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Joan Rivers

Constantly struggling, Joan toured with USO shows, performed with Chicago's Second City, and worked the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village. A new generation of young comics struggled alongside her—Woody Allen, George Carlin, Dick Cavett, Richard Pryor—in the same clubs, with the same dream ("and sometimes with the same jokes"). Lenny Bruce caused her to recognize and use her own wellspring of unsparing personal humor which soon became her comedic hallmark. (Click here for her own words)

In 1965, a booking on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson finally turned Joan's show business dream into a reality. (Click here for her own words)

Four months later, Joan met and married producer Edgar Rosenberg, and on January 20, l968 their daughter Melissa was born. ("Edgar didn't understand much about the whole thing. After Melissa was born, he stood and waited for her luggage to come out.")

That year, Joan got one of the first syndicated talk shows on daytime TV, That Show With Joan Rivers. Subsequent guest hosting on Carson and appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show rapidly turned her career into comedy gold.

She had a small part in the 1969 film The Swimmer with Burt Lancaster. ("Very 'Chaplinesque'—I played a tramp.") And in1972, after the short Broadway run of Fun City, a play that she co-wrote and starred in, Joan, Edgar and Melissa moved to Hollywood, settling into a beautiful colonial home on Ambazac Way in Bel Air. ("A micro-Tara.")

Ensconced in the film capital, Joan wrote a TV-movie The Girl Most Likely To (giving Stockard Channing her first break) and then wrote and directed her first feature film Rabbit Test, casting a then relatively unknown Billy Crystal in the starring role. The film has since become a cult classic.

In 1983 Joan became the permanent guest host on The Tonight Show and her star was rising meteorically. ("I had career Viagra.") She was a top Las Vegas headliner, had sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall, a Grammy nominated comedy album, two best-selling books, her picture on the covers of Newsweek and People magazines. Then suddenly her world spun upside down. Her husband suffered a serious heart attack, her widely publicized Fox show, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers was canceled, and she became persona non grata in Hollywood. ("Translation: In-the-toilet.") In August 1987, Edgar, her husband of twenty-two years committed suicide. (Click here for her own words)

She had hit bottom, but she wouldn't stay there. Joan moved back to New York and in a few months took over the role of Kate Jerome in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound and garnered great reviews. In 1989 the Tribune Corporation launched Joan in her own new syndicated daytime talk show. She won an Emmy, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a new lease on life. (Click here for her own words)

QVC offered her the opportunity to design and sell her own line of costume jewelry, the Joan Rivers Classics Collection. Her struggle to survive became an NBC-TV movie, Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story—in which both Joan and Melissa starred. And in 1994 she wrote and starred on Broadway in Sally Marr and Her Escorts, for which she received a Best Actress Tony nomination.

Since then, Joan has written three more bestselling books: Bouncing Back:I've Survived Everything…and I Mean Everything…and You Can Too! (Click here for her own words), From Mother to Daughter: Thoughts and Advice on Life, Love & Marriage (which she wrote for Melissa on the eve of her marriage to John Endicott in 1998), and Don't Count the Candles, Just Keep the Fire Lit (Click here for her own words).

Joan Rivers is one of the hardest working women in the world. ("If you don't count the hooker on the corner.") Aside from being a comedienne, bestselling author, Tony-nominated actress, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, Emmy-Award-winning television talk-show host, jewelry designer, business woman and, most importantly, mother to Melissa, she is on the board of God's Love We Deliver, National Chairwoman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, gives lectures around the world on suicide prevention and survival--and currently hosts a nationally syndicated, talk-about-everything radio program, The Joan Rivers Show, which airs 5 nights a week from 7-9PM live from New York's WOR station. Additionally (because the concept of 24-7 seems limiting), she writes an advice column for McCall's with her daughter, "she says/she says" and recently launched her own line of skin care products called Results.

Through her consistent appearance on Best Dressed lists, her ratings-winning fashion reports on E! Entertainment television, and her unprecedented success on QVC with her personally designed, award-winning Classics Collection of jewelry, Joan Rivers has become synonymous with au currant trends, taste, elegance, and style. Her trademark mix of outspoken wit, savvy and compassion--coupled with her firm belief that every woman can look good at any age with the right know-how and attitude ("and maybe a little lift")—has established her as one of America's most trusted and admired first ladies of fashion as well as of comedy.

Joan lives in Manhattan with her three best friends , Spike, Veronica, and Lulu. She has an older beau—when he remembers. ("It kinda hurts after five years to be asked, 'When's your birthday again?'") But she wants to remind all younger visitors to this site that she still has one egg on ice. She is an inspiration, a phenomenon, and, above all, a whole lot of fun!

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