Joan Rivers (born Joan Alexandra Molinsky 08.06.33 - 04.09.14) was an American Tony Award-nominated actress, comedian writer and television host, known for her controversial comedy towards celebrities and politicians.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of her death in 2014, Joan Rivers had a net worth of 150 million USD.
Childhood: Joan Rivers was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Beatrice and Meyer C. Molinsky, with an elder sister, Barbara. Rivers attended Brooklyn Ethical Culture School before moving on to Adelphi Academy. Rivers later moved with her family to Larchmont, New York, and in 1950, she attended Connecticut College. She left in 1952, and began studying a BA in English Literature and Anthropology at Barnard College, which she received in 1954. After this, Rivers took on a number of small jobs, before adopting her stage name, Joan Rivers, and pursuing a career in entertainment.
Career: Rivers began her career onstage in the 1950s, staring in the play 'Driftwood' alongside Barbara Streisand. Following the show's six-week run, Rivers began performing stand-up comedy in and around New York. In 1965, Rivers began appearing on 'Candid Camera' and 'The Tonight Show', before earning herself several shot-live day time television shows. She continues to appear as a guest host or performer on television shows throughout the 1970s.
With her talk-show career performing steadily well, she released the comedy album, 'What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?' in 1983, which went on to receive a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The following year, Rivers released a humour mock-memoir book, entitled 'The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abramowitz' which became a best-seller. In 1986, Rivers began work on 'The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers', becoming the first female host for a major network late night talk-show. With her own talk-show airing at the same as 'The Tonight Show', she was seen as a competitor, and was never allowed to return to the show until 2014.
The following year, when her husband was to be fired by Fox executives, Rivers fought back and was fired as well. She began working on 'The Joan Rivers Show' in 1989, which ran for five years and won her a Daytime Emmy Award. In 1994, River co-wrote and starred in a play about comedian Lenny Bruce's mother, which won her a Tony Award. Through the early 2000s, Rivers appeared in a variety of panel and day time television shows, as well as attending political and royal parties and celebrations. In her later years, she was working on various fashion shows.
Personal Life: Joan Rivers and James Sanger married one another in 1955, although the marriage only lasted for six years. On 15th July 1965, Rivers married Edgar Rosenberg, and the couple had a child, Melissa Warburg Rosenberg, on 20th January 1968. In 1987, Rosenberg committed suicide after losing his job and hearing that Rivers planned a separation.
Death: Joan Rivers suffered from complications during throat surgery on 28th August 2014, and stopped breathing. Following her movement to Mount Sinai Hospital, she failed to wake from a medically induced coma, and died on 4th September 2015 at the age of 81 years old.
Melissa Rivers, appearing on the 'Today' show, revealed details of her mother's final hours and the reasons why she's suing the clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing.
Joan Rivers' daughter, actress and television producer Melissa Rivers, has claimed her mother's death was "100% preventable". 47-year-old Melissa was a guest on the Today show on Monday (24th May). Whilst appearing on the show, Melissa revealed there were aspects of Joan's hospital treatment which she felt contributed to her mother's "preventable" death.
Melissa Rivers (L) with her mother Joan Rivers, photographed together in 2013.
The presenter and panelist of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is apparently being considered as one of the replacements for Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin.
The search for new hosts for the controversy-hit show ‘Fashion Police’ has alighted upon RuPaul as a potential candidate.
The drama continues at the E! network show as the 54 year old ‘Drag Race’ presenter has been revealed by an unnamed source as one of the possible replacements for Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, who quit the programme in quick succession last month.
RuPaul is rumoured to be a new panelist on 'Fashion Police'
Continue reading: RuPaul Tipped As Replacement Host On Revamped 'Fashion Police'
Giuliana Rancic received death threats after making controversial comments about Zendaya Coleman's hair.
Giuliana Rancic finally addressed the controversy surrounding her comments on Zendaya Coleman's hair. The 40-year-old Fashion Police host has denied her comments were racially motivated, claiming she was referring to the current 'bohemian' trend.
Giuliana Rancic claims to have recieved death threats after her comments about Zendaya Coleman's hair.
Having been appointed as Joan Rivers' replacement, Griffin lasted just seven episodes before quitting at the end of last week.
Having unceremoniously quit ‘Fashion Police’ at the end of last week after filming just seven episodes, Kathy Griffin has said in a new interview that it was a mistake to take the job in the first place.
The 54 year old comedienne was interviewed on SiriusXM’s ‘Howard Stern Show’ on Monday, and she was quite candid about her regrets regarding the appointment to the E! show. “Well, I probably shouldn’t have taken the gig,” she said.
Kathy Griffin quit 'Fashion Police' after just seven episodes
Continue reading: Kathy Griffin Opens Up About Her Departure From 'Fashion Police'
Kathy Griffin, in a recent stand up show, has denied there was anything untoward in her decision to leave 'Fashion Police'.
Kathy Griffin was surprised at the reaction to her decision to leave Fashion Police. The 54-year-old comedian was performing in Waterbury, Connecticut on Friday (13th March) when she expressed her incredulity at the media reaction to the news. She also played down rumours there had been any quarrels between her and the show's producers, simply stating "it just didn't work out."
Kathy Griffin claimed "it just didn't work out" with Fashion Police.
Sources claim the future of 'Fashion Police' is bleak following the departure of Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin.
Sources working closely with E!'s Fashion Police have claimed the network is considering cancelling the show. The rumours come after two of the Fashion Police hosts, Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, suddenly departed the show in less than a month. One source, speaking to RadarOnline, further claimed host Giuliana Rancic was a contributing factor in both hosts' decisions to leave.
Kathy Griffin announced she was leaving Fashion Police on Friday (13th March).
