Psychologist, author and TV pioneer Dr. Joyce Brothers passed away yesterday of respiratory failure. She was 85.
Brothers earned her Ph.D in psychology from Columbia University. She rose to national fame in the mid-1950s with her appearances on The $64,000 Question in which she demonstrated an encyclopedic knowledge of boxing. When the show came under scandal later, it was proven that Brothers' knowledge was on the up and up.
Her stint on The $64,000 Question led to her own TV series, a syndicated newspaper column and a monthly column in Good Housekeeping.
Dr. Brothers was a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and made appearances on shows such as The Love Boat, WKRP in Cincinnati, Happy Days, Married with Children, Baywatch and The Larry Sanders Show to name but a few. My two favorite Joyce Brothers cameos were when she shared a hot tub with Eddie Murphy on SNL and when she shared the broadcast booth with Mel Allen, Dick Enberg, Dick Vitale, Curt Gowdy and Tim McCarver in The Naked Gun.
I leave you with Dr. Brothers answering the $64,000 question and earning a knockout.