Brothers, Dr. Joyce (1928—)

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Brothers, Dr. Joyce (1928—)

Dr. Joyce Brothers, a psychologist who earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1957, has been a media personality since the late 1950s. She was among the first television celebrities to combine academic credentials with broadcasting savvy and, in many ways, Dr. Brothers pioneered the expert culture on which television talk shows and news magazines now rely for commentary and analysis. In December 1955, Dr. Brothers became the second contestant to win a grand prize on the $64,000 Question, the television game show that would later be mired in scandal. The publicity that followed led her to choose a career in broadcasting. In addition to her television and radio appearances, Dr. Joyce Brothers has authored several books and writes a syndicated newspaper column.

—Michele S. Shauf

Further Reading:

Brothers, Dr. Joyce. Dr. Brothers' Guide to Your Emotions. Paramus, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 1997.

——. How to Get Whatever You Want Out of Life. New York, Ballantine Books, 1987.