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Dr. Joyce Brothers

Famous TV Psychologist

Dead at 85

5/13/2013 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0513_joyce_brothers_getty_article2Dr. Joyce Brothers -- once considered the most famous psychologist on the planet -- has died in NYC at the age of 85.

Brothers became famous after winning "The $64,000 Question" game show in 1955 -- the show that triggered the game show scandal in the '50s.

Brothers won by answering a series of questions on the subject of boxing -- and although there was a lot of talk that producers slipped her the answers, it was never proven and Brothers emerged unscathed.

The good doc went on to do countless television and radio appearances. She was always the go-to person for reporters when a criminal did something that defied logic.

She also did cameo appearances in movies -- including "Naked Gun" ... and also appeared on TV shows like "C.H.i.P.s" and "The Love Boat."

Brothers was married to internist Milton Brothers since 1949 ... he died in 1989 ... and the couple had a daughter, Lisa.

She had her own relationships advice TV show in New York by 1958 ... and her books have been translated into 26 different languages.

A rep for Brothers tells us she died after a long illness.



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31.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Long before she was a "tv" Psychologist, she was and remained a respected psychologist, period. Her insights into the human mind are just as revered as Karl Menninger or Sigmund Freud.

Many people discount her out of hand just because she appeared on tv, but her work pretty much shut them all up.


I hope she rests in peace.

427 days ago
32.

Elizabeth    

Dr Joyce was a great lady and had quite the sense of humour if I remember, back in her television days.. I thought that she was awesome, and I'll miss her..

427 days ago
33.

OhSoLittleMouse    

PLEASE don't EVER photoshop her head onto a clown costume.

427 days ago
34.

myopinion    

RIP Dr. Joyce Brothers

427 days ago
35.

mr.howell     

I remember her from being on ALL all the talk shows when I was a kid..but I always felt her advice was a little too 'simplistic' to be useful,advice from a 10 year old could be just as helpful..still RIP..she lived to a good age.

426 days ago
36.

moxie    

RIP Dr. Joyce!

426 days ago
37.

Anonymous    

"Hey! Dr. Joyce Brothers! Flick that sweatball off your nose! Whaddya tryin' to do, make me sick?!?"

- Roseanne Roseannadanna

426 days ago
38.

James R. - Los Angeles    

No great loss.

426 days ago
39.

Nanny    

She had amazing wit and was a strong, opinionated and intelligent woman who was way ahead of her time! Long live this lovely lady's memory!

426 days ago
40.

jane    

I think she deserves a shout out , bless her heart.
R.I.P. Doctor J Brothers , I hope life was as fun for u as u made it for us !! U lightened things up.Rest Easy

426 days ago
41.

Anne    

I was so sorry to hear about Dr. Joyce Brothers has passed away. I hope that she RIP now and always.

426 days ago
42.

Smoke Greens     

how dare TMZ post a picture of the corpse already!!

426 days ago
43.

BelieveNme    

She looks like a corpse in that picture

426 days ago
44.

Jenny    

Going to be miss

426 days ago
45.

Cathy Miller    

I was very saddened when I heard the news. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Please let me know anything I can do for you to help you cope with this difficult situation. I will always be there for you. Be strong. Please accept my sincere condolence.

425 days ago
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