Before Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Dr. Oz, and even the likes of Dr. Ruth, Psychologist Joyce Brothers pioneered using television as a medium to offer advice on well-being and mental health issues previously deemed socially taboo.
From marriage to parenting to menopause to sexual fulfillment, Dr. Brothers offered her professional advice on TV starting in the 1950s and went on to widen her reach as a syndicated colunmnist, a book author, and film personality.
"Decades before I came along, Dr. Joyce was able to get people talking about their emotional issues and problems," Dr. Phil said in a statement upon hearing of her death. "In her own gentle and caring way she let people know it was OK to discuss their feelings and emotions. She had a great sense of humor and gave very sound advice in her column and whenever she appeared on TV. I owe her a great deal for what she did for the mental health profession and society owes her a big thank you."
Brothers came to fame in an unexpected way when she appeared on the popular game show "The $64,000 Question" in 1955; she ended up being of one of the biggest winners in TV quiz show history.