Julie Harris took up acting because she was self-conscious about her looks as a young girl. "I looked so plain - bands on my teeth, bird legs, mouse face, hair that wouldn't curl," she once explained in an interview.
Today, when we're feeling in need of advice or reassurance about our inner woes, we're accustomed to turning on the TV and watching someone such as psychologist Phil McGraw or physician and addiction expert Drew Pinsky elicit epiphanies from troubled people right in front of the camera, and in the process dispense advice to millions. But it was Joyce Brothers, who died on May 13 at age 85 in Fort Lee, N.J., who invented the role of the TV psychologist in the 1950s and first got us to trust in a celebrity mental health expert.
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