Joyce Brothers, television psychologist and longtime newspaper advice columnist died today in New York City. She was 85. Her publicist tells media outlets she passed away after a long illness. The New York City native became famous in 1955 after winning The $64,000 Question game show on which she appeared as an expert on boxing. Her success on the show led her to become a color commentator for CBS during the boxing match between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1958 she was given her own advice show about relationships on a New York station and she went on to a succession of syndicated advice shows on both TV and radio over a four-decade long broadcasting career. She had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine and began writing a syndicated newspaper column in the 1970s that, at its peak, was printed in more than 300 newspapers. Her TV credits include Saturday Night Live, CHiPs, Taxi, Happy Days, Police Squad!, The Nanny, Frasier, The Andy Dick Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Married… with Children, Entourage, The Simpsons, All That, Moonlighting and Suddenly Susan. She also published several best-selling books, including What Every Woman Should Know About Men (1982) and Widowed (1992) which was inspired by the loss of her husband.
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