Storyline: The self-involved patriarch gives genetic flower to a host of genius and genuine talent while gradually forging his own unique presence on stage and screen at the sacrifice of his ongoing paternalistic role.

Michael Redgrave (1908-1985) - English actor, director and playwright. Outer: Mother was an actress and daughter of a dramatist. Father was a melodramatic English actor who appeared in Australian silent films, and never saw his son after he was a baby, after leaving his family to seek his fortune in Australia. An only child, his parents divorced when he was 4. His mother then treated him as a parcel, shunting him off to various relatives, until she remarried when he was in his early teens, giving him a detached view of intimate familial relationships. Half/sister from union. Graduated Magdalene College, Cambridge, then began work as journalist, before becoming a schoolmaster at Cranleigh School where amateur productions gave him a theatrical foundation. Also a committed leftist. 6’3”, with dark brown hair. Made his stage debut in his mid-20s in Liverpool, where he met his future wife, and soon established himself as a highly intelligent actor, capable of a variety of roles, with a particular affinity for Shakespeare, playing several of the Bard’s tragic heroes with a number of prestigious companies. Also assayed other classical drama, with a particular feel for repressed characters, despite his own libidinous proclivities. In 1935, he married actress Rachel Kempson and their 3 progeny, Vanessa, Lynn and Corin Redgrave, all followed the same profession. A distant, intimidating father, as well as bisexual, he was often absent from home exploring his compulsively seductive nature, ultimately leading his wife to link up with another bisexual actor in a 20 year liaison, which he approved of, while both always slept in separate beds. Began his screen career the year following his marriage with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, and was extremely memorable in a number of films, reaching his popularity peek in his 40s. A producer and director for the stage, as well as the author of several plays and an adaptation. Knighted in his early 50s, he continued working until his early 60s, when he fell victim to Parkinson’s Disease, ultimately dying from its effects, the day after his 77th birthday. Played his last role in a wheelchair. Wrote his autobiography, “In My Mind’s Eye,” in 1983. Inner: His disconnected upbringing shaped his disconnected personality, which probably made acting far more of a necessity for personal balance than in lives previous. Parkinson’s Disease is usually associated with excessive rigidity. Guilt-ridden as well as compulsive in his charming seductiveness. Flowering lifetime of finally establishing the theatrical skills that had earlier eluded him, to make him a full-fledged star in his own right, instead of parent to a far more talented brood, as he had been in the past. Maurice Barrymore (Herbert Blythe) (1849-1905) - English actor. Outer: Father was a surveyor for the British East India Company. Sent back to England for his education at Harrow, and then went to Oxford, where his parents hoped he would become a lawyer. Instead, he took to amateur boxing and became a champion in 1872, before mounting the stage as an actor, much to his progenitor’s horror. Came to America 3 years later, after touring the English provinces. Never established himself as a star, but became a well-known supporting player, using the name Maurice Barrymore. Acted in NYC with Augustin Daly’s (Aaron Spelling) company and met his wife, actress Georgiana Drew (Jane Seymour), whom he married in his late 30s. Their 3 children all became major theatrical figures, John (Johnny Depp), Ethel (Winona Ryder) and Lionel (Leonardo DiCaprio) Barrymore. Proved an inconstant husband, which threatened the marriage, although it managed to survive, largely through his wife's willingness to reconcile. Joined the company of Lester Wallack (Tom Cruise), and occasionally played with his wife and son John. In 1879, he was shot by a drunken railroad engineer, but saved by a surgeon. Did some playwrighting with little success, although with help, he produced some vehicles for actress Helena Modjeska (Ingrid Bergman), in which he also acted. Married a 2nd time to Mamie Floyd after his 1st wife’s death in 1893. Eventually saw his mind deteriorate through syphilis, and succumbed to that ravaging disease, dying in his sleep, after being carted off to a violent ward. Inner: Charming, neglectful, far more interested in chasing women than raising children. Attractive, persuasive, witty. Keen intellect, albeit poor memory, highly social. Scattershot lifetime of pursuing acting as a means of expression, although far more committed to enjoying himself than perfecting his craft, necessitating a more focused character on his next go-round after paying the scourged piper for his seductive excess. Roger Kemble (1721-1802) - English actor. Outer: From an old Wiltshire family. Father was a barber. Raised a Catholic, and followed his father’s trade. Met a theatrical company at Canterbury when he was in his early 30s, and became very taken with the idea of becoming an actor. Joined the company, although his skills were initially limited. Handsome, easy-going and dignified. Went to Birmingham where the theater manager there helped him improve somewhat on his craft. In his early 30s, he married the manager’s daughter, Sarah (Jane Seymour) much to his father-in-law’s unhappiness for he did not want an actor son-in-law, although consoled himself knowing that he wasn’t much of a thespian. Together the two had 12 children, of whom 8 lived to adulthood and 5 became active and well-known members of his profession. Best known were actresses Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson) and Elizabeth Whitlock (Vanessa Redgrave) and actors George (Liam Neeson), Charles (Dustin Hoffman) and John Philip Kemble (Leonardo DiCaprio), while Ann (Lynn Redgrave) was a writer as well. His wife was a Protestant, so that the boys were brought up in his religion, and the girls in his spouse’s. Spent 8 years with his father-in-law’s company, before establishing his own traveling theater troupe, where he showed off his family to their best advantage. Eventually retired to London to bask in his children’s success. Inner: Polished manner, highly social, although once again did not put that much of himself into his skills, preferring the idea of being a performer to the discipline of actually mastering his craft. Foundation lifetime of dabbling and taking his whole family along with him to immerse them in a discipline through which many would continue to shine. Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire (c1477-1539) - English diplomat and nobleman. Outer: Paternal grandfather had made the family fortune as a wealthy merchant, and ultimately became Lord Mayor of London. His long-lived mother was the daughter of an earl, father was a nobleman. 2nd of 10 children. Fought against Cornish rebels at 20, then married Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the 2nd duke of Norfolk (Prescott Bush), and together they had three surviving children out of six, including Mary Boleyn (Marlene Dietrich), and Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn), who later become queen of England. Had strong connections to the royal court of Henry VIII (James Packer), and he became one of the king’s leading diplomats. At home with both the language and manners of the French court, he wangled an ambassadorship to France, in which he injected his daughter Mary into the French royal household as maid of honor to the king’s sister Mary Tudor (Julie Christie), who wed the aged Louis XII (Ferdinand Foch). After the latter’s expiration, he was much pleased when his daughter became royal mistress to his successor Francois I (David Lloyd George), then was mortified when she had a series of noble French affairs afterwards, and was sent home in disgrace. Subsequently manipulated his daughters into liaisons with Henry, and to his great satisfaction, saw Anne marry the king in 1533. Even suspected of pimping his wife for the monarch’s priapic diversion, although no record of such a canard exists, and it probably reflects the low opinion in which his noble peers held him. Gained honors and titles through his manipulations, and became leader of the Protestant Party, only to see both his daughter Anne, and his son George summarily executed in 1536 for incestuous treason, a trumped-up charge allowing the king to seek another wife for his much-desired male heir. In complete disgrace, both he and his wife serially died within the next three years, and his family was stripped of his ill-gotten titles, while he remains an unpleasant footnote in royal his/story, as someone who’s reach far exceeded his grasp. Inner: Highly ambitious and totally without scruple. Covetous lifetime of showing a willingness to compromise his own family members in the name of ambition, only to ultimately suffer extreme humiliation for his brassbound rapacity.


Storyline: The maternal medicine woman finally steps stage-center after many a go-round of serving as support for large broods, but still retains her desire to restore and help others in her ongoing role as helpmate and healer.

Jane Seymour (Joyce Frankenberg) (1951) - English/American actress, writer and designer. Outer: Born with her right eye hazel, and her left orb green. Mother was originally from Holland and had earlier married and lived in the Indonesian jungle prior to WW II, where she nursed the sick as a member of 3 different concentration camps during the War. Emigrated to England, married, and became a businesswoman. Father was a Jewish obstetrician and ardent socialist whose own sire had escaped Poland from the pogroms. Oldest of 3 sisters. Grew up in an intellectual household. As a child and teen, she observed and worked in hospitals on weekends, while also dealing with handicapped children, which would ultimately become a lifelong concern of hers. Wanted to be a dancer and made her debut at 13 in "The Nutcracker," before attending the Arts Educational Trust in London, where she was educated in the theatrical arts. An injury at 17 ended her dreams of being a ballerina. 5’4,” with different color eyes, one brown and one green. Made her film debut as Jane Seymour in Oh, What a Lovely War at 18, and 2 years later wed the son of director, Richard Attenborough, Michael Attenborough, also a director. Divorced in 1973. Achieved international stardom the same year in a James Bond film, Live and Let Die. Moved to Los Angeles and became queen of the TV miniseries and telefilms. Briefly married again in 1977 Geoffrey Planer, only to divorce the following year. In 1981, she married her former business manager, David Flynn, divorced after 11 years, 2 children from union, as well as a stepdaughter. Deeply disturbed at her marriage break-up, she turned to painting, and came up with the design of the open heart, which she would later transliterate into jewelry, as a designer for a large commercial company. Also penned a tome of that name, as a symbol of always being open to love. In 1993, with her heart healed, she formed a more lasting union with actor James Keach, a pair of male twins from union, and the same year she launched a highly successful TV series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” a frontier healer, while unconsciously tapping into her own ideal as a healer for the world’s children. Prior to the series, she suffered a near-death experience in Spain in the late 1980s, as the result of a negative reaction to an antibiotic, and since then has deeply appreciated every breathing moment. Lives on an estate in Malibu and also has a 15th century manor house near Bath, England. Made ambassador for UNICEF in her mid-40s, and travels around the world for them, as well as doing fund-raising. Also ambassador for Childhelp USA, a nationwide child abuse service, and an active advocate for health issues of children around the world. Became a U.S. citizen in 2005. Wrote "Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living," and is also pictured on Gerber babyfood labels, as a further underlining of her universal idealized maternality. Caught her husband cheating, which ended their two decade marriage in 2012, as she kicked him out of the house in preparation for a divorce suit. Inner: Uninterested in conventional Hollywood, despite being quite materialistic. Domestic, teacher, innate healer and genuine do-gooder. Hand’s-on lifetime of using her fame as an adjunct to her desire to heal and entertain and bring wisdom and joy to the world, while unconciously coming full circle with herself by choosing the original name that first introduced her to western annals. Georgia Drew Barrymore (Georgiana Drew Barrymore) (1856-1893) - American actress. Outer: Mother was actress/manager Louisa Lane Drew (Lucille Ball), father was Irish actor John Drew (Desi Arnaz). Oldest of 3, brother John, Jr. (Raul Julia) became a well-known actor. Her father died when she was a child, and she was raised and trained in the theater by her mother. Made her debut at her mother’s theater when she was 16, then followed her brother to Augustin Daly’s (Aaron Spelling) company. Tall, graceful, with an infectious gaiety. At 20, she met and married English actor Maurice Barrymore (Michael Redgrave), and their 3 children, John (Johnny Depp), Ethel (Winona Ryder) and Lionel Barrymore (Leonardo DiCaprio), all went on to memorable careers on both the stage and screen. The union proved rocky because of her husband’s constant inconstancy, and at one point, she even thought about filing for divorce. Noted for her good common sense, and lively wit on stage, as reflection of her mother’s training. After an early acting career, she turned her attention towards her family and made her main role into being a guide for her talented brood. Became a Catholic after meeting actress Helena Modjewska (Ingrid Bergman). Made her final stage appearance before going out west to recover from consumption and dying prematurely of a hemorrhage of the lungs. Inner: Natural vivacity, handsome, captivating, reflected the wit and polish of her parents. Carbon copy lifetime of being shaped and formed by the dominating personality of her mother, extending her own innate sense of domesticity into a far more public life. Sarah Ward Kemble (1735-1807) - English actress. Outer: Father was an actor and stage manager. Brought up a Methodist in a strongly disciplined household, one of only 3 surviving children. Head-strong and beautiful, she pursued her own goals, despite the rigidity of her father. Married actor Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave), much to her sire’s displeasure, and then the duo stayed with her father’s troupe for 8 years, before going out onto the road and forming a company of their own with their burgeoning brood. 12 children, of whom 5 became famous stage personalities, including actresses Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson) and Elizabeth Whitlock (Vanessa Redgrave) and actors George (Liam Neeson), Charles (Dustin Hoffman) and John Philip Kemble (Leonardo DiCaprio), while Ann (Lynn Redgrave) was a writer as well. Acted the role of the pregnant Ann Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn) in King Henry VIII just before her son George was born, then delivered him. Brought the girls up in her Methodist faith, while the boys were all raised in their father’s Catholicism. Never more than a supporting player, she eventually retired with her husband to London to bask in their children’s glory. Inner: Strong-willed, maternal, very much the match of her mate, and equal to standing up to her father’s rigidities. Support lifetime of serving as matriarch for a talented brood, while awaiting her own opportunity in future existences to show her own gifts for the stage. Jane Seymour (1509-1537) - English queen. Outer: Father was of noble birth, mother was distantly related to the royal family. Eldest of 8, sister of Edward Seymour (Duke of Wellington) and Thomas Seymour (Richard Wellington). Maid of honor to the English-born French Queen Mary Tudor (Annette Bening). Became a lady-in-waiting to the first wife of King Henry VIII (James Packer), Catherine of Aragon (Mary Renault), and then to his second mate, Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn), who married him after his first wife could not produce a male heir, precipitating the English Reformation. The king probably became attracted to her in her mid-20s, although she refused to become his mistress, holding out for royal matrimony, by sending back a purse filled with sovereigns, saying her honor was her fortune. Despite her moral stance, she served as a mouthpiece for the faction that plotted to remove Boleyn. On the day of Anne’s execution in 1536, Henry visited her, and the duo were married 11 days later. Told not to meddle in affairs of state unless she wished to join her predecessor in having her head removed from her body. Helped restore Henry’s daughter Mary (Rose Kennedy) to the king’s favor, despite her adopting the Roman Catholicism of her mother. Probably had little sympathy for the English Reformation, far more personal than political in her interests. Died 12 days after giving birth to the male heir, Edward VI (Cecil Beaton), that the king desired, because of her delicate constitution and poor dietary habits. The singular one of his six wives that he genuinely mourned. Inner: Conservative traditionalist from a powerful family. Delicate, but strong-willed. Kind-hearted, but also ambitious for her own gain. Domestic goddess lifetime of holding her own against royal will, then succumbing to her own poor health habits, after doing her duty for England, having already had her fill of the throne. Philippa of Hainault (c1314-1369) - Flemish-born queen of England. Outer: Daughter of a Flemish count, her mother was the granddaughter of Philippe III (Eliot Spitzer), the king of France. The middle of three sisters, all of whom wed royalty, as well as a brother who succeeded their father. Had a well-proportioned face, that thickened with age. Married to her 2nd cousin, Edward III (Louis Montbatten), several months following his ascension in 1328 after a papal dispensation for them was procured. The king became quite devoted to her, after his mother had arranged their union. One of the few foreign queens to be well-liked by court. Gave birth to five daughters and seven sons, with 5 of the latter becoming prominent, including Edward, the Black Prince (Robert Kennedy), whom she breastfed herself, although later disapproved of his wife. Loved children dearly, as an affectionate and nurturing mother, and was respected by one and all. Patronized poets and musicians at court, some from her native Hainault. Appointed as regent during Edward’s absences fighting, and harangued the troops in 1546 before an important battle, showing her own warrior spirit. Buried in Westminster Abbey. After her death, the king’s hold on both himself and his people withered considerably. Inner: Courteous, noble and liberal traditionalist. Fanatical in her support of chivalrous standards and courtly etiquette. Merciful, while supporting both literature and learning. Dutiful lifetime of pursuing a traditional course opened to women of her time, handling all the responsibilities given her, with skill and an open heart.

Storyline: The hyper-hyphenated artist turns everything she touches into superior self-expression, including herself, after memorably self-etching into stage lore, while continually expanding her teachings and her tools.

