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Alan Rickman

A Brief Biography of Alan

Raised by a capable mother who instilled integrity and dignity into her son, Alan was a bright, artistic child who always excelled in areas of art and theatre. Although his father died when he was eight, Alan has risen above it all, beginning with a art scholarship to Latymer Upper School in 1957. It was here he received praise for his exceptional talent in acting, and upon graduating he was faced with the decision: acting or graphic design.

Chelsea College of Art was his choice; Alan signed up for a three-year art course. I personally have no doubts that this was the right decision, as Alan met his lifetime partner, Rima at Chelsea. Acting, however, was not forgotten, Alan and Rima joined the 'Brook Green Players', a small acting group in West London. He continued with graphic design even as he became noticed for his superb talent in acting. After college [he graduated in 1968], Alan worked in various graphic designing jobs, but never lost that passion for acting.

In fact, when he was 25, he auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. A piece from Richard III is what changed his life, as Rickman was accepted. [I forgot to mention that around and before this time, Alan and Rima had joined the Court Drama Group where alan played a variety of roles.] He worked his way through RADA and left when he was 28, to begin a career of doing weekly theater.

Alan's first TV Role was a BBC special Thérèse Raquin, followed by many small BBC appearances, as well as Theater, but it was The Barchester Chronicles that turned out to be his first big break. Obadiah Slope, the urbane murderer...gave the British public a taste of the extraordinary Alan Rickman, and left Alan with quite a lot of fan mail.

Mr. Rickman, now a villain extraordinaire, was later [after various other BBC & theater appearances] cast as Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and his success was spread from Britain to America. In the good ole' U. S. of A. is where director Joel Silver saw Alan. And then...dun dun dun....the important turning point folks! Yes...Alan Rickman was cast in a major motion picture as the intelligent, handsome, EVIL Russian terrorist, Hans Gruber. Yippee Kai Yay!

Today, Mr. Rickman is a veteran of over 50 films and plays, his most recent being Private Lives, where he played Eloyt Chase. for which he was nominated for best actor, and the Harry Potter series, in which he portrays Professor Severus Snape, the resident potions master of Hogwarts

Alan's Sun Sign:

Sun Sign Profile
February 19 - March 19

Pisces is the twelfth Sign of the Zodiac, and it is also the final Sign in the Zodiacal cycle. Hence, this Sign brings together many of the characteristics of the eleven Signs that have come before it. Pisceans, however, are happiest keeping many of these qualities under wraps. These folks are selfless, spiritual and very focused on their inner journey. They also place great weight on what they are feeling. Yes, feelings define Pisceans, and it's not uncommon for them to feel their own burdens (and joys) as well as those of others. The intuition of the Pisces-born is highly-evolved. Many people associate Pisceans with dreams and secrets, and it's a fair association, since those born under this Sign feel comfortable in an illusory world.

It's a pair of Fish that represents Pisceans, a symbol which prompts others to suggest that these people 'go with the flow' and 'don't make waves.' Both of these labels are true, since Pisceans are fluid and easy-going, in keeping with the Mutable Quality assigned to this Sign. The fact that two fish (as opposed to one) represent the members of this Sign also speaks to the duality of Pisceans, their yin and yang sensibility. Pisceans alternate between reality and non-reality in keeping with their introspective natures; their voyage between consciousness and an unconscious dream state says much about their intuitive, almost psychic natures. For this reason, Pisceans can be hard to pin down, prompting some to call them the chameleons of the Zodiac. The Fish are happy to be considered hazy, since there's a certain sense of safety in that self-proclaimed netherworld. That said, they won't stay away for long, since one of their primary goals is to help others. Pisceans are compassionate, charitable and will quickly put the needs of others ahead of their own. It's this kind of self-sacrifice which keeps these folks going. The flip side to their giving natures is that oft-timid Fish are likely to be taken advantage of by less well-meaning souls.

Alan's Zodiac Sign:

Zodiac: The Dog

In the West, the Dog is man's best friend, but in Chinese Astrology this Sign is a little more unpredictable than that. Dogs are loyal, faithful and honest and always stick to their firm codes of ethics. However, this Sign has trouble trusting others. It's generally quite trustworthy itself -- except for the occasional "little white lies" the Dog tells in order to make things go more smoothly. The Dog makes a wonderful, discreet and loyal friend (despite any white lies) and is an excellent listener. This Sign tends to root for the underdog and its keen sense of right and wrong makes it duty-bound to the core. The Dog's mantra seems to be, Live right, look out for the little people and fight injustice whenever possible.

