Joyce Brothers

TV's beautiful mind

Dr. Joyce Brothers, who died May 13 at 85, was one of the first examples of a public figure who had a career of, by and through TV. Before it was commonplace for psychologists, advice givers and sundry gurus to have syndicated shows and accompanying media empires, Brothers used an improbable electronic-age career to brand herself as a pop-culture counselor and people's academic: an approachably brilliant woman who knew more than you did about anything and everything, including your own mind. Her surprising fame, combined with her Ph.D. in psychology, led her to a string of TV advice shows and print...

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