Joan Rivers Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

4th September 2015

Tweet: "Today marks one year since my mother passed. This was the year of firsts: first holidays, first birthdays, first everythings without mom, without grandma. While it's been difficult. I've been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we've received from family, friends, and people whose lives were touched by the woman they knew as Joan - a woman we all miss so very much." Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa pays tribute to the late comedienne on the first anniversary of her death. The TV star died after a botched throat operation on 4 September, 2014.

2nd July 2015

Fact: The palatial New York City penthouse apartment late comedienne Joan Rivers called home for 25 years has sold for $28 million (£17.5 million). The funnywoman's daughter, Melissa Rivers, offloaded the luxury pad to an unnamed buyer from the Middle East less than 10 months after her mother died following a botched throat operation in September (14).

4th May 2015

Quote: "In my opinion, it was 100 per cent preventable. Yes, it was a tragic accident. If something happens, and everyone does everything properly, things happen... You live with it. When it's error after error, after error, after error, after behaviours that you can not even begin to get your head around - you get mad." Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa is convinced the iconic comedienne would still be alive if medics at New York's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic had been better prepared for an emergency after the star stopped breathing during a routine throat operation last September (14). Melissa Rivers filed suit against bosses at the medical centre in January (15).

11th February 2015

Fact: Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa is writing a tribute to her late mother, and promises to "share funny, poignant, and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales" about the funnywoman. The work is to be called The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation. Melissa commented, "In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine. I wanted to write a book that would make my mother laugh. I hope it makes you laugh, too."

9th December 2014

Fact: Tragic comedienne Joan Rivers will be honoured by her daughter Melissa during a tribute at The Hollywood Reporter's 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast on 10 December. Comedienne Sarah Silverman will introduce the tribute, which will also feature a video message from Chris Rock. Melissa's appearance at the event will mark the first time she has spoken at length publicly since her mother died following a routine procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York in September (14).

5th December 2014

Fact: Comedienne Joan Rivers has landed a posthumous nomination for the 2015 Grammy Awards. The tragic star's Diary of a Mad Diva is shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Album, making it her second-ever nod for music's big night following her 1984 win for Best Comedy Album for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?. The funnywoman died on 4 September (14) at the age of 81 due to complications during surgery.

1st December 2014

Fact: Comedienne Kathy Griffin will replace Joan Rivers on Tv style show Fashion Police. The star will join Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and celebrity stylist/ Tv personality Brad Goreski when the show returns next year (15). The weekly programme shut down following Rivers' death in September (14).

17th September 2014

Fact: Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts has signed a new book deal with publishers at Little, Brown and Company to write a Joan Rivers biography. Joan Rivers: A Life is slated for release in 2016. The comedienne died earlier this month (Sep14) after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during throat surgery in New York.

15th September 2014

Fact: Singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth paid tribute to late Tv veteran Joan Rivers by performing her song Borrowed Angels on The View on Monday (15Sep14). The tribute was accompanied by a montage of Rivers' big career moments and hosts Whoopi Goldberg and ROSIE O'DONNELL showcased a video of her many appearances on the daytime talk show. Rivers passed away earlier this month (Sep14).

9th September 2014

Quote: "Joan's funeral was terrific. Please remember that mine better be just as big. Yeah, I'm still here but, listen to me, I'm coming." Liza Minnelli on the funeral of her friend Joan Rivers. The singer/actress had to miss the memorial due to a back injury.

9th September 2014

Fact: Fashion designer Dennis Basso held a minute's silence in honour of Joan Rivers at the opening of his New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (07Sep14). The late comic was a close friend of Basso, who made her many outfits over the years and even had a faux fur blanket delivered to Rivers' hospital room when she was in a coma prior to her death on 4 September (14).

8th September 2014

Quote: "I love Joan. It's a hard thing because everyone loved her so much. But seeing all this wonderful work that she did, how she entertained people for years and years, it just really touched my heart... She was always very nice to me and even when she wasn't I still laughed, she still made me laugh." Reese Witherspoon remembers late comedienne Joan Rivers.

