Dr. Joyce Brothers dies at 85

Posted at 6:13 PM, May 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-13 22:32:10-04

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Celebrity psychologist Dr.  Joyce Brothers has died  at age 85.

Reuters quoted her spokesman as saying Brothers died of natural causes.

“She passed away peacefully and in her home in Portland, New Jersey, with her family all around her,” said Lisa Brothers, her daughter, according to CNN.

Brothers, one of the best-known advice columnists of the second half of the 20th century,  made a name for herself on countless TV talk-show appearances. She also hosted her own TV series and appeared on sitcoms, TV dramas and film as herself. She also had an advice column that appeared in Good Housekeeping and was syndicated in newspapers.

She first came to public notice as a contestant on “The $64,000 Question” game show, on which she won,  in the 1955. She took the top prize on the show, the only woman ever to do so. She was cleared in the quiz show scandals of the late 1950s.

She was a New York native, and attended Far Rockaway High School. She earned her doctorate in psychology at Columbia University.