architect Augustin Pugin (Paul Verhoeven), after having been brought up as a gentleman. Appeared as an amateur actor, then traveled in France and Italy, worked for an architect, and finally returned to Italy, where he acted at a private theater, before toiling for several architectural firms. Did not begin his official stage career until the death of his father in 1835, when he took over the co-management of his Adelphi Theater. Made his debut later that same year in his own play, “The Hunchbacked Lover.” In 1838, he married his manager, actress and singer Lucia Vestris (Gilda Radner), and together the 2 had an unsuccessful American tour that same year. With her, he managed the Covent Garden theater, where they produced over 100 pieces, most of the light sophisticated comedy variety. Because of her high production values, they realized little profit from their enterprise, and were continually in debt, which would be their pattern over the next decade. Opened the Lyceum Theater in London in 1847, but was forced to resign because of heavy debts, despite the success of the theater. Did a final farewell benefit with his wife in 1854, and two years later, his wife, who had been in ill health for a while, died, just five days after he was released from prison for debt, and he fell apart. Declared bankruptcy for a third time in 1856 and revisited America, this time more successfully, and married a 2nd actress in 1858, who was able to settle him down and the pair led a productive and stable life together. Played in London, Paris and Australia, India and New York over the next 2 decades, occasionally doing sketches with his wife that were reminiscent of his father’s work. Chiefly wrote light pieces, mostly adaptations and was most successful in comedy and farce. Inner: Had an adept light comedy touch, but was ungrounded in the ways of the world. Designing lifetime of resisting his family trade, before finally allying with longtime mate, only to lose her, go to pieces and reconstruct his life again in order to heal a deeply wounded heart that seems to need continual puncturing in order to release his peculiar comic genius. Joseph Bejart (c1617-1659) - French actor. Outer: Raised in poverty in the theater quarter of Paris, along with 10 other siblings, including younger brother Louis (Richard Pryor), and younger sisters, Madeleine (Mary Pickford), Genevieve (Gilda Radner) and Armande (Frances Marion). Father had a small government post. As the oldest of the theatrically inclined family, he became a strolling player, before joining his sister and Moliere’s (Charlie Chaplin) company, Illustre Theatre, which wound up spending thirteen years in the provinces, in a long apprenticeship for all involved. Played lovers and leads in the master’s comedies, and was seen as a very competent actor. Returned with the company to Paris, but died soon afterwards. Inner: Had a stammer, although it did not affect his acting. Long apprenticeship lifetime of paying his provincial dues along with his longtime family, only to do a sudden fade just as all of them hit the big time.


Storyline: The gilded lily eschews voluptuous beauty in order to get at her inner buffoon, while continually dealing with her ‘always something’ sense of fatalism.

Gilda Radner (1946-1989) - American comedian. Outer: Named after the Rita Hayworth character in the film Gilda. Grew up in an upper middle/class Jewish family, with a gift for entertaining people from an early age. Educated at an all-girl’s school, where humor counted. Her father died when she was 14, although her family had enough money to continue her education. 5’6”. Graduated from the Univ. of Michigan as an education major, and then hightailed it to Toronto with a boyfriend, where she joined the Second City comedy improvisation group, working with many of the members who would become the original cast for “Saturday Night Live.” With John Belushi, starred in two National Lampoon vehicles, then, in her late 20s, got mass exposure through TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” Became the first person signed for the show without an audition. Slim and obsessed with her weight, to the point of bulimia, she soon became a nationally loved comic character, with her riffs on thick-headed ladies who have to have their say, including Emily Litella, the ‘never-mind’ news commentator, and the inelegant ‘it’s always something,’ Roseanne Rosannadana. Briefly involved with co-star Bill Murray. Starred on Broadway in a one woman show in her early 30s, then married a musician with whom she had worked, divorced after 2 years. Married actor Gene Wilder in her late 30s, and the duo did a series of movies together. Discovered a malignant tumor, and seemed to be recovering after chemotherapy. Began writing a book on her struggle with the disease, “It’s Always Something,” but the cancer returned, although she did not lose her sense of humor over it. Died of ovarian cancer. Inner: High-spirited, high energy, high strung, although rarely displayed her