Laurie Anderson (1947) - American multi-media performer. Outer: Father owned a profitable paint business. 2nd of 8, including a pair of twins, she had lots of support while growing up in a highly cultural milieu. Began studying classical violin at 5, and played in a family ensemble as a youngster as well as performed with the Chicago Symphony orchestra. Quit at 16, finding practicing 8 hours a day too addictive, and feeling she was becoming a metronome. Her family also used to entertain one another with stories, which gave her an all-abiding interest in language. Small and gamin-like with closely-cropped spiked hair. Moved to NYC at 19, earned a BA in art his/story at Barnard College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, then earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at Columbia Univ. Taught art his/story for 2 years at City Univ. of NY, before deciding to expand her classroom considerably as a performance artist. Supported herself by working as an interviewer and art critic, before receiving several grants that allowed her to pursue her public career without economic distractions. Combining music, photography, film, drawings and animation with text, she created a unique voice for herself, while demonstrating an expertise in all those disciplines, proving herself an adept at whatever she assayed. Her first surprise hit, was “O Superman.” In 1983, she performed her most ambitious work, a 6 hour piece composed of 78 segments entitled “United States: Parts I-IV.” Later turned it into her first album, and has continued to periodically issue recordings. Also worked in collaboration with other artists, including painter Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as rock musicians Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel, creating an interactive piece with the latter duo. Well-traveled, with a host of unique experiences, from which to draw her canvases, which numbered 7 full length pieces by 2001. Eventually hooked-up with underground rock’n’roller Lou Reed. n 2002, she became NASA’s first artist in residence, in a salute to her seamless blending of technology with artistic expression, which prompted yet another one-woman show in 2004, “The End of the Moon.” Spends half the year touring, both in the U.S. and Europe, eschewing traditional modes, in order to integrate the various art forms at her disposal into coherent, involving, vibrant theater. In 2015, she released Heart of a Dog, a lyrical meditation on the death of her beloved pet, Archie, giving voice to the trinity of life, love and the fleeting nature of existence.Inner: Completely original, highly eclectic, with an artistic mastery over all she attempts. Thoughtful, articulate, an electronic magus. Artist turned performance artist who united her considerable skills with electronics to create a unique four-dimensional stage for herself as storyteller supreme. Impersonal in her performances, preferring to inhabit a coterie of characters in monochromatic costume than lay herself bare as an individual. Wired-in lifetime of communication and performance geared towards a far more adventurous audience than in previous lives, allowing her selected public to experience her far more fully through the direct intensity of her high-voltage talent. Sarah Bernhardt (Henriette Rosinne Bernard) (1844-1923) - French actress, painter and sculptor. Outer: Mother was a successful Jewish courtesan, originally from Amsterdam. Father was French, and she was illegitimate. Educated in a convent, where she became a Roman Catholic and fervidly wanted to be a nun, but became an actress, instead, after an offhand remark by one of her mother’s lovers sent her on that pathway. 5’3”, and extremely thin. Made her debut at 16 with the Comedie Francaise, but was ignored initially, and after slapping a fellow actress backstage, resigned. Spent the next few years supported by lovers and pursuing an indifferent career on a different stage. In her early 20s, she joined the Theatre de L’Odeon, a favorite of intellectuals, and began to win egghead acclaim. Returned to the Comedie Francaise to become a star over the next 8 years. Noted for the quality of her voice, and its ability to embrace the full range of human passion and emotion. Used to go morgues to study corpses, just to get a sense of the physicality of people. After an English tour, she broke with the company, and supported herself giving private recitals for jewel-rattling audiences. Became an international celebrity, spending much of her career as a legendary figure of the London stage, known as the Divine Sarah. Rented theaters in Paris and commissioned and produced opulent his/storical dramas. Whenever she overextended herself financially, she would do foreign tours, with a natural feel for publicity to ensure their success. On American tours, fundamentalist preachers, those masters of publicity, thundered against her, which insured sell-out crowds everywhere. Had scores of lovers, from leading men to playwrights to whoever she chose and was briefly married in her late 30s, to Aristides Damala, a handsome but narcissistic Greek shipping heir. Her husband, 12 years younger than she and inconstant, would periodically turn up after they separated and she would always take care of him until he finally died of morphine addiction in his early 40s. Had one illegitimate son, who was probably fathered by a Belgium prince, and she was devoted to the former. Specialized in playing sinful women redeemed by love. An accomplished sculptor, singer, poet, playwright and painter, she also wrote several books, including a memoir, and was a prodigious letter writer. Creatively active her entire life, even after her right leg was amputated in her 60s when gangrene had set in. Still working 2 months before she died of uremic poisoning and a weak heart. Inner: Powerful personality, enormous intelligence, golden voiced, boundless energy, equally adept at comedy and tragedy. Great technician who projected her own personality through every character she played. Felt in order to become an artist, one had to first become a fastidious person of taste. Deliberately hooked up with a weak mate to have absolute control over her life and loves. Divinely adventurous lifetime of raising her communication and performance skills to legendary levels, while pursuing her own strong-willed interests, with absolute self-confidence. Sarah Kemble Siddons (1755-1831) - English actress. Outer: Father was actor Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave). Mother was the daughter of a theatrical manager, Sarah Kemble (Jane Seymour). Eldest of 12 children, 5 of whom went on to careers on the stage, including Elizabeth Whitlock (Vanessa Redgrave), George Stephen (Liam Neeson), Charles (Dustin Hoffman) and John Philip Kemble (Leonardo DiCaprio). Sister Ann (Lynn Redgrave) was a gothic novelist. Her parents were strolling players at the time of her birth, and her mother made sure of her education in the towns they played, so that she was well-schooled, despite appearing on stage from childhood onward. Fell in love with an inspid actor in her father’s company while still a teen, although her parents intervened. After he was dismissed, she was sent to be a lady’s maid. Recited Shakespeare occasionally for her noble charge, and also developed a talent for sculpture. Finally got consent for her marriage and at 18, she joined a new company with her husband, William Siddons, 7 children from the union, 3 of them surviving infancy. Immediately drew notice, but a pregnancy forced her to postpone an engagement with David Garrick (Richard Burton). Was less than sparkling afterwards, and had to continue her apprenticeship by touring, rather than enjoy effortless early acceptance. In her late 20s, she reluctantly returned to the Drury Lane, under new management, and had a phenomenal success, quickly establishing herself as the premiere English actress of her time. Soon after, she was appointed teacher of elocution to the royal children. Remained at Drury Lane for 2 decades, then went with her brother John to Covent Garden. After a spectacular career, her acting powers declined in later years, and she was far less inspired in her performances. Retired from the stage in her signature role as Lady Macbeth in her mid-50s, although the audience thunderously stopped the play at the height of her performance. Brilliant tragedienne, able to draw on a wellspring of inner emotion. Died of erysipelas, a skin disease. Inner: Intelligent, strong-willed. Had the ability to totally focus on her roles and allow herself to be the perfect emotional channel for them. Had complete acting absorption, and once again, hooked up with a weak mate to ensure her relative independence. Bridge lifetime of taking her enormous creative skills to the stage and reigning as an English queen there. Christina (1626-1689) - Queen of Sweden. Outer: Of the House of Vasa. Only surviving daughter of the King of Sweden, Gustav II Adolphus (Yukio Mishima). Mother was the daughter of the elector of Brandenberg. Born covered with hair, and thought to be a boy initially. Became head of state as a child of 5, when her lion-hearted father fell in battle. Her neurotic mother kept the heart of her sire hanging over the bed she shared with her daughter. Strong-willed, highly cultured and educated as if she were a prince. Showed astuteness as a child, and began attending council meetings at 14, while being carefully instructed in affairs of state by the chief minister. Short, pock-marked, with a humped right shoulder. Crowned queen at 18, she presided over a highly cultured court, but was also extravagant with her favorites, lavishing estates on them and depleting the treasury. Able to handle political affairs of state, although inept with finances. Despite pressures on her, she refused to marry, and may have had something congenitally wrong with her sexually. Enhanced the country culturally with her rule, but became bored with the business of state. In her mid-20s, she abdicated in favor of a cousin, whom she had earlier rejected as a suitor. The government was relieved at her decision for financial reasons, although she was motivated by religious and personal ones. Wandered the continent, dressed in male attire, and called herself Count Dohna. Moved to Rome, made a spectacular conversion to Catholicism, remained involved in affairs of state and acted as a patroness of the arts and papal confidante. Missed the direct power of rule and conspired for two other thrones unsuccessfully. Also made two visits to Sweden in her mid-30s and early 40s, hoping to be reinstated. Ordered the summary execution of her major-domo for unclear reasons. Hooked up with a Roman cleric and became active in church politics, achieving financially security towards the end of her life. Lived in an opulent palace in Rome which was a meeting-place for people of letters, and also founded the Roman Accademia dell/Arcadia for philosophy and literature. Known as a protectress of Jews in Rome, as well as a charitable fighter for personal freedoms. Opera, art, literature, and sculpture all felt her beneficence and she was largely responsible for the tastes of Europe long after her death, which turned out to be her life’s largest contribution to her times. Inner: Witty, intelligent, strong-willed, learned. Possibly frigid, asexual or homophile. Preferred action to contemplation, extravagant, frivolous, with a great desire to shock people, and a love of plotting and scheming. Down-from-the-throne lifetime of testing her powers as a cultural queen of Europe, when conventional monarchy seemed too constraining, in preparation for turning her dynamic persona into a brilliant vehicle for the creative stage in her later go-rounds in this series.


Storyline: The political performance artist finally finds a breakthrough role for herself, as liberty on the unpopular barricades, after many a go-round of strictly playing it for applause from everyone around her.

Vanessa Redgrave (1937) - English actress. Outer: Mother was repertory actress Rachel Kempson, who subordinated her career to raise her children, father was actor Michael Redgrave. Older sister of actress Lynn and actor Corin Redgrave. Had a strict pedestrian upbringing, despite her glamorous parents. Her father was extremely distant, thanks to a continual proclivity for affairs with both sexes, but his performances inspired her to be an actress. 5’11”, and slender with blue eyes. Trained at London’s Central School of Music and Drama and made her stage debut at 20 in “Touch of the Sun,” and her first celluloid bow the following year, playing her progenitor’s daughter. Worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in her mid-20s, and gained a considerable reputation as a classical actress. Married director Tony Richardson in 1962, despite his bisexual reputation, and had 2 daughters, Natasha and Joely, both of whom became actresses. The union proved extremely tempestuous, with smashed furniture as a tribute to their wild, uninhibited love-making, and included once catching him in bed with her father. Divorced him in 1966, despite still being in love with him, because of his compulsive adultery, naming actress Jeanne Moreau as corespondent.Two years later, she had a son by actor Franco Nero after she had played Queen Guinevere to his Sir Lancelot. As her reputation began to rise in more popular entertainments, she became an extremely outspoken supporter of left-wing causes, moving from Ban-the-Bomb sympathies, to anti-war leader of protest marches against the American embassy in England, to outright enthusiasm for the violence-ridden IRA and PLO. Her children were forced to suffer for her activism, although she never compromised her stances. Ran and lost numerous times for a seat in Parliament under the banner of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, which called for, among other things, the end of the British monarchy. When she won Best Actress honors from the Academy in 1978, she gave a pro-Palestinian speech that enraged many American Jews, and 2 years later, she played a concentration camp survivor, for which she won an Emmy, that annoyed them even more. Had a reading cancelled by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for her political views, for which she sued. Appeared with her sister on the London stage in Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” in her early 50s, and did a sisterly TV remake with her of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” As a lioness in winter, she remains an extremely well-respected actress, who is also a performance artist on the wider political stage, while still working on integrating her sense of the two. Won a Tony in 2003 for “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The following year, along with her brother and other artistes, inaugurated the Peace and Progress Party in London, as an alternative to politics as usual. On New Year’s Eve, 2007, she finally married her Sir Lancelot. Lost her brother and sister within a month of one another in 2010, after her daughter Natasha’s fatal accident the previous annum. Has worked mostly on the small screen since then. Inner: Great mistrust of authority, strong sense of independence. Able to feel a sense of completion through her political activity. Prior to it, she felt impotent and bewildered. Inspired by Ellen Terry’s dictum to be a useful actress. Breakthrough lifetime of finally being able to express herself as her own person, after having been in the shadow of more dominating personalities and allowing herself to be dependent on them in the past. Ellen Terry (1847-1928) - English actress. Outer: Parents were both traveling players; born while they were on tour. Had 11 siblings, and was the second surviving daughter. Two became involved with theatrical management, while four of them went on stage, including her sister Kate, who eclipsed her in fame for a while, and ultimately became the grandmother of actor John Gielgud. Had no formal schooling, and instead, she was trained for the stage by her parents, becoming a child star, while making her debut at the age of 9. Originally with Charles Kean’s (Charles Laughton) troupe, and at 12 joined the company at Theatre Royal where she played Shakespearean roles and repertory theater, in soft voiced fashion, largely projectging herself throughout her acting life. Married Pre-Raphaelite painter G. F. Watts (David Lean) at 16 after modeling for him, but the union was a failure, since he was basically looking for a live-in model, not a fully alive wife. Heartbroken, she returned to acting, but her spirit wasn’t in it for several years. Left the stage at 21 to live for 6 years with Edwin William Goodwin, a progressive architect and theatrical designer, daughter and son from the union, including Edith, an actress and costume designer, and Edward Gordon Craig, who became a noted stage designer, and after smarting about his illegitimacy, went on to father a dozen or so bastards himself. Returned to the stage with a new maturity in her late 20s, while marrying Charles Kelly, an American actor, to give her children legitimacy, although the duo soon separated. Joined Henry Irving (Laurence Olivier) in her early 30s at the Lyceum Theater for a near quarter-century theatrical partnership that glorified the stage of the time. Totally dependent on Irving for approval and direction, despite being a strong character in her own right. Portrayed many Shakespearean roles, as well as lesser parts in tandem with him, enjoying a close friendship as well, although when it began to falter, she entered into a famous correspondence with playwright George Bernard Shaw (Stephen Fry). Eventually ended her partnership with Irving a few years before his death. Did numerous tours through the provinces, and also in America. Celebrated 50 years in the theater in 1906 and was joined on stage by most of the theatrical luminaries of her time. Married James Carew, an American actor, in her late 50s, although the duo soon affected a friendly separation. Continued working in the theater until her late 70s, when failing eyesight and memory caused her to retire. Also appeared in films, and gave Shakespearean lecture-recitals.Made a Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire and died 3 years later of a cerebral haemorrhage at her home. Cremated with her ashes resting in a silver chalice on the right side of the chancel of the actors' church, St Paul's, Covent Garden. Particularly adept at comedies and sentimental drama, and England’s most beloved actress, as well as the highest paid commoner of her time. Wrote her autobiography in 1908, “The Story of My Life.” Inner: Warm personality, highly intelligent, albeit submissive and unable to transcend her dependence on male support. Highly dualistic character, sweet-natured to a fault, while desiring independence and power. Corseted lifetime of having her strong interior curtailed by social forces, while struggling with her own sense of personal power, and never quite finding the requisite realities in which to truly express it. Elizabeth Kemble Whitlock (Elizabeth Kemble Whitlock) (1761-1836) - English actress. Outer: Mother Sarah (Jane Seymour) was the daughter of a theatrical manager, father was actor Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave). 5th of 12 children, 5 of whom went on to careers on the boards, including Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson). George (Liam Neeson), John Philip (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Charles Kemble (Dustin Hoffman), while a sixth, Ann Hatton (Lynn Redgrave) became a gothic novelist. Had an immediate interest in the stage, often accompanying her sister to the Drury Lane Theater, where she made her debut at 12. Although she became an outstanding tragedian, her reputation was eclipsed by her sister Sarah’s spectacular success. In 1785, she married Chester Whitlock, a theater owner and manager, and came with him to the United States, where she acted under his surname, and enjoyed a successful tour on her own. Returned to London in her mid-40s, but rarely appeared on the stage for the last 3 decades of her life. Inner: Sibling rival, who was overwhelmed by the competition of a legendary sister. Probably spent the latter part of her life looking strongly at herself. Second banana lifetime of being overshadowed by a powerful sister, from whom she would eventually learn to be self-assertive and her own woman, after another go-round of subverting her innately powerful nature to the wills of others, as an ongoing theme of hers.


Storyline: The charitable champ finally fights his way into the lights after several go-rounds of being on the undercard and barely holding his own name, fame and fortune in the theatrical ring with familial talents far greater than his own.

Liam Neeson (1952) - English actor. Outer: Father was a Catholic school custodian, mother toiled as a cook in the public school system, in a Protestant town in Northern Ireland. 3rd of 4 children. Had a working-class upbringing, along with 3 sisters, while the family lived in a government-controlled project, and he felt like a second class citizen. A good student in high school, he planned to be a science teacher, and went to Queen’s Univ. in Belfast for a year, where he studied science and drama. An amateur boxer from the age of 9, he grew to 6’4”, with a strong physique. Was Northern Ireland champion for 3 years as a teenager, although he lacked the killer instinct to become a professional, and also suffered a blackout in the ring, which told him to look elsewhere for a career. A draw towards the stage proved far stronger than the one towards the groves of academia, and in his mid-20s, he joined the Lyric Players Theater in Belfast. 2 years later, he began to establish his national reputation at the famed Abbey Theater in Dublin. Continued working on the Irish stage, when he was cast, in his late 20s, in John Boorman’s Excalibur, making his film debut in the role of Gawain. Did TV work in the United Kingdom, and then began his international film career with a series of well-received performances, although he didn’t get his first real lead until 1990 with Darkman. Moved to Hollywood in his mid-30s, where he became a star and leading man, thanks to such movies as Schindler’s List, Rob Roy, and Michael Collins. Linked with numerous Hollywood performers, despite his very unHollywood manner, before marrying, at 42, actress Natasha Richardson, with whom he had appeared in Anna Christie, 2 children from the union. Continually working, either on the Broadway stage, or in films, garnering praise for his strong, honest characterizations. Suffered a motorcycle accident in 2002 when he was spooked by a deer, as symbol of his own surprised take on his strong sensitivity. Lost his beloved wife when she suffered irreversible brain damage in a skiing accident in 2009, and died soon after, surrounded by her family. Did mostly actioners afterwards, burying himself in his work, while also flirting with Islam following filming in the Middle East, because of the peace he found in the five time daily call to prayer. Announced in 2015, he was finished with action hero roles, saying there was a limit to the number of old-guy-saves-the-day roles he could play. Inner: Articulate, down-to-Earth, wary of praise, well-read and self-protective. Views acting as a craft of “rogues and make believers,” with far more of an interest in being a craftsman than a star. Up-from-the-canvas lifetime of recreating himself from humble beginnings to give far more resonance to his surprising sensibilities, and all out pursuit of craft, with monumental loss a later-life affliction geared towards adding to his emotional range and depth.Inner: Articulate, down-to-Earth, wary of praise, well-read and self-protective. Views acting as a craft of “rogues and make believers,” with far more of an interest in being a craftsman than a star. Up-from-the-canvas lifetime of recreating himself from humble beginnings to give far more resonance to his surprising sensibilities, and all out pursuit of craft. William Kendal (William Hunter Grimston) (1843-1917) - English actor/manager. Outer: Father was an artist. Eldest son. Made his debut at 17 as Louis XIV in “Life’s Revenge” in Glascow, and then served his apprenticeship by touring the provinces, before joining the Haymarket Company in London in his early 20s, where he did everything from Shakespeare to burlesque. Handsome when younger, with good financial abilities. Played opposite Madge Robertson (Natasha Richardson) at a London benefit, and married her the following year in his mid-20s, after which, their careers became very much intertwined, 5 children from union. As an astute businessman, he rarely picked a bad play, and always showed off his wife to her best advantage, so that she often overshadowed him. Also designed lavish and minutely accurate costumes and scenery for their productions. Despite being an uninspiring stage presence, he and his wife toured the provinces annually from his early 30s, until their retirement in 1908. They also co-managed the St. James Theater for 9 years from his mid-30s, along with actor John Hare (Anthony Hopkins). Made several successful tours of the U.S. after his mid-40s. Through their professionalism, he brought respect to their profession, while providing the training/ ground for many eminent performers. Lost his beloved wife when she suffered irreversible brain damage in a skiing accident in 2009, and died soon after, surrounded by her family. Inner: Solemn and sententious, extremely private person. Unpopular because of the sense of respectability that he projected. Dull and pompous as an actor, regarded as ‘safe’, never taking any chances with his roles. Performed best in comedy. Totally eclipsed by his wife, a far more spirited personality. Contained lifetime of sacrificing his own larger artistic ambitions for that of his wife’s in a dual career of mutual support and admiration, while keeping himself totally hidden, despite his profession. Geo. Stephen Kemble (Stephen Kemble) (1758-1822) - English actor/manager. Outer: Mother was actress Sarah Kemble (Jane Seymour), father was actor/manager Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave) of the English acting clan. 3rd of 12 children, sisters Sarah (Laurie Anderson) and Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) became well-known actresses, and brother John Philip (Leonardo DiCaprio) was a noted actor, while sister Ann (Lynn Redgrave) became a gothic novelist. His mother acted the role of the pregnant Ann Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn) in King Henry VIII just before he was born, then delivered him. His parents wanted him to be a chemist, and he was apprenticed to one at 14, but rebelled and joined a crew of strolling players, making his debut in his early 20s. 5’9”, 250 lbs. Helped considerably by the fame of his older sister in securing roles. In his mid-20s, he married actress Elizabeth Satchell (Natasha Richardson), who was clearly his superior on the stage, although when they played together, she was billed as Mrs. Elizabeth Kemble. Abandoned acting for theater management, although periodically returned to the stage. Their only son Henry (Steve Buscemi) became an actor, and performed under his management, although he often gave him parts beyond his abilities. Their daughter was also an actress, until she retired after her marriage. Inner: Aware of his deficiencies, and yet was totally enthralled with the theater as a means of expression. Wrote feeble poetry, jovial, good-natured. Served as a perfect foundation for those more talented than himself, and by doing so, learned from them. Support lifetime of bearing the burden of a famous theatrical name, and, while not quite living up to it, able to promote the talents of those close to him, while taking himself less seriously than the next time around in this series. Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon (1526-1596) - English noble and soldier. Outer: Son of Mary Boleyn (Marlene Dietrich), and nephew of Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn), who would become queen of England during his childhood, only to have her head impolitely removed by Henry VIII (James Packer), who had also been involved with his mother. Father was William Carey (Dustin Hoffman), a courtier, who died suddenly within his son’s second year. Had one older sister, Catherine (Natasha Richardson) who was also involved in court life as a lady-in-waiting. The family had benefited from his mother’s royal dalliance, and he also may have been a direct natal repercussion of it. Became a ward of his aunt Anne, and though he had contact with his mother, she was not allowed to acknowledge him, giving him confusion around botrh his paternity and maternity, and rumors of both would follow him all his days. Received an excellent education at a Cistercian monastery, and at 10, suffered the loss of his patroness aunt by royal decree, as well as an uncle,when both were falsely charged of incestuous treason. In 1545, he married a noblewoman, Ann Morgan, 12 children from the union, with several sons dying prematurely. Also fathered several illegitimate children, with one son serving under him during his military career. Became an MP in his early 20s, and was active in court politics. After his cousin Elizabeth I (Mae West) ascended the throne, he was knighted in 1558 and made a baron, thanks in part to his sister, who was one of her favorites. Held several royal positions, including personal bodyguard to the queen, a position he held for four years in is late 30s and early 40s. Elevated to a governorship, just in time to deal with a rebellion fomented by Thomas Howard, the 4th duke of Norfolk (Richard Nixon), among others. As a lieutenant-general of the royal forces, he proved instrumental in helping crush the rebellion in 1570, scoring an impressive victory over forces twice the size of his. Appointed Warden of the East Marches for his valorous effort, he eventually became a privy counsellor in 1577, and in 1580, was made Captain-General in charge of keeping England’s borders secure. His ultimate position was as lord chamberlain of the royal household, and he held other positions as well, in a life of repeated career successes. Although not cut out for court life because of his decidedly undiplomatic character, he was well-loved by his men, who respected his courage and abilities, and saw him as one of their own. His last official role was as High Steward of Oxford in 1592. In one of his final acts, he became the first patron of William Shakespeare’s (William Butler Yeats) company in 1594. Refused to be further ennobled as an earl by Elizabeth I on his deathbed, demurring the honor, despite having actively sought it out previously. Inner: Blunt, plain-spoken, straightforward and largely tactless, with far more of a facility for war, than peace. Also a poetaster, taking delight in drama, both offstage and on. Sword-in-hand, but foot-in-mouth lifetime of close association with both the royal household, and his own ongoing family, in what would prove a far more comfortable role for himself until century 20.


