Oprah celebrates 'O' magazine in NYC

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- Self-help guru Phil McGraw said he felt a little breezy after shaving his trademark mustache on set with U.S. talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Dr. Phil to offer Detroit residents advice

DETROIT, March 21 (UPI) -- TV psychotherapist Phil McGraw will offer Detroit residents advice on how best to deal with the recession, event organizers say.

Hospital may not release octuplets to mom

BELLFLOWER, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Nadya Suleman, mother of new octuplets, is concerned a California hospital will not release her new children to her, TV star Phil McGraw says.

'Dr. Phil' producer oversteps bounds

TAMPA, Fla., April 13 (UPI) -- A bail bondsman in Florida claims a producer for TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw bailed out a girl suspected of posting a fight on YouTube.

Dr. Phil denies he tried to exploit Spears

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. television advice dispenser Dr. Phil McGraw said on "Good Morning America" that Britney Spears' mother first asked for his help more than a year ago.
Dr. Phil regrets making Spears statement

Dr. Phil regrets making Spears statement

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. television personality Dr. Phil McGraw said, if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't have spoken publicly about Britney Spears' mental state.

Report: Spears is in Mexico, not N.Y.

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Britney Spears is apparently in Mexico, contrary to widespread reports that she headed to New York after hearing her family was planning an intervention.
Spears' family criticizes Dr. Phil

Spears' family criticizes Dr. Phil

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A representative for Britney Spears' family is blasting TV's Dr. Phil McGraw for the way he handled his recent visit to Spears in a Los Angeles hospital.
Dr. Phil cancels Spears-themed show

Dr. Phil cancels Spears-themed show

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. television talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw has scrapped plans to devote an entire show to Britney Spears and her problems.

Source: Spears' father confused by drama

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Jamie Spears, the embittered father of Britney Spears, doesn't know what to do about the latest drama in the U.S. pop singer's life, a source said.

Dr. Phil says Spears' mom 'dedicated'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Television self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw says U.S. pop diva Britney Spears and her sister Jamie Lynn are lucky to have a parent such as Lynne Spears.

Dr. Phil says O.J. book is confession

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. television therapist Dr. Phil McGraw says he thinks O.J. Simpson's hypothetical memoir, "If I Did It," stands as his confession.

Pop icons sympathetic for Britney Spears

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. show business figures expressed sympathy Saturday for troubled singer Britney Spears after she lost custody of her children in a Los Angeles court.

Baldwin, Dr. Phil talk

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin wants to do right by his daughter, said U.S. television personality Dr. Phil McGraw, who spoke with the actor.

Mom charged with kidnap defends herself

RALEIGH, N.C., April 12 (UPI) -- A woman who kidnapped her twin children from their adoptive parents said in an interview from a North Carolina jail that she surrendered them under duress.
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Phil McGraw
Famed psychologist "Dr. Phil" McGraw and Mrs McGraw at the 39th Academy of Country Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Nevada, May 26, 2004. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Phillip Calvin McGraw (born September 1, 1950) best known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. McGraw first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.

Phil McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, the son of Jerry (née Stevens) and Joe McGraw. He grew up with two older sisters, Deana and Donna, and younger sister Brenda in the oilfields of North Texas where his father was an equipment supplier. During McGraw's childhood, his family moved so his father could pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a psychologist. McGraw attended Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. In 1968, he was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he played middle linebacker under Coach Glenn Dobbs. On November 23 of that year McGraw's team lost to the University of Houston 100–6, which is one of the most lopsided games in college football history. Coach Dobbs retired after that season, and McGraw transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas, where his dissertation was titled "Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Psychological Intervention". After run-ins with several faculty members, McGraw was guided through the doctoral program by Frank Lawlis, who later became the primary contributing psychologist for the Dr. Phil television show.

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