ego, well-loved by everyone. Sweet, and child-like. Also difficult, insecure and extremely needy. Looking-for-love lifetime of finally finding it, both personally and professionally, only to exit without the ability to extend herself into full maturity. Marie Dressler (Leila Korber) (1869-1934) - American comedian. Outer: Mother was the small, frail daughter of well-to-do Irish Canadians. Father was a tyrannical German/Austrian piano teacher with a foul temper who worshiped beauty and couldn’t abide by his daughter’s homeliness. Younger of 2 daughters. Her sire’s lack of tact kept the family on the move, until her mother finally had to take in boarders. Deeply resented her progenitor’s temper, and wanted a better life for her mother. By the time she 10, she was bigger than her 15 year old sister, and harbored such a sense of domestic responsibility, that she felt she was “born older.” Large and homely, although extremely entertaining, she joined a stock company with her sister at 14, taking the name of an aunt. 5’7”, 150 lbs, and green-eyed. Became a veteran performer in her teens, in both light opera and in mainstream theater. In her early 20s, she began appearing on Broadway and was a vaudeville headliner by her 30s, and considered one of the premiere comediennes on the stage. Married George Hopper at century’s turn and divorced 6 years later, one daughter from the union. Made her screen debut in one of her earlier stage vehicles, Tillie’s Punctured Romance, choosing as her co-star the then unknown Charlie Chaplin in 1914. Went on to create a large, fierce-some and lovable female counterfoil to the small male comics of the time from that initial celluloid performance. Although she made several early silents, her main focus remained on the stage and in vaudeville. Married her manager in her early 40s, and he died a decade later. Very active during WW I selling Liberty Bonds. In the early 1920s, her activity in a bitter theatrical labor dispute threatened the continuance of her stage career. Near destitution, she returned to the movies and once again became a popular star, easily making the transition to talkies, and giving a surprising serious performance in Anna Christie, before winning an Academy Reward in 1931 for her role in Min and Bill, with Wallace Beery (Randy Quaid). For the first 4 years of the Depression, she was Hollywood’s most popular star, despite her age, girth and lack of beauty. Wrote her autobiography, “Life of an Ugly Duckling.” Died of cancer and congestive heart failure. Inner: Frank, unsophisticated, generous and warm-hearted. Felt moviemaking was like sitting in the middle of a cement-mixer. Duckling to ungainly swan lifetime of deliberately incarnating in physically unattractive form in order to explore her true power as an entertainer and human being. Lucia Vestris (Lucia Elizabetta Bartolozzi) (1797-1856) - English actress and theater manager. Outer: From a family of Italian artists who had settled in London. Her father, like his own sire, was a well-known Italian engraver, as well as a print-seller and drawing-master. Her mother was the daughter of a dancing-master, and taught music, while being held in high regard as a pianist. Older by a decade than her younger sister. In 1813, she married a French ballet dancer and dance/master, from a multi-generational family of dancers. Her husband, Armand Vestris, who was a decade her senior, deserted her 4 years later, and died a few years afterwards. Made her debut as an opera singer in 1815 under the name Madame Vestris at a benefit night for her husband, and the following year made her Paris debut. Because of her husband’s debts, she stayed out of the country for 3 years, and when she returned in 1819, it was sans spouse. A sprightly and striking mezzo-soprano, she did not possess a soaring voice, and ultimately did burlesques and high comedy of her art, scoring her first huge triumph in a take-off of a Mozartian opera in London. Employed a beautiful figure and an expressive face to best advantage. For the next decade, she played in both Paris and London, becoming a leading star in their top theaters, while taking on a host of lovers, from whom she financially profited, as her own salary rose commensurately. In her early 30s, she became a highly successful theater manager, taking over the Olympic and staging farces and burlesques there, while segregating her audiences by class, so that London’s haut monde would not be directly sullied by sitting nearby their inferiors. Used French boulevard theaters as a model for her own, employed high production values, and attracted loyal workers to her. At the same time, she married actor/manager/ comedian Charles Mathews, Jr. (Gene Wilder) in 1838, and ran 2 more theaters with him. Briefly imprisoned for debt in 1841, because of her husband’s intemperate ways with money, and the economics of the theater of the time. Completely in control, she was known as ‘Madame’ to her companies, and improved greatly on the costumes and scenery of the time, but because