Joyce Brothers Biography (1929-)

Full name, Joyce Diane Bauer Brothers; born October 20, 1929, in New York, N.Y.; daughter of Morris K. (an attorney) and Estelle (Rapaport) Bauer; marriedMilton Brothers (a physician), July 4, 1949; children: Lisa Robin. Career: Psychologist and writer. Hunter College (now Hunter College of the City University of New York), New York City, teaching fellow, 1948-50, instructor, 1950-52; American Association of University Women research fellow, 1952-53; conducted own television programs, "Dr. Joyce Brothers," National Broadcasting Co.,1958-63, "Consult Dr. Joyce Brothers," American Broadcasting Co., 1961-66, "Tell Me Dr. Brothers," syndicated by Triangle Films, 1964-70, "Ask Dr. Brothers," 1965-75, and other syndicated television and radio programs, 1972--; broadcaster of own radio programs on NBC and ABC, 1966-69. UNESCO researcher, 1949. Consultant to Armstrong Cork Co., 1974--. Member of People to People Program; member of fundraising committee for Olympic Fund; co-chairman of sportscommittee for Lighthouse for the Blind; member of Jewish Federation of Philanthropies. Addresses: Contact: Home: 1530 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, N.J.07024. Office: National Broadcasting Co., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.

Psychologist, writer, actress
Birth Details
October 20, 1929
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Dr. Joyce Brothers, NBC, 1958-63
  • Host, Consult Dr. Joyce Brothers, ABC, 1961-66
  • Host, Tell Me, Dr. Brothers, syndicated, 1964-70
  • Host, Ask Dr. Brothers,1965-75
  • Host, Living Easy, syndicated, 1973
  • The Love Report, ABC, 1984
  • Herself, The Bold and the Beautiful(also known as Glamour and Top Models), CBS, 1989
  • Herself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998-
  • Cohost of Sports Showcase, NBC; contributor, All about Us,1985.
  • Specials
  • Guest, The All-Star Comedy Show, ABC, 1962
  • Guest, The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1971
  • Guest, Dick Clark's Good Ol' Days: From Bobby Sox to Bikinis, NBC, 1977
  • The Chevy Chase Show,1977
  • Guest, That Second Thing on ABC, ABC, 1978
  • Guest, The Chevy Chase National Humor Test, NBC, 1979
  • Bystander, More Wild Wild West, CBS, 1980
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Funny Valentine, NBC, 1981
  • The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, NBC, 1981
  • Blondes vs. Brunettes, ABC, 1984
  • George Burns' How to Live to Be 100, NBC, 1984
  • The Beef: Romantic Beefs,1997
  • Unauthorized Biography: Milo--Death of a Supermodel,1997
  • Ozzie and Harriet: The Adventures of America's Favorite Family,1998
  • It's Only Talk: The Real Story of America's Talk Shows,1999
  • Episodic
  • Dr. Marcus Polk, One Life to Live, ABC, 1971
  • Herself, "Spunkless Spunky," Happy Days,1978
  • Vicky Von Vicky, "Hotel Oceanview," WKRP in Cincinnati, syndicated, 1980
  • Dr. Lantry, "Attack Angels," Charlie's Angels,1981
  • Herself, "Revenge and Remorse," Police Squad!, ABC, 1982
  • Herself, "The Wedding of Latka and Simka," Taxi,1982
  • Herself, "The Spaceman Made Me Do It," CHiPs,1982
  • "Fun House," CHiPs,1983
  • Just Our Luck, ABC, 1983
  • Herself, "Mama and Dr. Brothers," Mama's Family,1986
  • "A Trip to the Moon," Moonlighting, ABC, 1987
  • Herself, Santa Barbara, NBC, 1989
  • Guest, My Talk Show, syndicated, 1990
  • The judge, "Sue Casa, His Casa," Married ... with Children,1990
  • "Attachments Included," Night Court, NBC, 1991
  • Herself, Dame Edna's Hollywood,1992
  • Herself, "Selling Out," Frasier(also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 1993
  • Voice, "Last Exit to Springfield," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1993
  • Herself, Grace under Fire, ABC, 1993
  • Herself, "Self Help," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network,1994
  • Herself, "Let the Games Begin," Melrose Place, Fox, 1995
  • Herself, "Dial M for Melrose," Melrose Place, Fox, 1995
  • Herself, "Amanda Unplugged," Melrose Place, Fox, 1995
  • Herself, "That's Midlife," The Nanny,1996
  • Herself, Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1997
