Dr. Joyce Brothers

One of pop culture's most renowned psychologists, Dr. Joyce Brothers pioneered the field's presence in the media during the late 1950s and enjoyed decades of fame as a TV personality. Her onscreen appeal was apparent ... Read more »
Born: 10/19/1928 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (93)

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Entourage 2005 (Tv Show)

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This Revolution 2005 (Movie)

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JAG 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Mullets 2003 (Tv Show)

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Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Miss USA 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2002 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Ally McBeal 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Grace Under Fire 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Hope & Gloria 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Married... With Children 1990 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Melrose Place 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Parker Lewis 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Police Academy: The Series 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Nanny 1990 - 1992, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Steve Harvey Show 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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When Bad Videos Happen to Good Artists 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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You Lie Like a Dog 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Game-Show Mania 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Misery Brothers 1998 (Movie)

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Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Beef: Romantic Beefs 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Dear God 1996 (Movie)

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Lover's Knot 1996 (Movie)

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Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

Steele's Tag Team Member (Actor)

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

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In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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She Tv 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Coroner (Actor)

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 1993 (Tv Show)

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Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Robert Schimmel: Hard Core in the Big Apple 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 1989 Miss America Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 1990 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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USA Today: The Television Show 1988 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 1988 Miss America Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

Baseball Announcer (Actor)

Love at Stake 1987 (Movie)

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All About Us 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Captain Kangaroo 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

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George Burns' How to Live to Be 100 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Blondes vs. Brunettes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Love Report 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

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The National Snoop 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Funny Valentine 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Hero at Large 1980 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Oh, God! Book II 1980 (Movie)

Joyce Brothers (Actor)

The Chevy Chase National Humor Test 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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That Second Thing on ABC 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Chevy Chase Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Embryo 1975 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Living Easy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

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The Bob Hope Show (09/13/71) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

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Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)

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CHiPs (TV Show)

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Desperate Lives (TV Show)

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Last of the Great Survivors (TV Show)

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Madonna: Exposed (TV Show)

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More Wild Wild West (TV Show)

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The Day My Parents Ran Away (TV Show)

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Biography

One of pop culture's most renowned psychologists, Dr. Joyce Brothers pioneered the field's presence in the media during the late 1950s and enjoyed decades of fame as a TV personality. Her onscreen appeal was apparent when she debuted as a contestant on the game show "The $64,000 Question" (CBS, 1955-58), and it wasn't long before she was hosting a series of her own programs, which tended to offer relationship advice, among other topics. She also had a regular long-running column in Good Housekeeping and an extended stint as a syndicated newspaper columnist. Although Brothers became popular for her insight and intellect, she was happy to send up her psychologist persona over the years, with featured guest spots in various film and television productions, both as herself or a fictitious likeness. She died in 2013 after decades of amiable ubiquity.

Born and raised a New Yorker, Joyce Bauer grew up with lawyers for parents, and pursued psychology diligently in the latter part of her academic career, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Marrying med student Milton Brothers, she had a daughter and initially focused on motherhood, but her quiet life as a homemaker was upended when she decided to audition for the hugely popular game show "The $64,000 Question" in 1955. Given the typically male-oriented topic of boxing, the petite Brothers managed to impress audiences with her knowledge of the sport, and she claimed the grand prize of the competition, paving the way for future television appearances. After serving as a boxing match commentator, Brothers finally shined in her own field of expertise with a run of TV shows that had her addressing the problems of everyday people in a thoughtful and accessible manner.

By the early 1960s Brothers was a household name, with regular columns in publications such as the women's magazine Good Housekeeping. Appearances on various TV programs followed, with Brothers turning up on "The Merv Griffin Show" (NBC/CBS, 1962-1986), "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992) and "The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS/ABC, 1967-1970), among others. During the 1970s, she dabbled in acting, with featured parts on episodes of popular series such as "Love, American Style" (ABC, 1969-1974) and "Police Woman" (NBC, 1974-78), though almost always as a psychologist or other kind of doctor. In addition to becoming a semi-regular on the quippy game show "Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1965-1980), Brothers appeared in the feature films "The King of Comedy" (1982), directed by Martin Scorsese, and "The Lonely Guy" (1984), starring Steve Martin.

In the subsequent decades, there were few major TV shows that Brothers didn't pop up on, with her always-welcome personality even making a prestigious animated cameo on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) in 1993. Following the death of her husband, Brothers penned Widowed (1992), a poignant look at life after a spouse has passed on. Never one to slow down, however, Brothers continued offering up sage advice and making various film and TV appearances, branching out to portray a judge on a 2001 episode of the drama "Felicity" (WB, 1998-2002), while playing her wise self in the comedy "Analyze That" (2002). Largely retiring from the screen after the mid-2000s, Brothers kept a somewhat lower profile in her senior years. She died on May 13, 2013 at age 85. Remembered for her good-natured manner and keen observations, Brothers influenced numerous media personalities that followed in her footsteps, including Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dr. Phil McGraw, though no one managed to duplicate her unique blend of elegance, empathy and perceptiveness.

Relationships

Milton Brothers

Husband

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Columbia University

Milestones

1992

Her book Widowed became a perennial bestseller

1984

Played the girlfriend of Charles Grodin's character (as herself) in "The Lonely Guy"

1978

Debuted on "Hollywood Squares"

1962

Made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"

1958

Began hosting her own TV program, "The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show"

1955

Won the grand prize on "The $64,000 Question"

Bonus Trivia

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Brothers was investigated after winning on "The $64,000 Question" due to the Charles Van Doren quiz show scandal, but she was found innocent of any wrongdoing.

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She was featured on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" more than 20 times.

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Brothers appeared in more than 150 film and TV productions outside of her own shows.

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