|born on||20 May 1936 at 15:51 (= 3:51 PM )|
|Place||Madrid, Spain, 40n24, 3w41|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||29°26' 26°43 Asc. 17°38'|
Spanish toreador, known in 1964 as an international hero to rival Pele or Cassius Clay. Handsome and agile, the son of a peasant, he was one of the highest paid entertainers in the world, bringing in $50,000 per bullfight. He was scarred in a dozen places by being gored in the ring.
One day in 1972, suddenly he retired, reportedly battered by liquor and pills, women and glory, unable to keep up his 100-fight seasons. The matador from Cordoba gave up his title, married the French girlfriend who had given him two of his kids, and invested his fortune in livestock and real estate.
As abruptly as he left, Benitez made a come-back in 1979, booking 65 fights. "I got tired of raising pigs," he said. He made a glorious debut, but his following fights were in second-class rings and he did not regain his former acclaim.
- Work : Retired 1972 (From bullfighting)
- Work : New Job 1979 (Comeback of 65 fights)
LMR quotes L.Collins and D. Lapierre, "Or I'll Dress You in Mourning," 1968, p.13, "On this 20th day of May 1964, he had just turned 28 years old." On p.27, "... a warm afternoon ... heard the baby cry." The Penfield Collection gives Palma Del Rio, Spain, May 4, 1936, 3:51 PM, quoting the same biography for "middle of the afternoon." Penfield notes that "Another French source gives 7:00 AM."
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Numerous injuries while bullfighting)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Vocation : Sports : Bullfighting (Pro)