Holding one’s side, with tears of sidesplitting mirth streaming down one’s cheeks is not an unusual reaction to Dawn French when she is in full swing! She virtually “rattles and rolls” with comical brilliance, sometimes with Jennifer Saunders, sometimes without. Those hilarious take-offs are unforgettable, the one of the The Corrs could be defined as a particularly amusing spoof, especially when she did all three sisters at the same time. The fact that Dawn is a “one off” British Treasure goes without saying. A cross between Hatty Jacques that wonderful 50′s comedienne and Dame Fanny Craddock the first BBC celebrity cook. Dawn can be practically anyone she wants. She observes the human condition with a sharp eye, aware of our foibles She can be totally “spot on” about the madness of our worst antics, and she moves us to tears of hysteria as a result. It is rare she seriously rattles anyone’s cage.
Diplomacy is a Libran gift and Dawn has it even when she is excessive in her riotous “take offs”. The show biz establishment adores her as she ribs them to the hilt. Her spoofs are so uproarious, folk actually enjoy laughing at themselves. The only time she could have miffed a few people was when she and Jennifer declined the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services rendered to comedy drama. So what is it that makes Dawn tick? Well as we inferred, she is a jolly Libran born on the 11th October 1957. She can be rather conservative, in that charming Libran way, and could nurture a sneaky respect for the “sacred cows” of the very establishment she pokes fun at. The facts of human life on this planet attract and repel her.
She balances the madness of existence by seeing everyone’s side to the problem, revelling in an almost genetic sense of the ridiculous. She once said about John Cleese in Fawlty Towers “I laughed so hard with my dad that I actually wet my pants, and then my dad wet his, we were in genuine physical pain with laughing, Lovely!” She likes to push buttons, acting out anyone who takes himself or herself seriously, in a feigned respectful tone. Dawn understands the psyches of those who live totally different lifestyles to hers, she puts herself in their shoes, again Libran wisdom. But she needs to draw her turf clearly and we need to realise that underneath that easy going, “laissez faire” attitude that “don’t rush me please” lies her astute, contradictory perception of reality. She is a kind person even though she would scoff at you if you told her so.
That touch of Leo in her Uranus is enough to give her a certain nobility, a fire sign generosity of spirit, a keen eye for the pasta and an enjoyment of all things “larger than life”. Lenny Henry her partner, is not exactly small, he has a “big” aura to say the least. But she will go off on her own creative tangent when her Muse appears. Uranus in Leo would help her connect to the Higher Mind, channelling original information, sometimes getting confused about where Dawn ends and the “laugh a minute” characterisation begins. Dawn will not hide feelings from anyone. With that Moon in Taurus, her emotions run deep, especially in terms of loyalty and standing by friends and beloved family. She and Lenny Henry are anchors to each other, albeit on occasions when they could get stuck into intellectualising a problem to dust. However Dawn’s Jupiter in Libra will want to change the world with Lenny. She will want to share all the good things of life with their lovely adopted daughter too.
Mercury in Libra will make her attach great significance to her happy marriage and family life. Venus in Sagittarius makes her “Oh such fun to hang out with”, her humour is not just for the general public but for her mates too. She has such “maverick” points of view, such individualist “takes” on life, you could end spluttering over a cup of tea when discussing such things as the future of planet earth. She will underline the absurdities of existence, in fact she would want the daft to inherit the world! Dawn is a communicator “par excellence”, from the early hours to dusk Mercury in Libra will make her want to chat, chat and chat again.
Her intellectual spirit analyses without really getting to the proverbial point but when it comes to the creative process she is direct and synthetic, stimulated by a creative Venus. This year, she will rush ahead with an avant-garde perspective of her craft. She will need time to think of other ways to find merry answers to humanity’s woes, to stimulate people to laugh till they can laugh no more! Her kind of comedy will be needed because the reality is that Dawn has a mission to stimulate us to guffaw at our absurdities, yes, but also to resolve our angst and the suffering that can be the human condition. She is certainly not a missionary but she is a message bearer, and the message is – “laugh till you drop!” She will continue in this vein for the rest of her life. Her cheery, amusing face grinning at us from billboards and TV screens, helping us to “get over it”. God bless you Dawn!
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