Mae West yearned to stay in touch with her loved ones, especially her deceased mother, father, and kid brother Jack West. Two successive spiritual advisers, Reverend Jack Kelly and later on Dr. Richard Ireland, encouraged Mae to communicate with her dearest departed.
• • Acquaintances would be invited to attend seances or ESP demonstrations at the Santa Monica beach house that the actress purchased in the 1950s. Often these would feature (or be led by) Dr. Ireland.
• • Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Richard Ireland, a widely known psychic and entertainer, had founded the University of Life Center in 1960. [Ireland's involvement with his church ended with his death in 1992.]
• • Dr. Richard Ireland taught and demonstrated psychic ability all over the world along with counseling celebrities and Hollywood personalities such as Mae West, "Gunsmoke" actress Amanda Blake, David ["The Fugitive"] Janssen, and Darrell Zanuck, founder of 20th Century Fox Studios.
• • His work with Hollywoodites earned Dr. Ireland a nickname: "Psychic to the stars." [For more details, see his autobiography: "The Phoenix Oracle" by Richard Ireland.]
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