Dr. Joyce Brothers, TV Personality and Psychologist, Dead at 85

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Dr. Joyce Brothers, a popular columnist, psychologist, and television personality passed away Monday in New York City. Her publicst explained that Brothers passed after battling illness for several years. She was 85.

Her notoriety began after winning the top prize (while also being the only woman to do so) on the popular game show, The $64,000 Question. From there, Brothers pioneered a career in the world of adviced-based television shows in 1958 with her own series on a local New York station. Coincidentally, this was also same year Brothers became a licensed psychologist.

She also found success in the publishing world. Brothers wrote for Good Housekeeping magazine for almost four decades, and had a newspaper column starting in the 1970s that was later syndicated nationwide. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa.

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Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.