Sydney Omarr was an American astrologer,
writer, journalist, and columnist who
appeared in hundreds of daily newspapers
and was among the most widely read
astrologers in the world.
He began as a journalist with the United Press
news service in the 1950s, and spent
several years as a CBS radio correspondent
before becoming a full-time columnist
and astrological consultant. By the 1970s,
Omarr was a headliner on American
television talk shows hosted by Mike
Douglas, Regis Philbin, Tom Snyder,
Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, and was
known as "the astrologer to the stars."
He was the author of more than a dozen books
including Sydney Omarr's Astrological
Guide To Love & Romance, Sydney Omarr's Astrology,
Love, Sex, and You, Cooking with Astrology
co-authored with Chef Mike Roy (1969),
and his autobiography, Answer in the Sky . . . Almost:
Confessions of an Astrologer, published in
1995. His annual Sydney Omarr's Day-By-Day
Astrological Guide, published for each sign of
the zodiac, remained a perennial best-seller.
Omarr's books sold more than 50 million copies.
Sydney Omarr was diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis in 1971, and was eventually
blinded and paralyzed by the disease. Even
as his condition worsened, he continued
working on his popular columns, horoscopes
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Sidney Kimmelman
Date, time and place of birth: August 5, 1926,
at 10:27 a.m.*, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: January 2, 2003,
St. John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica,
California, U.S.A. (Pneumonia / Complications from a heart attack)
Wife: Jeraldine Saunders (m. 1966) (they were married just eight months)
Father: Harry Kimmelman
Mother: Rose Kimmelman
Burial site: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California, U.S.A.
Error correction or clarification
* Source: Birth certificate, and confirmed by Omarr himself.
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