Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

Comedian, screenwriter and TV presenter
Date of Birth: 08.06.1933
Country: USA

Biography of Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, was a comedy actress, writer, and television presenter. She was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York to Russian-Jewish immigrants Beatrice and Meyer Molinsky. Joan grew up in New York and graduated from Barnard College in 1954 with a major in English literature and anthropology.

Joan Rivers

During her time in college, Joan attended a stand-up comedy show by Lenny Bruce, which sparked her interest in the comedic genre. She held various jobs, ranging from a tour guide at Rockefeller Center to a consultant at a fashionable boutique. It was during this time that she changed her name, taking the surname Rivers after her agent, Tony Rivers.

Joan Rivers

In the 1960s, Rivers began working in television, appearing in popular shows such as "The Tonight Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show." She also made appearances in television series like "Toast of the Town" and "Another World," marking her first acting roles. Her first appearance on the big screen was a small role in the drama film "The Swimmer" in 1968.

Joan Rivers

In the 1970s, Joan became a frequent guest on various comedy and variety shows, including "The Carol Burnett Show." She continued to act in films during this time, appearing in projects such as the TV series "Here's Lucy" and the film "The Love Boat." In the same period, she co-wrote her first screenplay, "The Girl Most Likely to...," in collaboration with Agnes Gallin, which aired in 1973. In 1978, she co-wrote and directed her own comedy film, "Rabbit Test."

Joan Rivers

In the 1980s, Joan often filled in for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Her popularity with viewers was immense, as hosts of national television programs in America became major stars. In 1986, the Fox Television Network offered Rivers her own show, "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers." However, due to problems with the channel's management, the project was short-lived and ended in 1987. It was rumored that Rivers had a falling out with Johnny Carson during this time, as he felt betrayed for not being informed about her new project directly.

Joan Rivers

In 1989, Joan started her own show again, titled "The Joan Rivers Show," which lasted four years from September 1989 to September 1993. Throughout these years, she continued to act in films, appearing in comedies such as "Les Patterson Saves the World," "Spaceballs," and "Look Who's Talking."

Joan Rivers

In the new millennium, Joan Rivers could take pride in the success of her daughter Melissa, who was born during her marriage to Edgar Rosenberg. Joan's personal life was also eventful – her first marriage lasted only six months and was annulled because her husband, James Sanger, did not want children, a fact he had failed to mention before the wedding. Her second marriage to Edgar Rosenberg also ended prematurely when he tragically took his own life in 1987. Her daughter Melissa, born in 1968, followed in her mother's footsteps and became an actress.

Joan Rivers

In addition to her acting and television work, Joan Rivers was actively involved in public life. She was a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama and an active member of PETA, an organization dedicated to animal rights. Throughout her life, Joan wrote over a dozen books, many of which were autobiographical. She received numerous awards throughout her long career, including prestigious honors such as Emmy and Tony Awards.

Joan Rivers

On August 28, 2014, Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at the Yorkville clinic. She was rushed to the Mount Sinai medical center's intensive care unit, where she suffered cardiac arrest. She was placed in a medically induced coma and connected to a life support machine. On September 1, doctors began the process of bringing her out of the coma. On September 3, Joan was transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular room. Sadly, at 13:17, she passed away at the age of 81.

A farewell ceremony was held in New York on September 6, and Joan Rivers was laid to rest at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in California.

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