Penelope Cruz (source: EW)

April 28 is Penelope Cruz’s birthday.

Here’s a photo of Penelope Cruz playing Donatella Versace in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” I watched the show and I was impressed by Cruz’s portrayal of Donatella, even though it should have been subtitled “The Andrew Cunanan Show.”

Anyway, I just looked up the charts of both Penelope Cruz and Donatella Versace. I often use Donatella as an example of typical Taurus self-indulgence gone too far. She tans too much. She smokes too much. She’s had too much work done on her face. She really is a Taurus through and through.

What took me by surprise is that both women have their Taurus sun joined by Mercury in Taurus in the first house. Versace, of course, has Taurus as her rising sign, and Cruz’s rising sign is just a little more than a degree from the Taurus cusp in Aries.

How weird is it for an actress to be cast in a role where she shares such a similar configuration with the person she is playing?

Both women also have Cancer featured prominently in their charts, too. Cruz has a Cancer moon, Mars and Saturn. Versace has Jupiter conjunct Uranus within a degree in Cancer.

I don’t know if they know each other. I know that the Versace family was not very happy with Ryan Murphy for sensationalizing the tragedy. But still, Donatella and Penelope are like peas in a pod, with more similarities than differences in their charts. I think that they would get along. Perhaps that should be the premise of Ryan Murphy’s next venture. I’d watch a reality show of the two women smoking cigarettes while trying to make sense of each other’s accents.

I am a man of simple tastes . . .

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