Joy Behar: Net worth, Biography, Career, and Personal Life

Joy Behar: Net worth, Biography, Career, and Personal Life

Full NameJosephine Victoria Occhiuto
Stage NameJoy Behar
BornOctober 7, 1942 (age 79)
Place of BirthNew York City, U.S.
Spouse(s)Joe Behar ​(m. 1965; div. 1981)​
Steve Janowitz ​(m. 2011)​
Known forThe View co-host (1997 – 2013, 2015 – present)
OccupationComedian, writer, actor, television host
Net Worth$30 Million

Joy Behar Biography

Behar was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. The only child of her parents. Her family was Roman Catholic of Italian descent. The name of her mother was Rose, a seamstress and her father were Gino Occhiuto, a truck driver for Coca-Cola.

She earned a BA in sociology from Queens College in 1964 and MA in English education at Stony Brook University in 1966. She taught English on Long Island at Lindenhurst Senior High School in Lindenhurst, New York. She studied acting at the HB Studio.


She worked as a receptionist and later as a producer on Good Morning America in the early 1980s. She became a stand-up comedian and worked on Good Morning America and the New Show. She hosted a variety show on Lifetime Television called Off-Broadway.

She hosted a variety of shows before landing the opportunity to become one of the panelists on The View, an ABC daytime talk show. She originally appeared on days when the co-creator, Barbara Walters of The VIew was off but became a permanent co-host. She hosted a segment called ‘Joy’s Comedy Corner’, in which she hosted permanent and up-coming comedians.

She took a break from co-hosting The View in 2013, but continue guest co-hosting throughout 2014 and 2015. She created her own talk shows like The Joy Behar Show, Late Night Joy, and Joy Behar: Say Anything.

She did some theatrical plays including The Food Chain, The Vagina Monologues, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She has written multiple books.

President Barack Obama records an episode of The View at ABC Studios in New York, N.Y., July 28, 2010. Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd are pictured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Personal Life

Joy Behar married a college professor Joe Behar from 1965 to 1981 and they have a daughter Eve Behar Scotti. She has a grandson, Luca. She married Steve Janowitz in 2011 after 29 years of marriage with Joe.

Read more about Joy Behar on Wikipedia

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