  • Dr. Bethany Wolf, "Planely Possible," Perversions of Science,1997
  • Herself, Police Academy: The Series, syndicated, 1997
  • Herself, "The Ex-Niles," The Nanny, CBS, 1997
  • Herself, "Those Lips, That Hand," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1998
  • Herself, "Chelsea Gets an Opinion," Style and Substance, CBS, 1998
  • Herself, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Susan's Party," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1998
  • Dr. Simmons, "Dump the Creek," Mike Hammer, Private Eye,1998
  • Contestant on The $64,000 Challenge, CBS; guest host of Girls' Night Out, Lifetime; panelist on The Gong Show, syndicated; appeared on Captain Kangaroo, CBS; also appeared on the syndicated program Sha Na Na. Also guest appearances on Alf, Melrose Place, The King of Queens, Ladies Man, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Becker.
  • Movies
  • Dr. Moira O'Dell, Beggarman, Thief, NBC, 1979
  • Mrs. Watson, Desperate Lives, CBS, 1982
  • Herself, The Last of the Great Survivors, CBS, 1984
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Bystander, More Wild Wild West,1980
  • The National Snoop(pilot), NBC, 1983
  • Come and Die with Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery,1994
  • Film Appearances
  • Stand Up and Be Counted, Columbia, 1972
  • The War between Men and Women, National General, 1972
  • Embryo(also known as Created to Kill), Cine Artists, 1976
  • Hero at Large, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1980
  • Oh, God! Book II, Warner Bros., 1980
  • The King of Comedy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984
  • Love at Stake(also known as Burnin' Love), TriStar, 1987
  • Baseball announcer, The Naked Gun--From the Files of Police Squad!(also known as The Naked Gun), Paramount, 1988
  • Troop Beverly Hills, Columbia, 1989
  • Visiting psychologist, Animal Behavior,1989
  • Coroner, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1(also known as Loaded Weapon 1), New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Exit to Eden, Savoy Pictures, 1994
  • The Day My Parents Ran Away(also known as Missing Parents),New Line Home Video, 1994
  • Lover's Knot(also known as Lover's Knots), Legacy Releasing, 1995
  • Dear God (also known as Dead Letter File), Paramount, 1996
  • Steele's tag team member, Spy Hard(also known as Live and Let Spy), Buena Vista, 1996
  • Elvis Is Alive, I Swear I Just Saw Him Eating a Ding-Dong outside thePiggly Wiggly,1998
  • Therapist, The Misery Brothers,1999
  • Herself, Beethoven's 4th, 2001
  • Herself, National Lampoon's Van Wilder,2002
  • Radio Appearances
  • Broadcaster of her own radio programs on NBC and ABC, 1966-69; also appeared on programs such as Emphasis and Monitor.
  • Nonfiction
  • Ten Days to a Successful Memory, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs,NJ), 1959
  • Woman, Doubleday (New York City), 1961
  • The Brothers System for Liberated Love and Marriage, Peter H. Wyden (New York City), 1974
  • Better Than Ever, Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1975
  • How to Get Whatever You Want Out of Life, Simon & Schuster, 1979
  • What Every Woman Should Know about Men, Simon & Schuster, 1982
  • What Every Woman Ought to Know about Love and Marriage, Simon & Schuster, 1984
  • The Successful Woman: How You Can Have a Career, a Husband, and Family--and Not Feel Guilty about It, Simon & Schuster, 1988
  • Widowed, Simon & Schuster, 1990
  • Positive Plus: The Practical Plan for Liking Yourself Better, Putnam (New York City), 1994
  • Dr. Brothers' Guide to Your Emotions, Prentice-Hall, 1996
  • Middle Childhood: Practical Tips to Develop Greater Peace and Cooperation for Parents of Children Ages 7-12, Effred Family Publications, 1997
  • Columnist, North American Newspaper Alliance, 1961-72, Bell-McClure Syndicate, 1963-71, Good Housekeeping, 1963--, and King Features Syndicate,1972--.

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Volume 13, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1984.
    • Contemporary Authors Online, The Gale Group, 2001.
    • Good Housekeeping, p. 58. December, 1997

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