Dr. Joyce Brothers, the popular television psychologist and advice columnist, has died, her longtime publicist told the Associated Press. She was 85.
According to Sanford Brokaw, Brothers passed away on Monday, May 13, in her native New York City. (Born in NYC in October 1927, she earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and had her own TV show on a New York station in 1958.)
Brothers first gained fame in late 1955, when she became the only woman ever to win the top prize on the television game show The $64,000 Question. Three years later, she was doling out relationship advice on TV. That gig led to others on both television and radio, as well as to a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine.
In her decades-long career, Brothers also had a syndicated newspaper column, which she began in the 1960s, and several cameo appearances in movies and TV shows including Naked Gun, C.H.i.P.s, and The Love Boat.
Married to internist Milton Brothers from 1949 until his death in 1989, she is survived by the couple's daughter, Lisa Brothers Arbisser; a sister, Elaine Goldsmith; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.