Alexandra Molinsky has borne June 8, 1933, known by her stage name Joan Rivers, is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host, best known for co-hosting the E! fame fashion show Fashion Police and starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best, alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.
Joan Rivers first came to vogue in 1965 as a guest on "The Tonight Show", the first of the late-night chat programs with interviews and comedy, directed by Johnny Carson, whom she assumes as her adviser. The show placed her particular comic style, thrusting fun at celebrities, but also at herself, often joking about her vast plastic surgery. When she launched a hostile program, The Late Show, he never spoke to her again. She went on to host a successful daytime notch, The Joan Rivers Show, which won her a Daytime Amy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. However, her insulting style when discussing sensitive or personal matters has sometimes been deplored as agnostic by the media. She is also the author of 12 best-selling memoir and humor books, as well as providing comic material for stage and television.
She currently amphitryon and produces her online weekly talk show on YouTube called in Bed with Joan, and resides in Malibu, California, with her daughter and grandson.
Joan Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice.. Her older sister Barbara died on June 3, 2013, aged 82 years. She was distention in Brooklyn, New York, and her family later moved to Larchmont, in West Chester County, New York. She attended Connecticut College between 1950 and 1952 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and anthropology. Before entering show business, Rivers worked at various jobs such as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center, a writer at an advertising agency and as a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. During this period, agent Tony Rivers advised her to change her name, so she chose Joan Rivers as her stage name.
During the late 1950, Rivers appeared in a short-run play, Driftwood, playing a lesbian with a crush on a character played by a then-unknown Barbra Streisand. The play ran for six weeks.Joan Rivers performed in great comedy clubs in the Greenwich Village area of New York City in the early 1960, including The Bitter End and The Gaslight Cafe,before making her first appearances as a guest on the TV program "The Tonight Show" producing from New York, hosted at the time by Jack Paar.
By 1965, Joan Rivers had a ban on Candid Camera as a cheat writer and participant; she was "the bait" to lure people into laughable situations for the show. She also made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show" with new host Johnny Carson, on February 17, 1965. During the same decade, Joan Rivers made other appearances on The Tonight Show as well as "The Ed Sullivan Show', while hosting the first of several talk shows, she wrote material for the pawn Topo Gigio. She had a brief role in The Swimmer (1968), starring Burt Lancaster. A year later, she had a short-lived syndicated daytime talk show, that Show with Joan Rivers; Johnny Carson was her first guest. In the middle of the 1960, she released at least two comedy albums," The Next to Last" Joan Rivers Album and Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis & Other Funny Stories.
In 1970, Rivers was appearing on various television comedy and variety shows, including" The Carol Burnett Show" and a semi-regular stint on Hollywood Squares. From 1972 to 1976, she narrated" The 'Adventures of Letterman', an animated part for the Electric Company. In 1973, Rivers wrote the TV movie The Girl Most Likely to..., a black comedy starring Stockyard Chaining. In 1978, Rivers wrote and directed the film Rabbit Test, starring her friend Billy Crystal. During the same decade, she was the opening act for singers Helen Reddy, Robert Goulet, Mac Davis and Sergio Franchi on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers turned out to be dotted by tragedy. When Rivers challenged Fox executives, who wanted to fire her husband Edgar Rosenberg as the shows producer, the network fired them both. On May 15, 1987, three months later, Rosenberg committed suicide in Philadelphia, Rivers blamed the tragedy on his "humiliation" by Fox.
In 2000 to Present
Rivers appeared in three episodes of the TV show Nip/Tuck during its second, third and seventh season playing herself. Joan Rivers appears regularly on televisions ,The Shopping Channel (in Canada) and QVC (in both the United States and the UK), promoting her own line of jewelry under brand name "The Joan Rivers Collection". She was also a guest speaker at the opening of the American Operating Room Nurse 2000 San Francisco Conference. Both Joan and Melissa Rivers are frequent guests on Howard Stern's radio's show, and Joan Rivers often appears as a guest on UK panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Rivers was one of only four Americans invited to the Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005. On August 16, 2007, Rivers began a two-week workshop of her new play, with the working title "The Joan Rivers Theater Project", at The Magic Theater in San Francisco. On December 3, 2007 Rivers performed in the Royal Variety Show at the Liverpool Empire theater, England, with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were also present. In January 2008, Rivers became one of 20 hijackers to take control of the Big Brother house in the UK for one day in spin-off TV show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. On June 24, 2008, Rivers appeared on NBC-TV’s show Celebrity Family Feud and competed with her daughter, Melissa against Ice-T and Coco.
Joan Rivers has been criticized on many occasions for making jokes that are either insensitive or about serious matters.
In 2013, she came under heavy criticism for making jokes about Adele's weight. Rivers continued to make jokes about her weight following her Academy Award win for Skyfall. Rivers refused to feel soory.
Also in 2013, Rivers had also come under criticism for making jokes about the Holocaust. The Anti-Defamation League called her remarks "vulgar and hideous". Despite the criticism of her joke, Rivers, who is Jewish, refused to deplore and later stated; "This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor."
In April 2014, Rivers made a joke about the victims of the Ariel Castro kidnappings. She came under criticism from the lawyers of two of the kidnapping victims. The lawyers demanded that Rivers apologize for her joke. Joan Rivers protected her comments by saying "I know what those girls went through. It was a little stupid joke."
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(Joan Rivers in medically induced coma after being rushed to hospital in cardiac arrest)
Controversial comic Joan Rivers was placed in a medically induced coma Thursday on 28.08.2014 as her daughter flew cross-country to her critically ill mother’s side, according to a report in the New York Daily News she hospitalized. “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to 'The Mount Sinai Hospital 'in New York city, where she is being attended to.
Her latest book, Diary of a Mad Diva, was released this summer.
In 2009, Rivers raised as the winner of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. A documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, premiered in theaters in 2010.
A native of New York, Joan Rivers originally entered show business with the dream of a theatrical career, but comedy became a way to pay the bills while she auditioned for acting roles.
“Somebody said, ’You can make six dollars standing up in a club,”’ she told The Associated Press in 2013, “and I said, ’Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.”
After proving herself in comedy clubs as a rarity — a woman comedian — Joan Rivers was a smash on her first booking on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965. “God, you’re funny,” Carson told her.