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Joan Rivers

Joan Alexandra Molinsky (born June 8, 1933), better known by her stage name Joan Rivers, is an American television personality, comedian, writer, film director, 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' comic style relies heavily on her ability to poke fun at herself and other Hollywood celebrities. Joan Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice (née Grushman; January 6, 1906 – October 1975) and Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 – January 1985). She was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and her family later moved to Larchmont, in Westchester County, New York. 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. Before entering show business, Rivers worked at various jobs such as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center, a writer/proofreader at an advertising agency and as a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. During this period, the agent Tony Rivers advised her to change her name, so she chose

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Joan Rivers -- Clinic Overhauls Procedures to Avoid Repeat Tragedies

Joan Rivers
Clinic Overhauls Procedures To Avoid Repeat Tragedies

The clinic where Joan Rivers' throat procedure turned deadly ... just filed a plan to make a slew of major changes to avoid getting shut down by the feds.According to docs obtained by TMZ ...… READ MORE >

Joan Rivers -- Doctors Reportedly Kept Operating As Vital Signs Plummeted

Joan Rivers
Doctors Reportedly Kept Operating As Vital Signs Plummeted

Doctors performing Joan Rivers' fatal procedure were rooting around in her throat with a surgical instrument even as her vital signs deteriorated ... this according to a new report.And the doctors… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
Kathy Griffin to Replace Joan Rivers on Fashion Police

Kathy Griffin
Replaces Joan Rivers On 'Fashion Police'

Kathy Griffin will be Joan Rivers' replacement on "Fashion Police" ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected with the show tell TMZ it's a done deal. Kathy will join Melissa Rivers, Kelly… READ MORE >

- 33 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Critical Drug Missing During Fatal Procedure

Joan Rivers
Critical Drug Missing During Fatal Procedure

Joan Rivers would be alive today if the clinic where she stopped breathing had a proper crash cart ... sources connected with her family's legal team tell TMZ.TMZ broke the story ... there were a… READ MORE >

- 40 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Screw Up Over Propofol During Fatal Surgery

Joan Rivers
Screw Up Over Propofol During Fatal Surgery

Doctors who performed the procedure that led to Joan Rivers' death screwed up by not following the proper procedure before sedating her with Propofol ... according to a federal report.The Dept. of… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
Melissa Rivers ... Lawyered Up and Ready to Sue Over Joan's Death

Melissa Rivers
Lawyered Up and Ready to Sue Over Joan's Death

Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has retained a law firm that will file a major lawsuit over her mom's death ... TMZ has confirmed.We're told the firm -- Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom… READ MORE >

- 54 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Melissa Rivers Has 'No Choice' But to Sue

Joan Rivers
Melissa Has 'No Choice' But to Sue

Melissa Rivers will sue the medical center where Joan died and the doctors as well because it's the only way she can find out what really happened to her mom.Sources connected to the Rivers family… READ MORE >

- 59 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Cause of Death May Remain Mystery ... Because NO AUTOPSY

Joan Rivers
Cause of Death May Remain Mystery Because NO AUTOPSY

We may never know exactly what killed Joan Rivers ... because a decision was made NOT to do an autopsy ... TMZ has learned.Sources connected to the NYC Medical Examiner tell us ... Melissa Rivers… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Conrad Murray -- Joan Rivers Death Doesn't Dirty Propofol

Conrad Murray
Joan's Death Doesn't Dirty Propofol

Conrad Murray is weighing in on Joan Rivers' death ... because, after all, he IS an expert on Propofol.Murray was nursing a frothy drink in Barbados when a photog screwed up the question ... she… READ MORE >

- 64 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Sources Say Someone Screwed Up

Joan Rivers
Sources Say Someone Screwed Up

Someone did something wrong in the medical procedure that led to Joan Rivers' death ... this according to one source involved in the investigation. The Medical Examiner has said the death was the… READ MORE >

- 65 days ago

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