Osbourne quit the E! show last month following controversy over remarks made by her co-host Giuliana Rancic.
Former ‘Fashion Police’ panelist Kelly Osbourne has finally opened up about her exit from the E! series during an appearance on CBS daytime show, ‘The Talk’. The 30 year old left the series last month, following the controversy surrounding co-host Giuliana Rancic’s remarks about singer Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair at the Oscars.
Kelly Osbourne is moving on from 'Fashion Police'.
Kelly appeared alongside her mother, panelist Sharon Osbourne, on the talk show Tuesday morning where she described her time on the E! series as “the five best working years of my life.”
Giuliana Rancic's remarks may not have been the only reason for her departure, as sources claim the former reality star had been unhappy for months.
She may have left ‘Fashion Police’ because of her co-star’s now infamous remarks about Zendaya Coleman’s hair, but it turns out that this may have simply been the last straw for Kelly Osbourne. Reports indicate that she had been unhappy about the general direction of the show for some time.
An unnamed source told the New York Post’s Page Six column that, while co-host Giuliana Rancic and the E! network's failure to handle the fallout of those comments properly was a factor, 30 year old Osbourne was unhappy without her friend Joan Rivers, who passed away last September, to present the show with any more.
Kelly Osbourne quit 'Fashion Police' last week
Continue reading: Kelly Osbourne May Have Been Unhappy With 'Fashion Police' For Months
The late actress and comedienne, who passed away in September, was surprisingly left out of Sunday evening's 'In Memoriam' Oscars tribute.
On Sunday evening (Feb 22nd), the Academy Awards showcased the achievements of the biggest movie stars in the world from this past year, as well as paying respects to the A-Listers and filmmakers who have sadly died over the last twelve months during the 'In Memoriam' Oscars tribute.
Melissa has addressed her mom Joan's exclusion from the 'In Memoriam' Oscar tribue
However, the Academy was once again on the receiving end of a harsh backlash after the late comedienne and actress Joan Rivers, who has interviewed countless stars at the Oscars over the years, was surprisingly left out of the annual segment.
Continue reading: Melissa Rivers Addresses Mother Joan Rivers' 'In Memoriam' Oscar Snub
Joan Rivers was left out the Oscars' 'In Memoriam' segment
Joan Rivers, the late comedienne who interviewed countless A-listers at the Oscars over the years, was surprisingly left out of the 'In Memoriam' tribute at the 87th annual Academy Awards. Rivers was not mentioned in the annual segment, which honors those in the entertainment industry who passed away in the previous year.
Joan Rivers [L] died in September 2014 but was left out of the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars
Rivers, who also worked as a director and fashion critic, died in September after losing consciousness during an endoscopy procedure at a medical clinic in Manhattan. Earlier this month she won a posthumous Grammy award for the audio book recording of her memoir Diary of a Mad Diva.
Continue reading: Why Was Joan Rivers Left Out of 'In Memoriam' Oscars Tribute?
The queen of red carpet reporting was ignored by the Oscars during their 'In Memoriam' section on Sunday night.
It’s an annual tradition that the Academy Awards pays tribute to those actors and filmmakers that have died in the last twelve months, and it was no different on Sunday night. Except, there was one major exclusion from the ‘In Memoriam’ reel last night – comedienne and actress Joan Rivers.
A rep from the Academy stated to The Hollywood Reporter: “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com.”
The late Joan Rivers was omitted by the Oscars 'In Memoriam' section
Continue reading: Academy Awards Explain Why The Late Joan Rivers Was Snubbed
The comedy legend sadly passed away last September at the age of 81.
Melissa Rivers has revealed she will be releasing a book later this year, telling the life story of her famous mother Joan, from a daughter’s perspective. The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation hits shelves on May 5th and promises to also deliver the gift Joan was best known for giving the world, laughter.
Melissa Rivers with her late mother Joan
“(The book) will share funny, poignant, and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her," publisher Crown Archetype told People magazine in a statement.
The iconic comedienne won the best spoken word album Grammy for the audio book recording of her memoir, 'Diary Of A Mad Diva.'
Even though Joan Rivers tragically passed away last September, the iconic comedienne's legacy is definitely living on as she has been posthumously prized with the Grammy Award for best spoken world album.
Rivers won the Grammy for best spoken word album
Rivers, who died from complications from a botched surgery, was honoured with the award for the audio book recording of her memoir, 'Diary Of A Mad Diva,' which is a narration of her twelfth book - including her own thoughts and opinions on everyday life.
Continue reading: Joan Rivers Wins Posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Comedian Melissa Rivers is now contesting the circumstances of her mother's death
In a new plot twist to the Joan Rivers story, the comedienne’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, is filing a lawsuit against the clinic where her mother had an outpatient procedure, which resulted in her death a week later.
Melissa Rivers' lawsuit claims that her mother's death may have been preventable.
Rivers issued a statement via the LA Times, explaining her reasons behind the suit: "Filing this lawsuit was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, [my son] Cooper and I have been through."
Continue reading: Melissa Rivers Launches Lawsuit Against Mother's Doctors
The NYC-based clinic has until January to implement several new procedures in its daily operations in order to remain open.
Yorkville Endoscopy, the health clinic in New York City where comedienne Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest in late August, and subsequently died, is planning to fix several deficiencies with its daily operations in order to remain open.
Rivers unexpectedly died aged 81 this past September
On August 28th, Rivers was hospitalized for going into cardiac and respiratory arrest after stopping breathing during a minor throat procedure at the clinic. Nearly a week after being placed into a medically induced coma, her grieving family decided to take her off a life support machine on September 4th, she passed away shortly after, aged 81.
Continue reading: Joan Rivers NYC Clinic Planning For Crucial Improvements To Remain Open