Storyline: The continual co-star comes in through shining theatrical families and plays to her strengths, before dealing with her weaknesses and vulnerabiliities and allowing her longtime mate to outshine her, causing her to make a relatively early exit stage to the pain and confusio of all who loved her.

Natasha Richardson (1963-2009) - English actress. Outer: Mother was actress Vanessa Redgrave, father was director Tony Richardson. Named after the heroine of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” Younger sister Joely also became an actress. Despite her heady household, she had a great need as a child for order and stability which wasn’t met. Her father left when she was 3, and she was later upset over his bisexuality when she was a young teen, as a token of her need for normalcy. Made her film debut at 4 in her sire’s Charge of the Light Brigade. Her mother’s political activism also lowered their standard of living when she was 10, forcing her to do the cooking and shopping for herself, as she put her anger into eating and crying. Fairly driven to succeed as an actress, but on her own terms. Went to England’s Central School of Speech and Drama at 17, without revealing whose daughter she was. Made her London debut in 1984 in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” after which her father told her she wasn’t good enough. Also made her adult film debut the same year in Every Picture Tells a Story, and to complete her thespian trifecta the same annum, made her initial TV appearance in a Sherlock Holmes story. 5’9” with blonde heir and blues eyes. Won the London Drama Critic’s Reward for Most Promising Newcomer, and wound up marrying the play’s producer, Robert Fox, 6 years later. Divorced him in 1993, following a near decade of marriage, and married actor Liam Neeson in her early 30s, after appearing with him on the NY stage in “Anna Christie.” Then suffered the same loss of confidence in herself, when his star ascended, as she earlier had, in comparisons made between her and her parents. The duo made NYC their homebase, and after giving birth to her first son, the following year, she took time off from her career for the first time, in order to reassess herself. A second son followed, signaling a greater desire for quality in her work, and less conventional success. Scored a triumph as Sally Bowles in a revival of “Cabaret,” for which won a Tony, as well as a hit commercial movie in a remake of The Parent Trap. Since the turn of the century, she worked sporadically, focusing on her private life as much as her public one. Suffered a critical head injury in a skiing accident in 2009, was pronounced brain dead, and died surrounded by her family in a NY hospital. Inner: Highly self-critical and analytic, continually experimenting with her technique. Forced to deal with eminent theatrical genes, as well as a star-is-born husband, while trying to discover herself as an actress. Bait-and-switch lifetime of reversing roles with her longtime mate, where his talent came to the fore, while she remained secondary to him, in order to reassess her values and her self, through the highly familiar venue of the stage, before making a shocking early exit. Dame Madge Kendal (Madge Robertson) (1849-1935) - English actress. Outer: Her family was connected to the stage for 200 years. Father was a theater manager, mother was of Dutch extract. 22nd and last child of huge brood. 2 brothers and 4 sisters all pursued stage careers, with the oldest male sibling, Thomas Robertson, becoming a celebrated dramatist. At 6, she made her professional debut in “The Struggle For Gold.” By 15, she was a seasoned actress. Appeared with fellow teenage actress Ellen Terry (Vanessa Redgrave) in 1863 in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Two years later, she made her real London debut as Ophelia in “Hamlet.” Soon established a reputation as a brilliant actress through her Shakespearean roles. Also sang and danced in variety shows. By the time she was 21, she had played over 50 parts from Shakespeare to pantomime. Married actor William Kendal (Liam Neeson) at 19, and together the two entwined their careers, although she far outshone his dull and pompous acting style. The pair projected a dignified cult of respectability, which made them unpopular in many quarters. Called the ‘matron of the English theater,’ which she did not appreciate. Despite their public solemnity, they enjoyed a happy union, 5 children, including 2 daughters who became actresses. As co-managers, he chose their plays with great care according to her skills, and designed their costumes and scenery. Together they gave virtuousness to the stage, as well as starting/grounds for numerous talented performers. Did an annual tour of the provinces for nearly 35 years, until their mutual retirement, and also made several highly successful tours of the U.S. Co-managed, with her husband, the St. James Theater, along with actor John Hare (Anthony Hopkins), for most of her 30s. After Kendal’s death, his influence over her still held, and despite her natural wit, she became censorious over her public utterances. Accomplished, albeit not a great actress. Ended her career, as she began it, with Ellen Terry in a Shakespearean production. Created Dame Commander of the British Empire in her mid-70s. Died at home. Inner: Performed in a natural manner in a wide emotional range. Had great verve and vitality with a charming gaiety, although suppressed it in support of her husband’s solemnity. Cinch-waisted lifetime of sacrificing her own personal charm for the sake of integrating her private and professional life with a longtime mate still struggling to match her superior abilities. Elizabeth Kemble (Elizabeth Satchell) (1763-1841) - English actress. Outer: Daughter of a musical instrument-maker. Made her debut at 17. Had a small, clear, silvery voice. Established herself on the stage, before marrying into the famous Kemble acting clan at the age of 20, via George Stephen Kemble (Liam Neeson). For several years, the duo acted together, although she was clearly the superior stage presence. Despite his lesser status, she subordinated her career to his, accompanying him on his tours. Had a large repertory, and was skilled in a variety of roles. Their son Henry Stephen Kemble (Steve Buscemi) became an actor who was often out of his depth. Their daughter was also an actress, although she left the stage for marriage. Basically a support player to a large family’s well-cast presence across the English stage. Inner: Temperamental, once bit a piece of the shoulder of a fellow actor, but largely followed her secondary role. Support lifetime of combining her career with her longtime mate, for the mutual love and support both give one another in their ongoing evolution as creative artists and human beings. Catherine Carey, Lady Knollys (c1524-1568) - English noblewoman. Outer: Eldest daughter of Mary Boleyn (Marlene Dietrich) and William Carey (Dustin Hoffman). Some question as to her paternity, since her mother became the mistress of Henry VIII (James Packer) shortly after her marriage to her father, although she was probably conceived prior to their cohabitation. Her younger brother was Henry Carey (Liam Neeson), who may very well have been the product of the royal liaison, and her aunt was Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn), who eventually became the king’s second wife in 1533, only to lose her head three years later, when the misogynistic monarch began looking elsewhere for his deeply desire male heir. At 15, she married Francis Knollys, a puritanical protestant, who was made a Knight of the Garter two years later. Twelve children from the union, almost all of whom survived, an unusual happenstance of the time. Her husband was forced to leave England for Germany in 1553 at the ascension of the Catholic Mary I (Rose Kennedy), and she joined him in exile. Prior to Mary’s death in 1558, he returned to England, and when Elizabeth I (Mae West) ascended the throne, the family was in excellent stead once again. Became lady-in-waiting to the queen, and ultimately chief Lady of the Bedchamber, as one of the queen’s favorites, while her husband enjoyed a distinguished career, holding many state offices in the beginning of her reign. In 1568, he subsequently undertook the self-imposed task of trying to convert the exiled Mary, Queen of Scots (Marguerite Duras) to his views, and she would subsequently blame his absences on his wife’s premature death earlier that year. Inner: Known largely through her familial associations and progeny, rather than any deeds of her own. Support lifetime as part of a longtime family that literally plays together and stays together, although in this go-round, her role was totally subordinate to those around her.


Storyline: The transcendental tragedian does continual battle with herself over performance, partnership and personal responsibility, despite a consummate talent for the former, and an innate gift for the latter two, in a never-ending quest for perfection on all counts of her existence.

Meryl Streep (Mary Louise Streep) (1949) - American actressand singer. Outer: Of Spanish-Dutch-Jewish descent. Mother had been a commercial artist, father was a pharmaceutical company executive, 2 younger brothers. The couple didn’t start a family until the former was in her mid-30s. Her mother gave her the nickname ‘Meryl,’ at a young age, while her family imbued her with a strong sense of perspective around money, but was also musical, with her father playing the piano and her mother singing. Extremely concerned with her looks as a youngster. Felt unattractive as a teen, and became obsessed with transforming herself, changing from class cut-up to cheerleader and home-coming queen. At 12, she began taking voice lessons for the opera, but switched to drama in high school, appearing in several school productions, which showed her the transcendental possibilities of the theater. Her obsession with physical appearance was tempered by going to an all-women’s college, Vassar, from which she graduated with a degree in drama and costume design. 5’6”, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Worked in summer stock in Vermont, then did post-graduate work in drama at Yale Univ., where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, before moving to NYC afterwards to take it to the stage. Made her Broadway debut in “Trelawny of the Wells” in her mid-20s, and then took leading roles in 7 plays her first full season. Appeared in the NY Shakespeare Festival and made her film debut 2 years later in Julia. Drew notice the following year in The Deer Hunter. Also starred in a TV miniseries, Holocaust, the same annum, for which she won an Emmy. Had a heart-breaking engagement to actor John Cazale (James Ransome), who died prematurely of bone cancer in 1978. Happily married sculptor Don Gummer later that year, 3 daughters and a son from the union, 3 of whom have pursued acting careers, with the son a musician. Able to use her family as ballast, against the vicissitudes of fame and fortune, putting their requirements equal to her career needs. Won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979, in which she played off of Dustin Hoffman, and then Best Actress two years later for Sophie’s Choice, while holding the record for the most Academy nominations. Her ability to do believable accents, as well as her wide range, made her one of the most bankable female stars in Hollywood, with a long list of films to her credit, many of which had strong social and political connotations. Equally adept at comedy as she is at drama, although the bulk of her work has fallen into the latter category. Also a public voice for causes, and like her crypto-sister, Katherine Hepburn, another Hollywood queen who assiduously avoids the trappings of her realm to focus on her own unique artistry and masterful talent for characterization, with a firm domestic foundation behind her to give her balance and perspective. In 2004, she won an Emmy for Best Actress in a miniseries, for her dual roles in “Angels in America,” and also was given the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Added to her impressive showcase mantleplace in 2012 with a Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. At the 2017 Golden Globes, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and in her acceptance speech shamed Donald Trump’s sad performance mocking a disabled reporter, which raised rightwing hackles as he in turn called her over-rated, showing she had hit a nerve with him. Continued afterwards to serve as a moral voice of Hollywood. Has been nominated for 30 Golden Globes and 19 Academy Rewards, more than any other actor for either honor. Has a net worth of over $50 million. Inner: Patrician looks, strong social conscience, extremely adept actress. Seen as distant by some co-workers, but prefers keeping her life compartmentalized, viewing acting as her vocation, not her identity, despite putting her all into each role. Last name an anagram of her earlier life’s original name. Full flower lifetime of initial concerns with the superficial, before plumbing her own depths through loss and complex screen personalities to become the pre-eminent screen actress of her generation, all the while giving equal attention to family, causes and friends. Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters) (1908-1942) - American actress. Outer: Father was a salesman for a local manufacturing company, well-to-do upbringing. Youngest of 3. Her parents divorced when she was 6, and she moved with her mother and siblings to Los Angeles in 1916. Her mother enrolled her in a drama school, and at the age of 12, she made her film debut in The Perfect Crime. At 15, she quit school and joined a theater troupe, and 2 years later was put under contract to Fox Studios, where she changed her name to Carol, and then Carole, Lombard.5’2”, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Suffered an automobile accident a short time later which slowed her career, until plastic surgery corrected a disfiguring scar on the left side of her face. Studied lighting and camera angles after her accident to exhibit herself to best advantage. Began showing her comedic talents in a series of Mack Sennett (Quentin Tarantino) knock-about two-reelers on her return to the screen. After signing with Paramount, and playing routine roles in routine films, she began to draw notice in a series of comedies, and by her late 20s, was a star and a leading exponent of the 1930s genre known as ‘screwball comedies,’ beginning with Twentieth Century. Played her slender, blonde beauty off of a breezy, earthy realism that audiences came to adore. Married actor William Powell in her early 20s, divorced 2 years later. In her early 30s, she married screen idol Clark Gable (George Clooney), and the duo became one of Hollywood’s most popular and publicized couples, although he continued his adulterous ways, despite a great love for her. Took on fewer screen roles in order to become more involved in Gable’s infatuation with the great outdoors, and became one of the film colony’s most noted hostesses.After completing her final film, she took a cross-country promotional tour on behalf of war bonds, but before she did the final lap from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, she had premonitions of doom, as did her mother who told her not to go. Both went anyway and in Nevada, the plane hit a mountain, and went down under somewhat strange circumstances, with the possibility of having its mechanisms affected by a UFO. She was decapitated, and twenty-one others died, including numerous military pilots and her mother. Gable was devastated by the death, and the nation mourned the loss of its favorite screen comedienne. Her funeral was held at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles, and Gable entered the US Air Force per her earlier request afterwards. Inner: Practical joker and great storyteller. Determined, zesty, full of fun, although probably carrying secret wounds that at first disfigured her and finally took her life. Plane exits usually indicate a desire to climb to a higher level in the next go-round, while decapitations call for total reintegration of mind and body. Felt she lived in a man’s world and had to conform to it. High-flying lifetime of bringing great joy both personally and professionally to all whose hearts her sweet talent touched, before exiting at her peak, perhaps as some sort of pay-off to secret debts from lives past, or a sacrificial belief in limiting her own happiness. Adelaide Kemble (c1814-1879) - English opera singer. Outer: Born into a famous theatrical family. Father was actor/manager Charles Kemble (Dustin Hoffman). Mother Maria (Marlene Dietrich) was an actress/singer who had been the daughter of a penniless French captain. Youngest of 4, sister Fanny (Katherine Hepburn) became a famous actress/writer. Like her sister, adored her father and had a combative relationship with her mother. Displayed early singing talent, albeit with a retiring, timid disposition. Sang in Europe, then studied in Germany and Italy and made her operatic debut at 21 in Venice, as Norma in Vincenzo Bellini’s opera of the same name, which made her famous overnight. Initial nervousness affected her early performances, although in time she became more self-assured. Returned to England with a marked foreign accent in her mid-20s. Active for only 7 years, she toured the Continent as well as sang in England in both concerts and operas, before retiring with a brief speech, and marrying the son of a wealthy Milan banker, never again appearing in public. 3 children from union, spent much of her time with them, feeling fulfilled in a domestic role. Gave private performances for friends, while her reputation continued long after she had left the stage. Wrote several books, and died of the complications of diabetes. Inner: Intelligent rather than powerful singer, with good dramatic skills. Shy, retiring, despite highly public family. Facing-the-mirror lifetime of overcoming her fear of performing by incarnating in a theatrical family, so that she would have little choice in her initial direction, and then limiting her stage career to concentrate on her safer, more domestic side. Catherine Parr (1512-1548) - British queen. Outer.Descendant of Edward III (Louis Montbatten) through her paternal line. Father was an official of the royal household, mother was a co-heiress. Eldest of three with a younger brother and sister. Well-educated, with a great love of learning, she was married and widowed by the time she was 27 to Sir Edward Borough. Remarried John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer, her father's second cousin, becoming the second woman in her family to marry into the peerage. He had already outlived two wives and was twice her age. Following his death when she was 31, she was ready to wed the powerful Thomas Seymour of Sudeley (Robert Kilroy-Silk), when she reluctantly became the 6th and last wife of Henry VIII (James Packer) in 1543, the singular one he did not divorce or behead. Proved to be a good, kind mother to his earlier children, and was devoted to their support, while dealing with a partner who was disintegrating into obesity and disease. Tried to diminish religious persecution and was regent in 1544 during Henry’s French campaign. After his death in 1547, she married Seymour of Sudeley, but wound up disgusted with her new husband’s brutalities surrounding the future Queen Elizabeth I (Mae West). Died a week after giving birth to a short-lived daughter. Buried in her husband's castle. and the only British queen to be interred in a private home. Inner: Tactful, pious, and domestic with humanistic impulse. Royally domestic lifetime of support for various husbands, including one of the most famous serial wife killers in his/story, while bringing her unassuming manner to bear as a counterweight to her powerful spouses.


Storyline: The impressively expressive empress manages to keep her head, her sharp tongue and her ready wit, as times grow more egalitarian, making her into an icon firmly etched into the public imagination.

