Dr. Joyce Brothers: Boxing Expert, First TV Psychologist

Dr. Joyce Brothers appearing on the $64,000 Question in 1955.

Dr. Joyce Brothers celebrated her 83rd birthday last month. She is mostly known as a psychologist who appeared on many television shows and was a prolific writer having written many advice books.

However she was only known in 1955 as a boxing expert on $64,000 Question on which she won the top prize in the boxing category. She reportedly did not want to have boxing as her category but when the sponsors insisted on it she delved into boxing books and with her fantastic memory became an expert on boxing.

When the quiz scandals broke she insisted she had won on the level and after an investigation of her appearances on $64,000 Question it was decided that she had won fairly without any cheating.

The producers did attempt to oust her from the show but she kept on winning because they couldn’t trip her up because of her superior knowledge of boxing.

She claims to have been the first television psychologist when she had her first advice show on a New York television station and she had already earned her doctorate in psychology from Columbia University two years before her $64,000 Question appearance.

This very short clip from Happy Days shows Dr. Brothers making a blooper.

The following article gives more details about her life and some of her quotations:



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Dr. Joyce Brothers: Boxing Expert, First TV Psychologist”

  1. Has anyone seen the commercial for AlertUSA == the Emergency Pendant for Elderly US citizens who live alone that Dr. Joyce Brothers is now hawking? I hate to say it but she is really scary looking…she did not age well! She looks like a skeleton … if she is a banner child for plastic surgery, do not go THERE!!


    1. I first heard of Dr. Joyce Brothers in the 50’s when she won on the $64,000 Question television program with boxing as her category. She turned 83 last September. I have not seen a recent photo of her so am sad to know she is not looking well.

      Appreciate the comments of Evie on Dr.Brothers.

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