DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Joyce Brothers (aged 85)
Joyce Diane Brothers (October 20, 1927 – May 13, 2013) was an American psychologist, television personality and columnist, who wrote a daily newspaper advice column from 1960 to 2013. In 1955, she became the only woman ever to win the top prize on the American game show The $64,000 Question, answering questions on the topic of boxing, which was suggested as a stunt by the show’s producers. In 1958, she presented a television show on which she dispensed psychological advice, pioneering the field. She wrote a column for Good Housekeeping for almost forty years and became, according to The Washington Post, the “face of American psychology”. Brothers appeared in dozens of television roles, usually as herself, but from the 1970s onward she accepted roles portraying fictional characters, often self-parodies.
DEATH: Brothers died, aged 85, at her home in Fort Lee on May 13, 2013, due to respiratory failure. The Washington Times called her “the mother of television psychology”. She is credited with inspiring “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger and “Dr. Phil” McGraw who called himself “a very big fan of hers” after her death.