Katharine Hepburn (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) (1907-2003) - American actress. Outer: Of British descent with distant Scottish and Welsh. From a distinguished New England family, that had 4 suicides in her parents’ generation. Enjoyed a lively and privileged upbringing, although it was emotionally repressed. 2nd of 6 children, brother Richard became a playwright. Father was a noted surgeon, mother was a suffragette and early crusader for birth control. Given freedom of expression, as well as Spartan physical discipline, she was very attached to her parents. At 13, she discovered her older brother after he had committed suicide by hanging himself in his bedroom, then cut him down, but denied the act, insisting it was an accident, and then gave out his birthday, 11/9, as her own. Began acting in amateur productions at 12, and also participated in college dramatics at Bryn Mawr. Joined a stock company in Baltimore on graduation and made her debut in a minor role in “Czarina,” in her early 20s. 5’8”, and slender with red hair and blue eyes.Married a socialite Philadelphia broker in 1929, but knew immediately the domestic life was not for her, divorced 6 years later, but the duo remained friends. Began appearing on Broadway in bit parts, as well as stock, but was continually getting fired for her bluntness and outspokenness, often before her plays would even open. Her first Broadway success, after she had been fired and rehired, was in the aptly named, “The Warrior’s Husband,” in her mid-20s. Offered a movie contract, she countered with an absurd fee, and, to her astonishment, was accepted. Her first film, A Bill of Divorcement opposite fading idol John Barrymore (Johnny Depp), was a hit, and set her on her unique pathway to stardom, as well as three Academy Rewards, in 1932 for Morning Glory, in 1967 for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, and in 1968 as Eleanor of Aquitaine (Doris Kopf-Schroeder) in The Lion in Winter. Also received 8 more nominations. Completely unHollywood, refusing interviews and autographs, dressing in slacks, and acting the imperious queen even with studio heads, who didn’t know how to handle her, but recognized her box office power. Returned to the Broadway stage after her initial film triumph, but did not fare well there, and came back to Hollywood somewhat chastened. Continued her screen success, then was labeled “box office poison.” Involved with producer Leland Howard and industrialist Howard Hughes, as well as platonically with director John Ford, one of the two loves of her life, but found her privacy compromised and left Hollywood, grabbing the rights to a stage vehicle in which she starred, The Philadelphia Story before returning to the silver screen with it for a resounding success in 1940. The sexuality of her connections with men were often brief, since love mattered far more to her than eros, while she evinced the opposite with women, who were central to her emotional life. Began a long/term liaison with actor Spencer Tracy in her mid-30s, both on/screen for 9 films and off-screen for over 25 years, a relationship her parents never accepted because he wasn’t interesting enough for them. Although Tracy was estranged from his wife, he never divorced, and the two retained their attraction of opposites for the rest of his life, despite his being an abusive alcoholic with a penchant for wanton women, and their frequent separations. The couple were given wide swath by gossip columnists and Hollywood, who respected the box office eminence of both. Her great love would be socialite Laura Harding, allowing her to express her womanliness, rather than being the enabler, as she was in most of her heterosexual relationships. Proved herself to be a giver with men, and a taker with women. Originally was interested in attention, then had a desire for craft, before finally going back to her attention-getting mode, in a desire to remain famous her entire working life. Kept on appearing in films all through the 1960s, and then less so in later decades, as she became an icon and institution of indomitability. Began suffering from a nervous disorder, but continued making films and TV movies into her 80s with her head bobbing but her regal presence undimmed. Published her first memoir at 80, and followed it with a second, modestly entitled “Me.” One of Hollywood’s most original queens. Died at home from complications of aging, surrounded by her family. Inner: Highly individualistic, with a Yankee surety and sense of outspoken self-confidence. Articulate, opinionated, non-introspective, blunt and direct. Never looked back, had a great need for control, and could never let go of her career, grabbing attention until the end. Imperious lifetime of serving as an arch role model for doing things her way as a public icon of self-possession for several generations of women, while in curious denial about her own family’s pathologies and stunted emotionality. Fanny Kemble (Frances Kemble) (1809-1893) - English/American actress/writer. Outer: Born into a famous theatrical family. Father was actor/manager Charles Kemble (Dustin Hoffman). Mother Maria (Marlene Dietrich) was an actress/singer who had been the daughter of a penniless French captain. 2nd child of 4, sister Adelaide (Meryl Streep) became an opera star. Worshipped her father, while she had a contrary relationship with her mother. Enjoyed a pampered upbringing, with a closely supervised early life. Went to boarding schools on the continent, where she proved to be petite, graceful, and popular. Had an unusual memory, a clear contralto voice, and a lifelong passion for dancing. Always wanted to be a writer. Returned to England at 15, and wrote a play at 17, in which she ultimately appeared. Made her debut in her father’s company at 20 as Juliet. Despite severe stage fright her first few scenes, she saved him from bankruptcy, through the subsequent popularity of her performance. Despite no formal training, her strong personality came through when she performed, and it was more than enough to hold her audiences in her thrall. Equally adept at playing both comedy and tragedy. Made her first tour of “that dreadful America,” in her mid-20s, and the following year, she married Pierce Butler, the heir to two Georgia rice and cotton plantations, a host of slaves, a mansion in Philadelphia, and a country home nearby. Gladly gave up the theater for her newfound life of wealth, before realizing he expected her to be subordinate to him, and his source of income was dependent on slave labor. Clashed bitterly with her husband over the latter, when she finally visited one of his plantations two years after they wed, and eventually left him, without the 2 daughters from their union. A bitter divorce followed, giving her access to her daughters in the summer. One remained close with her, while the other was firmly her father’s child, so that the family remained divided in the second generation as well. Resumed her acting career in her mid-30s, although left the stage gladly, ultimately turning to writing as a far more direct means of expression. Did Shakespearean readings, and returned to the U.S. after her husband’s death, living there for 2 stretches for another quarter of a century. Became an ardent abolitionist and began writing poems and plays in her mid-30s, as well as damning journals of life in America, which embarrassed her husband. Best remembered for her series of 11 autobiographies, in which she left her spouse’s name blank, while offending the sensibilities of the time with her lack of tact, but delighting others with her humor and intelligence. Became one of the first writers to compose on a typewriter in her 60s. Climbed the Alps into her 70s, and published her first novel at 80. Grew stout at life’s end, and returned to England, retaining her lifelong interest in the theater. Died in the London home of her daughter, after being helped to her bed by her maid and giving one final sigh before expiring. Inner: Smart, energetic, totally self-assured. Very physical, loved vigorous exercise, particularly riding. Seen as masculine, because of her independence, strength and intelligence. Sparkling, saucy, always had a string of elderly admirers. Doing-it-my-way lifetime of imprinting her indomitable personality on the public consciousness through both the stage and the written word, while maintaining her total sense of independence. Susanna Centlivre (Susanna Freeman) (1667-1723) - Irish/English actress/playwright. Outer: Father had a large land grant in Ireland, but it was confiscated for his dissenting political views. Her abusive sire died when she was 3, while her mother passed on when she was 12. Her early years are clouded, and she probably ran away from home at age 15 to Liverpool. While walking to London, she met a student who persuaded her to go to Cambridge with him, disguised as his valet. After a mischievous connection with him, she continued on her journey to London and married at 17, but her husband was soon killed in a duel. Married again within the year and her 2nd spouse met his sudden end a year and a half later under similar circumstances. Handsome and highly intelligent, with the ability to speak several languages, she began writing for the stage, under the name Susanna Carroll, playing the heroine in her first piece. Wrote 17 comedies and several tragedies which were characterized by strong characters and good plots so that they found themselves in repertory for the next two centuries to come. Highly social and a good friend to many of the playwrights of the day, she also contributed prologues to their pieces, while having to deal with the prejudices of the time against her gender. At 30, she married Joseph Centlivre, the chef to the king, which gave her the financial security she needed and the time to write, while her house became a literary salon. Proved prescient when she took a pro-Hanover stance in public before the death of Queen Anne (Princess Anne), so that when George I (Prince Charles) of the House of Hanover, ascended the throne in 1714, she was in an ‘I told you so,’ position. Collected many valuable ornaments from her aristocratic patrons, who found her politically correct and a perfect voice for their entertainment needs. Wrote poetry at life’s end, and was active with her pen her entire working life. Inner: Adventurous, articulate and political, with a strong Whig bias. Used negative father figures, who were usually Tories, in her works, probably as a reflection of her very early years. Steppingstone lifetime of making the bridge to the stage and the pen to give herself a more direct means of expressing her outspoken and continually impregnable nature, while still retaining her interest in royal politics. Anne Boleyn, 1st Marquessa of Pembroke (1507?-1536) - English queen. Outer: Her time and place of birth are obscured, although it was probably no later than 1507, and may have been several years earlier, in either Kent or Norfolk. From an aristocratic family, her father, Thomas Boleyn (Michael Redgrave) was a diplomat with a facility for languages who was later made an earl, while her mother was the daughter of a duke. Close with the latter. Had both a brother and sister Mary (Marlene Dietrich), who was probably older than she. Close with the former, while she ultimately had a complete falling out with the latter. Three more siblings did not survive infancy. Had an excellent continental education via her sire’s posts, and spent part of her childhood in France, as maid of honor to the English-born queen Mary Tudor (Julie Christie), who disliked her, then returned to England in her mid-teens, and lived at the royal court, where she drew many an admiring glance, including the king’s, Henry VIII (James Packer), although she was no beauty, with a long nose, and a rudimentary 6th finger on her left hand, which may or may not be true, since it was viewed as a sign of the devil at the time. Small and slender, she had a dark complexion with electric almond-shaped eyes and long, lustrous hair that reached to her knees, as well as a ready, clever wit. Henry had already seduced her sister, and now set in motion the English Reformation in order to divorce his 1st wife, Katherine of Aragon (Mary Renault) and lay claim to her, so that she could produce a male heir for him. The king intervened in a proposed marriage for her with a noble, although she initially refused to become his mistress. After 6 years of manipulations on his part, the duo were secretly wed in her mid-20s, and the union was made public at Easter of the same year, while she became the most powerful person at court. Helped foment the English Reformation by suggesting Henry be head of the English Church, which made her a heroine of the Protestant movement on the continent. Also strengthened the crown’s ties with France. Ennobled by Henry to become the first commoner of her gender to gain a peerage on her own. Maintained a magnificent court, although her stormy relationship with the king was fueled by his many infidelities. After the Archbishop of Canterbury declared the first royal marriage null and void, she gave birth to a daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I (Mae West). Her arrogance and provocative intelligence added to her unpopularity, and her husband’s uxorial eyes soon began wandering, seeing her as uncontrollable. Had numerous pregnancies and at least three miscarriages, so that several months after giving birth to a still-born son in her late 20s, on the same day as her predecessor’s funeral, Henry had her committed to the Tower of London. Tried on charges of adultery with other men and incest with her brother. Unanimously convicted, she showed courage and cheerfulness at her fate, declaring “I have a very little neck,” despite which, she subsequently fell to the executioner’s sword. The nation showed little sympathy for her afterwards and the king went on to marry 4 more times, beginning with her successor, Jane Seymour (Jane Seymour). Initially buried in an unmarked grave in the Tower of London's Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, before her skeleton was identified in 1876, and her resting place was given a marker. Inner: Arrogant, head-strong, and often overbearing, with a strong sense of style all her own. Charismatic, aggressive and emotional, as well as devout, intelligent and courageous. Head-bobbing lifetime of being involved in political intrigue at the highest levels and then being cut in twain to remind her of her unintegrated desire for personal power, which she would now begin to pursue in a whole different manner. Eleanor Cobham (c1400-1452) - English noblewoman. Outer: Daughter of a baron. Became the mistress of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (James Packer) during his marriage with Jacoba of Bavaria (Mary Renault), for whom she had served as lady-in-waiting. Her husband abandoned his wife in 1425, and then after the marriage was annulled in 1428, she became his second wife 3 years later. One son who died relatively young, and a daughter from the union. Following the death of her brother-in-law, John of Lancaster (George C. Marshall) in 1435, her husband had some claim as heir to the throne of his nephew, Henry VI (Harold Nicolson), if anything ever happened to the young monarch. Began hanging out with some necromancers, including a practicing witch, an astrologer, a canon and a priest, in an effort to cast some magical spells to effect her desire to be queen, and her spouse the king, even though he had worn himself thin with his excessive behavior, and had been steadily losing power to his archrival, Henry Cardinal Beaufort (Rupert Murdoch). The priest, beset by guilt, turned informer on the unholy crew, and in 1441, she was arrested along with her other co-conspirators for plotting to kill the king via witchcraft and waxen images. Admitted to five of twenty-eight counts, and while the astrologer was hanged, the witch was burned as a lapsed heretic and the canon died in prison, she was condemned to do public penance, divorce her husband and then be exiled and imprisoned for life. Had her head shaved, and had to walk with tapered candles twixt churches in London with a formal escort, before being imprisoned in a castle on the Isle of Man, where she died, after abjuring the black arts. Her spouse was charged with treason following her conviction, and succumbed quickly afterwards, almost as if her magic had rebounded and worked on him instead. Inner: Power-hungry, and quite willing to go over to the dark side to get it. Prelude lifetime of hooking up with a longtime mate in preparation for doing it again later in the century with even more dramatic results for herself, in her ongoing exploration of her extreme individuality and powers of expression in a host of theaters, both real and imaginary.


Storyline: The chameleonic caricaturist gradually carves out a unique niche for himself as a man of a thousand faces and characterizations, in his ongoing deeper and deeper immersion into the art of artificial play, to truly try to see himself.

Dustin Hoffman ((Dustin Lee Hoffman) (1937) - American actor and director. Outer: Of Ukrainian and Polish descent. Father had been a set decorator for Columbia Pictures, but when his larger film ambitions were curtailed he ultimately became a furniture designer, mother was a pianist who quit show business to be a homemaker. 2nd of two sons, and named after actor Dustin Farnum (Gene Hackman). A sickly baby, he had several operations and almost died. Had a tense homelife, thanks to his sire’s imperiousness, along with his own personal sense of being second-rate, and came to see himself as a black sheep in a largely loveless household. Moved a lot as a child, living in 10 different neighborhoods in his first 12 years. Tried to make people laugh as a way of overcoming his continual newcomer status, and also entertained to blow off family tensions. Studied piano, and holds a lifelong love of music. 5’6” and unprepossessing, with a large nose, he did not find his own sense of personal power until he took to the stage, after dropping out of Santa Monica City College, where he had been studying to become a concert pianist, although came to see he did not have the true gift for his hoped-for vocation. Attended the Pasadena Playhouse, and began acting at 19, although never saw himself as a movie star, but rather an ethnic stage player. Went to NYC, but had to struggle to support his career ambitions, working as an an attendant in a mental ward, among other menial jobs for several years, and often camping out on actor Gene Hackman’s kitchen floor. Later roomed with fellow unknown, Robert Duvall. Despite small TV roles, and occasional commercials,he did not make it to off-Broadway until his late 20s, winning an Obie Award the following year for “The Journey of the Fifth Horse.” In 1969, he married dancer Ann Byrne, 2 children, later divorced in 1980. Despite being a complete unknown, he was cast as the lead in The Graduate, by director Mike Nichols, who had caught his performance in a British farce, “Eh?”. Didn’t work afterwards for a year, turning down scripts that would have capitalized on his success, but did not challenge him, while struggling with his newfound celebrityhood. His next film was his probably most complete filmic portrayal as the unlovely street hustler, Ratso Rizzo, in Midnight Cowboy and it made him an unlikely Hollywood star, which he followed up by a careful selection of unusual roles that demonstrated his versatility and ability to portray unglamorous and ordinary folk, including aging from his teens to 121 as a western scout in Little Big Man. Helped set a precedent for nonheroic-looking leading men, and continued his work on Broadway, as well as in film, although absented himself from the stage from 1968 to 1984, save for one directorial effort. Garnered his first Best Actor Oscar in 1979, as an embattled father in Kramer vs. Kramer, using his own struggles at the time, while playing opposite Meryl Streep, and his second nearly a decade later, in a career capping performance as an autistic savant in Rain Man. In the interim, he played the lead role of Willie Loman in Death of A Salesman, on the stage and TV, winning awards for both portrayals of a little man with his dreams of bigness dashed. Also played Shylock in Shakespeare’s "Merchant of Venice" on both the NY and London stages. Remarried attorney Lisa Gottesgen in his early forties, 2 sons and 2 daughters from the union, with one becoming an actor. In the 1990s, he was involved in largely lesser projects, save for a couple of high profile films, and then took a long break at decade’s end, while forming his own production company, Punch. In 1999, he was given the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and fell into a huge funk afterwards, feeling undeserving of his success, and questioning whether to give up acting. Went into therapy and rebounded, and remains one of the eminent character actors of his time, a goal he seemed to have had all along. In 2012, he made his series debut in “Luck” on cable TV, in a character study chronicle centered around Santa Anita racetrack, playing a vengeful mobster just out of prison, with a top-notch production crew behind him, including creator David Milch and director Michael Mann, only to see it suspended after three horses died during early production. Received kudos for his directorial debut at age 75 with Quartet, a predictable, yet charming dramedy derived from a West End London play of a decade earlier. In the well-reviewed 2017 Netflix film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) he heads an all-star cast playing a mediocre sculptor whose estranged family gathers to give him honor. Has a net worth of $50 million. Inner: Difficult, intense, demanding and absolutely dedicated. Fascinated with gender roles, and a prankster on the set. Usually uses people he knows as basis for his characterizations - based Willie Loman on his father, and his in drag-role of Tootsie on his mother. Later used his father as a model for his role as a producer in Wag the Dog. A frustrated writer as well, ultimately viewing his work as a form of existential novelizing, with the secret wish to be a scrivener, composer or painter. Self-seeking lifetime of bringing all his skills to the fore in a career dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, while channeling his own prickly emotions into his art in order to understand them better. Lon Chaney, Sr. (Leonidas Chaney) (1883-1930) - American actor, director and screenwriter. Outer: Father was an Irish immigrant who worked as a barber. Second of two sons, his, older brother became a theatrical manager. Both his parents were deaf mutes, forcing him to learn how to communicate through mime and facial expressions. Dropped out of school in the 4th grade to take care of his bedridden mother for 3 years, then became a tour guide on Pike’s Peak, before working at the Colorado Springs opera house, occasionally playing bit parts there. 5’9”, 155 lbs., with dark brown hair and eyes. Married a 16 year old singer, Cleva Creighton, in 1905, one son Creighton (Kellan Lutz), later renamed Lon Chaney, Jr, became a memorable monster in his own right in horror films, and may have been a direct reflection of an unhappy home. His wife went on to swallow a vial of bichloride of mercury in 1912, while standing in the wings during one of his performances. Although she lived, she lost her singing voice. Immediately cut her out of his life, never seeing or speaking of her again, and telling their young son that she had died. Filed for divorce forthwith and got custody as well. In 1915, he wed a former chorus girl, Hazel Hastings, who had once been married to a legless man, and let everyone believe she was his son’s mother. Began his career as an actor by going on the road with a play both he and his brother had written. Toured in musical comedies, without any notable success and then arrived in Hollywood in his late 20s, to begin his career as ‘The Man of a Thousand Faces,’ first as an extra, and then in support. Got his breakthrough role in 1919 with The Miracle Man, in which he played a con artist contortionist. In his 17 year screen career, assayed 150 roles, portraying mostly villains, outcasts, and bizarre beings, through his genius for make-up and ability to reconstruct his physicality via physical dissemblance, sometimes going to extraordinary lengths of self-torture, to give his portrayals. Playing for horror, pathos and heartbreak, he became filmdom’s favorite nightmare. His expertise in reconstructing himself, resulted in an entry on make-up for one edition of the Encyclopia Britannica. His 2 most memorable roles were as the Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1923, for which he wore a 40 pound hump and a 30 pound harness and the Phantom of the Opera in 1925, whose grotesque visage occasioned his reinventing his face. Directed a half-dozen films early in his career, although preferred being in front of the camera rather than behind it. Did most of his best work with director Tod Browning, who was known for his affinity for the bizarre. Involved in all aspects of his films later in his career, but did not make the transition to sound, save for one remake of one of his silent films. Forced to mime his wishes in his last hours before dying of throat cancer, the result of a lifetime of heavy smoking. His life-story was told in Man of a Thousand Faces, a little over a quarter century after his death, with James Cagney playing him. His ghost supposedly haunted a Hollywood bus/stop for years after his death. Inner: Shy, retiring, did not make personal appearances or give interviews. Usually walked around in disguise, so as not to be recognized. Good companion to trusted friends, and helpful to young talent, otherwise remote, totally eschewing the Hollywood scene. More into the grotesque possibilities of expression than limning real-life characters. Masked lifetime of relying on physical expression to delineate his emotions in an ongoing effort to ultimately become as compleat an actor as he could possibly be and more than willing to sacrifice his humanity for it. Charles Kemble (1775-1854) - English actor/manager and playwright. Outer: From a famous multi-generational theatrical family. Father was actor Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave), mother was actress Sarah Kemble (Jane Seymour). 11th of 12 children. 6 older siblings had appeared on the stage before he was born. Youngest son and brother of John Philip Kemple (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson). John would serve as surrogate father and mentor into adulthood, although initially discouraged his pursuing the family trade. Sent to a Jesuit college in France, and began classical studies there at 13, but became ill, returned to England and worked in the post office, instead. Made his stage debut at 17, and his London debut at 19, playing Malcolm to his brother’s Macbeth. His initial attempts brought up comparisons with other family members and his skills were questioned, although eventually he was able to master his craft, with a particular attraction to Shakespearean roles. 5’11”. At 30, he married actress/singer Maria Theresa de Camp (Marlene Dietrich), who often played supporting roles to his star turns, 5 children, one dying in infancy, the other 4 included Fanny (Katherine Hepburn), who had a memorable acting career of her own, and Adelaide (Meryl Streep), an opera star. Before their marriage, his brother John Philip had drunkenly tried to molest his wife, although her screams frightened him away. Penned several plays, which enjoyed middling success. Became manager of Covent Garden Theater in London, although it nearly went bankrupt until his daughter Fanny, who made her debut there, assured its ongoing success. In his mid and late 50s, he made two successful tours of the U.S. with his daughter. Uncharacteristically assaulted an editor for libeling Fanny in 1830, and the following year recovered from a life-threatening lung infection, at which point, he relinquished his managing duties. Eventually he was forced to retire from the stage in his early 60s, because of growing deafness, but continued to give Shakespearean readings until his mid-60s. Made examiner of plays by the government after his retirement, a position he bequeathed to his son, who was a noted philologist. The end of life saw him in severe depression, as well as quite deaf. Died at home. Inner: Considered “a first rate actor in second rate parts” by a contemporary. Not noted as a great actor, although had a noble stage presence, despite ungainly legs. Enjoyed great respect, had few enemies. Courteous, urbane and well-mannered, and an inveterate chaser after bustles. Say-what? lifetime of literally being born for the stage and taking full advantage of it, although hearing difficulties indicate he did not choose to listen to that which he did not wish to hear, a symbolic state that would carry over to his next life as a master of silent gestures. William Carey (1495-1528) - English courtier. Outer: Father was a knight nobleman, while his mother was from a ducal family on her own mother’s side, descended from Edward III (Duke of Wellington). Second son and third of 8 children. In his mid-20s, he married Mary Boleyn (Marlene Dietrich), whose sister Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn), would become queen of England. Two children from the union, Henry (Liam Neeson) and Catherine (Natasha Richardson), although the paternity of his son would come into question. Shortly after their marriage, his wife became mistress to Henry VIII (James Packer), which worked to his advantage, since he received both manors and estates from the king iin compensation. In addition, his compliiance with the monarch’s concupiscence made him a favorite of the former, and gained him various court positions, including Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. Used his wealth and status to indulge in his fine eye for art, and became a noted collector. In 1527, the king proposed to his sister-in-law Anne, making him directly related to the king, although he was unable to take advantage of it, when his life was summarily cut short in his early 30s by what was known at the time as the sweating sickness, a virulent disease peculiar to that era. Inner: Well-developed esthetic, born out of both wealth and power. Compromised lifetime of allowing his wife to be used to further his own career and material ambitions, only to be disallowed a further run as his king’s favorite by the dark and deadly hand of fate.


