Joan Rivers

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Date of Birth June 8, 1933
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Sep 4, 2014 (81)
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Joan Rivers

Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating and sharply acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians. Rivers rose to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show. Hosted by her mentor, Johnny Carson, the show established Rivers' comedic style. In 1986, with her own rival program, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Rivers became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show. She subsequently hosted The Joan Rivers Show, winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. From the mid-1990s, she became known for her comedic red carpet awards show celebrity interviews,. Rivers co-hosted the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police from 2010 to 2014 and starred in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with daughter Melissa Rivers.

Born: Joan Alexandra Molinsky, June 8, 1933, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: September 4, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting place: Ashes scattered in Wyoming
Nationality: American
Occupation: Comedian, actress, writer, producer, television host
Years active: 1959–2014
Children: Melissa Rivers
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About Joan Rivers

Television personality, actress, director, and Oscar red carpet interviewer who won a Daytime Emmy for The Joan Rivers Show in 1990. She launched and hosted The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers from 1986 to 1987.

Before Fame

She worked as a tour guide, writer, proofreader, and fashionista.


An animated version of her appeared in Shrek 2, though her voice was redubbed by Kate Thorton.

Family Life

She married Edgar Rosenberg in 1965, and their daughter, Melissa, was born in 1968.


She appeared as a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show.

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