Marc Edmund Jones lists no time for Fanny (born Fania Borach) Brice. He gives October 30, 1891 for her birth date. Astrotheme differs with Marc Jones entirely and says she was born the day before Herbert M. Goldman’s biography, Fanny Brice the Original Funny support the Astrotheme date but the next problem is Astrotheme’s time of 11 am with a 01 Capricorn rising. That unfortunately makes no sense, so I rectified it to one later in the day– around 5 pm, and thus keeping Fanny in the earthly quadrature. Of course, there is some change in the emphasis of her chart.The correct date for Fanny Brice is October 29, 1891, at 5 PM with a Taurus 11 rising in Brooklyn, New York. The header picture is of Fanny and her third husband, Billy Rose, and her two 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 splendid 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.
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.
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 by the time she was twelve, almost her adult height of five foot eight, 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.
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
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. Nicky Arnstein objected to Omar Sharif’s portrayal of him on the grounds he was “short.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK97zF7hZRs
- Goldman, Herbert. Fanny Brice, the Original Funny Girl. c. 1992, Oxford Publishing House, Oxford, England.
- 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.
- Jones, Marc Edmund. The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, c. 1960, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, WA.
- The 11 am birth time touted by Astro.com