Joy Behar

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Quick Facts

Date of Birth October 7, 1942
Nationality American
Profession Comedian
Working for ABC talk show The View
Ethnicity White
Marital Status Married
Spouse Steve Janowitz (m. 2011), Joseph Behar (m. 1965–1981)
Children(s) Eve Behar
Qualification Graduation
Education at State University of New York at Stony Brook
Net Worth(s) $8 million
Name on Birth Joy Behar
Divorce One Time
Height 1.67 m
Weight N/A
Age 80 Years
  • I want a man in my life, not in my house.
  • I don't get jealous of people. Jealousy is such a waste of time because you're jealous of them, and they go about their lives and have a wonderful time, so what's the point? It's a completely useless emotion - jealousy. I don't go there.
  • The diet pill Qsymia is now available. I don't need a diet pill. I need something that gives you an electric shock when you reach for food.

The above quotes came out from Joy Behar; born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto; October 7, 1942), who is an American comedian, writer, actress and was a co-host on the ABC talk show.

Born on October 7, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, Joy Behar gave up her teaching career to pursue her dream of a career in comedy. Working her way up through the ranks of comedy clubs, such as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star, Behar eventually landed a co-hosting spot on the popular talk show The View. She then hosted her own show, The Joy Behar Show (which later became Joy Behar: Say Anything!). In March 2013, Behar announced that she would be leaving The View following the 2013 season, after 16 years on the series.

Birth and Education

Behar was born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, to a Catholic family of Italian descent. Her mother, Rose 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.


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.

She married for the 2nd time her boyfriend/fiancé of 29 years Steve Janowitz following a 23-month-long engagement. Behar and Janowitz married on August 11, 2011; Behar chose to maintain her last name. The couple resides in Manhattan, New York.

Early Career

Behar began working as a junior high school English teacher in 1968.

After nearly dying from an ectopic pregnancy in 1979, Behar decided to pursue her dream of a career in comedy, quitting her teaching job and getting a receptionist position at Good Morning America in hopes of being recognized.

Comedy Career

In 1980, Behar began performing her comedy routine at various New York City nightclubs. A year later, she and her husband, college professor Joe Behar, divorced. Behar began earning increasingly positive reviews for her routines at such prominent clubs as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star, and in 1987, she landed her own Lifetime variety series, Way Off Broadway, which ran for only one season. From there she continued to work the comedy club circuit, was a regular on NBC's Baby Boom, and had minor film roles including CookieThis 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

In 1997, Behar won a co-hosting gig on the new ABC daily, morning talk show-The View, launched by television newswoman Barbara Walters which ran three days a week.

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.

The Joy Behar Show

In 2009, Behar announced that she would be hosting her own talk show/news program, The Joy Behar Show, in addition to her role on The View. Airing on HLN until 2011, the series was revamped in 2012 as ‘Joy Behar: Say Anything!’ on Current TV, but was canceled after just one season.

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