of the huge expenses of her productions, saw little or no profits. Continued struggling over the next decade, before doing a farewell benefit with her husband in 1854, after which she retired, seriously ill. Just before her death, Mathews was arrested and imprisoned, before finally being released 5 days before she succumbed to cancer. Inner: Comedienne rather than actress, although her appeal declined in middle-age. Innovative and autocratic, although well-attuned to the problems of presenting live, stimulating entertainment, successfully operating three different theaters, despite the prohibitive economics of doing so. Prima donna lifetime of linking with longtime cohort to experience his self-destructive ways, while giving direct expression to her beauty and need for power and control, two elements she would diminish in succeeding lives to bring out more of her rich, hidden and hilarious interior. Genevieve Bejart (1624-1678) - French actress. Outer: Father held a small government post, and she grew up poor in the theatrical quarter of Paris along with her 10 other siblings, including older sister Madeleine (Mary Pickford), and younger sister Armande (Frances Marion), as well as older brother Joseph (Gene Wilder) and younger brother Louis (Richard Pryor). Joined her siblings as strolling players in the family troupe, which was managed by Madeleine, before it merged with the Moliere (Charlie Chaplin) company. Had a long apprenticeship in the provinces along with the others, before the company moved to Paris in 1659, to enjoy royal and noble patronage. Adopted her mother’s name, and played as Mlle. Hervé, making her reputation primarily as a tragedienne. Inner: Craft-focused lifetime of intimate association with her longtime family as part of their collective development as ongoing thespians intimately involved in the lives of each other. Lucienne (Lucienne de Rochefort) (1088-c1137) - French royal consort. Outer: Daughter of the sire of Rochefort. In 1104, she married the future Louis VI (Louis Bonaparte), although the couple had only one daughter and he repudiated the marriage 3 years later, for not producing a male heir. Her husband assumed the throne an annum later. Later married Guichard IV, and they had two sons, an unspoken testimony to her desire not to continue in a royal role, at least with the mate foisted upon her. Disappears from the records after 1137. Inner: Heirless, then heir-filled lifetime of subconsciously rejecting and consciously being rejected by the royal throne of France.


Storyline: The all-purpose communicator turns to writing as her primary means of expression, while remaining in the orbit of her longtime family, as a highly successful gender pioneer in the annals of silent and talkative Hollywood.

hFrances Marion (Marion Benson Owens) (1888-1973) - American writer. Outer: Father owned a drug company and was also successful in advertising. Mother was from a musical family, and opened the home to many opera stars of the time, including Enrico Caruso (Luciano Pavarotti). The middle of 3, with an older sister and younger brother. At 10, her parents divorced and her father remarried. Caught drawing caricatures on a blackboard, she was permanently expelled from all public schools. Had polio for several months and spent her time reading, then was sent to an exclusive prep school. During her summers, she traveled with her mother to Alaska and Mexico, which made her more socially aware of the larger world. Living in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake, which destroyed her father’s business and ended her dream of finishing her education in the East. Married her art teacher, Wesley de Lappe, afterwards, but economic stress ended the marriage in 1910. Did odd jobs, as well as modeling and commerical art. 5’2”, with deep blue eyes. Married Robert Pike, the conservative son of a steel magnate in 1911, and moved to Los Angeles, which she found very provincial. Interviewed actress Marie Dressler (Gilda Radner), and the two became fast friends. Also was close to actress Mabel Normand (Gene Wilder). During WW I, she went to France as a correspondent for the Committee on Public Information, and filmed the work of allied women, in a fifteen reeler called American Women in the War. Upon returning, she served as an assistant to director Lois Weber (Rob Reiner), while thoroughly learning the movie business. Began writing scripts and became an extremely close friend of early superstar Mary Pickford. As her exclusive screenwriter, earning an unprecedented $50,000 a year, beginning in 1917, she penned many of the latter’s successful silent vehicles, while also directing a few and appearing in others. In addition, she ghostwrote Pickford’s daily newspaper column. Hired by William Randolph Hearst to write for his mistress Marion Davies, and the two would have a contentious relationship over the latter’s career. In 1919, she married cowboy star Fred Thomson (Chuck Norris) in a union of opposites, after meeting him in a military hospital. One