Dr. Joyce Brothers died at 85 today in New York City.
The television psychologist and longtime newspaper advice columnist reportedly died after a long illness.
Interestingly, she came to prominence after winning “The $64,000 Question” game show, where she appeared as a boxing expert. She then color-commentated the CBS Carmen Basilio-Sugar Ray Robinson bout.
She had an advice show on New York television and from there went on to several radio and TV syndicated advice shows over four decades. She also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson nearly 100 times.
Her syndicated newspaper column, at its peak appeared in more than 300 newspapers.
She also appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “CHiPs,” “Taxi,” “Happy Days,” “Police Squad!,” “The Nanny,” “Frasier,” “WKRP in Cincinnatti,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Boat,” “Married…With Children,” “Entourage,” “The Simpsons” “Moonlighting” and “Suddenly Susan.”
Brothers also published several best-sellers that included “What Every Woman Should Know About Men” and “Widowed” in 1992 after her husband Milton Brothers died. She also had a monthly column that appeared in “Good Housekeeping” magazine.
She is survived by a sister Elaine Goldsmith, daughter Lisa Brothers Arbisser, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.