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Joan Rivers's Biography

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Joan Rivers was born Joan Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York on 8 June 1933. Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants to USA.

Joan Rivers's first husband was Jimmy Sanger, the son of a department store manager. However, they broke up six months later.

In the 1960s Joan Rivers joined the New York comedy circuit and her big break came in the mid-1960s when she was invited on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Joan Rivers went on to host That Show with Joan Rivers and became the first sole guest host of The Tonight Show. She also hosted The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers and then The Joan Rivers Show.

In 1987, Joan Rivers's husband Edgar Rosenberg killed himself very shortly after she had left him. Initially it led to a rift between Joan and her daughter Melissa, but the rift healed. Joan and Melissa went on co-host numerous red-carpet events on E! and the TV Guide Channel.

In 2009 both Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers became players in Celebrity Apprentice. Joan Rivers ended up winning Celebrity Apprentice.

Other strings to Joan Rivers's bow include being a playwright. Her play Sally Marr ... and Her Escorts, about Lenny Bruce's mother, gained her a Tony Award nomination.

She also established the successful Joan Rivers Classics Collection of fashion jewellery on QVC.

In 2010, the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work was broadcast, in which the film-makers followed Joan Rivers for 14 months.

June Rivers died on 4 September 2014.


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