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Joan Rivers Biography

Birth Name:
Joan Alexandra Molinsky
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
TV host,actor, writer

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
  • Posthumously nominated for a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word Album for her album Diary of a Mad Diva, in 2014