Dr. Joyce Brothers was a psychologist, television personality, and advice columnist. She went on to do syndicated advice shows on both television and radio, during a broadcasting career that lasted more than four decades. In addition to The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show, she had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine, and a syndicated newspaper column she began writing in the 1970s. At the height of her popularity, it was printed in over 300 newspapers.
DR. JOYCE BROTHERS
She gained fame in late 1955 by winning on The $64,000 Question game show, which she appeared as an expert in the subject of Boxing. In 1959, allegations that the quiz shows were rigged, due to the Charles Van Doren controversy on the quiz show, Twenty One. Brothers insisted she never cheated, nor had she ever been given answers to questions in advance. Subsequent investigations suggested she had won honestly. And, her success on The $64,000 Question earned Brothers a chance to be the color commentator for CBS during the boxing match between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson. She was said to be the first woman ever to act as a boxing commentator.
In addition to being called upon for her expertise in psychology, Joyce also appeared on a number of television shows, including Saturday Night Live, CHiPs, Simon & Simon, Taxi, Ellery Queen, Mama’s Family, Happy Days, Night Court, The Nanny, Moonlighting, Frasier, One Life to Live, WKRP in Cincinnati, Married… with Children, The Simpsons, Melrose Place, ALF, The Larry Sanders Show, and Suddenly Susan. She appeared as an occasional celebrity guest on game shows such as Match Game, the 1968 revival of What’s My Line, The Gong Show, and the Hollywood Squares. She was the ninth-most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Later, Dr. Joyce branched out into cinema, playing herself in more than a dozen movies, such as Analyze That and Dear God.
As a psychologist, Dr. Joyce had been licensed in New York since 1958. She would go on to write 15 books. She also became an advocate for female issues. In the 1970s, she called for the removal of sexism in textbooks, noting that non-sexist cultures tend to be less warlike.
Dr. Joyce Brothers was 85.
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