Goodbye to Madam Marie

Madam Marie, Asbury Park’s famous fortune teller, passed away last Friday June 27th, at age 93. Her booth at the Asbury Park boardwalk was a landmark in Springsteen history. She is the fortune teller Springsteen mentioned in 1973 in his song «Sandy»:

«The cops finally busted Madam Marie, for telling fortunes better than they do»

Bruce Springsteen has published a condolence note in his official web site:

Back in the day when I was a fixture on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, I’d often stop and talk to Madam Marie as she sat on her folding chair outside the Temple of Knowledge.

I’d sit across from her on the metal guard rail bordering the beach and watch as she led the day trippers into the small back room where she would unlock a few of the mysteries of their future. She always told me mine looked pretty good — she was right. The world has lost enough mystery as it is — we need our fortunetellers. We send our condolences out to her family who’ve carried on her tradition. Over here on E Street, we will miss her.
–Bruce Springsteen

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