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Brooklyn, New York
Claim to Fame
The Late Show, Fashion Police
Actor/Actress, Writer, Director
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Connecticut College (attended 1950-52), BA English and Anthropology, Barnard College (1954)
Full Name at Birth
Joan Alexandra Molinsky
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Comic TV Host, Actress, Writer, Producer
Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), better known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedienne, writer, producer, and television host. She was best known for her stand-up comedy and red carpet interviews, and for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police from 2010 to 2014, as well as starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers from 2011 to 2014. She often appeared on QVC shopping channel, selling jewelery and fashion items that she had created.
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Joan Alexandra Rosenberg (née Molinsky; June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host, best known for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.
Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show, a pioneering late-night program with interviews and comedy, hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she acknowledged as her mentor. The show established her particular comic style, poking fun at celebrities, but also at herself, often joking about her extensive plastic surgery. When she launched a rival program, The Late Show, he never spoke to her again. She went on to host a successful daytime slot, The Joan Rivers Show, which won her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her satirical style of humor, however, by focusing on the personal lives of celebrities and public figures, was sometimes criticized. She also authored 12 best-selling memoir and humor books, and provided comic material for stage and television. As an actress, Rivers was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 1994 for her performance as Sally Marr in Sally Marr...and her escorts.
Rivers died on September 4, 2014 following serious complications—including cardiac arrest—during a procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, the younger daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice (née Grushman; January 6, 1906 – October 1975) and Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 – January 1985). Her elder sister, Mrs. Barbara Waxler, died on June 3, 2013, aged 82. She was raised in Brooklyn, and her family later moved to Larchmont, Westchester County, New York. She attended Connecticut College between 1950 and 1952, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and anthropology. Before entering show business, Rivers worked at various jobs such as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center, a writer/proofreader at an advertising agency and a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. During this period, agent Tony Rivers advised her to change her name, so she chose Joan Rivers as her stage name.
Rivers was a member of the Reform synagogue Temple Emanu-El in New York and stated publicly that she "loved Israel".
Rivers' first marriage was in 1955 to James Sanger, the son of a Bond Clothing Stores merchandise manager. The marriage lasted six months and was annulled on the basis that Sanger did not want children and had not informed Rivers before the wedding. Her second marriage was on July 15, 1965, to Edgar Rosenberg, who committed suicide in 1987. Their only child, Melissa Warburg Rosenberg (now known as Melissa Rivers), was born on January 20, 1968. Joan had one grandson, Melissa's son Cooper (born Edgar Cooper Endicott in 2000), who was featured with his mother and grandmother in the WE tv series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
In her book, Bouncing Back (1997), Rivers described how she developed bulimia nervosa and contemplated suicide. Eventually, she recovered with counseling and the support of her family.
In 2002, Rivers told the Montreal Mirror that she was a Republican. However, on a 2013 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap, Rivers stated that she was a Democrat. Then, on January 28, 2014, during a conversation with Reza Farahan, she announced that she was in fact a Republican.
In a June 5, 2012, interview with Howard Stern, Rivers said she had several extramarital affairs when married to Rosenberg. According to Rivers, she had a one-night sexual encounter with actor Robert Mitchum in the 1960s after an appearance together on The Tonight Show. She also had an extended affair with actor Gabriel Dell during the out-of-town and Broadway productions of her play, Fun City, in 1971, for which Rivers told Stern she "left Edgar over" for several weeks.
Rivers was open about her multiple cosmetic surgeries and was a patient of plastic surgeon Steven Hoefflin, beginning in 1983. Her first procedure, an eye lift, was performed in 1965 as an attempt to further her career.
On August 28, 2014, Rivers experienced serious complications and stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords, at a clinic in Yorkville, Manhattan. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and was put into a medically induced coma after reportedly suffering cardiac arrest.
On August 29, her daughter, Melissa, publicly stated that Joan was "resting comfortably" in the hospital. On August 30, it was reported that Rivers had been put on life support. Reports initially stated that Rivers' family might face ending her life support if her
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Larry Thompson Organization, Inc.
TV commercial for Glad Ovenware (2001), Print ad for The Glad Products Co.'s Glad OvenWare (2001), TV commercial for GEICO Auto Insurance (2007), (October 2012) TV commercial "The little black dress....in bold new colors" for Old Navy (voice over) with Martin Short (voice over) and Mario Cantone., (2007) Appearing in a Geico car insurance commercial., (2009) Appearing in a commercial for "Life Lock" identity theft protection., (2009) Co-hostess, with Terri Ouelette (infomercial craft queen), of an infomercial for the "Joan Rivers Great Hair Day" hair products., (2010) Co-hostess, with Terri Ouelette (infomercial craft queen), of an infomercial for Joan's "The Right to Bare Legs" leg products.
www.nndb.com/people/691/000023622/, www.joanrivers.com/, www.facebook.com/joanrivers, twitter.com/Joan_Rivers, instagram.com/joanrivers, www.youtube.com/user/inbedwithjoan/
Place of Death
Mount Sinai Hospital New York, USA at 1:17pm
Cause of Death
Complications of throat surgery (cardiac arrest)
Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 – January 1985)
Beatrice Grushman (January 6, 1906 – October 1975)
Barbara Molinsky Waxler