Psychologist, Television Personality, and Newspaper Columnist. She is best remembered for her daily advice column that appeared from 1960 to 2013 in various newspapers and is credited with inspiring TV personality and psychologist Doctor Phil McGraw and talk radio host Doctor Laura Schlessinger. She was born in Brooklyn, New York City to Jewish parents who were both lawyers and shared a law practice. After graduating from Far Rockaway High School in Queens, New York City in 1944, she enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and double majored in home economics and psychology. She went on to earn her Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Columbia University and in 1949 she married internist Milton Brothers. In 1955 she appeared on the TV game show "The $64,000 Question" and won, with boxing as her topic. Her success earned her the opportunity to be the color commentator for CBS during a boxing match between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson, reportedly the first woman to ever fulfill that role. In August 1958 she had a TV show on a New York station where she gave advice about relationships and took questions from the audience. This spawned other syndicated TV and radio advice shows that would last for more than four decades, under the names "The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show," "Consult Dr. Brothers," "Tell Me, Dr. Brothers," "Ask Dr. Brothers," and "Living East with Dr. Joyce Brothers." At its height, her advice column appeared in over 300 newspapers and also had a monthly column in "Good Housekeeping" magazine. She would publish several best-selling books, including "what Every Woman Should Know About Men" (1982) and "Widowed" (1992), which was inspired by the death of her husband. She appeared on numerous TV shows and occasionally appeared as a celebrity guest on TV game shows, such as "The Match Game," "The Gong Show," "Showoffs," "Body Language," and "Hollywood Squares." She was also a frequent guest on late night TV talk shows "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (the ninth-most frequent guest when Carson retired). She appeared in a cameo role as herself in the comedy movie "Hero at Large' (1980) starring John Ritter and Anne Archer and again as herself in a supporting role for the comedy movie "The Lonely Guy" (1984) starring Steve Martin. She died at her home from respiratory failure at the age of 85.
Bio by: William Bjornstad
Milton J. Brothers
1926–1989 (m. 1949)
MOTHER OF MEDIA PSYCHOLOGY
BELOVED WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, AND GREAT GRANDMOTHER
Hebrew name: Simcha bat Moshe (Simcha, daughter of Moses)