Bouglione, Rosa

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Bouglione, Rosa Gender: F
Rosalie Van Been
born on 21 December 1910 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Ixelles, Belgium, 50n50, 4e22
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: De Jabrun
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 28°20' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 00°20 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 23°30'

Rosa Bouglione (2014)
photo: Alain LORET, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Belgian-French circus performer and centenarian, known as the matriarch of the Bouglione circus family. She is considered the Big Top’s most eccentric, and oldest, character.

The daughter of lion-tamer parents, French-Dutch Jules Van Been and an Italian mother, she was born in a caravan. She had four siblings, three brothers and a sister.

Bouglione began performing as a child and was known for her serpent dance, in which she danced with her father in a cage full of lions.

She wed Joseph Bouglione on 4 January 1928 while in her teens, opting to marry him in a lion cage instead of a church. They had 7 children: 3 sons and 4 daughters (and 55 descendants!).

In 2011 she published Un mariage dans la cage aux lions : la grande saga du cirque Bouglione (A wedding in the lions' cage: the great saga of the Bouglione circus).

In October 2014, the 103-year-old Bouglione was reported as remaining active, and had 53 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bouglione died at the age of 107 on 26 August 2018 in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 4 January 1928 (Joseph Bouglione)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2011 (Autobiography, "Un mariage dans la cage aux lions")

Source Notes

André Dekoster quoted bc requested by de Jabrun.


  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Three brothers, one sister)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Seven)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Centenarian, age 107)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Circus)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Circus/ Animal acts (Performer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Un mariage dans la cage aux lions")
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Matriarch of the Bouglione circus family)