7th September 2014

Tweet: "RIP Joan. Once I was at the gym and Fashion Police came on Joan said the outfit I had worn to the Emmys a few days earlier looked like I had shat myself. I nearly fell off the elliptical machine with laughter. #joanriverschallenge". Scottish actor Alan Cumming recalls a fond memory of late pal Joan Rivers after attending her memorial service in New York on Sunday (07Sep14).

7th September 2014

Tweet: "Joan Rivers given a truly funny,truly loving send off by folks who loved her, funny&deeply moving,much like her. gift laughter 2some1 (to someone) 2day (sic)". Whoopi Goldberg urges fans to spread laughter after attending the funeral of late comedy legend Joan Rivers in New York on Sunday (07Sep14).

7th September 2014

Tweet: "Thinking of @MelRivers today. You will be forever missed @Joan_Rivers". Singer/actress Leann Rimes sends her best wishes to Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa ahead of the legendary funnywoman's funeral on Sunday (07Sep14).

7th September 2014

Quote: "She's an icon. It won't be he same without her - red carpets will not be the same without her." Actress Salma Hayek remembers late comedienne Joan Rivers, who famously critiqued celebrity outfits on her Tv show Fashion Police.

30th August 2014

Tweet: "4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight (sic)! I encourage U 2 do the same 4 @Joan_Rivers my grandma (sic)! #inconsolable." Kelly Osbourne is praying her Fashion Police co-star Joan Rivers makes a full recovery from her cardiac and respiratory arrest. Rivers was placed in a medically-induced coma on Thursday (28Aug14). Medics hope to bring her out of the coma this weekend (30-31Aug14).

8th May 2014

Quote: "I want her on the show, just so I can make her smile. I’m convinced she has no teeth." Comedienne and E!’s Fashion Police host Joan Rivers believes she knows why Victoria Beckham never smiles.

8th May 2014

Quote: "I'll never retire! Everyone's retiring - (David) Letterman, Barbara Walters. If I croak, who warns the world about Gwyneth Paltrow? I have so many years left; they even let me put a new face on layaway." Comedienne and Tv veteran Joan Rivers insists she'll never retire.

28th March 2014

Fact: Catty comedienne Joan Rivers returned to the couch as an interviewee on America's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (27Mar14) for the first time in 26 years. The risque funnywoman had previously been banned from appearing on the show by former host Johnny Carson, who cast her aside after she landed her own late night talk show in the 1980s. The ban was upheld by his successor Jay Leno, who stepped down as host earlier this year (14).

27th March 2014

Quote: "I think he got conscious and took a look at her and smelled the farts because she's a vegan - and that's when they uncoupled!" Comedienne Joan Rivers makes light of Chris Martin's split from Gwyneth Paltrow.

2nd March 2014

Fact: Veteran comedienne Joan Rivers stormed out of a Qvc pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles on Friday night (28Feb14) after she was pushed face-first into a cake by Muppets character Miss Piggy. The incident was all part of a publicity stunt that occurred after the catty Tv personality became embroiled in an argument with the puppet over their rival collections for home shopping channel Qvc. Video footage of the fake clash was posted online on Saturday (01Mar14).

9th August 2013

Fact: Comedienne Joy Behar celebrated her final episode as a panellist on U.S. talk show The View on Friday (09Aug13) with guest appearances from funnywoman Joan Rivers, actor Mario Cantone and veteran crooner Tony Bennett. The presenter was also treated to video tributes from Jane Lynch, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett and Debbie Reynolds as she signed off after 16 seasons on air. Model/actress Jenny McCarthy will replace Behar when the 17th season of the show begins in September (13).

29th May 2012

Fact: Joan Rivers' reality TV star daughter Melissa has ended her brief romance with porn mogul Steven Hirsch. The couple confirmed its relationship in March (12), but has since allegedly parted ways due to its busy schedules.

