Comedienne Joan Rivers started life as Joan Melinsky; a doctor's daughter from Larchmount; N.Y.; who wasn't just a bit fat - she was fat fat fat. And it was the memory of a cruel putdown from a blind date at college that spurred her to a career in comedy
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- '10th Anniversary Party' -- Pictured: (l-r) Producer Edgar Rosenberg and wife comedian Joan Rivers during the 'Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' 10th Anniversary party on September 30, 1972. Joan was a frequent guest host filling in for Johnny.
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TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 09/28/1981 -- (l-r) Fitness expert Richard Simmons, guest host Joan Rivers. Joan was one of Johnny's favorite guest hosts until she started a rival talk show in the 1980s infuriating Carson.