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Famed TV psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers dead at 85

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May 13, 2013 | 7:35pm EDT

TV psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers has died, aged 85. The popular columnist and U.S. television personality passed away on Monday (13May13) in New York City from natural causes, according to her long-time publicist Sanford Brokaw. Dr. Brothers, who was a pioneer of the television advice show, first gained fame as a winning contestant on television game show The $64,000 Question in 1955, becoming the only woman ever to win the top prize. Three years later, her celebrity status grew after she landed her own advice programme, the Dr. Joyce Brothers Show, on America's NBC network in 1958. She went on to host syndicated advice shows on both TV and radio in a career spanning over four decades and Brothers even made cameo appearances on popular TV shows including Charlie's Angels, Happy Days and Frasier. Dr. Brothers also penned a monthly column in America's Good Housekeeping magazine for almost four decades, and a syndicated newspaper column that she began writing in the 1970s, which at its height was printed in more than 300 newspapers. She published several best-selling books, including the 1982 book, What Every Woman Should Know About Men, and the 1992 book, Widowed, inspired by the loss of her husband, Milton Brothers, who lost his battle with cancer in 1989.

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