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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.



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Jennifer Lawrence Feared Awkward Meeting With Melissa Rivers


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The Hunger Games star became engaged in a war of words with Joan in December, 2013 after taking aim at the late comedienne's Fashion Police series, accusing show producers of encouraging youngsters to criticise others over their appearance and insisting it should be illegal to call people fat on TV.

Joan responded to the attack on social media, accusing the 25 year old of "arrogance", and claiming Jennifer is regularly seen in airbrushed photoshoots.

Earlier this year (15), Melissa Rivers was invited to play her mother in Joy, Jennifer's new film about entrepreneur Joy Mangano, who found fame after selling her Miracle Mop invention to bosses at shopping channel QVC - on which Joan frequently appeared.

Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Feared Awkward Meeting With Melissa Rivers

Kelly Osbourne's Dog Undergoes Surgery


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Kelly Osbourne's dog had to undergo surgery after one of his glands exploded.

The 30-year-old star had to rush her poor pet, Sid, to the veterinary surgery in the middle of the night but is ''grateful'' for discovering why he has been in so much pain.

She wrote on Instagram: ''Truly grateful to my vet for taking such good care of my baby! Sid had a gland that explode in the middle of the night. He needed a minor surgery.

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Judge Rules Joan Rivers' Medics Don't Have To Admit Wrongdoings - Yet


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The funnywoman, 81, stopped breathing during a routine procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York in August, 2014, and subsequently passed away at a nearby hospital on 4 September, 2014.

A medical examiner later ruled Rivers died of brain damage due to a lack of oxygen, and her daughter Melissa launched legal action against those she held responsible for the surgery-gone-wrong.

Lawyers for Melissa Rivers wanted Yorkville Endoscopy medics to admit to the wrongdoings allegedly noted in clinic records, but Justice Joan Lobis has since blocked the move, because the admission would address "facts at the heart of the controversy".

Continue reading: Judge Rules Joan Rivers' Medics Don't Have To Admit Wrongdoings - Yet

Melissa Rivers Pays Tribute To Late Mother Joan Rivers


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Melissa Rivers has paid an emotional tribute to her mother, Joan Rivers, on the first anniversary of her death today (04.09.15).

The newly appointed 'Fashion Police' co-host remembered her mother in a post on the late comedienne's Twitter profile, in which she admitted it has been a ''difficult'' year ''of firsts'' since the 81-year-old star died due to complications after undergoing routine throat surgery in New York City.

The 47-year-old producer, who has 14-year-old son Cooper with ex-husband John Endicott, wrote: ''Today marks one year since my mother passed. This was the year of firsts: first holidays, first birthdays, first everythings without mom, without grandma.

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Joan Rivers To Be Remembered At Memorial Dinner


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The 81-year-old funnywoman died on 4 September, 2014 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure, and her pals are now set to mark the first anniversary of her passing with a special get-together.

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Joan Rivers' Daughter To Host Special TV Tribute


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Melissa Rivers will pay tribute to her late mother, Joan Rivers, on a TV special later today (03.09.15).

The new 'Fashion Police' co-host, who was devastated when the comedienne died last September due to complications after undergoing routine throat surgery, will present a one-off show, 'Celebrating Joan,' on E! ahead of the first anniversary of her death on Friday (04.09.15).

The show will feature clips of the 81-year-old star's best bits from her time on the tongue-in-cheek fashion series, including bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Joan Rivers' Ashes Scattered In Wyoming


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The funnywoman died on 4 September, 2014 after a botched throat operation in New York City, and as the first anniversary of her passing looms, Melissa Rivers reveals she and her 14-year-old son, Cooper, recently found a special way to honour the funnywoman during their annual summer (15) holiday.

She tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "Coop and I took our annual family vacation to Wyoming. (The) first without my mum, and scattered some of her ashes there so we can still be together every August as a family."

And Melissa admits she and her boy will be keeping things low-key as the world mourns the loss of her mum on Friday (04Sep15).

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Melissa Rivers Has Scattered Joan Rivers' Ashes


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Melissa Rivers scattered Joan Rivers' ashes while on holiday in Wyoming.

The 'Fashion Police' producer and panellist always vacationed there with her late mother - who died during routine throat surgery aged 81 last September - so on her most recent trip with son Cooper, 14, they decided to leave a part of her behind so they can ''still be together'' as a family every year.

She shared: ''Coop and I took our annual family vacation to Wyoming. [The] first without my mom and scattered some of her ashes there so we can still be together every August as a family.''

Continue reading: Melissa Rivers Has Scattered Joan Rivers' Ashes

Fashion Police Honours Joan Rivers With New Segment


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The 'Fashion Police' reboot honoured the late Joan Rivers with a new ''What Would Joan Say?'' segment.

The E! show returned on Monday (31.08.15) for a special MTV Video Music Awards episode with Melissa Rivers joining Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski on the panel.

During the show, Melissa - who lost her mother last September at the age of 81 - shared how she is always asking ''what would my mom say about this?'' when thinking about the show Joan made a success before introducing the new part of the series.

Continue reading: Fashion Police Honours Joan Rivers With New Segment

Kelly Osbourne Will Never Return To Fashion Police


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Kelly Osbourne will never return to 'Fashion Police'.

The 30-year-old presenter - who quit the sartorial show following ''offensive'' comments made by former co-host Giuliana Rancic - previously suggested she would consider coming back in the future, but now insists her time on the show is done and she had already decided to leave before the row.

She said: ''There's no 'maybe' or 'wait and see'. Regardless of what happened or not, this was my last year.''

Continue reading: Kelly Osbourne Will Never Return To Fashion Police

Joan Rivers Memorial Service At Emanu-El Temple

Andy Cohen - Celebrities at Joan Rivers' memorial service at Emanu-El Temple on the Upper East Side in New York City - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 7th September 2014

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Andy Cohen - Guests attend the Joan Rivers Memorial Service - Manhattan, New York, United States - Sunday 7th September 2014

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Melania Trump - Joan Rivers Memorial Service at Emanu-El Temple in the Upper East side in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 7th September 2014

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Joan Rivers and Andy Cohen
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Celebrities Visit Joan Rivers' Hollywood Star

Anna Easteden - A host of celebrities visit the late Joan Rivers' Hollywood Walk of Fame star to pay their respects to the comedienne who recently passed at the age of 81 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th September 2014

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Joan Rivers and Anna Easteden
Joan Rivers and Anna Easteden

Joan Rivers Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Joan Rivers - Joan Rivers star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 4th September 2014

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Joan Rivers

Date of birth

8th June, 1933

Date of death

4th September, 2014

Occupation

TV Presenter

Sex

Female

Height

1.58






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