Miss Cleo, Famous TV ‘Psychic,’ Dead at 53

Miss Cleo, the woman whose heavy Jamaican accent became a staple of late night cable TV in the 1990s passed away Tuesday morning in Palm Beach County, Florida at age 53.

According to a representative for Miss Cleo, real name Youree Harris, the actress was diagnosed with colon cancer which spread into her liver and lungs. During her final days, she remained a “pillar of strength” and died surrounded by loved ones.

Take a look at the character Harris turned into a household name, complete with the “Call me now” catchphrase.

 

Although Miss Cleo was from Jamaica, Youree Harris was born in Los Angeles and started an successful theater production company in Seattle, Washington in 1996 before becoming the face, and voice, of the pay-per-call psychic service.

Harris continued the character of Miss Cleo even after the closing of the psychic network, performing in various TV commercials and doing live appearances. She also provided her voice for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.