Joan Rivers

Actor and Director
Born Jun 8, 1933

Joan Alexandra Molinsky, publicly known as Joan Rivers, is an American television personality, comedian, and actress. She is known for her brash manner; her loud, raspy voice with a heavy New York accent; and her numerous cosmetic surgeries. Rivers's comic style relies heavily on her ability to poke fun at herself and Hollywood celebrities.… Read More

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1933 Birth Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice (née Grushman; January 6, 1906 – October 1975) and Dr. Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 – January 1985), who graduated from Long Island College of Medicine. … Read More


1950 17 Years Old She attended Connecticut College between 1950 and 1952, and graduated from Barnard College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and anthropology; she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. … Read More


1955 22 Years Old Rivers' first marriage was in 1955 to James Sanger, the son of a Bond Clothing Stores merchandise manager. … Read More


By 1965, Rivers had a stint on Candid Camera as a gag writer and participant; she was "the bait" to lure people into ridiculous situations for the show.
1972 39 Years Old From 1972 to 1976, she narrated The Adventures of Letterman, an animated segment for The Electric Company.


1973 40 Years Old In 1973, Rivers wrote the TV movie The Girl Most Likely to, a black comedy starring Stockard Channing.
1978 45 Years Old In 1978, Rivers wrote and directed the film Rabbit Test, starring her friend Billy Crystal. … Read More


…  In February 1983, she performed at Carnegie Hall and the following year, she did stand-up on the United Kingdom's TV show An Audience With Joan Rivers.
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…  She was nominated in 1984 for a Grammy Award for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?; and was nominated in 1994 for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance of the title role in Sally Marr and Her Escorts. … Read More
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The decade was controversial for Rivers. She sued female impersonator Frank Marino for $5,000,000 in 1986, after discovering he was using her real stand-up material in the impersonation of her that he included in his popular Las Vegas act. … Read More
The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers turned out to be flecked by tragedy. When Rivers challenged FOX executives, who wanted to fire her husband Edgar Rosenberg as the show's producer, the network fired them both on May 15, 1987.


In 1994, Rivers and daughter Melissa first hosted the E! … Read More
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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.
Rivers and daughter Melissa were contestants in 2009 on the second Celebrity Apprentice. … Read More
2010 77 Years Old A documentary film about Rivers, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on May 6, 2010.
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In 2011, Rivers appeared in a commercial for Go Daddy, which debuted during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLV. … Read More
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On August 7, 2012, Rivers showed up in Burbank, California to protest that the warehouse club Costco would not sell her New York Times best-selling book, I Hate Everyone... … Read More
On January 28, 2014, during a conversation between Rivers and Reza Farahan of the Shahs of Sunset, Melissa Rivers interjected to clarify that she and her mother were "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" Republicans. … Read More
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