10th May 2012

Quote: "She's the grandmother I never had. I absolutely adore her. I'd do anything for her." Kelly Osbourne on her close friendship with veteran comedienne Joan Rivers, her co-host on TV show Fashion Police.

18th October 2011

Quote: "I sat next to him on a plane and I was in shock, I thought, 'Oh God!' But he was darling, a real gentleman. He is totally nothing of what you see. We talked about marriage and comedy and he carried my bag for me when we got off." Joan Rivers was surprised by Russell Brand's gallantry.

17th September 2011

Fact: Comedienne Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has split from her longterm boyfriend Jason Zimmerman. The reality TV star and host had been dating Zimmerman, who appears alongside the Rivers on Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best, for three years.

11th April 2011

Quote: "I always spray my costumes with vodka and water. It's an old Broadway trick - two-thirds water and one-third vodka, spray your armpits and you'll never smell again." Joan Rivers has an unusual trick to make sure she stays fragrant.

25th January 2011

Quote: "You hire someone who's outrageous and that's what you get. You bring Kirstie Alley home to eat, she's gonna lick the plates." Comedienne Joan Rivers has no problems with what Ricky Gervais said at the Golden Globes.

9th June 2010

Quote: "I'm 77 and I'm celebrating by going and getting my 77th face lift." Comedienne Joan Rivers jokes about her birthday on Tuesday (08Jun10).

19th January 2010

Quote: "Continental tried to make it up - today, they sent me a one-way ticket to Haiti." Comedienne Joan Rivers makes light of her ongoing dispute with airline officials after she was detained by airport security in Costa Rica over a passport mix up and missed a flight back to the U.S.

18th January 2010

Quote: "My real name is Rosenberg - don't tell Mel Gibson." Jewish star Joan Rivers pokes fun at Gibson, who famously made anti-Semitic remarks to a traffic cop during a 2006 drink driving arrest.

18th January 2010

Quote: "They wanted to do a cavity search, I was so excited... And the guy that did it has called me twice." Joan Rivers jokes about her recent airport detention in Costa Rica.

27th August 2009

Quote: "Streisand, they say she's desperately shy. I think when you've got $600 million, take lessons on how not to be shy. If you've got $600 million, say hello to everybody. They gave it to you." Joan Rivers insists Barbra Streisand should be more grateful for her success.

27th August 2009

Quote: "Beyond rude. And he thinks he has such a good education. A snob. You want to say, 'Darling, we've all been to good schools. Calm down.' He went to Yale - big deal. Didn't we all?" Comedienne Joan Rivers isn't a fan of Tommy Lee Jones.

26th February 2009

Quote: I thought what was interesting was that they sat in the front row even though they kind of knew they werent going to get anything. But I think that she was hoping that one of the Slumdog kids would fall off. Grab it, take it home. Wouldnt that be great? And then you say, Did you win anything? I got an Oscar, I should give the kid a name! Comedian Joan Rivers pokes fun at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ever-expanding brood.

30th January 2009

Quote: "She said to me, 'I want them to have their own ethnic heritage.' I said, 'Lock 'em in a room (and) throw in flies.'" Comedienne Joan Rivers has a little offensive parental advice for mum-of-six Angelina Jolie.

26th January 2009

Quote: "I was there... I was behind Aretha Franklin, so you didn't see me... She wore that hat so you could tell the difference between her and the Washington Monument. I mean, she likes to eat, God bless her." Comedienne Joan Rivers pokes fun at the Queen of Soul, who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday (20Jan09).

8th January 2009

Fact: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman, TLC singer TIONNE 'T-BOZ' WATKINS and comedian Tom Green will be joining the likes of former Baywatch babe Brande Roderick, country singer Clint Black, socialite Khloe Kardashian and Joan Rivers and her daughter MELISSA in the latest series of Donald Trump's CELEBRITY APPRENTICE. The eighth season of the U.S. reality show will kick off on 1 March (09).

