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Pop psychologist Joyce Brothers; at 85

Dr. Brothers wrote a syndicated advice column that appeared in more than 350 newspapers.
Dr. Brothers wrote a syndicated advice column that appeared in more than 350 newspapers.Marty Lederhandler /Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — Dr. 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.

Dr. Brothers died Monday of respiratory failure in New York City, according to her longtime Los Angeles-based publicist, Sanford Brokaw.

She was a pioneer of the television advice show. Her celebrity took off after she entered a television quiz show called ‘‘The $64,000 Question.’’ She became the only woman to ever win the show’s top prize.

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