Known for movies

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DiedMay 13, 2013, Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
SpouseDr. Milton Brothers
FactWas a $64,000 winner on the 1950s game show, The $64,000 Question (1955) on the subject of "boxing." Later that same decade, she won $70,000 on The $64,000 Challenge (1956), in the same category.

Joyce Brothers was born on October 20, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. She had two sisters, Elaine and Marilyn. Joyce attended public schools in Brooklyn and graduated from high school at the age of 16. She then attended Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1948. After graduation, she married Marvin Brothers, a medical student. The couple moved to Detroit, where Marvin completed his medical training.

Joyce began her career as a newspaper columnist, writing a advice column for the Detroit Free Press. She then became a radio personality, hosting a call-in show on WKBD in Detroit. In 1958, she began appearing on television, hosting a show on WJBK in Detroit. In 1959, she moved to New York City and began appearing on The Tonight Show. She also began writing books on psychology, including The Psychology of Women (1964) and What Every Woman Should Know About Men (1965).

In the 1970s, Joyce began appearing on game shows, including The $10,000 Pyramid and The $20,000 Pyramid. She also hosted her own syndicated talk show, The Joyce Brothers Show. In 1985, she appeared on the reality show Super Password. In the 1990s, she hosted a radio show on WOR in New York City.

Joyce continued to write books and appear on television throughout her career. In 2006, she appeared on the reality show Celebrity Wife Swap. She died on May 13, 2013, at the age of 85.

Joyce Brothers was one of the most famous psychologists of her generation. She was an advice columnist, radio and television personality, and author of several books on psychology. She appeared on numerous game shows and reality shows over the course of her career. Joyce died in 2013 at the age of 85.

General Info

Full NameJoyce Brothers
DiedMay 13, 2013, Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
ProfessionActor, Psychologist, Writer
EducationCornell University, Far Rockaway High School, Columbia University


SpouseDr. Milton Brothers
ChildrenLisa Brothers
ParentsEstelle Rapaport, Morris K. Bauer


NominationsTV Land Most Memorable Female Guest Star in a Comedy as Herself Award
MoviesNational Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2, Spy Hard, Loaded Weapon 1, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Desperate Lives, Oh, God! Book II
TV ShowsThe $64,000 Question

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1On experience: What used to be old is middle-aged now, and what used to be ancient is just old.
2On childhood: Feeling gratitude isn't born in us--it's something we are taught, and in turn, we teach our children.
3On marriage: Marriages, like careers, need constant nurturing...the secret of having it all is loving it all.


1Was influenced by: Phil McGraw.
2She had a daughter, Lisa (born 1953) with her husband, Milton.
3Her husband Milton was an internist who specialized in diabetes treatment. It was when he was still a young resident physician making only $50 a month that Brothers decided she would commit herself to winning money on The $64,000 Question (1955). Without knowing much about it at all, she very intentionally chose boxing as her area of expertise, and then used her remarkable memory to study it intensely for months.
4Raised in Queens and Manhattan, she earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell, with a double major in home economics and psychology, followed by a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia. In the late 1940s and early '50s, she taught psychology at NYC's Hunter College.
5Provided a voice-over for the song, "Dr. Drew Boogie" on the radio program "Loveline". [2001]
6Was a $64,000 winner on the 1950s game show, The $64,000 Question (1955) on the subject of "boxing." Later that same decade, she won $70,000 on The $64,000 Challenge (1956), in the same category.




Dorm Daze 22006VideoCelebrity Judge #1 (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Entourage2005TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
JAG2004TV SeriesSenator Deidre Kerner
The Mullets2003TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Analyze That2002Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Van Wilder2002Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Felicity2001TV SeriesJudge
V.I.P.2000TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Diagnosis Murder1997-1999TV SeriesDr. Hazeltine / Dr. Joyce Brothers
Ally McBeal1999TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Elvis Is Alive! I Swear I Saw Him Eating Ding Dongs Outside the Piggly Wiggly's1998as Dr. Joyce Brothers
Suddenly Susan1998TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Pinky and the Brain1998TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Mike Hammer, Private Eye1998TV SeriesDr. Simmons
The Nanny1996-1997TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Police Academy: The Series1997TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Perversions of Science1997TV SeriesTherapist Bethany Wolf
The Larry Sanders Show1997TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Spy Hard1996Steele's Tag Team Member (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Hope & Gloria1996TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Sisters1995TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Grace Under Fire1995TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Baywatch1990-1995TV SeriesDoctor / Dr. White
Exit to Eden1994Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesDr. Gibbs
The Day My Parents Ran Away1993TV MovieDr. Antonia Missermaster (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Frasier1993TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
The Simpsons1993TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Loaded Weapon 11993Coroner (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Dream On1992TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Parker Lewis Can't Lose1992TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Night Court1991TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Married with Children1990TV SeriesThe Judge
Animal Behavior1989Visiting Psychologist (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Bold and the Beautiful1989TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Troop Beverly Hills1989Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Munsters Today1989TV SeriesMrs. Cousins
Santa Barbara1989TV SeriesLeticia Wigmore
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!1988The Baseball Announcer (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
ALF1988TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
My Two Dads1988TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Glory Years1987TV Movie as Dr. Joyce Brothers
Moonlighting1987TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Mr. Belvedere1987TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
The New Mike Hammer1984-1987TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers / Dr. Brothers
Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment1986VideoGreat Books Authority (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Mama's Family1986TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
The Lonely Guy1984Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Just Our Luck1983TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
CHiPs1983TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesDr. Hammond
The King of Comedy1982Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Romance Theatre1982TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Madame's Place1982TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Police Squad!1982TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Taxi1982TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Desperate Lives1982TV MovieMrs. Watson (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Charlie's Angels1981TV SeriesDr. Lantry
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1981TV SeriesPolice Dept. Psychologist
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV SeriesVicky Von Vickey
More Wild Wild West1980TV MovieThe Bystander
Beggarman, Thief1979TV MovieDr. Moira O'Dell (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesMrs. Magwich
Project U.F.O.1978TV SeriesDr. Siginaw / Dr. Paulson
Flying High1978TV SeriesJoyce
Happy Days1978TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Police Woman1974-1977TV SeriesDr. Harper Dr. Marie Guy Dr. Ester Howell
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1977TV SeriesDr. Joyce Brothers
Ellery Queen1976TV SeriesLillian McGraw
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesDr. Bentley (segment "Love and the Clinical Problem")


Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
This Revolution2005special thanks - as Dr. Joyce Brothers
'Huff': Around the Edges2004TV Short documentary acknowledgment: photos courtesy of - as Dr. Joyce Brothers
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn1997special thanks - as Dr. Joyce Brothers
Under the Influence1986TV Movie special thanks - as Dr. Joyce Brothers


Divorce Court1987TV SeriesHerself
Let's Go Mets1986Documentary shortHerself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Body Language1985TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live1984TV SeriesHerself
Last of the Great Survivors1984TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHerself
Divorce: Kids in the Middle1983TV Movie documentaryHerself - Doctor
So You Think You Got Troubles?!1982TV SeriesHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
CHiPs1982TV SeriesHerself
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The 7th Annual People's Choice Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Explains Voting Process
The Bob Hope Funny Valentine Special1981TV Special as Dr. Joyce Brothers
Oh, God! Book II1980Herself on NBC
The Hollywood Squares1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Today1980TV SeriesHerself
Hero at Large1980Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1980TV SeriesHerself - Dr. Brothers / Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1979TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Himself - Guest
Over Easy1979TV SeriesHerself
The Chevy Chase National Humor Test1979TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Alan Hamel Show1979TV SeriesHerself
Hee Haw Honeys1979TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America1977-1979TV SeriesHerself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Suzanne Somers1978TV SpecialHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jack Klugman1978TV SpecialHerself
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Tattletales1975-1977TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHerself
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1977TV SeriesHerself
The Chevy Chase Show1977TV MovieHerself
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV SeriesHerself / Various Characters
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Explains Voting Process
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV SpecialHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Cross-Wits1976TV SeriesHerself
Embryo1976Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Evel Knievel1975TV SpecialHerself
Match Game 731974-1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Match Game PM1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
What's My Line?1974TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974TV SeriesHerself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1974TV SeriesHerself
Living Easy with Dr. Joyce Brothers1973TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Captain Kangaroo1972TV SeriesHerself
The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The War Between Men and Women1972Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Stand Up and Be Counted1972Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Dean Martin Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1970TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Dr. Brothers
The David Frost Show1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHerself
The Match Game1964-1969TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
Snap Judgment1968TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1968TV SeriesHerself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Personality1967TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1966TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Jack Benny Program1965TV SeriesHerself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHerself
Missing Links1964TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself / Dr. Joyce Brothers
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Dr. Brothers
The All-Star Comedy Hour1962TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The $64,000 Question1955TV SeriesHerself
The Secret History of Get Smart2006Video documentary shortHerself
Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop2004TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Beethoven's 4th2001VideoHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Steve Harvey Show2000TV SeriesHerself
You Lie Like a Dog2000TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Faces Made for Radio1999VideoHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Kenan & Kel1999TV SeriesHerself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee / Dr. Brothers
Sin City Spectacular1998TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show1997-1998TV SeriesHerself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Style & Substance1998TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1997TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Cameo
Unauthorized Biography: Milo, Death of a Supermodel1997TV Special shortHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
All That1997TV SeriesHerself
Howard Stern: Shut Up and Listen1997Video documentaryHerself
Dear God1996Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Lover's Knot1995Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
The Misery Brothers1995Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Melrose Place1995TV SeriesHerself
New York Daze1995TV SeriesHerself
A Night to Die for1995TV Short documentaryHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Come Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery1994TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1994TV SeriesHerself
She TV1994TV SeriesHerself (1994)
In a New Light '941994TV SpecialHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Weinerville1993TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHerself
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
Dame Edna's Hollywood1992TV SeriesHerself
Scorch1992TV SeriesHerself
Age Isn't Everything1991Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1990TV MovieHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989-1990TV SeriesHerself
The Marsha Warfield Show1990TV SeriesHerself
The Howard Stern Show1990TV SeriesHerself
Hard Core in the Big Apple1990TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
TV 1011989TV SeriesHerself
5th Annual Soap Opera Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1988TV SpecialHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1988TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Love at Stake1987Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)

Archive Footage

20 to 12006-2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHerself


Nominated Awards

2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Memorable Female Guest Star in a Comedy as HerselfHappy Days (1974)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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