Name: Josephine Victoria Occhiuto
Born: October 7, 1942
Occupation: Comedian, media personality, and actress
Joy Behar was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 7, 1942. She is the daughter of Gino Occhiuto, a truck driver for Coca-Cola, and Rose Carbone, a seamstress.
Following high school, Joy attended Queens College and Stony Brook University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Arts in English education.
Joy was previously married to Joe Behar, a college professor, from 1965 to 1981. The couple had one daughter, Eve Behar Scotti. Following their split in 1981, Joy has been in a committed relationship with Steven Janowitz, and the couple finally married in August 2011.
Prior to breaking into the entertainment industry, Joy taught English at Lindenhurst Senior High School. She then decided to switch careers, starting off as a receptionist and then a producer on “Good Morning America” in the 1980s. Joy would eventually transition to comedy, performing sets on television. This helped her land her own talk show called “Way Off Broadway.”
Joy has had modest success on the big screen, landing minor roles in “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “Hall Pass,” and “’M’ Word.” She has also appeared on a wide array of television series, such as “30 Rock,” “Crisis in Six Scenes,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Dr. Katz.”
Of course, everyone will know Joy as one of the original panel members of the ABC daytime talk show smash hit “The View.” Joy has occupied a seat on the panel since 1997, and finally won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009. Joy left the series in March 2013, but she continued to guest co-host the show in 2014 and 2015, later canceling her departure and returning as a permanent co-host.
She is the author of “The Great Gasbag,” a book that slams President Donald Trump.
Joy still performs comedy, writes plays, and does charity work for various organizations. Her next project is a TV movie titled “Lilly.”
We estimate that Joy Behar’s net worth is $8 million (2018).
So how much is $8 million really?
$8 million can produce your own television talk show or motion picture. $8 million can also cover the budget costs of “The View.”