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Madam Marie; Asbury Park fortune teller made famous in "4th of July" song on Bruce Springsteen's second LP

Madam Marie Castello, photographed waiting for a client at her Temple of Knowledge in 2004. Madam Marie Castello, photographed waiting for a client at her Temple of Knowledge in 2004. (Brian Branch-Price/associated press)
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Associated Press / July 4, 2008

ASBURY PARK, N.J. - Fortune teller Madam Marie, a figure of rock 'n' roll mythology thanks to Bruce Springsteen, has died. She was in her mid-90s.

Sally Castello tells the Asbury Park Press that her great-grandmother, Marie Castello, died June 27.

The psychic reader and adviser began telling fortunes on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in New Jersey in the 1930s.

Madam Marie became famous in 1973 when Springsteen paid homage to her in the song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)."

The lyric "Did you hear, the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do" cemented her fame.

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