19th June 2008

Quote: "I'm single at the moment. Actually single isn't the word for it. I've had to draw a face on my other pillow. At this age, when I wake I can't remember if it's a real man there or not." Comedienne Joan Rivers, 75, is looking for love.

19th June 2008

Quote: "My toes are still bleeding from where they were dragged across the carpet. They ruined a beautiful pair of Manolo Blahniks." Joan Rivers on being kicked off a U.K. talk show for calling Russell Crowe a "f**king s**t".

7th April 2008

Quote: "I dislike Victoria Beckham. The arrogance when she walks into a room is astonishing." Comedienne Joan Rivers is not a fan of the former SPICE GIRL.

24th December 2007

Quote: "Lindsay Lohan, what do you get her? Do you get her red wine or white wine to go with Quaaludes?" Comedienne Joan Rivers jokes that she'll be buying the once-troubled actress some sedative drugs for Christmas.

6th December 2007

Fact: American comedienne Joan Rivers stunned the audience at the U.K.'s Royal Variety Performance on Tuesday night (04Dec07), by launching into a foul-mouthed tirade in front of British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip. The outspoken star's stage appearance featured 13 swear words in just seven minutes.

11th September 2007

Fact: Comedienne Joan Rivers and daughter MELISSA will blog this Sunday's (16Sep07) Emmy Awards' most memorable moments and fashion disasters online.

27th October 2006

Fact: Joan Rivers is to front a new US TV chat show which will focus on gay and lesbian issues. The show will be called STRAIGHT TALK.

8th September 2006

Quote: "Can you imagine if your son brought you home Paris Hilton? I mean talk about used materials!" Comedienne Joan Rivers would be the hotel heiress' mother-in-law from hell.

20th June 2006

Quote: "I'd love a man to say, 'Joan, do you really want to go to Morristown (where Rivers has a show) tonight?' Cause we could stay home and watch TV and put the fire on." Comedienne Joan Rivers makes clear what she wants to hear from any man she dates.

9th June 2006

Quote: "HEATHER MILLS MCCARTNEY - oh, no pre-nup! No pre-nup! Learn! No pre-nup! He's gonna pay her like an arm and a leg - well he's already done the half." Caustic comedienne Joan Rivers pokes fun at Sir Paul McCartney's estranged wife.

16th April 2006

Quote: "I'm looking for someone, who, if he has a tattoo, it's the name of his yacht." Comedienne Joan Rivers on what she's looking for in a mate.

18th January 2006

Quote: <p>"She was dressed like trailer trash. Take your home and move it somewhere else." Bitchy US comedienne Joan Rivers didn't approve of Pamela Anderson's black and white outfit the actress/model wore to the Golden Globe Awards on Monday (16JAN06). </p>

9th December 2005

Quote: <p>"I went to a gay marriage - so exciting. They threw rice. It was just a little cooked with saffron." Comedienne Joan Rivers. </p>

9th December 2005

Quote: <p>"Nobody wants their ex to have a better time than they are having. Whether we dump him or he dumps us, he should write us a note (saying) we are the love of his life and then he should die." Comedienne Joan Rivers discusses the ideal way for a relationship to end. </p>

23rd October 2005

Quote: <p>"In my youth I slept with everybody. It's a miracle that (my daughter) MELISSA is white." Comedienne Joan Rivers is candid about her sex life. </p>

12th October 2005

Quote: <p>"She's the only woman in the world I want to look better than me, I want to be funnier than me, brighter than me, prettier than me." Joan Rivers on her daughter MELISSA. </p>

4th October 2005

Quote: <p>"She's white trash. The lower classes never intrigue me, not interested. Get educated." Comedienne Joan Rivers has no time for Britney Spears. </p>

17th September 2005

Quote: <p>"Nobody comes onto me. If my husband wasn't doing push-ups we never would have had the kid." Comedienne Joan Rivers admits she rarely gets attention from the opposite sex. </p>

9th August 2005

Quote: <p>"I would be Kirstie Alley's nutritionist." Joan Rivers on her dream job. </p>

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