Johnson, Van

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Johnson, Van Gender: M
Charles Van Dell Johnson
born on 25 August 1916 at 05:10 (= 05:10 AM )
Place Newport, Rhode Island, 41n29, 71w19
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°51' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 25°27 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 02°10'

Van Johnson : alternativ time 'shortly before dawn' - natal chart (Placidus)
Van Johnson : alternativ time 'shortly before dawn'
natal chart (Placidus)
natal chart English style (Equal houses)
Alternative birthtime
alternativ time 'shortly before dawn'
Date 25 August 1916 at 04:45 (= 04:45 AM )
Place Newport, RI (US), 41n29, 71w19
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°50' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 25°15 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 27°17'

Van Johnson


American actor, a boyish looking red head who played in some 125 films in the '40s and '50s. At 18, he arrived in New York, a star-struck kid with $5 in his pocket and a straw suitcase containing all his worldly possessions. He danced in the chorus line in a couple of theater shows and the spotlight always found his 6'3 foot frame. At 25, he went to Hollywood and visited his former dancing pal, Lucille Ball. A casting director screen-tested Johnson, and he was immediately signed to an MGM film contract.

In 1947 he married Eve Wynn; one child. They had an ugly divorce 13 years later that wiped him out financially and emotionally. In the '50s, he spent more time on the stage than in film with a hiatus in 1962 and again in 1964 for malignant melanomas. As his career faded, he found his best life period in playing dinner theater. In 1988 he said he had been celibate for ten years and was living quietly and happily, painting and taking care of a few stray cats.

An unabashedly happy man, he began seriously working as an amateur painter in the '40s and by the '80s, was splashing his sunny disposition across canvas, exhibiting 63 paintings in a Dallas art show in December 1987. His works were ranging in price from $1-to-10 thousand, "honest, bright, full of giving, open, bold acrylics."

The actor died at age 92 on December 12, 2008 in Nyack, NY.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1947 (Eve Wynn)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1960 (Difficult divorce from Eve)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1962 (Melanoma cancer)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1964 (Another melanoma cancer)
  • Relationship : Least Sex 1978 (Decade celibate)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released December 1987 (Art exhibit in Dallas)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death, Cause unspecified 12 December 2008 in Nyack (Age 92)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Anthony Ariel article in an astrology magazine, clipping in hand, apparently from an old movie magazine that refers to Johnson's birth, "The infant uttered his first little cry when the Sun was about 1 degree and 40 minutes into Virgo and Virgo is also his Ascendant. Gemini is intercepted in the 10th, Neptune in the 12th and Jupiter almost at his MC. At the approximate hour of his birth, Virgo is on the cusps of both the 1st and 2nd houses."

Sy Scholfield quotes Ronald L. Davis, Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy (University Press of Mississippi, 2001), p. 8: "their only child, christened Charles Van Dell Johnson, was born at Newport Hospital on August 25, 1916. His birth took place shortly before dawn on a howling, rainy night." An alterntive time of 4:45 am was added, to reflect 'before dawn'


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Red)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce bitter (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (13 year marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs
  • Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal (From 1978)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 92)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Dinner theater)