Portrait of a Young Joan Rivers
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
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Joan & Ed Sullivan
Show biz TV impresario Ed Sullivan puts his arm around rising comedienne Joan Rivers as they chat on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' New York, New York, September 11, 1966.
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KIng and Queen of the Insults
On the KRAFT MUSIC HALL 08/21/1968) Don Rickles with Host with the most Joan Rivers
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JOAN & BELOVED HUBBY EDGAR
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.
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Live from New York – it’s Joan Rivers!
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 1983 Rivers during a stand-up performance on April 9, 1983
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Joan Rivers poses for a glam portrait in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. The photographer was former silent screen star turned glam photog Harry Langdon.
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Joan gets her star
Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers as Joan is Honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame - July 26, 1989 at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California,.
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JOANIE GETS HER EMMY
Daytime Emmys winner
JOAN & MELISSA STEP OUT
Joan and her daughter make like hipsters at The Emmy Awards.
Someone call the FASHION POLICE!
Joan & Melissa at the Academy Awards. They worked as mother-daughter team hitting the Red carpet in an fashion do's and don'ts two-fer.
The Defiant One
Joan lived her life as she did her shtick - defiant and flouting society's conventions with her unbridled, savage wit. One that we shall not see the likes of again.
Au revoir, funny girl.