This Kolchak guest-star was the astrologer for both Star Wars and Ronald Reagan

Joyce Jillson read the stars to pick May 25, 1977, for Star Wars!

You can find all kinds of interesting people on classic television, and we're not talking about the stars. Actually, in this case, we are talking about the stars — literally. 

Joyce Jillson is probably best known for a small recurring role on Peyton Place. The blonde played Jill Smith in more than 50 episodes of the provocative Sixties soap. Columbo fans might recognize her from "Any Old Port in a Storm." We spotted her in an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, "The Energy Eater." In the tale, Kolchak faces a monster of legend called the Matchemonedo. It also features a tricky toaster and lines of dialogue like "My rocks are melting." It's great fun.

Anyway, we're here to talk about Jillson. When not starring as the title character in cheeky Seventies fare like Superchick (in which she played flight attendant Tara B. True, a.k.a. the "Superchick"), Jillson practiced astrology. She became the official studio astrologer for 20th Century Fox. Yes, Hollywood studios employed astrologers. 

Jillson studied the constellations and planets to determine the best release dates for films. It was her idea to released Star Wars on May 25, 1977. That seemed to work out pretty well.

Before you laugh this all off as mumbo-jumbo, know that Jillson also advised Ronald and Nancy Reagan. According to her obituary in The New York Times, Jillson advised Reagan to pick George H.W. Bush as his VP. 

As a writer and seer, Jillson saw her astrology column published in hundreds of newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times.

It just goes to show — it pays to pay attention to the supporting cast. And, er, Mars and Venus, too?

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Sooner 44 months ago
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
UTZAAKE 44 months ago
Joyce Jillson had a nationally syndicated astrology column which appeared in the lifestyle section of daily newspapers.
Pacificsun 44 months ago
Not quite.

Here's who advised Mrs. Reagan.,White%20House%20in%20the%201980s.
texasluva Pacificsun 44 months ago
I was reading part of that earlier. I also heard Obama said something and ended up apologizing for it "President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan this afternoon to apologize for a joke about her having held "séances" in the White House,"
MichaelSkaggs 44 months ago
It wasn't President Reagan who worked with astrologers, it was only First Lady Nancy Reagan.
ArchCrawford MichaelSkaggs 44 months ago
NOT CORRECT! - Ronald and Nancy used to lunch Wednesday's with the top Hollywood astrologer in the 1940's.
Sooner ArchCrawford 44 months ago
That would have been rather hard since he was married to Jane Wyman then and he didn't marry Nancy until 1952.
texasluva 44 months ago
Just think how bad it would have been if Star Wars came out on the 24th of May 1977 or even the 26th of May 1977. Thank goodness huh? Plus the fact those same stars can:
1. Be pulled into a Black Hole
2. Move billions of miles from where they were or 1000 years in the future
3. Turn into a Supernova
4. Be totally or partially blocked by gasses or dust
Don't forget your fortune cookie or daily Astrology readings
I just did mine for the first time. Wow. Who would've known:
NOV 13, 2020: You're in high demand by a wide array of people. They all want to spend some time with you, and it could be difficult to figure out who to say yes to and who to put off until later. Prioritize the friendly folks first. The people who have always been flexible with you in the past now deserve top billing. As for the people who are too demanding and act like they're doing you a favor by inviting you somewhere? Tell them to try you again next time.
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texasluva MrsPhilHarris 44 months ago
Well grab your hats and give it a go. Vámonos que se está haciendo tarde- Sort of meaning Let's go......It's getting late I forgot you early in BC.
If it hadn't been for that "Fan Made" Land Of The Giants quiz, it would've wound up being a slow quiz week. That quiz saved the week. I didn't take it, 'cuz I don't know the show that well, but it was definitely a bright beacon in an otherwise low lit quiz week which seemed to please the fans that did take it. Maybe METV should showcase a "Fan Made" quiz everyday. I have a strong feeling that there are quite a few fans out there, who can put on their thinking tam-o-shanters and come up with something. Folks see to mention often enough that new quizzes need to me thought up and others respond to them by suggesting they should make one up. We shouldn't get on METV's quiz staff that badly. They have had their moments when they have come up with a few golden nuggets for a quiz category. But I'm sure {as evidenced by how many times a same topic quiz can be asked?} it's not easy to come up with something fresh and new. That's where the Fan Made quiz comes in: injects some new lifeblood into them.
Someone else who was an astrologer to the stars, {but wasn't an actor, but did give birth to one:} Jackie Stallone Sylvester's mom. I wonder what it would've been like to have her for a mother? Knowing that she knows {or so she claims,} things about you. I would think it would have been hard to keep anything from her.
ArchCrawford texasluva 44 months ago
A time period could be OK, but the BEST Day will add a little (or a lot) to the goodness of it.
harlow1313 44 months ago
I worry about the critical thinking skills of those who believe astrology.
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harlow1313 dmagoon 44 months ago
I believe you mean astronomy, not astrology.
dmagoon harlow1313 44 months ago
The science I'm referring to is based on huge celestial bodies and their position in the SKY (their zenith position) (and also distance(?)).
dmagoon dmagoon 44 months ago
It ISN'T mystical.
ArchCrawford harlow1313 44 months ago
You mean like J.P. Morgan and the 1980's chief OPEC negotiator, who was quoted on page one Wall St Journal saying: "Astrology is my passion!" ..???
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