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Joyce Brothers, columnist, TV star, and $64,000 winner, dies

Joyce Brothers dies: After getting her start on 'The $64,000 Question,' Joyce Brothers offered advice on talk shows and in Good Housekeeping columns for decades.

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This undated file photo shows Dr. Joyce Brothers in the studio of her radio show. The popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality died in New York City on Monday, May 13.

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Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.

Brothers died Monday of respiratory failure in New York City, according to her longtime Los Angeles-based publicist, Sanford Brokaw.

Brothers first gained fame on a game show and went on to publish 15 books and make cameo appearances on popular shows including "Happy Days" and "The Simpsons." She visited Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" nearly 100 times.

The way Brothers liked to tell it, her multimedia career came about "because we were hungry."

It was 1955. Her husband, Milton Brothers, was still in medical school and Brothers had just given up her teaching positions at Hunter College and Columbia University to be home with her newborn, firmly believing a child's development depended on it.

But the young family found itself struggling on her husband's residency income. So Brothers came up with the idea of entering a television quiz show as a contestant.

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