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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 84 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 >

- 88 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 >

- 89 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Stops Breathing During Surgery

Joan Rivers
Stops Breathing During Surgery

5:00 AM PT (8/29) -- Melissa Rivers released a statement saying Joan is now "resting comfortably."8:49 AM PT -- The NYPD tells us ... Joan is currently in critical condition. We're… READ MORE >

- 90 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Palestinian Civilians 'Deserve to Be Dead' ... They Started It

Joan Rivers
Palestinian Civilians 'Deserve to Be Dead' ... They Started It!

12:45 PM PT -- Joan says in a statement ... she was "totally taken out of context. What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political… READ MORE >

- 111 days ago
Joan Rivers -- GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant

Joan Rivers
GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant

Joan Rivers jettisoned comedy for politics ... unleashing an impassioned defense of Israel that included an awesome New York/New Jersey analogy. Rivers was at LAX Thursday afternoon when… READ MORE >

- 124 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Screw You, Protesters ... My Furs are Older than Me!

Joan Rivers
Screw You, Protesters My Furs Are Older than Me

Joan Rivers lashed out at animal rights protesters at her book signing Tuesday ... insisting she's exposing the dead animals on her back to culture.Joan was at Barnes and Noble in Times Square… READ MORE >

- 147 days ago
Joan Rivers -- Kristen Stewart Threatened to Sue Me Over Slutty Comments

Joan Rivers
K-Stew Threatened to Sue Me Over Slutty Comments

Kristen Stewart threatened to sue Joan Rivers for saying her way to stardom was the casting couch.Joan writes in her new book -- "Diary of a Mad Diva" --- "Many stars only do one thing… READ MORE >

- 156 days ago
Joan Rivers -- The 2 Chicks Held Hostage In Ohio Should Lighten Up

Joan Rivers
The 2 Chicks Held Hostage in Ohio Should Lighten Up

Joan Rivers is scoffing at the 2 women who were held hostage in a Cleveland, Ohio basement  ... telling TMZ they shouldn't complain -- "They got to live rent free for more than a decade."The… READ MORE >

- 217 days ago

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