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Brooklyn, New York.
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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 (born June 8, 1933), known by her stage name Joan Rivers, is an American actress, comedian, and writer.
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Joan Alexandra Molinsky (previously Rosenberg; born June 8, 1933), known by her stage name Joan Rivers, is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host, best known for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police and 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 acknowledges 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. However, her insulting style when discussing sensitive or personal matters has sometimes been criticized as controversial by the media. She is also the author of 12 best-selling memoir and humor books, as well as providing comic material for stage and television.
She currently hosts and produces her online weekly talk show on YouTube called In Bed with Joan, and resides in Malibu, California, with her daughter and grandson.
Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice (née Grushman; January 6, 1906 – October 1975) and Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 – January 1985). Her older sister Barbara died on June 3, 2013, aged 82. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and her family later moved to Larchmont, in 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 as 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.
Jim Connell, Jake Holmes and Joan Rivers when they worked as the team: "Jim, Jake & Joan"
During the late 1950s, Rivers appeared in a short-run play, Driftwood, playing a lesbian with a crush on a character played by a then-unknown Barbra Streisand. The play ran for six weeks. Rivers performed in numerous comedy clubs in the Greenwich Village area of New York City in the early 1960s, including The Bitter End and The Gaslight Cafe, before making her first appearances as a guest on the TV program The Tonight Show originating from New York, hosted at the time by Jack Paar.
By 1965, Rivers had a stint on Candid Camera as a gag writer and participant; she was "the bait" to lure people into ridiculous situations for the show. She also made her first appearance on The Tonight Show with new host Johnny Carson, on February 17, 1965. During the same decade, Rivers made other appearances on The Tonight Show as well as The Ed Sullivan Show, while hosting the first of several talk shows. She wrote material for the puppet Topo Gigio. She had a brief role in The Swimmer (1968), starring Burt Lancaster. A year later, she had a short-lived syndicated daytime talk show, That Show with Joan Rivers; Johnny Carson was her first guest. In the middle of the 1960s, she released at least two comedy albums, The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album and Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories.
By the 1970s, Rivers was appearing on various television comedy and variety shows, including The Carol Burnett Show and a semi-regular stint on Hollywood Squares. From 1972 to 1976, she narrated The Adventures of Letterman, an animated segment for The Electric Company. In 1973, Rivers wrote the TV movie The Girl Most Likely to..., a black comedy starring Stockard Channing. In 1978, Rivers wrote and directed the film Rabbit Test, starring her friend Billy Crystal. During the same decade, she was the opening act for singers Helen Reddy, Robert Goulet, Mac Davis and Sergio Franchi on the Las Vegas Strip.
Rivers has spoken of her primary Tonight Show life as having been Johnny Carson's daughter, a reference to his longtime mentoring of her and, during the 1980s, establishing her as his regular guest host by August 1983. It was not her only work, however. On April 9, 1983, she hosted Saturday Night Live. In the same period, she released a best-selling comedy album on Geffen Records, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? The album reached No. 22 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Rivers in 1967
Also in 1984, Rivers published a best-selling humor book, Th
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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/
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