natural son, and one adopted son from the union. Proved to be the most successful female scriptwriter of the 1920s and 1930s, winning Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big House in 1930, which was directed by her next husband and for Best Story for The Champ, the following year. Following the premature death of Thomson in 1928, she married director George W. Hill. No children from the union, and the duo were divorced at decade’s end. Helped resurrect the career of Dressler during the 1930s, with her Academy Reward winning turn in Min and Bill. Enjoyed impressive creative freedom at MGM, for whom she was a contract writer, although after the death of its head, Irving Thalberg (Steven Spielberg) in 1936, her run as a premier Hollywood figure, was largely over. Left Hollywood a decade later, and focused on novels and plays, after moving to the northeast in 1948. Wound up authoring over 200 films, and wrote her biography, “Off With Their Heads,” in 1972. Died of an aneurysm. Inner: Witty, independent, clever and secure in herself. Saw filmmaking as an art form. Lights, camera, action lifetime of enjoying support by her longtime crypto-family, in order to be there at the beginning of a magical kingdom, and play a pivotal role in its development and unfoldment over the next several decades. hJames Planché (1796-1880) - English playwright and antiquary. Outer: From a middle-class family of Huguenot descent. Parents were cousins. Originally pronounced ‘Plank,” later, he returned his name to its French pronunciation, after learning the language as a child. His father was a prosperous watchmaker, and was known for his work by the king. Educated at home by his mother until 8, then was sent to boarding school. Originally apprenticed to a French landscape painter, who died after two years, then was articled to a bookseller, during which time, he joined an amateur theatrical company, which opened him up to both acting and playwriting. One of his works made it to the stage at the Theatre Royal in 1818, and his career in the theater began immediately afterwards. Proved to be extremely prolific, beginning as a stock author, although his fare was largely quite pedestrian. Added librettos to his oeuvre, while also pursuing authentic costuming, which would occupy more and more of his time as he got older, and become his true contribution to the British stage. At 24, he married Elizabeth St. George, who became a playwright as well. Two daughters from the union. Wrote classical burlesques, which were extremely popular, and also introduced the French form of reviews to the British theater. In addition, he founded the Dramatic Authors’ Society in order to copyright drama. Fascinated by heraldry, armor and genealogy, which he got into by his thorough antiquarian research for his dramas. Banter became his trademark, and he worked in collaboration with both his wife and others, while continually revising his works to conform to the talents of his players. After working for several theaters, he moved to the Olympic in 1831, to write for the husband-wife managing and acting team of Lucia Vestris (Gilda Radner) and Charles Mathews (Gene Wilder), and they served as his primary associates for the next two decades, as he moved from theater to theater with them. Traveled around Europe in their company, as well, and was often the butt of their practical jokes in a playful and play-filled relationship. His wife died at 50 after a series of strokes, and he never married again. His eldest daughter Katherine also died young, and he took responsibility for raising her children. His other daughter, Matilda, wrote children’s stories under the name of Susie Sunbeam. Eventually as a widow, she moved back in with him, along with seven of her eleven children. Helped found the British Archaeological Association in 1843, and busied the latter part of his life with antiquarian duties. Semi-retired in 1852, to go live with his surviving daughter, but returned to London to write occasional pieces, and take the office of Rouge Croix Pursuivant, which saw him act in various official ceremonial capacities, while gaining his own coat of arms in 1857 for doing so. Lived in poverty most his life, and didn’t really have a guaranteed income until 1871, when he was given a modest civil list stipend of £100 a year. Enjoyed good health almost his entire life. Penned his autobiography, and died at home in his favorite chair among friends. Less remembered for his pieces, which did not transcend their times, than for the innovations he introduced around them. Also wrote on British costuming, and a host of topics that intrigued him. Inner: Extremely social, a natural joiner, and good companion, as well as an amateur scholar interested in a number of fields. Gender-switching lifetime of doing it from her male side amidst her longtime family members, as an innovator more interested in the peripheral elements of theater than producing pieces of lasting quality. hArmande Bejart (Armande Gresinde Claire