Saturday, 6 February 2016

Dorian Leigh, 1917–2008 (American supermodel)

* Texan beauty, Dorian Leigh, was one of the earliest modelling icons of the fashion industry. She is considered one of the first supermodels, and was well known in the United States and Europe.

In 1952, when she was 35 years old, Richard Avedon photographed her for Revlon's most famous advertising campaign, Fire and Ice.

Her New York Times obituary noted that Leigh "combined pristine blue eyes, curling eyelashes, an arresting intelligence and intoxicating sexuality to become one of history’s most photographed models." The Guardian praised her "aerodynamic eyebrows."

Her stellium of planets in Taurus (including Sun, Moon and Venus) apparently manifested in exceptional good looks while Aries rising propelled her pioneering spirit.


BIRTH DATA: Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker, 23 April 1917, 05:00 (5 AM) CST (+6), San Antonio, Texas, USA (29w25, 98w29). ASC: Aries. RR: AA (from birth record in hand). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from birth certificate.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Phillip Hughes, 1988–2014 (Australian cricketer)

* Phillip Hughes was an Australian Test and One Day International (ODI) cricketer who played domestic cricket for South Australia and Worcestershire. He was a left-handed opening batsman.

In March 2009, he became the youngest cricketer in history to score centuries in both the first and second innings of a Test match. On 11 January 2013, he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut.

On 25 November 2014, Hughes was hit in the neck by a bouncer, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, causing a vertebral artery dissection that led to a subarachnoid haemorrhage. He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, where he underwent surgery, was placed into an induced coma and was in intensive care in a critical condition. He died in the afternoon of 27 November, having never regained consciousness, three days before his 26th birthday.


BIRTH DATA: Phillip Joel Hughes, 30 November 1988, 16:50 (4:50pm), Macksville, New South Wales, Australia (30s43, 152e55). ASC: 4 Taurus. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Phillip Hughes: The Official Biography" by Malcolm Knox and Peter Lalor (Pan Macmillan, 2015), p. 6: "Phillip Joel Hughes was born at 4.50 pm on Wednesday, 30 November 1988, in Macksville District Hospital."

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Paul Kantner, 1941–2016 (American guitarist, singer and songwriter)

* Paul Kantner is known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship. Kantner led Jefferson Airplane through its highly successful late 1960s period.

Kantner had the longest continuous membership with Jefferson Airplane; at times he was the only founding member still in the band from the original lineup, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other band members in 1996.

Kantner had three children; sons Gareth (a film producer), and Alexander (a musician who sometimes played with Jefferson Starship), and daughter China (a former MTV VJ and actress; his child with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship singer Grace Slick).

Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 on 28 January 2016 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier.


BIRTH DATA: Paul Lorin Kantner, 17 March 1941, circa 20:00 (8pm) PST (+8), San Francisco, California, USA (37n46, 122w25). ASC: Libra. RR: C (rectified from approximate time). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes Sun and Ascendant Signs ("Paul is Pisces, Libra rising") from "Paul Kantner interview by Patricia Kennealy/Morrison, Jazz & Pop, February 1971" [online version here]. Other data from California Birth Index. A speculative time of 8pm gives Libra rising.

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Monday, 18 January 2016

Matthew Pavlich (Australian rules football player)

* Matthew Pavlich plays for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A versatile player, Pavlich is widely regarded as one of the premier AFL centre half-forwards of the modern era, achieving All-Australian selection six times in the years between 2002 and 2008, twice representing Australia in the International Rules Series and representing the Dream Team in the 2008 Hall of Fame Tribute Match.

Pavlich has played his AFL entire career at Fremantle where he is a six time best and fairest winner, eight time leading goal kicker and was the club captain between 2007 and 2015. He is the first and only player from a Western Australian-based club to play over 300 AFL games. Born in South Australia, he made his AFL debut in 2000 and wears guernsey number 29.


BIRTH DATA: Matthew Pavlich, 31 December 1981, 23:45 (11:45pm) ACDT (-10:30), Adelaide, SA, Australia (34s55, 138e35). ASC: 10 Virgo. RR: B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him in Purple Heart by Matthew Pavlich (Pan Macmillan, 2015): "I was born on New Year's Eve 1981 at 11.45 pm... I was expected to be Adelaide's first New Year baby."

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Phyllis Coates (American film and television actress)

* Phyllis Coates is perhaps best known for her portrayal of reporter Lois Lane in the 1951 film Superman and the Mole Men and in the first season of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952) in which she was given equal billing with George Reeves (insisted upon by Reeves), even for episodes in which she did not appear. Her powerful "damsel in distress" scream was used to good effect in several episodes.

Coates's Superman fame has obscured the fact that she was one of Hollywood's most consistently employed actresses of the 1950s and '60s. She freelanced steadily, appearing in numerous low-budget features, many of them Westerns, as well as serials and a steady stream of TV appearances, both as a regular in several series and as a guest cast member in others.


BIRTH DATA: Martha Rose Stell, 15 January 1927, 03:30 (3:30am) CST (+6), Harrisburg, Harris, Texas, USA (29n43, 95w16). ASC: 00 Sagittarius. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Larry L. King, 1929–2012 (American playwright, journalist, and novelist)

* Larry L. King is best remembered for his 1978 Tony Award-nominated play The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which became a long-running production on Broadway and was later turned into a feature film starring Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning and Dolly Parton.

In 1974, he wrote an article about the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas; after the article was published in Playboy, King and fellow Texan Peter Masterson developed it into the book of the Broadway musical.

King received an Emmy Award in 1982 for the CBS documentary The Best Little Statehouse in Texas.

King died on 20 December 2012, at a retirement home in Washington, D. C., survived by his third wife, five children, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


BIRTH DATA: Lawrence Leo King, 1 January 1929, 23:45 (11:45pm) CST (+6), Putnam, Callahan, Texas, USA (32n22, 99w11). ASC: 28 Virgo. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate.

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Tomson Highway (Canadian and Cree playwright, novelist, and children's author)

* Tomson Highway is best known for his plays "The Rez Sisters" and "Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing," both of which won him the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award.

Highway has also published a novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998), which is based on the events that led to his brother RenĂ© Highway’s death of AIDS. He also has the distinction of being the librettist of the first Cree language opera, The Journey or Pimooteewin.

He was artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto from 1986 to 1992, as well as De-ba-jeh-mu-jig theatre group in Wikwemikong.

He currently divides his time between residences in Noelville, Ontario and in France with Raymond Lalonde, his partner of 31 years.


BIRTH DATA: Tomson Highway, 6 December 1951, 04:00 (4 AM) CST (+6), Brochet, Manitoba, Canada (57n53, 101w40) ASC: 21 Libra. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him in an interview: "my mother went into labour and they had to pitch a tent in the snow and I was born that night at four o'clock in the morning." ("Tomson Highway Has A Surprisingly Positive Take On Residential Schools" by Joshua Ostroff, Huffington Post, 15 December 2015 [online]).

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