TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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

LATEST STORIES
  
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 >

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 >

- 147 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 >

- 148 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 >

- 148 days ago
Herschel Walker -- I've Got a GREAT Joan Rivers Story

Herschel Walker
I've Got a GREAT Joan Rivers Story

Joan Rivers made one hell of an impression on her former "Celebrity Apprentice" co-star Herschel Walker ... who just told us a story about Joan that's pretty awesome. First off, Walker says… READ MORE >

- 148 days ago
Joan Rivers Death -- Hollywood Reacts

Joan Rivers Death
Hollywood Reacts

Celebrities from all facets of Hollywood are coming out to pay tribute to Joan Rivers. Don Rickles -- Our dear Joan is gone. Knowing her, working with he and enjoying the fun times of… READ MORE >

- 148 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Health Dept. Launches 'Review' of Clinic

Joan Rivers
NY Health Dept. Launches 'Review' Of Rivers' Throat Clinic

The clinic where Joan Rivers suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest is now in the cross hairs of NY health officials -- TMZ has learned they're "reviewing" the case. Sources tell us the… READ MORE >

- 148 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Out of Intensive Care, But No Sign of Improvement

Joan Rivers
Out of Intensive Care ... But No Sign of Improvement

Joan Rivers has been moved out of intensive care -- but that does not necessarily mean her health has improved greatly.Melissa Rivers just released a very guarded update about her mother, saying… READ MORE >

- 149 days ago
Joan Rivers -- On Life Support ... But Family Remains Hopeful

Joan Rivers
On Life Support But Family Still Hopeful

Joan Rivers is on life support ... and sources close to the legendary comedian tell TMZ she is completely reliant on machines to stay alive. According to our sources, the family will have to… READ MORE >

- 153 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Still in Serious Condition

Joan Rivers
Still in Serious Condition

Joan Rivers remains in serious condition but is receiving the best treatment possible ... so says her daughter, Melissa Rivers.Melissa just released a statement thanking everyone for their… READ MORE >

- 154 days ago

Around The Web