Joy Behar Wikipedia

Joy Behar
Behar attending the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, March 13, 2010
BornJosephina Victoria Occhiuto

(1942-10-07) October 7, 1942 (age 71)

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.



Co-host on The View

Host on The Joy Behar Show, Joy Behar: Say Anything!
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Joe Behar

(m.1965–1981; divorced; 1 child)

Steve Janowitz

(m. 2011–present)
Joy Behar (/ˈbeɪhɑːr/; born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto; October 7, 1942) is an American comedian, writer, actress and was a co-host on the ABC 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 formatting in August 2013.


    Early life and career

    Behar was born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, to a 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 a MA in English education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1966. From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, she taught English at Lindenhurst Senior High School in Lindenhurst, New York.


    Early years

    Behar started her career in show business in the early 1980s as a stand up comedian, including 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. From there she continued to work the comedy club circuit, was a regular on NBC's Baby Boom, and had minor film roles including Cookie, This Is My Life, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. She also was a WABC radio talk show host, and made appearances on HBO Comedy Specials One Night Stand and Women Of The Night 2.

    The View

    Behar (left) on The View with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.
    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.

    Behar had well-publicized disputes with Star Jones, a former co-host of the program. On March 27, 2006, Jones phoned in to the show to discuss a recent operation that she had undergone. After talking with the show's co-hosts, Behar abruptly stated to Jones, "OK, Star. That's enough about you. On to us. Bye. Keep your tits perky!" Jones then responded, "Even today, you [Behar] are still a bitch."

    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.

    The View's panel (left–right Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck) interview United States President Barack Obama on July 29, 2010.
    On March 7, 2013, it was announced that Behar would be leaving the show at the end of the current season. She told Deadline, "It seemed like the right time...You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?' There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup". Her last show was on August 9, 2013 in which the program staged a "This is Your Life" style tribute to Behar.

    The Joy Behar Show

    Beginning in 2007, she occasionally filled in as a guest host on Larry King Live. On June 11, 2009, Behar announced that she would be hosting her own news/talk program on CNN's HLN beginning in the fall of 2009, titled The Joy Behar Show. She did not leave The View, but worked on both shows simultaneously. Despite reportedly being the network's second highest-rated show, HLN decided to cancel the talk show after only two years. The final broadcast of the The Joy Behar Show aired on December 15, 2011.

    Joy Behar: Say Anything!

    In June 2012, it was formally announced that Behar would be getting another talk show, Joy Behar: Say Anything!, premiering September 4, 2012 on the Current TV network. Its content is expected to be in line with her previous HLN series. Before the new show's launch, Behar began acting as fill-in host for Eliot Spitzer's Current TV talk show, Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, starting on July 18, 2012. The show ended in August 2013 due to Current TV being purchased by Al Jazeera and being replaced by Al Jazeera America.

    Other work

    Behar has also made theater appearances in The Food Chain and The Vagina Monologues. Behar wrote a book of humorous essays and stories called Joy Shtick – Or What is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?, published in 1999. She has also written a children's book called Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog, published in 2006.

    Behar frequently incorporates her Italian-American culture into her comedy and once told Charlie Rose on his PBS program that her grandmother kept a picture of Mussolini in her home.

    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.

    Behar played the part of "Dr. Lucy" in the 2011 comedy film Hall Pass.

    Personal life

    From 1965 to 1981, Behar was married to Joe Behar, a college professor. Their daughter, Eve, was born in 1970. In February 2011, Behar became a grandmother when her daughter had a son, Luca.

    Since 1982, Behar has been in a relationship with Steve Janowitz, whom she called her "spousal equivalent". In March 2009, Behar announced on The View that she might eventually marry Janowitz, but she called off the engagement three months later because she wanted people to stop talking about it. Behar and Janowitz married on August 11, 2011; Behar chose to maintain her last name. The couple resides in Manhattan, New York.


    • 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
    • 'M' Word (1996) ... Carol
    • Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1996) ... Joy (2 episode)
    • Love Is All There Is (1996) ... Mary
    • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2001) ... 42 (1 episode)
    • Hall Pass (2011) ... Dr. Lucy
    • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) ... Eunice (voice)

    Awards and nominations

    GLAAD Media Award
    • 2010 Excellence in Media Award

    Daytime Emmy Award
    • 1998 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 1999 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2000 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2001 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2002 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2003 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2004 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2005 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2006 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2007 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2008 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2009 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Won
    • 2010 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated
    • 2011 Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) - Nominated

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