Joyce Brothers Biography

Joyce Brothers was one of the most prominent psychologists and a television personality. Explore this biography to learn more about her childhood, work, achievements, life and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: October 20, 1927

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Joyce Brothers Actresses

Died At Age: 85

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Joyce Diane Bauer

Born in: New York City, New York, U.S.

Famous as: American psychologist


Spouse/Ex-: Milton Brothers

father: Morris K. Bauer

mother: Estelle (née Rapaport)

children: Lisa. Milton Brothers

Died on: May 13, 2013

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Far Rockaway High School, Columbia University Cornell University

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Joyce Brothers was a famous American psychologist and television personality, who became the only woman ever to win the American game show, ‘The $64,000 Question’. She also presented a TV show on which she offered psychological advice. Apart from conducting her own show, she penned numerous columns on topics pertaining to sex, relationships and parenting and was also a regular columnist for the magazine, ‘Good Housekeeping’. An alumnus of the Cornell University, she earned degrees in home economics and psychology and obtained a doctorate from Columbia University. From very early on in life, she dabbled with a number of jobs and was the first female to commentate in a boxing match. Her first mass media interaction was when she interviewed professional boxers for radio broadcasts around the country. Her fame whizzed towards the end of the 20th century and she received a lot of negative criticism for giving out a lot of advice without understanding her callers’ histories over the phone.

Childhood & Early Life
  • She propelled to fame in 1955 by becoming the first woman ever to win the game show, ‘The $64,000 Question’, on which she appeared as an expert on the subject of boxing. Although she was not a boxing enthusiast, her sponsors advised that she should consider boxing as her topic for the show and since she was an avid reader, she studied every book she could find on the subject.
  • Towards the end of the 1950s, there was a lot of controversy related to the show being rigged, but Brothers refuted all the speculations.
  • Following her success on ‘The $64,000 Question’, she became a commentator for CBS in a boxing match and is said to be the first ever woman commentator for the sport.
  • In August 1958, she hosted her own television show. In the show, she gave advice on relationships and even began answering questions from the audience. She was, officially, the first television psychologist and even though the concept was viewed with cynicism at first, she soon gained popularity among the masses.
  • Over the course of time, the name of her show was changed many times, from ‘The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show’ to ‘Consult Dr. Brothers’ and ‘Tell Me, Dr. Brothers’. Following her success with the show, she began writing a monthly column in the ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine.
  • She authored an advice book, ‘Ten Days to a Successful Memory’ in 1964, which went on to receive moderate reviews from critics and readers.
  • She also began writing for a syndicated newspaper column in the 1970s, which became really popular. She published several books during her lifetime but ‘What Every Woman Should Know About Men’, published in 1981, became a best-seller. In 1991, she authored ‘Widowed’, following the unexpected death of her husband.
  • Later, Joyce Brothers branched out into films, playing herself in more than half a dozen movies including ‘Lover’s Knot’, ‘Dear God’, ‘Beethoven’s 4th’ and ‘Analyze That’.
Major Works
  • She authored ‘What Every Woman Should Know About Men’ in 1981. This explicit and informative guide for understanding the opposite sex went on to become a best-seller in the United States and sold over 11,000 copies in the first week of its release.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She married Dr. Milton Brothers, an internist, in 1949. Together, the couple had a daughter, Lisa Brothers. Dr. Milton passed away from cancer in 1989.
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers, following the death of her husband, resided in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where she passed away at the age of 85. She is survived by her sibling, Elaine
  • This famous television show host appeared as herself on popular American sitcoms including, ‘Frasier’, ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘The Nanny’ and ‘The Simpsons’.

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