Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Claim to Fame
Larry King Live, Montel Williams Show
Full Name at Birth
Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker
Sylvia Celeste Browne (née Shoemaker; October 19, 1936 – November 20, 2013) was an American author who claimed to be a medium and to have psychic abilities. She appeared regularly on television and radio, including on The Montel Williams Show and Larry King Live TV shows and hosted an hour-long Internet radio show on Hay House Radio. She was the subject of frequent criticism for making psychic predictions that were later proven false, including predictions related to missing persons such as Shawn Hornbeck and Amanda Berry.
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Sylvia Browne (born Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker, October 19, 1936 - November 20, 2013) was an American author who described herself as a psychic and spiritual medium. She has appeared regularly on television and radio, including the shows Larry King Live and The Montel Williams Show, and hosts an hour-long Internet radio show on Hay House Radio.
Browne has been the subject of frequent criticism for making psychic predictions that were later proven false. These have included several predictions related to missing persons, most notably Shawn Hornbeck and Amanda Berry.
Browne grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Her father held several different jobs, working at times in mail delivery, in jewelry sales, and as a vice president of a major freight line. Browne's father was Jewish, her mother Episcopalian, and her maternal grandmother a devout Lutheran; Browne identified herself in 2001 as Jewish.
Browne claims that she started seeing visions at the age of five, and that her grandmother, who claimed to be a psychic medium, helped her understand what they meant. Browne also asserts that her great-uncle was a psychic medium and was "rabid about UFOs."
Browne has been married four times. Her first marriage, from 1959 to 1972, was to Gary Dufresne. The couple had two sons, Paul and Christopher. She took the surname Brown upon her third marriage, and changed it to Browne following her 1992 indictment on security fraud charges. Her most recent marriage took place on February 14, 2009, to the owner of a jewelry store.
Browne says that her son Christopher Dufresne is also psychic. Her website says, "If Sylvia is the best psychic around - then Chris is the second best."
In May 2003, she told Larry King in an interview that she would die at the age of 88. In March 2011, Society of Novus Spiritus, the church founded by Browne, announced that Browne had suffered a heart attack on March 21 in Hawaii. The church requested donations on Browne's behalf.
Place of Death
San Jose, California, USA
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