Elizabeth Bejart) (1645-1700) - French actress. Outer: May have either been the daughter of actress Madeleine Bejart (Mary Pickford) via a French count, or her much younger sister. If the former, then her father held a small government post, and she grew up poor in the theatrical quarter of Paris along with her 10 other siblings, including sister Genevieve (Gilda Radner), and brothers Joseph (Gene Wilder) and Louis (Richard Pryor). Several of them formed a theatrical troupe, and as the family’s youngest, she pursued that profession as well, after they had joined playwright Moliere’s (Charlie Chaplin) Illustre Theatre in 1653 out in the provinces. The latter directed her education, and when she was 17, he married her, despite his being 40 at the time. The following year, she made her debut. Their union was anything but felicitous, thanks to her flirtatiousness and his jealousy, and, after the birth of their second child, in 1665, they kept their relationship strictly professional until 1671, at which point, they reconciled with one another, and had one more child. Prior to that, the company had won the sponsorship of the royal house, and she began getting important parts, which she filled with her own considerable talent, earning her encomia galore, particularly in the roles her husband had written specifically for her in his classics, including “Tartuffe” and “The Misanthrope.” Following her spouse’s death in 1673, both noble support and players defected from the company, but she was able to recombine it with another, and in 1689, formed the Comedie Francaise. In 1677, she married another actor, and had a son with him. Her stage life continued its successful arc, until she finally retired in 1694. Inner: Charming actress and very much her own woman. Stagelit lifetime of learning from genius, while not allowing it to overwhelm her, and instead, proving herself very much the captain of her own fate, and an ongoing talent with which to be reckoned. hDiane de France, duchesse de Montmorency et Angouleme (1538-1619) - French princess. Outer: Daughter of Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.), and a Piedmontese mother. Thought in some circles to be the daughter of the king’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers (Mary Pickford), while bearing a strong resemblance to her father. Good horsewoman, and a talented dancer and musician who spoke several languages. Legitimatized in 1547. Married Orazio Farnese, an illegitimate scion of the powerful Farnese family, in 1553, although he was killed in battle the same year. In 1539, she wed Francois de Montmorency (Sean Young), who was the son of Anne de Montmorency (Richard Harris), the constable of France. Her husband had to petition the pope for the union, since he was betrothed to another. Helped to make Francois, a leader of the Politques, a moderate Catholic group during France’s War of Religions, which worked for peace between the rival factions of Roman Catholics and Huguenots. 3 years after Francois died in 1579, she was granted the Duchy of Angouleme for life. During the reign of Henri III (Gianni Versace), she served as an effective conciliator between him and the future Henri IV (FDR), which enhanced her power when the latter became king in 1589. Maintained a highly cultured court, and was a competent advocate for religious peace during a time of great intolerance. Inner: Sensitive, highly intelligent, courageous and highly cultured, as well as extremely tolerant. Exemplary lifetime of exhibiting great courage and resolve at the highest political levels, in promoting grace and mercy on a state not known for either for very long. Adelaide de Savoy (1092-1154) - Italian/French queen. Outer: Daughter of the count of Savoy and his French wife, and niece of Pope Calixtus II. When she was 11, her father died, and mother soon remarried a French noble. Supposedly unprepossessing physically, she became the second wife of Louis VI (Louis Bonaparte), the king of France in 1115. 8 children from the union, including his successor, Louis VII (William Bennett). Very active politically, she proved to be a perfect counterbalance for her husband, making their combined throne extremely effective and efficient, and popular with the country-at-large. Saw the fleur de lys adopted as the symbol of France during their joint reign. Cofounded the monastery of St. Peter’s. Following her husband’s death in 1137, she didn’t follow the usual practice of retiring to a nunnery as most royal mates did. Instead, she married again, and had one more child from the union, despite being in her mid-40s at the time. Finally retired in 1153 to the abbey at Montmartre that she had earlier founded, and died there the following year. Inner: Pious, efficient, and tuned to affairs of state. Royal lifetime of showing her regal mettle and acquitting herself so handsomely, she was able to break sovereign precedent, and retain control over her life all the way up until its end.




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