USA Today 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 in New York City, according to her longtime publicist, Sanford Brokaw. The cause of death was not immediately made public. 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. “I was a very big fan of hers,” said TV psychologist and author “Dr. Phil” McGraw on Monday. “I started studying psychology back in 1968 or 1969 and she was a very present force at that time. “I truly think she was a pioneer. Here comes a woman who was articulate, educated and very credible. She talked about these things and took them mainstream and laid a lot of important groundwork for those to come later,” said McGraw, host of the Dr. Phil show. “She wasn’t some pop psychologist. In her advice column and her television work, gave clear analysis and advice.” Continue reading →
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