Jeane Dixon Biography

Jeane Dixon was one of the best-known astrologers and psychics in America. For her work, she wrote a syndicated astrology column in the newspaper, had famous predictions that have been constantly publicized and talked about, and wrote a best-selling biography. Even though Dixon passed away from cardiac arrest in January 1997, she will be forever talked about and remembered as a great psychic icon of the 20th century.

Early Life

Jeane Dixon was born in 1904 from German immigrants, under the name of Lydia Emma Pinckert in Medford, Wisconsin. Although, she was mostly raised in the states of Missouri and California. While living in California as a young girl, Dixon claimed to have come across a gypsy at the age of eight years old, who then told her about her special talents and abilities as a seer. Through her career, Jeane made many predictions, with quite a bit of them coming true. She began predicting events of celebrities and real-life tragedies as well, which is what got her career started in the field.

Dixon was first married in 1928, to Charles Zuercher. Soon after, they got divorced and she married again in 1939, at the age of 35. It was right before her second marriage when she changed her name from Lydia to Jeane. Being married twice, her second husband, James Dixon, began a real estate company in Washington, D.C. This is where Dixon worked with her husband, James, and served as the company's president. Living in Washington, D.C, a lot of soldiers were settling there during the war. Therefore, Dixon decided to provide a bit of entertainment to them for their service to the country. This is where she really began her public start in fortune-telling.


Dixon was the author of seven books, which include an astrological cookbook, her autobiography, and a horoscope book for dogs. Her focus was to write books dealing with psychic abilities and phenomenon, and even some dealing with astrological mediums. As well, she gained public awareness from “A Gift of Prophecy: the Phenomenal Jeane Dixon,” which was a best selling book by Ruth Montgomery. With this book selling over 3 million copies, it had brought Dixon into the spotlight with celebrities and famous figures, particularly with Nancy and Ronald Reagan. While in office, the Reagan family actually took Dixon's advice and predictions several times. Additionally, she had another book published, “My Life and Prophecies,” which sold one million copies

Predicting an Assassination

In 1956, Dixon predicted John F. Kennedy's assassination by stating that the winner of the 1960 election would be “dominated by labor and won by a Democrat,” who would then go on to “be assassinated or die in office, though not necessarily in his first term.” When describing the man, it was a “tall, young man with blue eyes and thick brown hair.” Years later, Dixon claimed that she originally predicted for Richard Nixon to win the election, but regardless of the small detail, her prediction of the assassination was what made her quite famous. It is also the one significant prediction that Dixon made in which most people know her for.

Accurate Predictions

Dixon has made several predictions, even with some having been vague, they have been proven and have happened. She accurately predicted certain famous figure's deaths, such as Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Martin Luther King, and a U.N. Security General, Dag Hammarskjold. Also, she made the correct prediction that Winston Churchill would lose the election of 1945, and would go back as a prime minister at a later point in time. The launch of the Russian satellite, Sputnik, was predicted by Dixon as well.

A lot of the accurate predictions are questionable by certain individuals and groups, due her statements being quite vague and nonspecific. It is already a controversial topic, therefore, proving or disproving these predictions would be impossible.

Bad Predictions

With all of the predictions made by Dixon, there are bound to be ones that do not come true. Dixon believed that is was not the fact of someone not seeing the future, but the act of them not being able to interpret the vision correctly. There are always misinterpretations that occur in any type of intuition or vision. Many people believed that her visions were not true and that she did not really have any paranormal capabilities. Since some of the predictions had been explained to be quite vague, there had been much created controversy behind it all.

There were certain vague statements that were made by Dixon, but supposedly came true, such as “a dreadful plague will strike down thousands of people in this country.” This statement was said to be the uprising of AIDS, but regardless, this could have been said to be any type of disease. As well, some of Dixon's major predictions that did not occur are the following: that World War III would break out in 1958, that the Russians would be the first to land a man on the moon, and a cure for cancer predicted to be in 1967.

The “Jeane Dixon Effect”

The Jeane Dixon Effect was originally coined by John Paulos, a mathematician at Temple University. The term refers to “the tendency of the mass media to hype or exaggerate a few correct predictions by a psychic, guaranteeing that they will be remembered, while forgetting or ignoring the much more numerous incorrect predictions.” This is a common term to label a good amount of people that claimed they were psychic.

To summarize it all, Dixon had made a large number of predictions throughout her lifetime. Some of those turned out to be false, but some of the predictions had also come out to be true. Of course, with the large number of predictions made over the decades, a lot of them will more than likely not come true. Although, surprisingly enough, it was the predictions that came true that people ended up remembering more, which is actually the whole basic philosophy behind the “Jeane Dixon Effect.” An individual can have 100 predictions not come true, but if they have one major prediction come true, that is what people will remember them for throughout their lives.

Predicting Doomsday

Dixon had a prediction for ‘doomsday,' or the end of the world, which was similar to other psychics and prophets. She stated that she had ‚Äúseen a comet strike our Earth around the middle of the 1980s.” Obviously, this did not end up happening. As well, the year of 2020 being the end of the world was suggested too. Jesus would return, and “earthquakes and tidal waves will befall us as a result of the tremendous impact of this heavenly body in one of our great oceans.” This would signal the battle to defeat the supposed anti-christ, ending the world.