A SKEPITCAL LOOK
The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom
MISS CLEO (1962- )
A.K.A. Youree Dell Harris (said to be her real name), Cleomili Harris,
Youree Perris, Cleo Harris, et al. Self proclaimed psychic and shaman
who was spokesperson for the Psychic Friuends Network. Harris, who was
actress from Seattle, and her lesbian lover created a production
company to stage her own plays. Her plays failed at the box office,
however. Youree/Cleo lied to the actors in the production company
claiming she had bone cancer when she was unable to pay them. The
actors claim Youree gave them promissary notes in lieu of payment, but
at this writing has still failed to make good on them.
She fled Seattle,WA leaving a trail of unpaid bills and broken
promises. Youree played a Jamaican character in a play titled For Women
Only that later became the basis for her psychic “Miss Cleo” character.
In the late 1990's, she became a "psychic" for the now defunct Psychic
Anyone can become a
“telephone psychic”, as no psychic powers are actually necessary (or
even likely). The telephone “psychics”, actually read from a script,
which has now been made available online by Court TV.
Eventually she appeared as the Miss Cleo (pretending to be a Jamaican
native) character in infomercials for the company, for a flat $1700 fee
that she was paid.
The airwaves were
saturated with commercials of Miss Cleo and her pitch in her fake
Jamaican accent, "Call meh now fer ya free readin'!" The supposedly
"free" calls actually cost callers around $6 per minute...about the
same rate that Sprint charges for a phone call to Vietnam. One Customer
sued after he got a bill for over $300 for his “free” call. After none
of the Psychic friends predicted the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 (or
they were awfully quiet about it if they did), the calls were said to
have dropped off dramatically.
FTC got an injunction against the Psychic Friends network. In 2002
Harris was actually sued herself by the State of Florida, which allows
spokespersons to be held liable, but the suit was later dropped. In
2004 Harris appeared in a car commercial for a local Palm Beach car
dealer as the Miss Cleo character. In 2006 Cleo tried to gain
attention by “coming out” admitting she was a lesbian. The story
made a few gay newspapers, but was mostly ignored by the main stream
press. It’s very unlikely her career will ever rise from the grave, and
you don’t have to be a psychic to see that.
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