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Lisa Williams is a magical English woman living in Los Angeles who lays claim to being a psychic medium. Williams is the granddaughter of Frances Glazebrook, who also claimed to be a medium. She has been widely discredited due to her reliance on "cold reading."
Williams has starred in two television shows. In 2004, Williams gave a "reading" to a senior staff member of television host Merv Griffin. As a result, Griffin worked with her to create a show of her own. Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead aired for two seasons (2006-2007) on the Lifetime network. The following year, she began to host Lisa Williams: Voices From the Other Side five nights a week on the same network. Her shows were also broadcast in the United Kingdom. The shows followed Williams on a typical day, as she "communicated" with the dead, investigated haunted houses, and conducted other spirit-seeking activities. She claims to have spoken with the spirits of Bob Hope, Princess Diana, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe and Ray Charles.
The ethical standards of journalist and television anchorman Matt Lauer, were questioned when he allowed Lisa Williams to state that a ghost was standing beside him. Mediums, psychics and similar practitioners scam Americans out of millions of dollars yearly and Lauer "(...) didn’t challenge or investigate a likely instance of public deception; instead, he endorsed and participated in it."