Storyline: The siren supreme plays hide and seek with her emotions, through alternating turns as domestic goddess and stage divine, while making herself a unique expression of the feminine as blue angel of dangerous desire.

Marlene Dietrich (Maria Magdalene Dietrich) (1901-1992) - German actress/singer. Outer: Mother was a stern bourgeois who gave her daughter both backbone and character. Father was a cavalry lieutenant who died when she was a child. Her subsequent stepfather was an officer in the Royal Prussian Police who was killed in WW I. Brought up strictly in an upper-middle-class conservative home. Took violin lessons as a teen, hoping for a concert career, but a wrist injury curtailed that ambition. 5’5”, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Joined the chorus line of a musical revue, then was accepted after an initial failure as a student at Max Reinhardt’s drama school, and began playing small roles on both the German stage and screen. In her early 20s, she married Rudolph Sieber, a young Czech production assistant, daughter from union. Although never officially divorced, the duo lived separately for the next 4 decades. By her late 20s, she was a popular leading lady, and became an international star in 1930 following her turn as a seductive vamp in The Blue Angel, for which director Joseph von Sternberg totally remolded her screen character. Signed a Paramount contract before the film’s release and went to Hollywood, leaving her family behind. Continued working with von Sternberg, although their mannered style in subsequent fare won her the approbation of ‘box office poison.’ A director’s wife sued her for alienating her husband’s affections, although she won the case and brought her family to Hollywood. After her screen partnership with von Sternberg, she continued working for other studios and directors, although, in essence, endlessly played out variations of her ‘Blue Angel’ role. Went to England, where she was approached by the Nazis to return to German films, but turned them down, resulting in her being banned in her native country. Became an American citizen in her late 30s, and entertained U.S. troops behind enemy lines during WW II, as well as made anti-Nazi propaganda broadcasts, while assisting refugees. Won a Medal of Freedom for her efforts, as she turned the war into her own private film. Despite manipulating and abusing her atrociously, she spent much time with her daughter, who made her a grandmother, while her husband went off and became a chicken farmer. When her film career began to falter in the 1950s, she started a new career as a cabaret singer and nightclub performer, appearing all over the world, including Germany, where she was well-received, thanks to her sense of style and her ability to put her limited talent in the best light. Fell off a stage in Sydney in 1975, breaking a hip, which ended her desire to perform. At the same time, her husband died, and, although they had been apart for years, it signaled a retreat into herself, as she disappeared from public view and became a recluse in a Paris apartment, later participating in a screen biography of herself where she was heard, rather than directly seen. Crippled by Buerger’s disease, she couldn’t stand up. Her daughter wrote an unflattering biography of her, the year after her death, describing her at the end as slipping into drunkenness, drugs, meanness and squalor. Wrote her own unrevealing biography, “Marlene” shortly before she died died of kidney failure in her Paris apartment. Buried in Berlin, with her tombstone inscription, “Hier steh ich an den Marken meiner Tage” or “Here I stand in the marks of my days”. Inner: Disciplined and highly energetic, albeit an emotional glutton who always needed someone around. Had affairs into her 60s and beyond. Romantic rather than sexual, preferring fellatio to intercourse, since it gave her more control. Loved impotent men. Bi-sexual, with a who’s who list of lovers, including broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, and generals George S. Patton and James M. Gavin, as well as a host of Hollywood luminaries. An aficionado of astrology, she continually had charts done for herself and friends. Sharp-witted, self-involved, self-deceptive and tyrannical, Sharp-witted, self-involved, self-deceptive and tyrannical, totally disdaining people beneath her. Saw men as authority and women as subordinate, with herself as an exception, and often donned male attire. Hide-and-seek lifetime of endlessly searching for romance as a living embodiment of both genders, in order to both try to find and hide her true self beneath the flash and filigree of fame and fortune. Maria Theresa Kemble (Marie-Therese de Camp) (1774-1838) - French/English actress/singer. Outer: Father was a penniless French captain. Eldest of 6. Brought to England as a small child, she entertained in the home of nobles. Father died when she was 12, and her early education was neglected. Could speak no English, although she mastered her early lines through imitation. Made her stage debut the same year at the Drury Lane Theater, and continued to play minor roles, some of them as a singer, and sometimes as a dancer. Spent her first 5 years more as a dancer than an actress, enjoying her first success at 17 as Macheath in a bizarre rendition of “The Beggar’s Opera.” Appeared in many productions with the Kemble family, and was once drunkenly attacked by John Philip Kemble (Leonardo DiCaprio), although her screams frightened him off. In her early 30s, she married his brother, actor Charles Kemble (Dustin Hoffman). 5 children from union, one dying in infancy, and two taking to the stage for their own noted careers, Fanny (Katherine Hepburn), who became a famous actress/author and Adelaide (Meryl Streep), who became an opera star. Played supporting roles to her husband’s star turns and eventually retired from the stage in 1819, returning one more time to play Lady Capulet to her daughter Fanny’s debut as Juliet. Disliked London, and retired to the country. Inner: Charming, clever and beautiful. Not-quite-ready-for-primetime lifetime of support for the stage careers of her family more than her own, while once again a stranger in a strange land, before reversing her priorities the next time around. Mary Boleyn (c1499-1453) - English noblewoman. Outer: From a highly influential family, father Thomas Boleyn (Michael Redgrave) was a diplomat. Older sister of Anne Boleyn (Katharine Hepburn), who was destined to become queen of England, with one younger brother, and three other siblings who did not survive childhood. Spent her childhood in England, and then was sent abroad in her mid-teens, before becoming maid of honor to Mary Tudor (Julie Christie) the young intended bride for the aged Louis XII (Ferdinand Foch). Following the latter’s death, she remained in France at the court of his successor Francois I (David Lloyd George), because of her father’s connections, and wound up as his lover, before serially taking on several more amours, which hastened from dismissal from France. Her actions brought shame to her family, although her feelings are ill-recorded, and she remains the projected repository of sentiments surrounding female promiscuity of the time, be the charges against her true or not. Made lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon (Mary Renault) the Spanish-born queen of Henry VIII (James Packer), for the final decade of their barren union. In 1520, she married William Carey (Dustin Hoffman), a courtier and favorite of the king. A son Henry (Liam Neeson) and daughter Catherine (Natasha Richardson) from the union, although there would be some question about their paternity, since she became a royal mistress once again, this time with Henry. Even though her husband received both manors and estates in compensation for the linkage, she benefited not all from the association and after it ended, the king married her sister Anne, who judiciously had held out for a ring for her extra-fingered hand, rather than submit to him. In 1527, her husband died, leaving her with considerable debt, and to further her precarious position, the king made her son the ward of her sister, while she was not allowed to acknowledge her maternal relationship to him. Instead, she received a small royall pension, and was at the behest of her far more ambitious sister. Anne became queen in 1533, and the following year, as a rebellious act, she secretly married a commoner, who had neither position nor wealth, in what was rare for the time, a union of love. Disowned afterwards by her irate family for further lowering their name, and both she and her husband were banished from the court by her furious sister. Reduced to an impecunious state, she was forced to beg her various family members for money, but only her sister finally relented. Both her brother and sister were subsequently executed on charges of incestuous treason, in the king’s desperation to sire a male heir, while she judiciously had no contact with them during their incarceration in the Tower of London awaiting beheading. Instead she retired to quiet obscurity, her family name now thoroughly besmirched. Both her parents serially died within three years of their childrens’ executions, and she wound up inheriting some of their estates, allowing her to spend the rest of her life in relative comfort. Her son would go on to a notable martial career, resurrecting the family name, while she would become a footnote in herstory, of a family that was probably a little too ambitious for its own good. Inner: Rebellious and relatively independent, despite the constrained circumstances of her existence. Royal mattress/mistress lifetime of trying to exert her own considerable will in the purview of power, and managing to keep her head while her siblings lost theirs, while also following her heart, and ultimately prevailing in that realm as well.


Storyline: The odd man out finally learns how to harness his unusual physicality to best effect and reinvents himself as a multi-hyphenated director/performer, after several go-rounds of being strait-jacketed by his eye-popping bizarreness into a demeaning secondary theatrical status.

fSteve Buscemi (1957) - American actor, writer, director and talk show host. Outer: Of Italian and Irish descent. Father was a sanitation worker, family moved to Long Island when he was young. 5’9” with dark brown eyes and light brown hair, as well as odd-looking, at first glance, with protuberant eyeballs, although chameleonic in the way he displays himself.. Brother Michael also an actor. Good athlete as a 110 pound wrestler, didn’t start acting until his senior year in high school, when he got cast in the chorus of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Obtained a false i.d. at 16, and became a barfly at ‘Trees Lounge,’ which he would later use in his directorial debut. Attended Nassau Community College, but dropped out after one semester. Got $6000 from an accident he was in at 4 and used it to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute, then did stand-up comedy in NYC. Worked as a firefighter for 4 years, while hanging around NY’s theater-comedy scene. Did stand-up comedy, then performance art, and in 1987, he married performance artist and choreographer Jo Andres, with whom he has collaborated, one son from the union. Began working in films in his mid-20s, often picking roles in low-budget independent films destined to become cult classics. Made his film debut in The Way It Is, then came to prominence in 1992 as Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs. Able to work in both big budget and small budget cinema ever since. Has often appeared in the Coen Brothers’ works in a variety of wild-eyed roles, Made his own debut in 1996 as a writer/director with the semi-autobiographical Trees Lounge, and has continued periodically to offer forth more nonconventional fare. Has also directed Nike ads, and after the fall of the twin towers in 2001, returned to his old firefighting station for a few days, then later was hauled off for protesting the closing of other stations. Remains a unique figure in filmdom from both sides of the camera, as actor and director, a longtime wish of his. In 2010, he was seemingly miscast as the lead in “Boardwalk Empire,” a high gloss cable series based on Atlantic City’s underworld past, although managed to pull off his role as the city’s treasurer and secret criminal boss with his usual eccentric panache. When it ended its five season run 2014, he created “Park Bench” in 2014, an admixture of celebrities and people on the street joining him on a park bench Inner: Intense, physical, good-humored, articulate, low key and modest. Self-realizing lifetime of finally actualizing his earlier ambitions of being a comic actor, director and performance artist, while fashioning a unique career away from the Hollywood mainstream and integrating his unusual persona and physicality around his work. fPeter Lorre (Laszlo Lowenstein) (1904-1964) - Hungarian/American actor. Outer: Father was a prosperous tradesman. the family moved to Vienna when he was 4. 5’5”, with light brown eyes and hair, and odd-looking, with protuberant eyeballs. Began work as a bank clerk, then left home at age 17 to pursue a stage career. Received training in Vienna, and made his debut in Zurich. Spent 7 years on the stage in various continental European countries, before moving to Berlin, where he specialized in young men with sexual problems. Played some minor roles in German films beginning in his mid-20s, but was virtually unknown when he was selected by German director Fritz Lang to play the central character, a psychopathic child killer, in his first sound film M. His startlingly chilling performance, combined with his natural eeriness made him an international star at 27. Married Celia Lovsky in his late 20s, divorced 14 years later. Made several more German films, but fled Germany when the Nazis came to power in 1933 and went to Paris, then London, and finally landed in Hollywood in his early 30s. Made his American debut in 1935, before becoming filmdom’s Mr. Moto, an Oriental detective in a popular low-budget series. Continued playing creepy characters, often alien and menacing, most notably in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. Co-starred with huge actor Sidney Greenstreet (Keifer Sutherland) 8 times, the two playing off their opposing physical natures to great effect. Became good friends with John Barrymore (Johnny Depp) and Errol Flynn (Ethan Hawke), drinking and playing pranks with them as their unhandsome antithesis. When Barrymore died, he bribed the funeral home to install the corpse in Flynn’s home in his usual seat, much to that actor’s chagrinned horror when he came home. In 1945, he married Kaaren Verne, a German actress, divorced 5 years later. Despite appearing in numerous second-rate films, always gave interesting performances. Directed and wrote the screenplay for an expressionistic German film in his late 40s, which was poorly received, despite its interesting artistic nature. Deeply disturbed by its failure. Married a 3rd time in his late 40s to Annemarie Brenning, a 27 year old, and later separated, one daughter from the union. Looked like a malevolent gnome by the end of his career, troubled by ill health, excess weight and a profound unhappiness, before finally dying of heart seizure. Inner: Witty, cultivated, charming, gentle and intelligent, but imbued with a physicality that bespoke an eerie evil misfit. Always felt his strength lay in comedic roles, rather than the melodramas he was thrust into. Permanently costumed lifetime of playing the beloved creep on and offstage, while having his larger ambitions as comedian and director thwarted, and ultimately popping his own eyeballs with his excessive self-pitying. fHenry Stephen Kemble (1789-1836) - English actor. Outer: Father was actor George Stephen Kemble (Liam Neeson), mother was actress Elizabeth Kemble (Natasha Richardson). Only child. Supposedly born under the exact same circumstances as his father, right after his mother played the role of a queen upon the stage, as yet another symbolic young prince of one of the royal families of English theater, although the story was probably apocryphal. His parents were hoping he would pursue another line of work, but after 2 years at Cambridge, he joined his father’s acting company. Did not display any of the family’s innate talent for the stage, although he joined a touring company determined to improve his skills. When he worked under his father’s stage management at Drury Lane theater, his begetter often gave him parts that were well beyond his ability in order to help underscore his failings, and he took far more than his share of criticism for his feeble efforts, even though he enjoyed popularity. Boisterous player, but had difficulty in expressing believable emotion on stage. Against his parents’ wishes, he married a certain Miss Frieze, a timid woman who nevertheless was an actress, 5 children from the union. His best mode of theatric expression was as a comic actor. Aged prematurely, with a decrepit body and white hair by his 40s, sucking the life out of himself in pursuit of some kernel of personal artistry. Inner: Poor sense of expression, tried to make up for it with an unseemly loud voice. Treading water lifetime of being out of his depths in a premiere acting family, and yet able to win popular favor despite his limited skills and odd persona.


Storyline: The second sister grows heavy in the shadow of her slim, dazzling sibling, before transplanting and streamlining herself while learning to watch her intake, as well as the behavior of those closest to her in a go-round as dramatic offstage as on.

Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010) - English actress. Outer: Mother was actress Rachel Kempson, father was actor Michael Redgrave. Younger sister of actress Vanessa and actor Colin Redgrave. Father was extremely distant, and didn’t even take note of her birth in his ongoing journal. Had acute anemia as a child, and was confined to a wheelchair until she was 6. Dropped out of school just prior to graduation to fulfill her ambition to become an equestrienne, and also avoid competing for the family limelight. Enrolled in cooking school to support herself, but soon found her self conflicted. Although she had little acting ambition because of her daunting family, the failure to get into a leading drama school challenged her and she was finally accepted at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, following in her big sister’s big footsteps. Joined the Royal Court Theater and made her debut as Helena in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” in 1962, while taking her first celluloid bow the following year. 5’10”, with an endearing charm, scored her first international award-winning success as Georgy Girl, about a triumphant plump loser, then established herself as a transatlantic personality on both the stage and screen. In 1967, she married actor and photographer John Clark, 3 children from union. Settled in Southern California in her early 30s, and became a frequenter of talk shows, as well as co-host of the syndicated ‘Not For Women Only.’ Co-starred in several TV series, during which time she finally shed her Georgy Girl figure for a California girl body, and became the commercial spokesperson for a national weight loss program. Despite differences with her outspoken sister, appeared with her in Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” in her late 40s, and did a sibling TV remake with her of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Later did a one-woman show in which she spoke candidly of her upbringing by a distant, albeit famous, father. Thoroughly shocked by the revelation that her husband had fathered what she thought was her grandchild, after his personal assistant married his son. The revelation ended their 32 year union, after her son demanded Clark tell her, while the latter remained unrepentant. Turned her talents to playwrighting, including one inspired by her mother, “The Mandrake Root,” which she performed off-Broadway in 2003. Survived breast cancer the same year, although eventually succumbed to it seven years later, dying at home after losing her brother less than a month before, and her niece Natasha the previous annum. Inner: Cheerful, outgoing, uninhibited, uncomplicated. Motivating lifetime of incarnating into a longtime theatrical family in order to expand her own innate talents to entertain, while putting enough drama in her private life to keep a balance twixt the two. May Irwin (Georgia Campbell) (1862-1938) - Canadian singer/actress. Outer: Of Scottish descent, younger of 2 sisters. Educated at a convent school and sang in an Anglican choir. Father’s death left family penniless, and her mother decided to capitalize on her daughters’ singing talents. Took them to Buffalo, NY, where the theater manager renamed them ‘Irwin,’ and she began her stage career at 13, singing duets with her sister. Married Frederick Keller, a businessman at 16, but he died 8 years later, 2 sons from the union. Toured the West, then spent several years at Tony Pastor’s (Frank Sinatra) theater in NYC. The act broke up when she was 21, so that she could pursue a career on the legitimate stage, beginning by working under producer Augustin Daly (Aaron Spelling). Plump, cheerful comedienne. In her mid-20s, she felt vaudeville suited her talents better, but returned to the stage 6 years later, and became a Broadway star in her early 30s. Her singing was always more popular than her acting, because of her big voice and big delivery. The following year she made screen his/story when she filmed The Kiss in 1896, with her co-star. The brief osculation caused a sensation and was denounced from pulpits nationwide, although it did help introduce the possibility of movies to the American public. Starred in only one other film nearly 2 decades later. In her mid-40s, she married Kurt Eisenfeldt, an agent who became her manager, and enjoyed a long and successful career. Initially spry and girlish, but grew fat with age. Good businesswoman, successful in real estate. Domestic, published her own cookbook. Died of bronchial pneumonia and chronic myocarditis. Inner: Well-loved, able to project her big heart out to her audiences. A literal ‘Georgy Girl,’ with the ability to triumph over adversity. Kiss-of-fame lifetime of finding professional independence from poverty-stricken roots, while once again struggling with food addiction and trying to satisfy her ongoing oral needs. Ann Julia Hatton (Ann Kemble) (1764-1838) - English novelist, librettist and actress. Outer: From a noted theatrical family. Father was strolling player Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave), mother was Sarah Kemble (Jane Seymour). Five of her eleven siblings became well-known performers, including Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson), Elizabeth Whitlock (Vanessa Redgrave), George Kemble (Liam Neeson), Charles Kemble (Dustin Hoffman) and John Philip Kemble (Leonardo DiCaprio). Originally apprenticed to a mantua maker, before embarking on a brief stage career. Married an actor, one C. Curtis when she was 19, only to discover he was already married, which left her in dire financial straits that she made a suicide attempt in Westminster Abbey. Became a model in a brothel, and was shot in the face accidentally. Her misadventures would make her tabloid fodder of her times. In 1792, she wed William Hatton and left for America a year later. Wrote the libretto for his popular opera, “Tammany: The Indian Chief,” the first of its genre with a decidedly American theme. Later in the decade, she and her husband settled permanently in Swansea, Wales, where they ran both lodgings and a bathinghouse. Following her spouse’s death in 1806, she opened a dancing school. Continued writing under the name of Ann of Swansea, penning some 14 gothic novels as well as poetry. Led a financially precarious existence, although it gave her good insight into her larger social milieu. Used archetypal women as her characters, and because of her unusual background had access to all levels of society. Inner: Strong-minded and independent. Georgie girl lifetime of coming into a highly creative family, and creating her own adventuresome go-round, with grit, imagination and a surefire instinct for personal drama, outside the confines of the stage.


