Joy Browne was born on October 24, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and died on August 27, 2016.
She was also known as Dr. Joy.
She was an American talk show host.
Dr. Joy hosted a nationally syndicated call-in talk show for several decades, heard on numerous radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.
She was a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology.
Joy was a licensed clinical psychologist.
She was first on the air in Boston at WITS, where she did a program called Up Close and Personal in the late 1970s.
Browne’s syndicated show was one of the longest-running call-in therapy shows in the United States.
She took a no-nonsense approach to callers, trying to home in on a problem without getting caught up in a caller’s long stories or digressions.
She was also known for her “one-year rule”, which states that people who have lost a spouse or partner due to break-up, death, or divorce should wait at a minimum one year before resuming romantic relationships.
Browne was known for her phrase “stupid and cheerful” for dealing with difficult people.
She has also half-jokingly suggested that people wait until they are 40 or 45 years old before having sex, due to the emotional nakedness involved, in addition to the physical.
She hosted a TV show on the Discovery Health cable channel in 2005 which was a live one-hour simulcast of her weekday show on WOR.
Before that, she hosted a King World-Eyemark weekday syndicated TV advice talk show in 1999 for one year.
Joy wrote numerous books on life and dating, including It’s A Jungle Out There Jane, Dating for Dummies,The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life, Capitalizing on Incompetence, Getting Unstuck, and Dating Disasters.
She was married once and had a daughter.
She died at her home in New York City.
Joy Browne passed away at 71 years old.