Joy Behar

by andrew on December 20, 2014

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Birth Name: Josephine Victoria Occhiuto

Place of Birth: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 7, 1942

Ethnicity: Italian

Joy Behar is an American comedian, writer, actress, and television personality. She is a co-host on the ABC talk show The View.

She was born into a Catholic family, of Italian descent. Her mother, Rose Diane (Carbone), was a seamstress, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents. Her father, Louis or Gino Occhiuto, was a truck driver for Coca-Cola, who was an Italian emigrant, from Calabria.

Joy is married to Steve Janowitz. She has a daughter with her former husband, college professor Joe Behar.

Joy’s paternal grandparents were Philip Occhiuto (the son of Saverio Occhiuto and Maria Rosa Arena) and Josephine.

Joy’s maternal grandparents were Vincenzo/Vincent Carbone (who was possibly the son of Antonio Carbone and Diana Barilla) and Francesca Zagari.

Source: Joy’s family history –

Joy’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Joy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Joy’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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andrew September 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

she has roots from Calabria

phaedra March 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Thought she was Jewish?

andrew May 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Her first husband was Jewish. Steve Janowitz is also Jewish.

“I’m Italian, but some people think I’m Jewish because I work the Yiddish. I also work the Italian, by the way.

andrew May 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm
andrew May 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm
andrew October 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm
neiltennant April 5, 2015 at 4:20 am

today i watched a repeated spin city episode and was kind of shocked. She had not aged bad. She still looks the same like she looked in the late 90s even she has some more wrinkles which is normal

but she was born 1943 i had to look twice

Kimmel June 24, 2018 at 5:13 pm

She’s 76 now! I thought she was late 50’s early sixties. Wow!

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