Broughton, James

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Broughton, James Gender: M
James Richard Broughton
born on 10 November 1913 at 02:45 (= 02:45 AM )
Place Modesto, California, 37n38, 121w0
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 17°27' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°15 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 29°23'

James Broughton
photo: Joel Singer, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American journalist in New York, film maker in London and writer in Paris; Broughton was world traveled. Most of his life was spent in, or near, San Francisco, where his first books, films and plays were produced. After receiving a B.A. from Stanford University, he went into the Merchant Marines, then writing and theater.

Broughton was bisexual. In 1962 he married Sazanna Hart and had two kids with her. He had an earlier daughter, Gina, in 1948 with film critic Pauline Kael (born 1919). In 1973, he met the Canadian film student Joel Singer (born 1948) and lived with him until his death.

He relates that he was told by an angel at age three to become a poet. Broughton died on 17 May 1999 in Port Townsend, Washington, age 85.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Watts, Alan (born 6 January 1915)
  • lover relationship with Kael, Pauline (born 19 June 1919). Notes: They had a daughter, Gina


  • Misc. : Mystical Experience 1916 (Message from angel, age 3)

Source Notes

Given by him as, "the cusp of Virgo-Libra rising," in his book.

Sy Scholfield quotes "Coming unbuttoned: a memoir" by James Richard Broughton (City Lights, 1993), p. 2: "In this bungalow — 1015 16th Street, Modesto, California — Dr. Robertson introduced me to the Earth when the sun was in Scorpio, the moon in Aires [sic], and Libra rising. My mother was a double Virgo." His birth notice in The Modesto Herald (11 Nov 1913, p. 8), The San Francisco Examiner (12 Nov 1913, p. 7) and The Fresno Morning Republican (12 Nov 1913, p. 9) give date and place but no time. Scholfield ordered the birth certificate but received no reply.


  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Mystical experience (Angel visit)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Film maker)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Merchant Marines)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet