I caught the musical biography of Marin Marais, (baptized March 31, 1656, Paris—died Aug. 15, 1728, Paris), the French composer & virtuoso of the viola da gamba (a musical instrument similar to the cello), in the French movie Tous les matins du monde (1991; “All the Mornings of the World” directed by Alain Corneau) where Depardieu fils plays the younger Marais and Depardieu père plays the elder. Watching it, I wondered what happened to Depardieu fils; I looked up his chart. He died October 13, 2008 from virulent pneumonia after many years of battling disease, heroin and alcohol addictions. It is a pity.
Guillaume was the first child and eldest son born April 7, 1971 at around 11:30 am in Paris to Élisabeth Guignot & Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu. His parents separated in 1992 and divorced in 96, but Guillaume accused his father of being a money-obsessed alcoholic absent from his childhood. The effect of Gerard on his chart is compelling and shows up as Aries 16, an untrammeled egoist semisextile Saturn — the father’s unfortunate influence on the son as harsh, cold and overbearing hovering on the twelfth house — a remote force that is more public than private. This Saturn — 21 Taurus — is square his Dragon’s Tail at Leo 21 in the second house highlighting the son’s aping of his father’s addictions but also searching for love and money via sex.
His mother effect is prominent in his chart — if only for his ascendant at 22 Cancer (HS) “a poet writing secret thoughts” with the keyword of Sensibility.
His heroin usage was unfortunate, as it compromised his already tricky immune system that Neptune in the sixth in Sagittarius, had undermined, and encouraged the watery sphere to bestow him with hard to cure viral diseases. Neptune conjunct Jupiter gives him a love of speed & recklessness, and opposite Saturn, suggests that these antics were a way of attracting his father’s attention, but also point that he was high on something when he suffered a motorcycle crash in 1995 — you see the results in his performance in Balzac’s classic, La Duchesse de Langeais. That led to another stroke of bad luck resulting in 17 operations to stem a gangrenous infection but failed.
When he died in October 2008 his father agents referred to Guillaume’s viral pneumonia as “lightning quick”–see the slow going but crisis laden Pluto trine his natal fast moving Moon. Guillaume was a Splash temperament type, a setup that works well for an actor as they must be very attuned to human idiosyncrasies.
With his Sun in the tenth, he was much taken by parents careers and wanted to follow them. As a Splash temperament type, Guillaume was a natural for acting, as it attunes its natives to human idiosyncrasies (Cancer 22 helped there
When he died, from a bout of virulent pneumonia, his father agents referred to Guillaume’s illness as “lightning quick”. Pére was obviously referring to the slow Pluto transit at the seventh house cusp trine fils natal faster moving Moon in the third that led to the lethal crisis..
Much was written that son and father reconciled at the end. The transiting Sun in the fourth conjunct Mercury 07.56 opposite Guillaume’s natal Sun and conjunct his natal Mercury in the eleventh does not support that. His obit from the Guardian is here.
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