LOS ANGELES -- 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 of respiratory failure in New York City, according to her longtime publicist, Sanford Brokaw.
Brothers first gained fame on The $64,000 Question 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.
The $64,000 Question quizzed contestants in their chosen area of expertise. Brothers became the only woman and the second person to ever win the show's top prize. She was exonerated of cheating in a later $64,000 Challenge.
The quiz-show scandal of 1958-59 was one of the biggest scandals in the history of television.
-- The Associated Press