De Palma, Brian

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De Palma, Brian Gender: M
born on 11 September 1940 at 18:58 (= 6:58 PM )
Place Newark, New Jersey, 40n44, 74w10
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 19°02' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 26°55 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 14°43'

Brian De Palma
photo: jon rubin, license cc-by-2.0


American film director, screenwriter, and producer, one of the hot-shot young directors of the '70s along with Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. While other directors quickly developed their film styles and themes, De Palma preferred to imitate his idol Alfred Hitchcock. Critics in the '70s and '80s condemned De Palma's blatant borrowing of Hitchcock themes and his violent treatment of killing women in ever more gruesome ways in his films. His controversial films "Carrie," 1976, "Dressed to Kill," 1980, "The Untouchables," 1987 and "Mission Impossible" in 1996 have been the stars of his film career. Fascinated by the dark and hidden, he translates nightmares into film relentlessly and stylishly. He writes or co-writes about half of his films and much of the technical refinements himself. A driven perfectionist, he is remote and haunted while the production is in process.

De Palma was the son of a Philadelphia surgeon. He had a strong sibling rivalry with his brothers and was haunted by his father's marital infidelities. He enjoyed science and as a child was already a Hitchcock fan. De Palma gained access to the film industry with his work in underground theater and films.

On 11/22/1963, De Palma watched in horror with his date, actress Jill Clayburgh, the news coverage of the Kennedy assassination. After De Palma became a film director, the Kennedy investigation shaped the director into fitting into the cinema of cynicism. He made his director's debut in "Greetings" in 1968. He worked with Al Pacino in "Scarface," 1983 and "Carlito's Way" in 1993. He directed Sean Connery in his Oscar winning performance as Best Supporting Actor in 1987's "The Untouchables."

De Palma's first wife was the actress Gale Anne Hurd. The stock, salt-and-pepper bearded director married actress Nancy Allen in 1979. She appeared in his films, "Carrie," "Home Movies," 1979, "Dressed to Kill," and "Blow Out" in 1981. The couple divorced in 1983. He has a daughter, Piper De Palma born on 10/21/1996 from his third marriage to Darnell De Palma which lasted from 1995-1997 and ended in divorce. De Palma was the godfather to Steven Speilberg's son, Max Speilberg. He avoids Hollywood's drug use and party scenes.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1968 (Film debut of "Greetings")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 (Directed film "Carrie")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1979 (Second marriage Nancy Allen)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1983 (Divorce from Nancy)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 (Directed film "The Untouchables")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1995 (Third marrage Darnell)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1996 (Directed film "Mission Impossible")
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 21 October 1996 (Daughter Piper born)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1997 (From Darnell)

Source Notes

LMR quotes a colleague, from him, stated as B.C.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Dad a physician)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Godparent to Spielberg child)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Passions : Sexuality : Dominant/ Submissive (Violent themes of power, victims)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Fetishism (Fascinated by the dark side)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)