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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 -- No Kibble, Just Caviar ... Dog Bowl Fetches $14k!! (PHOTOS)

Joan Rivers
No Kibble, Just Caviar ... Dog Bowl Fetches $14,000!!

Joan Rivers turned someone's dog into a major baller ... 'cause Fido's gonna be drinking or eating out of a sterling silver dog bowl that mommy and daddy dropped $14k to get!  The Tiffany and… READ MORE >

Joan Rivers -- Penthouse Treasures for Sale (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Joan Rivers
Penthouse Treasures for Sale

Joan Rivers' lavish lifestyle -- or the symbols of it -- are about to be auctioned off, and while Joan was hysterical ... the going rate on her stuff is no joke.  Christie's in New York will… READ MORE >

- 43 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Malpractice Suit Settled for Millions

Joan Rivers
Malpractice Suit Settled for Millions

The Joan Rivers malpractice lawsuit has settled for millions of dollars ... TMZ has learned. Melissa Rivers sued the clinic where Joan Rivers slipped into unconsciousness and never recovered.… READ MORE >

- 50 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Her Death ... One Year Later

Joan Rivers
Her Death ... One Year Later

Joan Rivers died a year ago today, and a lot has happened: 1. Melissa Rivers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, the clinic where Rivers went into cardiac arrest… READ MORE >

- 302 days ago
Joan River's Celebrity Doctor -- I Didn't Know They Were Taking Selfies

Joan Rivers' Celeb Dr.
I Didn't Know They Were Taking Selfies

The doctor who went down Joan Rivers' throat as the comedian slipped away says she had no idea another doctor was taking selfies during the procedure. Dr. Gwen Korovin has filed legal docs… READ MORE >

- 364 days ago
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 Rivers. Rivers was at the… READ MORE >

- 415 days ago
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 >

- 474 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 >

- 489 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 >

- 495 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 >

- 522 days ago

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