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Stellar Year For Hollywood's "It" Couple

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening have a lot to celebrate these days. On March 26, 2000, less than a week before his 63rd birthday, Beatty received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award at the Academy Awards. That same night, his wife Annette Bening was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her critically acclaimed work in American Beauty. Many wondered if Bening, who was nine months pregnant, would go into labor that evening! She did not, but she did give birth to their fourth child and third daughter, Ella Corrine, on April 8, 2000.

A Baby Girl Who Reflects Her Famous Folks

Astrologically, this baby reflects the deeper parts of both her famous parents' natures. Her Sun, which represents who she'll be in the world, is in Aries, like her pioneering father’s. Papa Beatty defined himself as more than just a pretty face over thirty years ago when he directed and starred in the classic, and risky for its time, Bonnie and Clyde. His new baby's Venus, planet of love and art, is also in Aries, near Beatty's Sun. It's likely that this little girl will do some acting herself, but as an Aries, she won't "follow" anybody, not even her legendary Dad. She'll cut her own path. Interestingly, the Sun also represents the way a person sees their father. With Sun in Aries, she is apt to see her Aries Dad for who he is: enthusiastic, passionate and sometimes infantile!

The little girl's Moon, which represents her emotional nature, and the way she sees her mother, ironically is conjunct Mama Bening's Sun in airy Gemini. Like her mother, she will be turned on by high intellect and will need a lot of mental stimulation in order to feel truly fulfilled. Two careers, including one as a writer, seem more than likely for this blessed baby. Again, she is likely to see her mother for who she is: a curious, charming, but sometimes a little bit cool Gemini.

A Baby Without Much Water

No person's chart contains the perfect balance between the four elements: fire, earth, air and water (in fact, that kind of perfection would be rather bland, even scary!). Baby Ella's chart, however, is noticably lacking in water. Water is the element that represents a proclivity to explore the emotional side of life. She has plenty of air (cerebral inclinations), fire (a desire to take action) and earth (love of material and physical things), but where's the water? Only in her Mercury in soulful Pisces. As Ella grows up, she may have to make an extra effort to develop a sense of introspection and to understand others on a deeper level.

Love Planets Reversed!

She will probably learn the most about herself emotionally through her romantic relationships, which are bound to be a little off center, but terribly fascinating. Baby Ella's Venus, which represents the romantic part of her nature, is in aggressive, battle-loving Aries, just like her mother’s. Aries is linked to the planet Mars, which means that Ella may spend some of her youth looking for love in all the wrong places. She may love chasing love more than the actual experience of having a relationship, till she discovers the positive side of Venus in Aries. When dealt with constructively, Venus in Aries could inspire her to keep changing and growing within her love relationships. And she could passionately challenge her lover to do the same. This is the position of Venus that cannot stand being in a rut and loves to develop newer, more exciting personas.

Ella's Mars, which dictates her sexual and passionate nature, is in peace loving, predictable Taurus—a sign that is linked to Venus—Mars' opposite!

The ideal placement for Venus would be in Taurus (or Libra) both linked to the gentle planet, and the ideal placement for Mars would be in Aries (or Scorpio, which is also linked to the fiery planet). Ella's Venus and Mars are topsy turvy! But again, sometimes the "ideal" or "perfect" placements are a little too balanced and predictable. This girl's love life is bound to be as passionate and unusual as well...her father's—another irascible Aries!

The Many Connections Between Beatty and Bening

Beatty and Bening have many romantic, as well as cerebral, connections between their charts, too. Bening's communication planet, Mercury, is in slow, sensual and steady Taurus, and is in the same sign as Beatty's love and art planet, Venus, which is well placed in Taurus. Conversely, Bening's Venus in feisty, challenge-loving Aries is in the same sign as Beatty's Mercury.

These lovers have another eerily symmetrical connection in their charts. Beatty's Saturn, the planet of responsibility and discipline, is in wise, compassionate Pisces, the same sign where Bening has her Mars, planet of sex and passion. Again, conversely, Bening's Saturn is in Sagittarius, the sign that in youth is considered an adventurer and in later life is thought of as a teacher and philosopher. Her husband's Mars is in the same sign, and most would agree, it's a good thing they got together after he'd had his many, many, many (!) famous adventures in romance. As romantic partners they seem to be very balanced, each teaching the other a similar lesson about finding new ways to keep their passions burning not just for a Hollywood minute, but till the end of time.

But this Woman Will Have a Mind of Her Own

Their child may have a lot in common with Beatty and Bening, but the newest addition to the family may be quite the rebel with a cause, as well. Uranus  and Neptune, two of her generational planets (ones she shares with people born during her era), are in Aquarius, the sign that is most unconventional and ahead of its time. Both of these planets make a square (a stubborn, challenging but ultimately growth-oriented aspect) to her Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, all in artistic but hard-headed Taurus. She will surely change the world and take risks on behalf of her generation, but it's extremely unlikely she'll do it the easy way! This little girl likes trouble!

And with her Sun in charismatic Aries like her Dad, and her Moon in bright Gemini like her Mom's Sun, it should be easy for her to charm her way back into her parents' hearts no matter how much she stands up against them; and for her to stake out a unique but perhaps controversial claim for herself in the worlds of art and politics in years to come.


Warren Beatty: March 30, 1937 5:30 pm STD Richmond, VA (Zodiac Zephyr)

Annette Bening: May 29, 1958 Topeka, Kansas (Mr. Showbiz)

Baby Beatty Girl: April 8, 2000 (Mr. Showbiz)



Jill Dearman is the author of the gay best sellers Queer Astrology For Men and Queer Astrology For Women (St. Martins Griffin/1999). She has been professionally practicing astrology for twelve years and currently writes horoscopes for the national magazines Twist and Girlfriends as well as numerous papers syndicated via Q Syndicate. She has written about subjects from astrology to literature to film and theater in Mademoiselle, Publishers Weekly and HX. An excerpt from her upcoming novel, The Great Bravura, was featured in Best Lesbian Erotica 2000(Cleis Press). She also writes and produces films. The Village Voice called Dearman a "risk surfing playwright" whose work "shocks and rocks." She is a 1999/2000 artist in residence at HERE in New York City.

Jill is also the author of LoveCycles, an email-delivered guide to love and relationships based on individual birth data, available in the Shop@StarIQ.

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