Renoir, Jean

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Renoir, Jean Gender: M
born on 15 September 1894 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LST m2e20 (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 23°03' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 01°56 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 08°29'

Jean Renoir : from Bergan's biography: shortly after midnight - natal chart (Placidus)
Jean Renoir : from Bergan's biography: shortly after midnight
natal chart (Placidus)
natal chart English style (Equal houses)
Alternative birthtime
from Bergan's biography: shortly after midnight
Date 15 September 1894 at 00:05 (= 12:05 AM )
Place Paris, FR, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LST m2e20 (is standard time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°07' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 20°00 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 20°49'

Portrait of Jean Renoir 
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Jean Renoir
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French film director and noted family, the son of the artist Pierre Auguste Renoir. His films which include Zola's "Nana," 1926, "La Grande Illusion," 1937, "The Rules of The Game" 1939 and "Diary of a Chambermaid," 1946 are considered masterpieces of cinema. He is the author of several books including "Renoir, My Father," 1962, "The Notebooks of Captain Georges," 1966 and "My Life in Film," 1976.

After directing a total of 36 films, he received a special Academy Award in 1975. Known for poetic realism, he wrote the script for "Le Grande Illusion," 1973, considered one of the world's best antiwar dramas. Renoir's work markedly influenced the New Wave of film making that emerged in the late '50s. His work also includes "Madame Bovary," 1934, and "the River," 1950.

Renoir spent an idyllic childhood among the rural landscapes his father loved to paint. When his mother died during his youth, his cousin Gabrielle, 15 years his senior, became a model surrogate parent to him and his two brothers, one of whom grew up to be actor Pierre Renoir. At the time of Gabrielle's death in 1959, she was Renoir's next door neighbor.

After serving in WW I, where he was awarded the Croix de Guerre, Renoir studied ceramics. He then began writing screenplays and soon turned to filmmaking. Renoir left France for Lisbon in 1940 after the German invasion and came to America in February 1941 at the invitation of documentarian Robert Flaherty, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen and an exile to Hollywood. Desperate to accommodate his artistic vision to the demands of the studio system, he persisted against great odds and achieved his goal in his film about the struggles of farm life ,"The Southerner" in 1945.

Returning to Paris after the War, Renoir resumed his career and became the icon of the New Wave in French cinema despite his previous reputation at being a poor draw at the box office. "The further things go, the more we have two kinds of cinema. We have the one that makes a lot of money, and that, shall we say, stupefies the public with the most ordinary pap. Then there are the people who try to do something that's a little better."

Renoir's early marriage to Catherine Hessling ended in divorce and he a made second marriage to Brazilian Dido Freire in 1941. He died of Parkinson's Disease and a heart attack on 2/12/1979 in Beverly Hills, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Renard, Gabrielle (born 1 August 1878). Notes: his nanny
  • compare to chart of Perry, George Sessions (born 5 May 1910). Notes: Renoir made the film 'The Southerner' based on Perry's book


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 (My Life in Film)
  • Death by Heart Attack 12 February 1979 (Parkinson's and heart attack, age 84)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Gauquelin Vol 5/663, 11:00 PM Paris time. Copy of BC in Didier Geslain archive, 'Cinema Realisateurs' pdf file, pp. 162-164.

Bjorkstrand writes on on 22-dec-2009: Source = (book)Jean Renoir by Ronald Bergan, Page 3 "Shortly after midnight on 15 September 1894, a midwife held a baby up for the mother to see." The Rodden Rating has been dowgraded to C due to this data conflict.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Gardening, cooking)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 84)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction