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Dr Joyce Brothers Wins Game Show Jackpot Dr. Joyce Brothers is known for being a television personality, psychologist and newspaper columnist. However, she first gained national fame in late 1955 by winning the jackpot on The $64,000 Question--a quiz program on which she appeared as a boxing expert. Originally she had not planned to choose boxing as her topic. However, the show's sponsors thought it would be an attention-grabbing gimmick to have a female answer boxing questions, so she agreed. A voracious reader, Brothers studied every reference book about boxing that she could find; she would later tell reporters that her good memory allowed her to accrue a wealth of information about the sweet science--so much so that she had no difficulty with even the toughest questions. When the TV quiz show scandals broke in 1959, Brothers insisted that she had never cheated, nor had she ever been given any answers to questions in advance. Subsequent investigations verified that she had indeed won her jackpot honestly. (No contestant on The $64,000 Question was ever proven to have cheated.) Brothers' success on The $64,000 Question earned her a chance to be the color commentator for CBS during a middleweight title match between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson. She thus became the first woman ever to be a boxing announcer.
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Added: 22nd September 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-09-22 
I was watching The American Experience about the 50's game show scandals. It was very interesting that the winners were instant celebrities. It was cool to be smart. One spoke at the Democratic Convention in '56, another called an inning on a baseball game. But there was victims. Charles Van Doren is well known but also Patty Duke.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2011-09-22 
Great story!
Posted by: Pfc on 2011-09-28 
I always wondered why she was on TV so much back then. Is she still alive?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-09-29 
Yes, she's still alive. She's 85 years old, I think.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-09-30 
After doing some checking, I found there is some dispute about Brothers' age. Some sources say she was born in 1927; others say 1928. Thus she's either 84 or 83 right now.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2011-09-30 
To wake up for a new day is a blessing.
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