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Astrologer to the stars dies of kidney failure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As the official astrologer for 20th Century Fox Studios, Joyce Jillson consulted on the best opening days for movies, including 1977's "Star Wars" — the second-highest grossing movie of all time.

Jillson, author of a nationally syndicated astrology column who also divined the stars on behalf of the Reagan administration, died Friday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center of kidney failure, said her former husband, Joseph Gallagher. She was 58.

In 1988, Jillson was linked to the Reagan White House after former chief of staff Donald T. Regan wrote in a book that Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers.