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Josephina Victoria Occhiuto (Behar, Joy)

Born: 1943 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Comedians, TV Host


1943 - Josephina Victoria Occhiuto, born on the 7th of October in Brooklyn, New York.

1968 - Began working as a junior high school English teacher.

1979 - Nearly dying from an ectopic pregnancy, she decided to pursue her dream of a career in comedy, quitting her teaching job and getting a job as a receptionist at the morning talk show Good Morning America in the hopes of being discovered.

1980 - She began performing her comedy routine at various New York City nightclubs.

1981 - She and her husband, college professor Joe Behar, were divorced; she received custody of the couple’s then-10-year-old daughter, Eve.

1987 - She landed her own Lifetime variety series, Way Off Broadway, which ran for only one season.

1989 - 1993 - Appearing in films, notably Cookie, with Peter Falk, Nora Ephron’s This is My Life, and Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery.

1988 - On television, the series Baby Boom and hosting a popular call-in radio show on New York’s WABC.

       - She has also appeared on the New York stage, in the Off-Broadway hit The Food Chain and as part of the rotating all-star cast of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

1997 - Won a cohosting gig on the new ABC daily morning talk show The View, launched by television newswoman Barbara Walters.

2001 - In October, she launched a monthly advice column, “Tell Me About It,” in the magazine Good Housekeeping.

       - She has also published a nonfiction book, Joy Shtick: or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?.

2003 - Became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

2006 - Published Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog.



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