Dogs can also be rather dogmatic, too. They don't go in for light social banter; instead, they go straight for home, expostulating on the topics that are most important to them. At these times the Dog's narrow-minded or stubborn side can become apparent; this Sign has trouble staying light and calm when an important issue is at stake. This Sign can also be very temperamental; mood swings characterize its emotional life and often the Dog needs to run off to be alone in order to recuperate. Part of the problem is the result of this Sign's load of irrational fears that turn into niggling anxieties that turn into hurt feelings and occasional grouchiness. This sensitive Sign needs to warm up to others over time and gradually learn to trust them. Without that trust as a foundation, Dogs can be judgmental and coarse.

The Dog's discerning nature does make it an excellent business person, one who can turn that picky, guarded nature into a keen sense of the truth of another's motives. Where love is concerned, Dogs often have a tough time finding the right match. They can be so anxious and overwrought in the romance dance that they'll stress their partner to the max! In any forum, this Sign is happiest when able to be quite physically active; at home or at work, the Dog will always be constructing something new or cleaning something up in order to make things better. Dogs need to work on controlling their irrational worries and would also be well-served to relax their mile-high standards, which can sometimes wind up alienating the ones they love.

The most compatible match for a Dog is the Tiger or the Horse.

Alan's Element:


Those of you born under the influence of the Chinese Element Fire burn through life with your fierce charm, your impulsive enthusiasm and your restless emotions. A natural leader, you inspire with your decisive action and dramatic expression; people can't help but be magnetically drawn to you. Where will you lead your followers? Likely into an exciting adventure of some sort. You're instinctual, but your mind sparks with new ideas and clever solutions.

In love, you're highly-charged -- even combustible at times! Hot tamales to the core, these dynamic individuals can see straight to the heart of an issue and make it work for them. You may seem single-minded, but you just refuse to be swayed from a cause they believe to be important.

Alan's Numerology:


If youre a Seven, you possess a deeply analytical mind and an innate spiritual wisdom. You prefer to meet life on your own terms rather than following someone elses lead. Indeed, you learn best when you are active and positive, finding out how life works by living it.

Though you do possess this lust for life, others may find you rather reserved, even aloof. You do have a calm and dignified manner, and what others perceive as aloofness may actually be a sort of mask that covers up a basic feeling of insecurity. The general chaos of life can sometimes contribute to this feeling; in times like these, a solo retreat into nature can be just the thing to recharge your batteries and re-equip you to deal with the uncertainties of everyday life.

You are something of a perfectionist and hold others to the same high standards you apply to yourself. Thus -- and since you tend to be a loner of rather serious demeanor -- you may have only a few, carefully-chosen friends. Those friends, however, will be friends for life. You are attracted to people who, like you, are intelligent and philosophical; you are far more likely to be found deep in intense conversation over dinner with a friend than living it up at a wild party.

Your active mind and your deep spiritual wisdom combine to lead you through life and help you find those answers you seek. However, if your natural energy flow is blocked or oppressed, you can become apathetic and pessimistic. When youre depressed, you may be unable to learn from your mistakes and so might take one false step after another, becoming increasingly frustrated with each wrong turn. Your lifes purpose can only be found when youre actively gaining experience and understanding; when you lose willpower, you must find a way to push yourself back out into the world so that your static state can once again become active.

In love, you arent one for casual, meaningless affairs. You need a mate who knows and understands you well, someone who can provide you with plenty of care and reassurance. You also need a partner who can step back and allow you to make your own decisions about your life, including life at home. But when you do find this person, you make a dedicated, trustworthy, affectionate and committed partner in return.

Because of your exceptional analytical capabilities and your need to work on your own and at your own pace, you are well-suited for such occupations as lawyer, accountant, researcher or computer programmer. Find a position that allows you plenty of autonomy so that you can grow and learn at your own speed.

Alan's Contact Address:

Alan Rickman
C/O Duncan Heath
Oxford House, 76 Oxford St.
London W1D 1BS

Alan Sydney Patrick Rickman


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Alan at a Glance:
Birth Name: Alan Sydney Patrick Rickman
Birthday: February 21, 1946
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 6' 1"

Alan Sydney Patrick Rickman