Psychologist and media figure Joyce Brothers dies at 85

American psychologist and pop-culture figure Joyce Brothers, 85, who parlayed her 1950s game show celebrity into a six-decade media career, died Monday.

Her long-time publicist said she died outside New York City of natural causes.

Ms. Brothers, who once taught at Columbia University, first gained fame on the 1950s game show “The $64,000 Question” for her encyclopedic knowledge of boxing.

She became the only woman to win the show’s top prize, and by 1958 NBC television had signed her as a program host who dispensed advice on love, marriage, sex and child-bearing.

Ms. Brothers also boosted her celebrity as an author and magazine columnist, and wrote a syndicated advice column that appeared in more than 350 newspapers. She also appeared in film roles portraying her professional self in more than a dozen Hollywood movies.

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