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.
Kelly Osbourne isn’t the biggest fan of her former ‘Fashion Police’ co-host…
Kelly Osbourne is no longer presenting E!’s Fashion Police but there’s still plenty of drama between Osbourne and her former co-presenters. In a recent interview, Osbourne openly admitted she dislikes her former co-presenter, Giuliana Rancic. Osbourne also revealed she would not return to the series if “certain people” were still on the show.
Kelly Osbourne at the 4th Annual Solstice presented by amfAR's generationCURE in New York in June.
The red carpet fashion presenter is stepping down from her daily role as E! News anchor after being in the job since 2005.
It’s the end of an era for E! News, as Guiliana Rancic has announced that she’s quitting her role as a day-to-day anchor in a month’s time.
The 40 year old Italian-American presenter will be stepping down on August 10th, after just over ten years in the job. However, she will remain a significant presence on the network, as she says her roles on ‘Fashion Police’ and ‘Live from the Red Carpet’ will be continuing as normal.
Giuliana Rancic is stepping down from her role on E! News after a decade
Continue reading: Giuliana Rancic Departing E! News - Remaining On 'Fashion Police'
Melissa Rivers will join Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski as co-hosts on E!’s ‘Fashion Police’.
Fashion Police will be returning to E! in August and Melissa Rivers will be stepping into her late mother’s shoes as one of the show’s hosts. E! announced the news on Wednesday (17th June). Rivers will join Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski as co-host. 47-year-old Rivers will also continue serving as executive producer on the show, a role she has held since 2010.
Melissa Rivers is the new host of Fashion Police.
Continue reading: It’s Official: Melissa Rivers Named As Co-Host Of E!’s ‘Fashion Police’
Kathy Griffin is bringing her unique comedy styling to 80 cities across the US with her upcoming #LIKEABOSS tour.
Kathy Griffin has announced her upcoming comedy tour. The 54-year-old’s #LIKEABOSS tour will reportedly centre on her reaction to recent revelations from the world of popular culture. Those who are at risk of being lampooned by Griffin’s unique brand of humour are, as the comedian announced on her website, Caitlyn Jenner, Barbra Streisand and the Duggar family.
Kathy Griffin's #LIKEABOSS tour will take the comedian to 80 cities.
Continue reading: Kathy Griffin Headed For 80 Cities With #LIKEABOSS Tour
The New York Daily News reports that Melissa is to take the place of her late mother Joan on the controversial fashion show.
According to the New York Daily News, an unnamed source revealed that executives at E!, which broadcasts the popular fashion show, has internally named Melissa as the panel’s moderator when it resumes taping on August 31st this year. She has apparently signed up for six shows.
Melissa Rivers may be signing up for 'Fashion Police'
Melissa Rivers, in a recent interview, criticised the statement Kathy Griffin released after leaving E!'s 'Fashion Police'.
Melissa Rivers has a bone to pick with Kathy Griffin. In a recent interview, held in front of a large crowd at a New York community arts centre, the 47-year-old daughter of the late Joan Rivers claimed that Griffin wasn't a good fit for E!'s Fashion Police. She further suggested Griffin had unintentionally criticised Joan, harming her legacy, by writing a lengthy statement upon her departure from E!'s Fashion Police.
Melissa Rivers criticised Kathy Griffin in a recent interview.
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'
Joan Rivers Saturday 31st March 2012 Joan Rivers performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles
Date of birth
8th June, 1933
Date of death
4th September, 2014