Storyline: The self-mutilating matinee idol spends many a lifetime doing bibulous battle with the bottle, until he finally learns how to release his bottled-up energy and channel it into far more satisfying self-expression.

Johnny Depp (John Christopher Depp) (1963) - American actor. Outer: Of some Amerindian descent on his mother’s side, and mostly British on both sides, with some Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Dutch and German ancestry. Father was an engineer, mother was a sometime waitress. Youngest of 4, sister Christi became his personal assistant. The family moved from Kentucky to Florida when he was 6, where his progenitor became director of public works in Miramar. His parents split up a few years later, which undid him, sending him on a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol, vandalism, delinquency, petty thievery and escapism, until his mother got very ill. Stopped when his heart started beating at 200 times a second. Had a longtime fascination with old silent films, dating from childhood. Started his own rock group at 13, and later played lead guitar with another band called ‘Kids.’ His parents officially divorced when he was 15. Dropped out of high school and moved to Hollywood to become a rock icon, but fate destined him for the movies instead. 5’10”, with dark brown hair and eyes. Became a TV star on the series ‘21 Jump Street,’ but fled its limiting embrace after 3 seasons, and began working with outsider directors in a series of roles that played off his own dualistic sensibilities. Began his screen career in his early 20s, when he was swallowed by a bed in Nightmare on Elm Street. Married a make-up artist in 1983 and divorced 2 years later. Finally found his breakthrough role in his mid-20s, as Edward Scissorhands, an abandoned white-faced monster with metal scissors for hands trying to be normal. Had a 3 year engagement to actress Winona Ryder, then returned to drugs and alcohol over their break-up, changing a tattoo on his arm from ‘Winona Forever,’ to ‘Wino Forever.’ Continually turned down more conventional roles to explore edgier characters, giving shading and depth to those who walk the fringes of society. Even his occasional heroic turns would have an unusual resonance to them. Far more interested in characterization than star vehicles, while occasionally making the tabloids for his youthful excessive behavior. Also owned the Viper Room in Hollywood, outside of which actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. Had a longtime on and off connection with supermodel Kate Moss, before monogamously hooking up with, but not marrying French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis. Two children from the union, which has given him far more of a sense of responsibility. Made his directorial debut with The Brave, in his early 30s, and later formed his own production company, Infinitum Nihil. One of Hollywood’s more unconventional stars, and his performances, in turn, have continued to grow and expand, with a particularly winning, flamboyant turn in Pirates of the Caribbean as Capt. Jack Sparrow, in 2003, his first superblockbuster, which would set a new box office record for both opening day and weekend with the first of its two sequels in 2006. Intermixes the eccentric with the solid in his performances, and has a close working relationship with director Tim Burton, having done 7 films and counting with him. Lives in both France and Los Angeles, and enjoys relative superstar status, while enjoying his quiet domestic side equally, if not more so. Named “People” magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for the 2nd Time in 2009, after first winning the accolade in 2003, the third actor, after George Clooney and Brad Pitt to be so designated. Topped the list of actor’s earnings in 2012 with $75 million, while at the same time, some trouble in paradise was indicated with his inamorata, Vanessa Paradis, with each leading separate lives, although no official confirmation was made of their separation, until the summer, when they each went their own way after 14 years together. His ongoing offbeat characterizations have also failed to find much positive critical reaction or much of an audience in the 2010s, other than the hugely popular Pirates of the Caribbean series. Married actress Amber Heard, nearly 1/4 century his junior in 2015. After denigrating movie star musicians, he announced the had formed a supergroup with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, called Hollywood Vampires, a name Cooper had previously used. Tried to smuggle his Yorkshire terriers into Australia, and almost wound up jailed for the clandestine effort. Gave his best performance in years in Black Mass playing murderous mobster Whitey Bulger. The following annum, Amber Heard sued him for divorce two days after the death of his mother, who hated her, citing domestic violence as the reason. Numerous negative back and forths would ensue, before a $7 million settlement which she would give to charity. Refused, however, to make good on it, thanks to her public statements about being a victim of domestic abuse. The divorce would be officially finalized at the beginning of 2017, with her getting their pets, him getting his considerable real estate holdings, and the two agreeing to no longer discuss it publicly. At the same time, he launched a $25m action against his former managers, claiming “gross mismanagement” of his affairs. 2017’s fifth in the Pirates of the Caribbean series was made to walk the plank by the critics, although found its treasured audience anyway. Worth some $400 million, and the owner of a six beach island in the Bahamas. Inner: Dualistic - polite, shy, softspoken & gentle and yet also with an earlier draw towards self-decimation. Regularly used to cut his own arm to mark important events in his life. Strong affinity for bugs, has been collecting them since childhood, in reflection of his own need for hard-shell protection. Chronically late, and unpredictable with an off-the-wall sense of humor. Critical of America, likening it to a dumb, dangerous puppy. An active vintner with a strong interest in French wines. Jump street lifetime of finally gaining hold of his demons and channelling them into the superb actor that continually battles to give ultimate expression in him, thanks to an ultimate maturing that was never evident in any of his earlier lives. John Barrymore (John Blythe) (1882-1942) - American actor. Outer: Mother was actress Georgiana Drew Barrymore (Jane Seymour), father was actor Maurice Barrymore (Michael Redgrave). Youngest of 3 who took to the stage, siblings were Ethel (Winona Ryder) and Lionel Barrymore (Leonardo DiCaprio). Began drinking in his teens, and was educated at King’s College in England. Worked as a cartoonist for a NYC daily newspaper, and like his older sibling, studied painting in Paris, but returned to NY to begin his theatrical career at the age of 20, reprising a role his brother Lionel had done. 5’10”. Began as a popular light comedian, but soon showed his capabilities at more serious roles, and became the favorite matinee idol of his day. Married Corri Harris, a socially prominent 19 year old in 1910, but the immaturity of both, coupled with his infidelities and their constant bickering, ended the union in 1917. Started his film career in his early 30s, and proved equally successful in that milieu, mostly in romantic dramas, comedies and swashbucklers, while continuing to work on the stage, scoring his most notable successes in his late 30s as Hamlet and Richard III. At the same time he did one of his most renowned screen roles as Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, making the transformation from one to the other without the aid of make-up, in reflection of his own inner dualities. Handsome, and known as ‘the Great Profile,’ he did continual battle with the bottle to counterbalance his innate talent for both the stage and screen. In 1920, he married poet Michael Strange, one daughter from union, Diana Barrymore, who wrote her candid biography “Too Much, Too Soon,” about her own struggles with alcohol, before committing suicide. Their extremely quarrelsome union ended in 1928. Married actress Dolores Costello the same year, and lived lavishly in a 55 room mansion. Their son John Barrymore, Jr. became an unhappy actor. Insanely jealous of his wife, the two eventually parted ways in 1935. By the time the sound era arrived in film, he was already near 50, but was paraded from lot to lot to take full advantage of his voice and cinematic charisma. Both his memory and his features began to fade from his years of abuse, and he ultimately took on roles that parodied himself, as an aging actor living on past glories. Married a final time in 1936 to a young student, Elaine Barrie, some 35 years his junior, who had written him, after having seen him in Svengali and vowed to marry him. She appeared in one play with him, but after four publicized separations, that union ended in 1940, 2 years before he died of a cardiac condition, as well as other ailments, including a failed liver. Last words reputedly were, “Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.” As a joke, actor Peter Lorre (Steve Buscemi) retrieved his body from the funeral home and propped it in a chair in Errol Flynn’s (Ethan Hawke) house, much to that actor’s shock and surprise, and as one final farewell performance gesture. Inner: Flamboyant, ever the performer both off-screen and on. Charismatically indolent, always a child at heart. Drank everything from fuel alcohol to perfume. Foul-mouthed, urinated in restaurants, attacked women, probably thought himself a complete fool. Had many romances, and though his projected image was of the great screen lover, his reality was the desperate infant looking for love. Through-a-glass-glazedly lifetime of sheer self-annihilation, despite the potential of enormous talent, in an ongoing besotted orgy attempting to plumb his actorly soul. Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) - English/American actor. Outer: Of Jewish descent. Father was an English lawyer, family was related to radical pol John Wilkes (Aneurin Bevan) and shared many of his viewpoints. Showed talent for painting, poetry, sculpting and seduction as a youth. Studied law, and thought of becoming a midshipman, but at 17, against his father’s will, he went on stage, touring with an amateur company. Made his professional debut later in the year with a company of comedians. Married Marie Delannoy at 19, 3 children from the union, before he deserted his wife and family. Similar in appearance to pre-eminent tragedian Edmund Kean (Peter O’Toole), he joined his company at Drury Lane, but one night as Iago to the latter’s Othello, convinced him he would always be subordinate to the other’s talent. Returned to Covent Garden, where he had earlier played Richard III to acclaim. Only 21, but at the center of 2 major troupes’ desire to recruit him. His reappearance caused a riot and forced the company to play in pantomime because they could not be heard over the catcalls and applause. Eventually the furor over him died down, and he toured the provinces. An enthusiastic drinker from an early age, he quickly disintegrated into alcoholism. At 24, he emigrated to America, and eventually married his mistress, Mary Ann Holmes, after 6 more children. Engaged in Eastern theaters, he bought a large farm in Maryland. Father of a trinity of actors, Junius, Jr. (Lew Ayres), Edwin Booth (Montgomery Clift) and John Wilkes Booth (Michael Kennedy), the assassin of Pres. Abraham Lincoln, as well as an actress daughter who died young. Several other children also did not reach maturity. Had a long successful stage career in his adopted country, despite his unreliability through drink. Made two tours of England in his late 20s and early 40s. His erratic behavior, however, led to fits of insanity, when he attempted to drown himself in his early 40s and attacked his manager with an andiron. Broke his nose in the encounter, marring his handsome visage. Joined two sons on stage in California in his mid-50s, but on the way home,he caught a severe cold and died alone in his cabin aboard a steamship. Inner: Intemperate, irresponsible, but always forgiven by his audiences because of his innate gifts. Short, but a passionate and fiery player. Emotional rather than intellectual actor. Amateur student of the Koran and Catholic theology, believed in reincarnation and the equality of all humanity. Refused to kill animals on his farm. Irascible, moody, mad, but with an innate sense of kindness. Lifted glass lifetime of drowning himself once again in a sea of emotions in order to purge himself of his ongoing oceans of darkness. William Brereton (1751-1787) - English actor. Outer: Descended from an old Cheshire family. Father was a major who was Master of Ceremonies at Bath. Handsome, with a fine voice, he made his debut at 17 at David Garrick’s (Richard Burton) Drury Lane Theater. His early career bought him mixed reviews, and he left Garrick for another company in Dublin in his mid-20s in a salary dispute, then returned. Although potentially an interesting actor, he was laconic on stage, and his emotional sense of expression was looked upon as average. Married actress Priscilla Hopkins (Winona Ryder) 2 years later, but had an unrequited love for Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson), which turned him into a heavy drinker. Began acting in a bizarre fashion, pelting a magistrate’s carriage, and then trying to kill himself several times. After making an attempt on the life of his wife, he was hauled off to an asylum, where he spent the rest of his life playing on his own inner stage. Inner: Heavily conflicted, heart was not into his craft. Unhinged lifetime of acting out in life rather than on the stage, saving his heaviest performances for his own eventual undoing. Charles Stewart, 3rd Duke of Richmond, 6th Duke of Lennox (1639-1672) - English nobleman. Outer: Only son of a Scottish nobleman and the daughter of the Duke of Lennox, whom he had secretly wed. One younger sister. His sire was killed fighting for the Royalists when his son was 3. Made both a baron and earl in 1645, in lieu of an uncle who had been slain in the same engagement. During the Commonwealth, he went into exile in France in 1658, and lived in the house of his uncle Ludovic. The following annum the Protectorate issued warrants for his arrest, which deeply disturbed him. The same year, he married Elizabeth Rogers, a coheiress widow, who died in childbirth the following annum. His second wife was Margaret Banaster, also a widow, who died in 1666. No children from either union. Returned to England with Charles II (Peter O’Toole) at the Restoration in 1660, and took a seat in Parliament, where he was quite hostile to the remnants of the Commonwealth. Continually petitioned the crown for favors, as reflection of his loyalty. On the death of his cousin, he succeeded to the titles of 3rd Duke of Richmond and 6th Duke of Lennox. Also made hereditary Great Chamberlain and Admiral of Scotland. The following year he was invested with the Order of the Garter. Continued accruing titles with the deaths of various relatives over the next decade. Fell in love with his cousin, the noted beauty Frances Theresa Stewart (Joan Collins) whom the king also coveted as a mistress. Used to visit her in disguise and in 1667, the duo were wed, although she continued her secret relations with Charles. No children from the union. The following year the king sent him to Denmark as an ambassador to convince the Danes to join England and France against the Dutch who were threatening England. While there, he accidentally drowned. Buried in Westminster Abbey. Since he produced no heirs, most of his titles went extinct, although they were later given to one of the king’s illegitimate sons, Charles Lennox (Warren Beatty). Inner: Extravagant, extremely ambitious and quite greedy. To the manor born lifetime of trying to extract as much as possible out of his elevated position, only to ultimately symbolically perish in a manifestation of his own excessive emotionality.


Storyline: The oft-injured ingénue continually struggles with her body’s tendency towards dis-ease and debilitation, as a wounded young warrior forever trying to heal herself

Lily-Rose Depp (1999) - French-American model and actress. Outer: Of French, British descent, along with smaller amounts of Irish, Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French-Canadian, Dutch, Flemish Belgian and German blood, as well as a touch of African. Mother is French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, father is American actor Johnny Depp, who tattooed her name on his chest. Older of two with a half-brother, Jack. Has dual French and American citizenship, and is bi-lingual. Grew up in both France and Los Angeles. Her parents tried to shield has as best they could from the spotlight, while she initially wanted to be a singer, and then an actress. Wound up in a hospital with a serious e. coli infarction which led to kidney failure in 2007 although she recovered from it, while also struggling with anorexia. A good student, and well-liked by her peers and teachers. 5’3” and slim with blonde hair and light brown eyes. In 2012, her parents split up, sharing joint custody of her. Made her film debut in 2014 with a cameo in the comedy horrorfest Tusk, which starred her father. In 2015, she became the brand ambassador for Chanel, and the following year she became the face of No’s L’Eau fragrance. At the same time she made her small screen debut in an episode of the French TV series “Le journal du Festival.” Inner: Considers herself bi-sexual and sexually fluid. Keeps herself hidden as best she can, thanks to her innate vulnerabilities. Finds creating characters extremely liberating, since they free her of herself. Repeat lifetime of continuing to deal with her physical vulnerabilities to see where they will take her this time around. Jill Ireland (1936-1990) - British/American actress and dancer. Outer: Father was a wine merchant, who suffered from debilitating aphasia. One of two children, with a brother. Both parents and her sibling would outlive her. Began her career as a dancer at the age of 12. In 1955, she signed a contract with Rank, and made her film debut that year as a ballerina in Oh, Rosalind. 5’7”, with blonde hair and brown eyes. Married British actor David McCallum in 1957 after working with him on Hell Divers, and appeared with him several times in his hit show, “The Man From UNCLE.” Two sons, as well as one adopted son from the union. The duo moved to Hollywood in 1962, and when her husband appeared in The Great Escape she met actor Charles Bronson, and they soon became an item, marrying in 1968, after she divorced the previous year, with a daughter and adopted daughter from the union. Prior to that her most noticeable screen achievement was in 1966, in a “Star Trek” episode, as the only woman Mr. Spock ever loved. Never a star, she usually played small support roles both on the small and large screen, with the bulk of her appearances in Bronson films, beginning with the 1970 French film, Rider on the Rain. In 1984, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Continued to struggle with the affliction, and in 1987, she served as chairman of the National Cancer Society. The same year she published an account of it in “Life Wish,” playing off of one of her spouse’s biggest roles, Death Wish. Became a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society, urging women to have both optimism and self-respect in dealing with the affliction.Also penned “Life Lines,” about her adopted son, Jason’s struggle with heroin in 1987. two years later, he died of an accidental overdoes. In 1988, she testified before a Congressional committee on the costs of dealing with cancer, and received a Medal of Courage from Pres. Ronald Reagan. Her third memoir, “Life Times,” was published posthumously after her death from breast cancer at home in 1990. Cremated with her ashes given to her family. Inner: Saw herself as a fighter, rather than a victim. Feisty, good communicator and more than willing to serve as a spokesperson for women suffering from cancer, in order to give them the courage not to passively submit to it. Life wish lifetime of showing herself to be a stalwart warrior, unwilling to submit to the vulnerabilities that continual plague her mortal corpus. Hermione Baker (?-1881) - British inamorata. Outer: Life ill-recorded. Father, Valentine Baker, was the commander of Britain’s Egyptian garrison. One of two daughters, and a noted beauty. She is heServed to be the only female love of Gen. Horatio Kitchener’s (Charles Bronson) life, and after she died prematurely of typhoid fever, he was never involved with anyone else. Inner: Sip of tea lifetime of serving as the wounded heart of a memorable warrior who would ultimately drown in his own heavily-mined seas.


Storyline: The reluctant romeo finally gets past the repressive restrictions of a famous family, in order to find a more free-flowing element in his character, and to his surprise finds a titanic career awaiting him, if he continues to choose to pursue it.

