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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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Melissa Rivers -- Kathy Griffin 'S*** on My Mother's Legacy'

Melissa Rivers
Kathy Griffin 'S*** on My Mother's Legacy'

Melissa Rivers believes Kathy Griffin is self-centered beyond words ... so worried about saving her own ass that she would crap all over the legacy of Joan… READ MORE >

Fashion Police -- The Show Will Go On

Fashion Police
The Show Will Go On

Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne tried to derail the "Fashion Police" train by quitting the show ... but the network is keeping it and going full steam ahead ... TMZ has learned.… READ MORE >

- 74 days ago
'Fashion Police' Staffers -- Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne Are Ruining Joan Rivers' Legacy

'Fashion Police' Staffers
Giuliana and Kelly ... Are Ruining Joan Rivers' Legacy

Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne's battle at "Fashion Police" is tearing down everything Joan Rivers built -- at least that's how show staffers feel ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the… READ MORE >

- 89 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Oscar 'In Memoriam' Snub ... Melissa Is VERY Disappointed

Joan Rivers
Oscar 'In Memoriam' Snub Melissa Is VERY Disappointed

Can we talk? Joan Rivers was noticeably snubbed Sunday night by The Academy Awards and Melissa Rivers is not a happy camper about it. Sources close to Melissa say she feels her mom deserved a… READ MORE >

- 94 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Melissa Sues Clinic Over Mom's Death

Joan Rivers
Melissa Sues Clinic Over Mom's Death

Melissa Rivers has just filed a huge lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating ... and Melissa's lawyer says the doctors acted like a bunch of groupies and not medical… READ MORE >

- 122 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Yorkville Clinic No Longer Up to Snuff for the Federal Government

Joan Rivers
Clinic No Longer Up to Snuff ... For the Feds, Anyway

Joan Rivers' throat clinic just got a huge slap on the wrist after a federal investigation -- and now a ton of patients will have to get treatment somewhere else. As we've previously reported… READ MORE >

- 136 days ago
Joan Rivers Surgeon Thinks Anesthesiologists Are a Waste of Money for Throat Procedure

Joan Rivers
Surgeon Thinks Anesthesiologists Are a Waste of Money For Throat Procedure

The surgeon who performed the throat procedure on Joan Rivers the day she went into cardiac arrest wrote an article telling his fellow doctors it's not cost-effective to have an anesthesiologist… READ MORE >

- 141 days ago
Melissa Rivers -- XMAS Wish ... I Want My Son to Laugh Again

Melissa Rivers
XMAS Wish I Want My Son to Laugh Again

This will make you cry.Melissa Rivers had a very simple Christmas wish, which encapsulates the sadness and loss she experienced this year over what seems like the preventable death of her mom,… READ MORE >

- 155 days ago
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 >

- 163 days ago
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 >

- 179 days ago

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