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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 -- Big Star-Studded Memorial Sendoff

Joan Rivers
Big Star-Studded Memorial Sendoff

Joan Rivers is being remembered right now in a celeb-studded memorial ... with the likes of Howard Stern, Donald Trump, Whoopi and Sarah Jessica Parker front and center. The service is being… READ MORE >

Joan Rivers -- Melissa's Tearful Farewell as Body Transported

Joan Rivers
Melissa's Tearful Farewell As Body Transported

It was an incredibly emotional scene this morning as Joan Rivers' body was transported to a crematorium -- and her daughter and grandson said goodbye.Melissa Rivers watched as 6 pallbearers… READ MORE >

- 105 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Clinic Room Was Stocked for Worst Case Scenario

Joan Rivers
Clinic Room Was Stocked For Worst Case Scenario

The room at Yorkville Endoscopy where Joan Rivers went into respiratory and cardiac arrest ... was well equipped to handle life or death emergencies, just like any first rate hospital… READ MORE >

- 105 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Panicked About Heart Condition (VIDEO)

Joan Rivers
Panicked About Heart Condition (VIDEO)

Joan Rivers suffered from heart arrhythmia and worried that her heart might stop beating on stage or during surgery. Joan spoke about the condition -- which causes sudden irregularities in the… READ MORE >

- 105 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Autopsy Complete ... No Clear Cause of Death

Joan Rivers
Autopsy Complete ... No Clear Cause of Death Found

Joan Rivers' autopsy has been done, but the Medical Examiner will need more information to determine exactly how she died ... TMZ has learned.The Medical Examiner's Office tells us they've… READ MORE >

- 106 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Dream Funeral Singer Too Sick to Perform

Joan Rivers
Dream Funeral Singer Too Sick to Sing

Joan Rivers won't be getting the perfect funeral she wrote about ... because the famous singer she wanted to perform is too sick to make her wish come true. In her 2012 book, Joan described… READ MORE >

- 106 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Endoscopy Clinic Targeted with Death Threats

Joan Rivers
Endoscopy Clinic Targeted With Death Threats

The clinic where Joan Rivers was undergoing a throat procedure last week is under fire, because fans are blaming the staff for her death ... and are making it clear they're out for blood.… READ MORE >

- 106 days ago
Sarah Silverman -- Joan Rivers 'Wasn't Done' Making People Laugh

Sarah Silverman
Joan Rivers 'Wasn't Done' Being Funny

Sarah Silverman took the passing of Joan Rivers very hard ... commiserating with Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night and cracking a few fashion jokes at Jimmy's expense ... like Joan would… READ MORE >

- 106 days ago
Joan Rivers Dead -- Legendary Comedienne Dies at 81

Joan Rivers
Legendary Comedienne Dies at 81

Joan Rivers -- who made the world laugh for over 50 years with her jokes, put-downs and one-liners -- has died in NYC ... a week after her heart suddenly stopped beating during vocal cord surgery.… READ MORE >

- 107 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Write This on My Tombstone ...

Joan Rivers
Write This on My Tombstone ...

Joan Rivers spoke prophetically about what she wanted on her tombstone one month ago -- and the words she chose were classic Joan.She was at LAX back in August when a photographer -- with whom… READ MORE >

- 107 days ago

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