|Joyce Brothers Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||October 20, 1927|
|Date of Death||May 13, 2013|
Joyce Brothers was a prominent American psychologist, television personality, writer, and advice columnist whose legacy involves pioneering the field of ‘pop (popular) psychology’. She played a significant role in destigmatizing and normalizing the field of psychology by highlighting psychological concepts in the mainstream media.
Joyce Diane Bauer
She was born on October 20, 1927.
She died from respiratory failure on May 13, 2013, in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the age of 85 years.
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Joyce attended Far Rockaway High School in Queens and graduated in January 1944. She went on to study at Cornell University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in both home economics and psychology in 1947.
Furthermore, she received a Master of Arts degree in 1949 and Ph.D. in psychology in 1953 from Columbia University. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the topic of ‘Anxiety Avoidance and Escape Behaviour as Measured by Action Potential in Muscle’.
Psychologist, Television Personality, Advice Columnist, Writer
- Father – Morris K. Bauer (Attorney)
- Mother – Estelle Rapport (Attorney)
- Siblings – Elaine Bauer (Sister)
5 ft or 152.5 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Joyce Brothers had dated –
- Milton Brothers (1949-1989) – She was married to Milton Brothers, an internist, from July 4, 1949, until his death from bladder cancer on January 9, 1989. During their marriage, the couple welcomed a daughter named Lisa Brothers (b. 1953).
Race / Ethnicity
She had Jewish ancestry.
Joyce Brothers had endorsed or promoted brands such as –
- Denny’s Restaurants (1998)
- AlertUSA Medical-Alert System (2010)
- Cozone.com (1999)
Joyce Brothers Facts
- She gained prominence after winning the game show The $64,000 Question (1955) by correctly answering questions on the subject of boxing. She returned for the spin-off show The $64,000 Challenge (1957) 2 years later and took home the top prize of $70,000 by winning in the same category again.
- Joyce had influenced future generations of psychologists including the popular American psychologist, Phil McGraw.
- She had made appearances on several talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Dick Cavett Show, etc. as well as daytime television programs like Good Morning America, Today, Entertainment Tonight, and others.
- Following her success on The $64,000 Question game show, Joyce was invited to be the color commentator during a boxing match between Sugar Ray Robinson and Carmen Basilio for CBS. This made her the first female boxing commentator in history.
- Her expertise was sought on momentous global events such as Princess Diana‘s death in 1997, the Challenger space shuttle’s explosion in 1986, the Columbine school shooting in 1999, and several others. Additionally, she was called on reputed news channels to discuss hot-button social issues like homose*uality, the transgender community, and gun control legislation.
- Joyce had the opportunity to interview and pose alongside the music phenomenon that was the Beatles during their first visit to the United States in 1964.
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