The infomercial psychic with the annoying accent who came out of the closet is seeing good things ahead for 2009.
Miss Cleo, the late-night prognosticator who flooded the airwaves in the late '90s with her cheaply produced commercials peddling her clairvoyant powers is still seeing the future and predicts 2009 will be a good year, in an interview with the Miami Herald.
A few years back, if you were up at 2 a.m. flipping through channels, you couldn't avoid Cleo's infomercials for the Psychic Readers Network.
"The cards never lie," she frequently said as she took calls and gave readings at 99 cents per minute, in often-mocked commercials.
Miss Cleo, also known as Youree Dell Cleomili Harris, came out as a lesbian in 2006 and is actively involved in gay rights in Lake Worth, where she now lives. She frequently attends protests, pride fests and AIDS walks in South Florida.
Miss Cleo is still doing readings - priced from $75 to $250 - but prefers to call herself a voodoo priestess instead of a psychic.
"I'm a proud voodoo woman," she told the Herald. "And I make no apologies to anyone."
Her stint as a TV psychic ended when the Psychic Readers Network was buried in lawsuits from callers who claimed they were grossly overcharged. Cleo, a Network spokeswoman but never a boss, was sued by the state of Florida, but the charges were eventually dropped.
These days, when she's not looking into her crystal ball, Cleo stays busy with her web site, www.the-real-mscleo.com, as well as other side projects. She was the voice of gang leader Auntie Poulet in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and she released a spoken-word CD in 2007.
Miss Cleo gave some upbeat predictions for 2009.
"In 2009 my lesson and my sharing with people is that one has to come out of their comfort zone," she said in a video posted on the Herald's web site. "It's a year of opportunity, absolutely."
And what about the lousy economy?
"When will the market start to turn around? Last quarter of 2009 we'll start to see some stability," she said.