Popular Psychologist Joyce Brothers Dies


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By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) — Popular American psychologist Joyce Brothers has died, her daughter said Monday. She was 85.

“She passed away peacefully and in her home … with her family all around her,” Lisa Brothers said.

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Brothers, best known by her professional title Dr. Joyce Brothers, gained fame as a frequent guest on television talk shows and as an advice columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine and newspapers throughout the United States.

Born Joyce Diane Bauer, she married Milton Brothers in 1949, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Brothers became a practicing psychologist in 1958, five years years after she got her masters at Columbia University.

By then, she had already caused a stir on television, winning the top prize on “The $64,000 Question” in 1955. The topic: boxing.

She repeated her success two years later on “The $64,000 Challenge,” leading to a job on “Sports Showcase.”

In 1958, she was the host of a self-titled show on local television that became so popular NBC syndicated the program nationally.

The family didn’t disclose the cause of her death.

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