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Joy Behar Biography

Birth Name:
Josephina Victoria Occhiuto
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
TV host, comedian, actor, radio host

Fast Facts

  • Is an only child and is the mother of an only child
  • Taught high-school English at Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, NY
  • Was once a receptionist for Good Morning America
  • Has published several humor books, including Joy Shtick: Or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come With Attachments? (1999); and a compilation of essays titled When You Need a Lift But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin (2007)
  • Launched a monthly advice column in Good Housekeeping magazine in 2001
  • Authored the children's books Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog (2006) and Sheetzucacapoopoo: Max Goes to the Dogs (2009)
  • After filling in for Larry King several times on CNN, she was offered her own talk show on the network's sister station, HLN
  • The Joy Behar Show debuted in 2009
  • Shared the 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host with her cohosts on The View
  • In October 2010, made headlines for walking off the set of The View (along with cohost Whoopi Goldberg) during a heated discussion with guest Bill O'Reilly about proposed mosques being built at Ground Zero
  • Was a judge for the 2011 Miss America Pageant


  • Eve Behar Scotti -- Daughter
  • Joe Behar -- Ex-husband
  • Gino Occhiuto -- Father
  • Steven Janowitz -- Husband
  • Rose Occhiuto -- Mother