Fairbanks, Douglas Jr.

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Fairbanks, Douglas Jr. Gender: M
Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr.
born on 9 December 1909 at 04:15 (= 04:15 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 16°41' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 07°56 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 11°09'

Douglas Jr. Fairbanks (1973 photo by Allan Warren)
photo: Allan warren, license gfdl


American actor from a noted family, the son of Douglas Fairbanks Sr., he followed in his famous dad's footsteps with suave continental charm. With a film debut at 13, he entered an acting career that lasted up to 1951, when he went into production. Fairbanks had to carve his own way through the Hollywood jungle, taking on bit parts and supplementing his meager income with writing titles for silent films. He never wanted - or tried - to emulate his father but was determined to be his own man and make his own mark. The 75 movies that are his legacy include "Catherine the Great," "The Prisoner of Zenda," 1937 and "Gunga Din," 1939.

Fairbanks was not fully committed to acting until 1928 when he became more ambitious and began to emerge as a star. Despite his dashing good looks and agreeable screen personality, he never achieved superstar magnitude that matched his dad's.

He thrived on social and political connections, becoming close to the British royal family. During World War II, he participated in several Anglo-American operations as a Naval Officer, 1941-1946, the first American officer to command a British flotilla of raiding craft. He received assorted medals and decorations and was knighted by King George VI in 1949 for "furthering Anglo-American amity." He became a friend of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, entertaining them at his home.

From 1953-1957 he hosted an anthology series in London TV and during the '60s he hosted the "Douglas Fairbanks Presents" series for British drama TV. The co-author of "The Fairbanks Album," released in 1975, he has written two autobiographies, "The Salad Days" in 1988 and "A Hell of a War" in 1993.

Fairbanks first marriage was to Joan Crawford, 1928-1933, and his second marriage, to Mary Lee Hartford, lasted from 1938 until her death in 1988. He remarried a third time on 30 May 1991, to Vera Shelton, then in her 50s. He was known to have affairs with Marlene Dietrich and Gertrude Lawrence.

"I've led an enormously lucky life," Fairbanks said in 1989. "I've done what I wanted to do. I worked hard and played hard and it was all tremendously rewarding. I just wish it could go on and on and on."

Fairbanks died of Parkinson's on 7 May 2000 at the age of 90, remembered as the rakishly handsome star who was one of the symbols of his era.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • lover relationship with Dietrich, Marlene (born 27 December 1901). Notes: Brief affair
  • spouse relationship with Crawford, Joan (born 23 March 1906). Notes: 1929-1933


  • Relationship : Marriage 1928 (First wife Joan Crawford)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1938 (Second wife Mary Lee Hartford)
  • Work : Gain social status 1949 (Knighted)
  • Work : New Job 1953 (Hosted an anthology TV series)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Autobiography, "The Salad Days")
  • Death of Mate 1988 (Second wife died)
  • Relationship : Marriage 30 May 1991 (Third wife Vera Shelton)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1993 (Autobiography, "A Hell of a War")

Source Notes

David Fisher quotes his autobiography, "The Salad Days," Doubleday 1988, pp 19, "At four-fifteen on the ninth morning of December, I weighed in at nine pounds." Wynn quotes his dad for 7:26 AM in March 1940. When the autobiography was published, Fairbanks was 78. When his dad was quoted, his dad was 57 and he was 30. A case could be made for or against either data.

(Church of Light quotes Connell, "Knight Errant" for 3:38 AM in error: the biography gives the date on p.22, no time. Sabian Symbols No. 327 gives 3:45 AM.). Starkman rectified to 8.05.15 EST.

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file (states date and place, no time recorded).


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Handsome, dashing)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad Douglas Fairbanks, Sr)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced (When he was 9)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage, 50 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Third marriage at 81)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (20+ Years)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Some 75 films)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Film debut at 13)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Two)