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Dr. Joy Browne (1944 - 2016)

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Dr. Joy Browne (1944 - 2016)

Dr. Joy Browne, a nationally syndicated call-in talk show host, died Saturday, according to her sister. She was 71.

Browne, who also went by the name Dr. Joy, hosted one of the longest-running talk shows of its kind, in which she offered sage advice for dealing with problems ranging from love-life woes to tricky work interactions to financial foibles. 

Among Browne's catchphrases was "stupid and cheerful" – her advice on how to behave in the face of invasive questions or negative comments. She explained it in an interview with Radio Ink: "If someone says something negative, instead of responding, 'Oh my God, I can’t believe you said that,' turn it around. Try saying, 'It’s so helpful to have somebody give me feedback.' If you just take the superficial approach to things that may be hurtful or insulting, it makes the other person do the heavy lifting. If they really want to criticize, they are going to have to do more work."

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Browne's show debuted at WOR in New York, remaining there for decades and entering syndication before more recently moving to Air America and then the Genesis Communications Network.

Browne was also known for her advice books, including "Dating for Dummies" and "The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life."

Born Oct. 24, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Browne is survived by one daughter.

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