Leonardo DiCaprio (Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio) (1974) - American actor, producer and environmentalist. Outer: Of Italian and German descent on his paternal side and German and Russian on his maternal. Mother was a German immigrant born in a bomb shelter, and the daughter of a coal miner. Her family fled Nazi Germany, and after much hardship, reached the United States. Father was a NY performance artist and underground comic distributor. Named when his parents were strolling through a gallery in Italy, after he did a womb kick when they stood in front of a Leonardo Da Vinci (Gordon Parks) painting. The couple divorced when he was 7 months old although remained together in a free-flow lifestyle, while his father remarried. Raised primarily by his mother, who became a secretary, and he remains extremely close to the duo. Raised in a nonconformist manner, in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood, where he got beaten up a lot thanks to his diminutive size, although his mother insured him of a good education. Initially wanted to be a biologist or travel agent. An excellent impressionist, who loved the attention and laughs he got, he realized in his early teens he could make a living at acting, although never took a formal lesson. After his stepbrother appeared in a commercial, he followed suit at 14 and soon found himself on TV in the sitcom “Growing Pains,” and the soap opera, “Santa Barbara.”6’1”, with blonde hair and blue eyes, and initially slim and boyish. A starring role in his debut film, This Boy’s Life, in his late teens, brought much notice, as did a highly believable turn as a dysfunctional boy protected by his older brother, played by Johnny Depp, in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Attained superstardom in his early 20s, as the romantic lead in the megahit Titanic, becoming a teen heart/throb in the process. Felt overwhelmed by it all, refusing to work for the next 2 years, while he tried to come to terms with his instant success, which gave him the opportunity for a virtually limitless career right at its onset, to see what he could do with it. His initial manifestation, however, was as a brawler, partyer and imbiber, while subsequent choices over roles were less than inspiring, despite his rarified status of commanding $20 million a picture. Started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, “dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants,” giving away tens of millions in charitable grants, while also involving himself with some shady financial characters. Formed Appian Way Productions after the turn of the century, which has produced several off-beat films, including The Revenant. Returned to prominence with Catch Me If You Can at 2002’s end, while getting mixed reviews for the simultaneous Gangs of New York, before finally finding a vehicle, The Aviator, a biopic on Howard Hughes, two years later, that matched his desire for enduring work, and showed him ready to step into more mature characterizations, which he would subsequently do in The Departed and Blood Diamond, showing him to have finally grown into a believable highly masculine presence on the screen. Reteamed with Kate Winslet in 2008 in Revolutionary Road, another tale of drowning, this time in drink and suburban malaise. Very selective in the roles he takes, looking for meaty characters and challenging scripts, including his 2016 Golden Globe best dramatic actor turn in his own production company's The Revenant, a literal bear of a role in which he played a vengeful trapper. Won an Oscar for it, as well, in his first triumph after six nominations, while giving an impassioned speech on climate change, a subject very close to his heart. Has a net worth of a little over $200 million Inner: Effortless actor, able to grow with his fame, despite being occasionally miscast. Given that rare challenge of over-adulation and over-attention as both stimuli and false veils, while making the choices that will either enmesh him in easy caricature or give him the necessary motivation to be a truly outstanding screen presence. Obsessive, articulate, with a great desire to create a meaningful body of work, and to be well-loved for it. Totally redesigned lifetime of going for stage center from the beginning of his career, after a free-spirited upbringing, in order to allow him to loosen the controls on his heretofore repressed character and carry it to far more expressive heights. Lionel Barrymore (Lionel Blythe) (1878-1954) - American actor. Outer: Mother was actress Georgiana Drew Barrymore (Jane Seymour), father was actor Maurice Barrymore (Michael Redgrave). The eldest and the quietist of 3 who all took to the stage as America’s first family of the theater. His siblings were Ethel (Winona Ryder) and John Barrymore (Johnny Depp). Made his stage debut at 6 with his parents, but cried instead of reciting his lines, and did not act steadily until his teens, although his official debut at 15 in a revival of “The Rivals,” was so inept, it instilled within him a permanent aversion to stage work. Educated in NYC and in London, then attended Seton Hall College as well as the Art Student’s League. Returned to the stage and was a leading actor by his mid-20s, often appearing with his uncle John Drew, Jr. (Raul Julia). 5’10”, stocky. Still ambivalent about his chosen profession, he studied painting for 3 years in Paris, before returning to NYC and continuing his stage career. Married Doris Rankin, his uncle Sidney Drew’s (Wallace Shawn) sister-in-law in 1904. Two daughters from the union, both of whom died in infancy, as well as a third daughter who was never mentioned after the age of 8. Denied ever having had any children, while his wife refused to discuss him following their divorce in 1923. Joined Biograph Films in 1909 as one of the first legitimate actors to try the new medium, and appeared in many of the early films of director D. W. Griffith. Also wrote several scripts for him at $25 a pop. Played leading roles for various studios, occasionally directing, while continuing with his Broadway career until his mid-40s, when he abandoned the stage entirely for film. Married actress Irene Fenwick (Julie Christie) in 1923, immediately after his divorce was final, and she died 13 years later, no children from the second union either. Collapsed on hearing of his wife’s death, which resulted in a long hospitalization. Signed in 1926 with MGM and continued with them for the remaining quarter century of his film career. After playing lead roles for several more years, he developed into one of Hollywood’s most popular character actors. Did some 250 screen roles all told, in later years most of his turns were as lovable, irascible curmudgeons. With his shaggy eyebrows and rasping voice, he was a very noticeable screen personality. Won an Academy Reward for Best Actor in 1931 for Free Soul. Only worked with his siblings on film once in Rasputin and the Empress in 1932. Gave an annual radio performance as Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s (Richard Burton) A Christmas Carol. Spent his last 18 years with Mrs. J. E. Wheeler, a former chorus girl with a loose reputation whom no one liked, but he had a content domestic life with her. Became identified in the late 1930s and early 1940s, with his role as Dr. Gillespie in the ‘Dr. Kildare’ series which ran for 15 films. Active in community affairs, often appearing at benefits for civic causes. Partially paralyzed at 60 by a combination of arthritis and a leg injury, but continued acting in a wheelchair. Became addicted to drugs, but learned to live with them. Wrote a novel and dictated his autobiography, We Barrymores. In addition to his other skills, he was also a composer of orchestral music, as well as a painter and etcher. Died of a heart attack, after reading “MacBeth” aloud to his housemate. Inner: Reclusive, domestic, gripped by a fear of performing on stage his entire life. Never a showman, viewed acting as a business. Emotionally repressed, save when angered, at which point he was capable of great profanity. Quiet, omnivorous reader. Tightly buttoned lifetime of trying to loosen his constricted character through character acting despite a resistance to performing, while also extending himself into other milieus of expression, and probably preferring to be someone other than who he was. John Philip Kemble (1757-1823) - English actor. Outer: Father was actor Roger Kemble (Michael Redgrave). Mother was Sarah Kemble (Jane Seymour). Eldest son and 2nd of 12 children, 5 of whom went on to careers on the stage, including Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson), Elizabeth Whitlock (Vanessa Redgrave), George Stephen (Liam Neeson), and Charles Kemble (Dustin Hoffman), while sister Ann Hatton (Lynn Redgrave) became a gothic novelist. Raised a Catholic like his brothers; father wanted him to be a priest. Spent his childhood on the stage, but later trained for the priesthood in France, which made for an ascetic, severe character, that he would later transliterate into his acting style. Found little real calling in the priesthood, although learned Latin and Greek, before returning to England and the stage at 19. Spent several years in the provinces, before making his Irish, then London debut in the role of Hamlet in his mid-20s, to mixed reviews. Established himself by playing Macbeth opposite his sister, Sarah Siddons, in his late 20s. At 30, he married actress Priscilla Hopkins (Winona Ryder), who had been from a theatrical family. Unromantic union, no children, forcing her to subjugate herself to his career. Appointed manager of the Drury Lane Theater in his early 30s, and made many important reforms in management, costumes and scenery, while introducing live animals to the stage for the first time. A tall, imposing figure, with a grave and solemn manner, which made him perfect for Shakespearean roles, while he acted in the declaiming manner of the day, without great or subtle emotion. Resigned his position over conflicts with playwright Richard Sheridan (George Bernard Shaw), and permanently severed connections with him in his mid-40s. Became manager of the Covent Garden Theater the following year, taking a sixth share in it, only to lose money when it burned down 5 years later. Crowds rioted when he increased prices after it reopened, which forced it to suspend performances. Saved from ruin by a ducal gift and by the sale of his library. Gave his last performance at 60, and then was forced to retire because of gout. Also suffered from asthma, and had malformed vocal chords, which caused him to mispronounce words. Probably converted to Protestantism before his death. Inner: Excellent memory, could repeat whole newspapers, including advertisements, after a few day’s study. Partial to alcohol, attacked his brother’s fiancee when drunk. Sober-sided, prudent, quiet and honorable, when dry, obnoxious when inebriated. Considered both a gentlemen and a scholar. Stifled lifetime of accepting his fate as the progeny of a famous acting family, and taking to the stage, but would probably have preferred a less public means of self-expression.


Storyline: The theatrical princess employs an unconventional upbringing, like her fellow crypto-family members, in order to try to unleash the full breath of her considerable talent in unfettered fashion, following numerous go-rounds of being a supporting player and orbiting star in much larger theatrical households.

Winona Ryder (Winona Horowitz) (1971) - American actress. Outer: Of Russian and Romanian Jewish descent on her paternal side and possibly Belgian on her maternal. Father was a bookseller specializing in the literature of the 1960s, mother owned a small video production company. Both parents placed high value on reading. Younger brother and 2 older half siblings. Her sire had earlier served as archivist to renegade academic Timothy Leary, who was his daughter’s godfather, and went on the lam with him around the time of her daughter’s birth. The family moved to San Francisco when she was an infant, where her progenitor was part of that city’s alternate literary circle. Moved to an agricultural commune without electricity in Northern California when she was 7, and began play/acting with the other kids. Had lots of movement and stimulation as a child, both intellectually and emotionally. After moving to Petaluma, she was beaten up at school, when her short hair made others think she was an effeminate boy, and she did home study afterwards. Joined the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for her initial training at 11, after being discovered skateboarding in front of it, and made her film debut in 1985 following the 8th grade.5’4”, with dark brown hair and eyes. Had her first starring role at 15, and went on to play a spate of alienated teens, quickly building up a reputation for her intense screen presence, although she suffered deep depression over the demands of her early career. Constantly on screen, she wound up over-worked and exhausted, although eventually found a balance for a number of memorable portrayals, including The Age of Innocence and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Engaged to Edward Scissorhands co-star Johnny Depp for 3 years, but the duo broke up before marrying, thanks to her father’s naysaying the union. Made 24 movies by the time she was 28, often playing troubled young women, although the quality of the films in which she appeared lessened with the decade, save for Girl Interrupted. Interrupted her own trajectory with a well-publicized shoplifting incident in 2001 where she hefted $5560 worth of goods, and was injured by a TV camera during a court appearance, as her sense of melodrama drifted from reel to real life, leaving questions galore about how she would deal with her problems.Wound up a bigger news story than suspected terrorist Osama Bin Laden, before both he and she eventually escaped into their own little worlds. Ultimately convicted but given no jail time, and later said painkillers, taken after breaking an arm, as an excuse for her behavior, while denying any sense of guilt, since she had hurt no one but herself. Left Los Angeles afterwards for the comfort of her Northern California family, and largely disappeared over the next 5 years, before resuming her career in increments, doing mostly support and small screen work. before resuming her career in increments, doing mostly support and small screen work. Serially monogamous, she has been involved in a multi-year relationship with designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn, with no desire to start a family. In late 2015, she became the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty, 14 years after shoplifting one of the designer’s sweaters. Has a net worth of $14 million. Inner: Intense, articulate, driven to succeed, but also self-sabotaging, in her desire for attention. Stylish, self-seeking and freedom-loving, with a strong sense of her own uniqueness. Has little interest tweeting or being a studio byproduct. Free-wheeling lifetime of an unconventional upbringing in order to bring out her more instinctual emotions as both an actress and a person, after earlier existences of being straight-jacketed by her connection to a longtime famous acting family. Ethel Barrymore (Ethel Blythe) (1879-1959) - American actress. Outer: Mother was actress Georgiana Drew Barrymore (Jane Seymour), father was actor Maurice Barrymore (Michael Redgrave). Originally wanted to be a pianist. Middle of 3 who took to the stage, siblings were Lionel (Leonardo DiCaprio) and John Barrymore (Johnny Depp). Her parents were often touring, leaving her to the Victorian discipline of her grandmother Louisa Lane Drew (Lucille Ball). Convent educated, she made her professional debut in NYC at 15 in a company headed by her grandmother, while always being scared before going in front of the lights because of an innate shyness. 5’6 1/2”, square-jawed and slender. Her first success was on the English stage in her late teens, before returning to Broadway to become a star there in her early 20s, after the turn of the century. In addition to her stage work, she appeared in vaudeville, and then films, radio and TV, as the new media presented themselves to her. Became an icon for young women, who copied her voice and walk, as well as her other distinctive mannerisms. Turned down a marriage proposal by Winston Churchill, before marrying Russell Colt, an industrialist’s son, in 1909, 2 sons and a daughter from the union, all of whom appeared upon the boards. Divorced in 1923, after numerous separations and reconciliations. Developed a severe drinking problem, causing her to collapse on stage in Denver, and booed off of it in London. Eventually overcame her desire for self-annihilation, to ultimately inherit the mantle of the first lady of the American theater, a sobriquet she hated. Announced her retirement in 1936, but returned the following year, and continued to perform for another near two decades. Opened the Ethel Barrymore Theater in NYC in her late 40s. The only film in which she appeared with her siblings was Rasputin and the Empress. Won a Best Actress Oscar in 1944 for None But The Lonely Heart. In her later films, she was usually cast as an imperious but lovable matriarch. Made her final public appearance on TV in a testimonial to her on her 78th birthday. Spent her last year and a half in bed, and died of a heart condition, after stating, “Is everyone happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.” Wrote her memoirs, “Memories, An Autobiography,” after first thinking of calling it, “Too Many Tears.” Inner: Prickly, blunt, difficult, aggressively isolated, but also with the ability to inspire genuine devotion. Suspicious of modern plays, which limited her characterizations. Never kept clippings or a scrapbook, although she acquired a voluminous library, which she readily devoured. Lifelong insomniac, with a husky, emotional voice. Big sports fan, with a natural regal sense to her. Out-of-time lifetime of coming into a royal stage family, at a time without a classical tradition, forcing her to be good in bad plays, rather than great in great works. Priscilla Kemble (Priscilla Hopkins) (1756-1845) - English actress. Outer: From a struggling theatrical family, mother was an actress, as was an older sister, while her father worked as a prompter after her birth. Made her debut at 16 with David Garrick’s (Richard Burton) company at the Drury Lane. Short and pretty, but not particularly accomplished upon the stage. Married actor William Brereton (Johnny Depp) in 1777, who was actually in love with actress Sarah Siddons (Laurie Anderson). Her husband’s unrequited love eventually unhinged him, and he made several attempts on his own life, and then one on hers, before being hauled off to an asylum, where he died deranged when she was in her early 30s. Later the same year, she married John Philip Kemble (Leonardo DiCaprio), much to the detriment of her own career. An unromantic union, which was arranged by politician Lord North, promising her husband a dowry when his own daughter had fallen in love with the actor, although once the marriage had been effected, he reneged on his commitment. No offspring from either union. Parts were often held from her because of husband’s primary role in the theater. Continued acting, mostly in supporting roles, until retiring at the age of 40. Lived in comfort after her 2nd husband’s death. Inner: Proper and stuffy. Contained lifetime of playing second fiddle to a famous acting family and suffering at the hands of both her future husbands-turned-brothers, before returning to another legendary crew, and focusing on her own career, with far better results.


Storyline: The reformed self- decimator takes it one lifetime at a time in his return to the roots of his craft, after finally finding the life-preserver that has allowed him to float above his turbulent inner seas.

Ben Chaplin (Benedict Greenwood) (1970) - English actor. Outer: Mother was a drama teacher, father was an engineer. Grew up in a London suburb. Third of four children with an older brother and sister, and a younger sister. Made his acting debut at 16, and was educated at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. 5’11”, with dark brown hair and eyes. Quickly established himself as a young actor of note, while working for the BBC2, in the sitcom “Game On.” Made his film debut in a minor part as a footman in Remains of the Day in 1993, and two years later, came to the attention of Hollywood talent scouts, during a London run of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” for which he was nominated for an Olivier. Soon afterwards, he moved to Los Angeles from London, but felt completely out-of-place in the City of Angels, and returned to England. In 1997, he played the same role as in his Clift life in Washington Square, sounding eerily like him, although without his earlier edginess, thanks to a far less tortured personal character in his private life. Working both sides of the Atlantic on the stage, as well as the screen, he carefully selects his roles according to his growth, keeping his odd temperament in check and channeled into his craft, taking it seriously, as have most of the other cleansed members of his family, after far more self-destructive go-rounds in the past. With his innate volatility and self-destructiveness completely curbed, he has also muted his public presence considerably, with his sense of the dramatic reserved for his stage and screen work, rather than his battles with altered states. Inner: Quiet, serious and dedicated totally to his career. Craft-building lifetime of bringing his acute acting sensibilities into the Information Age, finally and completely reconditioned from his inglorious past. Edwin Booth (1833-1893) - American actor. Outer: 4th son of bibulous actor Junius Brutus Booth (Johnny Depp). Older brother was Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. (Lew Ayres), while his younger sibling was infamous actor/assassin John Wilkes Booth (Michael Kennedy). Named after actor Edwin Forrest (Marlon Brando). Received a light education at private schools, but his real schooling was at the hands of his scattershot father, while accompanying him on tours as a mitigating force between his sire’s continual battle with the bottle. Although close with his progenitor, the older actor did not want his son to follow in his footlit footsteps. Nevertheless, he learned the rudiments of stagecraft from him, and made his own theatrical debut in Boston at 15. 2 years later, in NYC, he substituted with no notice for his father in the role of Richard III, and gave a creditable performance. Small and awkward, but with a musical voice, and a sensitive, subdued acting style. Went to California with his father at 18, and then, after the former’s wastrel’s death that year, played in Australia with actress Laura Keene (Mary Pickford), although her tour was a financial disaster. Returned to California, and in Sacramento, each one of his performances was followed by a fire, giving him the sobriquet, ‘The Fiery Star.’ Continued to learn his craft through touring, and by his early 20s, he was a seasoned player. A far more intelligent actor than his father, although he followed his intemperate example, and occasionally came on stage inebriated. Went to the East Coast, and by 1860, after a series of well-received performances, he became the dominant actor of his time, superseding the fading Forrest. Married Mary Devlin, a young actress, in his mid-20s, one daughter from the unionPassionately loved his mate, who retired from the stage, but she died 3 years later. Held enormous guilt over having been drunk at the time, instead of by her bedside. Vowed to stop drinking, and did, becoming temperate for the rest of his life. Appointed co-manager of the Winter Garden Theater, and appeared there with his 2 acting siblings for the one and only time the 3 were on the stage together. After his brother assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, he retired briefly from the boards, then returned the following year, although never fully recovered from the dishonor to the family’s name. Received numerous death threats but his audience remained loyal to him, although at one performance, he was fired at twice by a pistol-wielding demento in the audience while he was playing Shakespeare’s Richard II. Unhappily married Mary McVicker, his leading lady in his mid-30s, but she eventually went insane. Opened his own theater in NYC, but did not have a good head for business. His Shakespearean roles over the next 5 years there cemented his reputation, but the theater went bankrupt during the panic of 1873-74, as did he. Recouped his losses through continually working, although for others rather than himself. Went to England in his late 40s, after having acted there earlier, and hooked up with Henry Irving (Lawrence Olivier) for a memorable set of performances. After his wife died, he returned to the continent, and scored his biggest success touring Germany. Memorable as King Lear as well as Hamlet. In his early 50s, he formed a business and acting partnership with Lawrence Barrett (Frederic March), which gave him a solid financial footing again. In his mid-50s, he founded the Players in NYC, a club for actors and professional men, where he lived til the end of his life. Made his farewell appearance 2 years before his death and then retired after a slight paralytic stroke. Considered a seminal figure of the 19th century theater, overcoming considerable personal adversity to raise the standards of the American stage. When he died, so, in essence, did Shakespeare on the American stage. Inner: Grave, sensitive, haunted and melancholy, thanks to his father’s propensity for self-obliteration. Excellent letter writer, serious student of his craft. Dedicated himself to raising the moral levels of the stage. Resurrecting lifetime of expunging his own personal demons by dealing with a father who reflected his earlier self, the deaths of two mates, one well-loved, one ill-loved, and the fallout of a divided brother who killed the leader of a divided nation. Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) - American actor. Outer: Mother was willful and socially ambitious, father was a banker and broker. Twin sister and younger brother. His parents lived apart, and he was mostly brought up by his mother, who felt children should absorb European culture and took them there on extended outings when he was between the ages of 8 and 10. Studied under private tutors and became fluent in several languages, but felt totally unrooted from his upbringing. Ultimately wound up in Florida, where he made his stage debut at 12. Briefly modeled then began his theatrical career in earnest at 14 with summer stock, skipping school to do so. Did 13 plays, working with top actors, including Frederic March. 5’10”, with dark brown hair and green eyes. Employed natural speech, which sometimes made him inaudible. Suffered from chronic colitis, which kept him out of WW II. One of the founding members of the Actor’s Studio in the late 1940s. After turning down several offers, he made his Hollywood debut shortly afterwards in Red River in 1947, specializing in troubled, inward looking heroes, most notably in A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity and The Young Lions. Garnered several Academy Reward nominations for his work. Very unHollywood, he kept largely to himself, then was involved in an automobile accident in his late 30s, which scarred him, both inside and out. Began drinking heavily, using drugs, and showing more and more erratic behavior, both at work and at play, much to the dismay of his few intimates. Spent a great deal of time and money on therapy. Developed cataracts in both eyes, as symbol of not looking at himself, and died of a heart attack at home a few years later. Made only 17 films. Inner: Sensitive homophile, serious, melancholy and intense. Drowning lifetime of self-torture to get at the depths of his emotions, while leaving a memorable legacy of work in the wake of his unintegrated character. Edward Kynaston (Ned Kynaston) (c1640-1706) - English actor. Outer: From a non-theatrical family. Began his career as a teenager playing female parts, one of the last males to do so, before the entry of women into the theater. Handsome, with an androgynous beauty. Physically able to project the essence of the feminine, despite a male voice, and could also capture the emotional intensity of those parts. Married in 1662, several children from the union. Continued playing female roles after the introduction of women to the stage, and then did both genders before switching exclusively to male roles. Earned a share in his troupe, and had a long and successful career as a principal actor at Covent Garden Theatre. Was one of rebellious actors in 1695 who joined Thomas Betterton (Charles Laughton) in forming their own troupe at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Eventually his memory began to fail and he retired in 1699, although unlike many of the actors of his time, he left a sizable estate. Inner: Serious and sharp-eyed. Last go-round in a while in which he would play his larger life for sheer craft, rather than self-immolation. Genderbending lifetime of exploring the stage from both sides of himself, before reclaiming his maleness, in his ongoing desire to delve as deeply as possible into himself from a self-healing, as well as a self-expressive perspective.


