Joyce Jillson, an astrologer who forecast the future for millions of people, died on Oct. 1 of kidney failure. She was 58.
Born on Dec. 26, 1946, the Rhode Island native and Capricorn was only 8 years old when she began studying the stars under astrologer Maude Williams. At 10, Jillson was constructing horoscopes for her dog and predicting the behavior of the stock market. But her main goal was to become a star, so she studied opera at Boston University then moved to New York to pursue a career in show business.
Jillson starred in the Broadway production of “The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd,” and won the 1965 Theatre World Award for her performance. She played the role of Jill Smith Rossi on the popular TV show “Peyton Place” until 1968 when she decided to make prognostication her claim to fame.
Jillson’s informative and entertaining predictions were syndicated in 230 newspapers nationwide and 84 international publications. She discussed astrology on her own syndicated TV program “The Joyce Jillson Show,” and penned the books: “Real Women Don’t Pump Gas,” “The Fine Art of Flirting” and “Joyce Jillson’s Lifesigns.” Her final manuscripts, “Dog Astrology” and “Astrology for Cats,” are scheduled for publication next spring.
Jillson also gave private readings to celebrities, corporate executives and political figures. The official astrologer for 20th Century Fox Studios, she determined the best days for new movies to open in theatres. Jillson aided the Los Angeles Dodgers by predicting whether the baseball team would win each game (she had an 89 percent accuracy rate). And when First Lady Nancy Reagan consulted with her in the 1980s, the media dubbed Jillson: “The Astrologer Who Runs the White House.”
Jillson’s final horoscope column will be published on Nov. 6.