Syndicated astrologer Joyce Jillson, who claims to have provided advice for Ronald and Nancy Reagan and to have guided George Lucas on the launch date for his first “Star Wars” movie, has died at age 58, associates said on Wednesday.
Jillson, who also worked as an actress on Broadway and television and at one point billed herself as the “Hollywood Astrologer,” died last Friday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center of complications from kidney disease, her ex-husband, Joseph Gallagher, told the Los Angeles Times.
Her daily horoscopes were published in about 200 newspapers.
Jillson gained worldwide notoriety in 1988 when she claimed that President Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan regularly consulted with astrologers and that she had visited the White House after the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. She also said she made charts that determined George Bush was the best choice for Reagan’s running mate in 1980.
Nancy Reagan’s spokeswoman acknowledged then that the first lady sought advice about her husband’s safety from “a friend that does astrology” in Los Angeles. But the White House dismissed Jillson as a publicity seeker and denied that the Reagans even knew her.
Jillson also claimed to have provided horoscopes for 20th Century Fox, the Ford Motor Co. and the Los Angeles Dodgers, among others.
As an actress, she appeared in Broadway productions of “The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd” and on the TV drama “Peyton Place.” She also had guest roles in such shows as ”Columbo,” “Lou Grant” and “Police Woman.”