Storyline: The uninhibited hedonist learns how to upstage her own draws towards self-ruin to become an optimistic icon of idealized and idolized young womanhood.

Drew Barrymore (Drew Blythe Barrymore) (1975) - American actress, author, director and producer. Outer: Of Hungarian descent on her maternal side, and British, Irish and German on her paternal. Product of a brief marriage of Jaid Mako to actor John Barrymore, Jr., who was an abusive, chaotic presence when he was around. Her audacious Hungarian-born mother, who was her husband’s third wife, wrote Secrets of World Class Lovers, and proved an adept model for her equally uninhibited daughter. Her mother also pursued a screen career into which she could channel her wild nature, then later tried to exploit her daughter’s success, which caused a huge rift twixt the two. Appeared in a commercial at the age of 9 months, and made her screen debut at the age of 4. Two years later, she was in the immensely popular E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, but like some of her forebears, became victim of a ‘too much, too soon’ lifestyle. Had her first drink at 9, smoked marijuana at 11 and was sniffing cocaine a year later. Spent a year at a mental health facility at 13, and made a suicide attempt the following year before she started regaining control of her life. Returned to the screen at 14 after a 4 year absence, and revealed her unhinged childhood in a tell-all book, “Little Girl Lost.” 5’4”, with light brown hair and green eyes. At 16, she wrested control of her career from her mother, who had been her manager, and became a fine young actress, as well as an equally liberated one, appearing nude on the cover of Interview magazine, as well as gracing the pages of Playboy at 19. Had a 3 week marriage to Jeremy Thomas, a Welsh bartender in 1994, and then began focusing far more on her craft, proving herself a popular, bankable and talented screen star. Expanded into the role of producer/star with the popular vehicle, Charley’s Angels in 2000, while maintaining a firm hold on her position as one of Hollywood’s most dependable attractions. Married comedian Tom Green in 2001 and divorced him the next year, following an intervening house fire redolent of her old combustibility. Formed her own company, Flower Films, along with producing partner, Nancy Juvonen, and finally found some sense of peace and balance with herself. Continues to grace the screen in a busy career that has given her the opportunity to strut her stuff in a wide variety of roles, while also serving as a spokeswoman for Lancome. In 2008, she donated $1 million to help feed children in Africa, adding activist to her deepening resumé. Hooked up with actor and MAC spokesman, Justin Long, while also admitting to being bisexual. Made her directorial debut in 2009 with Whip It, a modest coming-of-age tale that showed she has a nice feel for her players. In 2012 she married art consultant Will Kopelman, shortly before the birth of their first child together, a daughter. Later added a second daughter to their brood. Lost an older half-sister to suicide in 2014, whom she hardly knew, while adding posthumous insult to her exit by claiming she was far too fat to ever be related to her. Admitted that she gets less interesting offers at age 40, and so, has maintained a lower professional profile, while working at being a good mother. Much to her husband’s shock and hurt, she announced their impending divorce in early 2016.The following year she starred in a cable horror comedy, “Santa Clarita Diet” playing a married zombie cannibal to extremely entertaining effect. Has a net worth of $125 million. Inner: Free spirit, willful, exhibitionistic and obsessive, as well as optimistic. Sports 6 tattoos, including an angel holding a cross with her mother’s name on it. Never watches her own movies. Grounding lifetime of trying to get past her self-destructive, self-centered urges of the past and be the full-fledged actress she has always wanted to be. Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) - American actress. Outer: Father was Speaker of the House of Representatives William Brockman Bankhead, mother died from complications several weeks after childbirth. Named after a grandmother, who had been christened after a waterfall. Younger of 2 daughters. Brought up by aunts, and educated at a strict convent school, although it failed to tame her irrepressible nature, which she expressed through tantrums and attention-getting behavior. Her father, whom she revered, had had secret stage ambitions and encouraged his daughter in that direction. Often imitated well-known entertainers for the family’s benefit. Won a local beauty contest at 15 and left home, going to NYC where she made her stage debut in the same year, as well as appeared in two silent films. 5’3” with large soulful eyes and a dominating stage presence. After a variety of roles, she went to London in her late teens to pursue an English lord she had met in NYC, and became a celebrity there, spending the next 7 years as both a hit on the stage and the party circuit, creating a ‘Tallulah Craze.’ Bright and witty, she personified the exuberance of the 1920s. Did 16 plays in 8 years in London. Completely uninhibited, with a tart tongue, a taste for alcohol and cocaine, a sexual voraciousness and an explosive laugh. Returned to the U.S. in her mid-20s, and resumed her career in NYC, often performing in an altered state, before signing a film contract with Paramount, although she appeared in only a handful of movies, reserving most of her work for the stage, where she was a leading lady on Broadway during the 1930s. Married in her mid-30s to actor John Emery, divorced 4 years later. As she grew older, she also grew more outrageous, often shedding her clothes at parties and deliberately shocking one and all within her reach. Capable of highly witty bon mots, including ‘pure as the driven slush.’ Bi-sexual, with Hattie McDaniel (Oprah Winfrey), and Billie Holiday (Queen Latifah) among her lovers, which she numbered at 180. Best remembered for her stage roles in “Little Foxes” and “Skin of Our Teeth.” Ultimately became a boozy caricature of herself, slipping into an excess use of tobacco, alcohol and cocaine. Appeared on both radio and TV talk programs, and hosted her own radio variety show. Died of double pneumonia complicated by emphysema, after driving everyone crazy in the hospital with her melodramatic swan song that mimicked the title of her final film, Die! Die! My Darling! Wrote her life story, “My Autobiography.” Inner: Smart, sassy, free-spirited, although prone to bad habits and deliberately shocking behavior, a true original. Called everyone, ‘dahling.’ Increasingly more difficult to work with as she grew more famous, extremely self-centered, staunch Democrat and longtime insomniac. Preferred acclaim and long runs to artistry. Self-indulgent lifetime of giving complete free expression to herself no matter the consequence. Charlotte Clarke (Charlotte Cibber) (1713-1760) - English actress. Outer: Father was playwright Colley Cibber (Brendan Behan), mother was singer and actress Catherine Shore Cibber, to whom she was very close. 12th and last child, and resented by some of her older siblings. Tomboyish while growing up, with a pronounced desire not to follow any of the female traditions of the time, thanks to a weak, indulgent mother. Began wearing a periwig at 4, in imitation of her sire, much to everyone’s amusement, and had a love for both horses and guns. Received a genteel liberal education, which was unusual for the time for her gender, and at one point, acted as a doctor, until her father put a stop to it because of excess bills for prescribed drugs. Tall and slender. At 17, she married Richard Charke, a philandering violinist, composer and actor, with an obsession for prostitutes. After getting pregnant with a daughter, her husband’s profligate ways forced her to earn her own living, which she did in a variety of jobs before turning to the stage to support herself, while the latter largely disappeared from her life, eventually to die prematurely. Her daughter Kitty became a popular actress in the colonies, and disappeared from her sphere of influence as well. Joined her father’s company, and made her debut in 1730 in the aptly titled, “The Provok’d Wife.” After initially playing female roles, she made her reputation in men’s parts in comedies and burlesques, and then began wearing their garments offstage as well, over a 15 year period, which may have been inspired by a desire to escape her debtors and going to prison, after being constantly in financial straits. May also have been bisexual, with the single constant relationship in her life, a kindly actress known only as Mrs. Brown, with whom she lived openly for a decade. Became a prompter at a theater in Bath, a job heretofore denied women, and also managed and directed theater troupes, helping to break gender barriers in that arena as well. In addition, she worked as a puppeteer, sold sausages door-to-door, and was a male waiter, as well as a cross-dressing valet. Starred in a parody by Henry Fielding (Tom Stoppard) of one of her father’s signature roles, Lord Foppington, and also wrote a play, “The Art of Management,” which excoriated both her father and brother, and the two eventually disowned her. Her second marriage, in 1746, was to one John Sacheverell, about whom nothing is known, although she used his name on stage until his premature death soon after the union. Suffered financial hardships much of her life, trotting the boards in the provinces, and 5 years before her death, penned her autobiography, “A Narrative of the Life of Charlotte Charke.” Always managed to stay one step ahead of disaster, thanks to a gift for benefactors, and a generosity of soul, that continued to rebound back to her. Eventually exhausted herself, and faded out in her late 40s, dying penniless in her lodgings. Inner: Highly independent, with an extremely strong will, and little inhibition about expressing herself. Stubborn and hot-tempered, with a dramatic grandiosity about herself. Cross-dressing lifetime of refusing to accept second class citizenship as a woman, while continually doing battle to stay financially afloat in a world still very much dominated by the opposite gender.


Storyline: The principled player objects to violence as a solution to national problems, after earlier seeing the direct consequence of being caught up in it through familial connections, and sticks to his guns, by rejecting saidsame, in his ongoing desire to both uplift and entertain.

Lew Ayres (Lewis Frederick Ayres III) (1908-1996) - American actor and musician. Outer: When he was young, his parents moved to San Diego, where he was raised. Had an early desire to either be a minister or a doctor, and serve humanity as such. 5’9’. Studied medicine at the Univ. of Arizona, but a love of performing curtailed his projected career in that discipline, and instead, he began touring with bands as a banjo player. Discovered by a talent scout in 1927 in a Hollywood nightclub where he was playing, and his film career was launched with The Sophomore in 1929. Quickly became a star with All Quiet on the Western Front in 1930, where he played a patriotic young German soldier in an anti-war story, and by decade’s near-end he was a Hollywood fixture, thanks to the “Dr. Kildare” series, in which he played off of Lionel Barrymore (Leonardo DiCaprio), as an idealistic intern in nine films for MGM. In 1931, he married actress Lola Lane, divorced less than two years later. The following annum, he married actress-dancer Ginger Rogers, after appearing with her in Don’t Bet on Love, in a union that would also end in divorce in 1940. No children from either marriage. His anti-war and doctor roles would be a direct reflection of his own inner interests, and when WW II broke, he tried to join the Medical Corps, although was not permitted to do so. Applied for conscientious objector status in 1942, raising an enormous hue and cry against him, as a treasonous traitor. Movie theaters refused to exhibit his films, and he was summarily dropped by MGM. Doggedly resuscitated his career by serving as a combat medic in the Pacific theater, and as a chaplain’s aid in New Guinea and the Philippines. His willingness to put himself in harm’s way regained the public’s confidence in him, since his motivation was seen as religiously motivated rather than a chicken-hearted aversion to peril. While in the service, he had thought about quitting cineacting, since it seemed such a trivial pursuit, before realizing how important movies were in the lives of everyone. Was offered several undistinguished roles after his return, before receiving an Academy Reward nomination for his role in Johnny Belinda in 1948. His costar Jane Wyman, who did win an Academy Reward for it, left her husband Ronald Reagan for him, even though he was married at the time, and failed to reciprocate her infatuation with him. Reprised his Dr. Kildare character on radio in 1950, along with Barrymore. When he was offered the same role a decade later for NBC, he stipulated that the show not be advertised by cigarettes, and was huffily rejected in favor of actor Richard Chamberlain. Served as a series host on TV afterwards, and television would remain his acting mainstay for the rest of his career. In 1964, he married Diana Hall, a former flight attendant, one son from the union, which lasted the rest of his life. Toured the country with the documentary Altars of the World, which illumined different faiths in different countries. Active his entire life, he was still playing character parts on TV into his 80s, in keeping with his projected image as a man of both faith and principle. Died two days after his 88th birthday from complications from a coma, from which he never emerged. Inner: Good-humored and humane, with a genuine desire to be of service to humanity. Thoughtful, quiet and highly principled. Ethical lifetime of maintaining his high moral standards in an industry famous for the opposite, in his own ongoing need to raise both himself and others to higher moral ground, no matter the petty backlash on his unimpeachable character. Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. (1818-1883) - American actor. Outer: Father was actor Junius Brutus Booth (Johnny Depp), sire of the best known American acting family of the 19th century. Mother was the former’s second wife. Younger brothers John Wilkes (Michael Kennedy) and Edwin Booth (Montgomery Clift), both made reputations for themselves on the stage, until his former sibling forever besmirched the family name by assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. Questioned after the assassination as to any part he may have played in it, despite the fact he was an ardent unionist and a supporter of the president. Initially forced to suffer the same vilification as his sibling, as well as a brief imprisonment, although he was able to resuscitate his career afterwards. Not particularly notable for his thespian skills, he lived off the family reputation rather than his own, although was capable of praiseworthy performances. The three brothers appeared together on the stage only once, in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Married twice, 7 children from the first union, and 4 from the second, with two dying young. His first wife died in 1859, and he married again in 1867 to Agnes Land Rookes (Jane Wyman), who forged a successful career on her own as an actress. His 2nd mate was 25 years his junior and 3 years younger than his oldest daughter. Far more successful as a manager than player, he managed several theater companies, and also built and managed a summer theater in Massachusetts. Retired from the theater the last 10 years of his life. Died from Bright’s disease. Inner: Athletic, graceful, modest and good-natured, with a good sense of humor. Secondary status lifetime of coming into a noted and soon to be notorious acting family as part of his apprenticeship, before returning with far more developed skills, and a conscientious sense of objection to violence as a means of answering social and political problems.


Storyline: The self-contained careerist employs unsettled childhoods as a springboard to seek gainful employment early, in order to use public love as a substitute for her own frustrations in that same private arena.

Jane Wyman (Sarah Jane Mayfield) (1917-2007) - American actress. Outer: Father was a worker at a meal company, mother was a stenographer and office assistant. Her parents divorced when she was 4, and the following year, her sire died of pneumonia at 27. Her mother then moved to Cleveland, and she was placed in the care of neighbors, taking on their name, Fulks, while growing up in St. Louis. Had a bleak childhood at the hands of her adopted father, a chief of detectives, who was a harsh disciplinarian. When she was 11, he died, and her adopted mother took her to Los Angeles, where she had two grown children by an ophthalmologist, her first husband. Her mother tried to help her break into films, but to no avail. Subsequently dropped out of school for the same purpose, with the same non-result, while working odd jobs to support herself. 5’5”, 110 lbs., with a signature page boy bob. Naturally light-haired, although dyed it darker for much of her career. Moved back to Missouri in 1930 to finish high school, before beginning at the Univ. of Missouri. The draw towards Hollywood was too great, however, and she returned in 1932, intent once again on breaking into show business. Claimed to be 3 years older, and began working as a chorus girl, as well as a radio singer. Made her uncredited debut as a dancer in a Busby Berkeley extravaganza The Kid From Spain in 1932. At 16, she married salesman Ernest Wyman in 1933, and took her nom de cinema from him. Divorced soon afterwards, while working as a contract player for Warner Bros., initially playing chorus girls in uncredited turns, before getting bit parts in B-comedies, often as a fast-talking blonde sidekick. Married a second time in 1937 to Myron Futterman, a dress manufacturer 15 years her senior, separated three months later and divorced the following year, over her wanting children. Met Ronald Reagan, a fellow contract player at the time, after playing his girl friend in 1938 in Brother Rat and actively pursued him, despite being quite his opposite. The duo had a well-publicized courtship, before marrying in 1940. While appearing in 4 films together, they had two daughters, the second of whom died after a premature birth, while her eldest, Maureen, became politically active and had her own public career. Also adopted a son, Michael, who fashioned his own talkshow career, in the shadow of his famous father. After a decade of toiling, she began getting bigger and more noticeable roles in the 1940s, in recognition of her skills, enjoying her breakthrough in Lost Weekend, in a poignant support role as an alcoholic’s girlfriend, which led to her becoming a leading lady. Found her husband’s obsession with politics largely a bore, and ultimately fell in love actor Lew Ayres, after appearing with him in Johnny Belinda in 1948. Prepared for the role by learning sign language, and also acted in it with earplugs, after memorizing everyone else’s lines. Won an Academy Reward for Best Actress for playing a deaf-mute rape victim in it. Divorced her husband in favor of Ayres, although her principled, and married costar did not reciprocate her conjugal interest in him. Through her actions, she inadvertently became the first ex-wife of an elected president decades later. In the 1950s, she began appearing on TV, with her own half-hour anthology dramatic series, while continuing her filmwork through the decade. Married band leader, composer and music director Fred Karger in 1952, and though they divorced two years later, they remarried in 1961, only to officially go their separate ways again in 1965. Close friend of actress Loretta Young, who like her, converted to Roman Catholicism later in life. After her film career had largely disappeared following the 1960s, and she went into semiretirement, she enjoyed a resurrection as a matriarch on the long-running nighttime soap, “Falcon Crest,” from 1981 to 1990, in which she was allowed to abandon her nice-girl image and play Angela Channing, a domineering power broker in a family of winemakers. Health problems would limit her appearances in the series’ final season. Her name, however, would be forever entwined with the third of her four husbands, even though she demurely maintained a silence about him over the decades, save for a brief valedictory statement following his death in 2004. Whenever asked about him, and she invariably always was, she would often just get up and terminate the interview. Spent her last years painting landscapes in oils, which she sold, while also actively working with the Arthritis Foundation. Ultimately buried in the habit of a Dominican nun. Remained out of the public eye after her retirement, and died at home from complications from arthritis and diabetes. Made over 80 films and 350 television shows in a career that spanned better than half a century, and earned her two Golden Globes, including one for “Falcon Crest,” as well as her Oscar. Inner: Registered Republican, with a lot of creative outlets. Took great pride in her abilities, and always exercised discretion in the roles she chose, preferring not to work rather than to appear in anything degrading. Had strong father issues, which may have affected all her subsequent relationships. Act two lifetime of unsettled beginnings, while searching for herself through public performance and various creative outlets, rather than intimate connection, which always seemed to disappoint her. Agnes Booth (Marian Agnes Land Rookes)(1843-1910) - Australian/American actress. Outer: Father was a British officer quartered in Australia. Apprenticed to the stage as a child, then emigrated to the U.S. in 1858, and began working in San Francisco as a dancer. After winning early acclaim for her thespian skills in the role of Hermolne in Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale,” she married Harry Perry, a popular actor, at 16, but was widowed two years later. Moved to New York in 1865, and the following year she joined the Boston Theater Company, where she met her future husband, actor/manager Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. (Lew Ayres), who was a quarter century her senior. In 1867, the duo married, and she took his name professionally as well. 4 children from the union, with 2 dying young. A popular Shakespearean actress, she toured with her own star vehicle, “Antony and Cleopatra,” while building her reputation through conveying emotions just by her eloquent facial expressions, allowing her to silently emote and still keep her audience fixed to her performance. Able to assay comedy as well, she was held high esteem by both critics and audiences alike. Her husband died in 1883, and two years later,. she married for the third and final time to John P. Schoeffel, a Boston theater manager, 3 years her junior, who would outlive her. Simultaneously, she joined the A.M. Palmer Company, an ensemble group where she continued to enjoy success in a wide variety of roles, both comic and dramatic. After leaving Palmer in 1892 to go to Europe, her career went on the descent, thanks in part to a new naturalism which made her acting style seem out-of-date. Retired in 1897, to an active social life, and was ultimately buried next to her second husband near a summer theater he once managed. Inner: Dedicated craftswoman, with a very strong focus on career. Had good versatility, although was better in light drama and comedy than tragedy, thanks to a robust acting style that sacrificed subtlety for reaching the back row of her audience. Act one lifetime of unsettled beginnings, and a subsequent search for both identity and applause through her ability to transform herself via the discipline of performance, while losing her most intimate connections to death, which may have made her less focused on them the next time around in this series.



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