Joan Rivers

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Joan Alexandra Molinsky
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/08/1933, Gemini
  • Date of Death: 09/04/2014
  • Profession: TV host;actor; writer
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Although in her later career, she was known for her fashion quips and myriad trips to the plastic surgeon, Rivers was also a pioneering woman in stand-up comedy whose hilarious self-deprecating humor, biting one-liners and "can we talk?" catchphrase got her bookings in Las Vegas and on The Tonight Show, where Johnny Carson declared her a future star in 1965. The kooky comedian did indeed become a celebrity — primarily as a host, although she also appeared in a number of TV shows and movies (usually as herself or some version thereof). Carson provided a big career boost by booking her as guest host of his show, a regular gig that ended when Rivers angered the late-night king by launching her own short-lived show in 1986. She bounced back in the 1990s, hosting a number of daytime talk shows, appearing on Broadway, hawking her own jewelry line on QVC, playing herself in a TV-movie about her dramatic life and finally signing on to E! Entertainment Television in 1995 (along with her only child, Melissa) to cohost fashion and preaward-show programs from the red carpet. The duo jumped to the TV Guide Channel in 2005, but left two years later and eventually returned to E!Joan Rivers Fast Facts:
  • Was billed early in her career as Pepper January, Comedy with Spice.
  • Wrote for Candid Camera.
  • In 1961, worked with Chicago's Second City improv group.  
  • In 1988, replaced Linda Lavin on Broadway in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.
  • Won a Daytime Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Joan Rivers Show.
  • In the 1994 biopic Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story, she and her daughter played themselves.
  • Had a lucrative side job pushing her own line of jewelry on QVC.
  • Played herself in the second-season finale of Nip/Tuck.
  • Collected Fabergé eggs.
  • Joan Rivers Relationships:
  • Melissa Rivers - Daughter
  • Meyer C. Molinsky - Father
  • Barbara Molinsky - Sister
  • James Sanger - Ex-husband
  • Beatrice Molinsky - Mother
  • Edgar Rosenberg - Husband (deceased)
  • Joan Rivers Awards:
  • 1994 Tony: Actress (Play) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Connecticut College for Women, New London, Connecticut, United States; Barnard College, New York, New York, United States (BA, 1954)

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