Ruth Westheimer

Toni Grant dies at 73; controversial L.A. radio psychologist, author

Toni Grant dies at 73; controversial L.A. radio psychologist, author

Toni Grant, a Los Angeles-based radio psychologist who reminded listeners in the 1980s that "life is not a dress rehearsal" and inspired a movie called "Choose Me," died March 27 in Beverly Hills, said her daughter Kimberly Warneke. She was 73.

The cause was not disclosed.

Grant was among the early voices in radio psychology. Her on-air debut in 1975 on the KABC-AM graveyard shift followed the path blazed by Dr. Joyce Brothers, who was already a household name by then.

Grant said she was inspired by a show on a San Francisco radio station then seeking to capitalize on the popularity of airwave therapy. Her L.A. version of the call-in genre quickly...

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