#138 Funny Girl Fanny Brice


Marc Jones has no time listed for Fanny (born Fania Borach) Brice and gives October 30 1891 for her birth date.   Astrotheme differs with Marc Jones entirely and says she was born the day.  Herbert M. Goldman’s biography, Fanny Brice the Original Funny Girl support the Astrotheme date but their  time of 11 am with a 01 Capricorn rising, makes no sense, so I have rectified it to one later around 5 pm, that keeps Fanny in the earthly quadrature, but changes the emphasis.  Now she is a Taurus 11 rising with the October 29th date, in Brooklyn, New York.

The header picture is of Fanny and her third husband, Billy Rose and the Arnstein children from Vanity Fair, 1936.

                     Fanny & Time Forgot

Taurus 11 has the Hyperion Symbol of “Time forgotten in memory, and then recalled,” highlighting Fanny’s ability to never forget her Lower East side (Bowery) roots despite her great success and love of high fashion.  She was known to put on gala affairs where New York City’s elite gathered complete with expensive Rosenthal china, Waterford crystal and Delmonico catering and then belch  bursting  out in uproarious laughter, much to the shock of her upper-crust guests.
October 29 1891 5 pm.

in the Beginning

Both of Fanny’s parents were Orthodox Jewish though they did not practice it faithfully.   Her mother was a Hungarian Jew and her father from Alsace-Lorraine France.  Fanny like her mother was an ambitious woman with a strong drive (Mars in the 6th).  Her chart shows her weakness for fancy men like her (Venus opposite her ascendant) father “Pinochle Charlie”
Like many show biz people from before the first World War, she hated “phonies.”   A Broadway producer once insisted he would give her “my right arm” if she worked for him. “Listen, kid,” (Fan called everyone kid copying George M. Cohan.)  “I happen to know you got a whole drawer full of right arms.”Herbert Goldman, The Original Funny girl

The Many Loves of Fanny

While her relationship with gangster Nicky Arnstein is legendary, like some Freudian confusion of both her mother who owned saloons and her father that gambled in them, she repeated this foible with Hollywood’s Billy Rose, an American theatrical impresario who had composed over 50 song hits.
Billy Rose with the Ring, Mayor Walker reading the book and the woman to her right, Rose Borach, Fanny’s mother.
On February 8, 1929, Billy Rose and Fanny Brice were married at City Hall, with mayor Jimmy Walker officiating.  Just before the ceremony, Rose turned to Walker and said “I’ll give you a dollar now and the other dollar if it’s a success.”ibid. Both ended in divorce never living up to her fantasy that like her father they would always be enamored of her. While neither marriage lasted long, their good looks, suave manner and ardent flirtations were an aphrodisiac that she blossomed under.
Fanny Borach—her friends called her “Borax,” “Twenty-Mule Team Borax,” and, in “tribute” to her stage ambitions, “Bore Act”.²   She stood five feet six inches tall, almost her adult height of five foot seven, and weighed about one hundred pounds. Her light brown, naturally curly hair came down to her waist, though Fanny tied it at her neck with an enormous ribbon. Her green eyes were easily her most attractive feature.  ibid.

                                                                   Mapping Fanny

Marc Jones was entranced by Fanny too and wrote her up in his Essential of Astrological Analysis.  He neglected to mention was her preponderance of her preponderance in the seventh house suggesting her “special consistency of purpose through opportunity and relationships where her acceptance accrues because of her exceptional individuality.” 3
Fanny, seated with John Brice.  Flanking her are Wendy and Peter Stark.
Her preponderance of trines in her chart, like that of Emperor Hirohito of the Jones 1000, both with nine, reminds us how much Fanny was a product of her time and culture that was able to use to her advantage.  The lack of fire in her chart, shows that Fanny was an experience junkie as it fed into her desire to express life and her reaction to it, at its fullest.  This may also tell us why she was a “sucker” as she termed it, for the men in her life — she wanted the material.

  Death Notice

May 29, 1951, Los Angeles, California

                                                                 The Movie Funny Girl.

Here is a scene of Barbra Streisand from her debut as Funny Girl, a rather romantic and Hollywoodized version of Fanny’s life.

Footnotes.

  1.  Goldman, Herbert.  Fanny Brice the Original Funny Girl. c. 1992, Oxford Publishing House, Oxford, England.
  2.  The Bore-Act nickname was a major reason she changed her name from Borach to Brice, an Irish surname.  The Brices were close family friends and pleased by her choice.
  3.  Jones, Marc Edmund. The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, c. 1960, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, WA.
  4. The 11 am birth time touted by Astro.com
  5. 11 am fanny.png
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