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Joy Behar
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Behar in March 2010
Born
Josephine Victoria Occhiuto

October 7, 1942 (1942-10-07) (age 79)
Education Stony Brook University
Occupation Comedienne, writer, actress, host
Years active 1984–present
Known for The View co-host (1997-2013, 2015-present)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Joe Behar
(m. 1965; div. 1982)

Steve Janowitz (m. 2011)
Partner(s) Steve Janowitz (1982–2011)
Children 1

Josephine Victoria "Joy" Behar (born October 7, 1942) is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She co-hosts the ABC daytime talk show The View. She hosted The Joy Behar Show on HLN from 2009 to 2011 and Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current TV, from 2012 until the channel switched formats in August 2013. Behar's latest weekly late-night talk show, Late Night Joy, aired on TLC in 2015. She also wrote The Great Gasbag: An A-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World.

Early life

Behar was born Josephine Occhiuto in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, to a Roman Catholic family of Italian descent. Her mother, Rose (née Carbone), was a seamstress, and her father, Gino Occhiuto, was a truck driver for Coca-Cola. Behar earned a BA in sociology from Queens College in 1964 and an MA in English education from Stony Brook University in 1966. From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, she taught English on Long Island at Lindenhurst Senior High School in Lindenhurst, New York.

Career

The View Logo (2015)
The View Logo 2015

Behar started her career in show business in the early 1980s as a receptionist and later a producer on Good Morning America.

She was a stand-up comedian and made appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and The New Show, a short-lived Lorne Michaels NBC project. In 1987, she had a talk show on Lifetime Television called Way Off Broadway and was a host on the show Live from Queens. From there, she continued to work the comedy club circuit, was a regular on NBC's Baby Boom, and had minor film roles.

In 1997, Behar became one of the original panel members of the ABC daytime talk show The View, which was co-created by Barbara Walters. Behar originally appeared only on the days when Walters was off, but she ultimately became a permanent co-host. Behar occasionally hosted a segment called "Joy's Comedy Corner" in which she presented both established and up-and-coming comedians.

In August 2009, Behar and the other co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters, won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host following over a decade of nominations for the show.

On March 7, 2013, it was announced that Behar would be leaving the show at the end of the current season. Her last show was on August 9, 2013 in which the program staged a "This is Your Life" style tribute to Behar.

Personal life

From 1965 to 1981, Behar was married to college professor Joe Behar. They have a daughter born 1970. Behar also has a grandson born February 2011.

Since 1982, Behar has been in a relationship with Steve Janowitz, whom she called her "spousal equivalent". They married on August 11, 2011.

She appeared on the eighth season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and finished in fourth place, behind Robin Tunney, Christopher Meloni and Macy Gray, but ahead of Andy Dick. She played for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Filmography

Ice Age Continental Drift
Behar voiced Eunice 2012
  • Hiding Out (1987) ... Gertrude
  • Cookie (1989) ... Dottie
  • Baby Boom (1988–1989) ... Helga Von Haput (13 episodes)
  • It's Garry Shandling's Show (1989–1990) ... Joy Mull/Joy Smith
  • This Is My Life (1992) ... Rudy
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) ... Marilyn
  • Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1996) ... Joy (2 episodes)
  • Love Is All There Is (1996) ... Mary
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2001) ... (1 episode)
  • Hall Pass (2011) ... Dr. Lucy
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) ... Eunice (voice)
  • Crisis in Six Scenes (2016) ... Ann (3 episodes)

Behar has authored several books, including several children's books:

  • The Great Gasbag: An A-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World (2017)
  • Sheetzucacapoopoo 2: Max Goes to the Dogs (2009)
  • When You Need a Lift: But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin (2007)
  • Sheetzu Caca Poopoo: My Kind of Dog (2006)
  • Joy Shtick: Or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments (1999)

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