Joan Rivers Celebrity News and Trivia

ABOUT:  Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky.

She is a writer and actress, known for The Joan Rivers Show (1968), Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) and The Joan Rivers Show (1989).

Joan Rivers News:

Threatens Lawsuit if Michael Lohan Doesn’t Shut Up

Celebrity Apprentice, Season 13 Finale

Joan Rivers Trivia:

  • Mother of Melissa Rivers.
  • Joan Rivers graduated from Barnard College.
  • Educated at Connecticut College for Women.
  • Educated at Barnard College in New York City; studied English and anthropology; B.A. (1954).
  • After graduating from college and before getting into show business, she was briefly a shoe buyer for Lord & Taylor, a department store in New York City.
  • Collects Faberge eggs.
  • Said the most difficult celebrity she ever interviewed was Tommy Lee Jones, whom she thought was rude.
  • Is the national spokesperson for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Hosted daily talk show on WOR-AM radio in New York City from 1997 until 2002, syndicated to about 50 stations.
  • About 1982, she was appointed the first permanent guest hostess on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). She infuriated Johnny Carson when she left to host her own show, The Late Show (1986) on rival Fox network. Johnny Carson never spoke to her again.
  • She won an Daytime Emmy in 1990 for best talk show host and was nominated for a Tony Award for the play “Donna Marr and her escorts” in 1994. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985.
  • Was one of the final guests to appear on The Wayne Brady Show (2002).
  • Attended Adelphi Academy before going to college.
  • Was nominated for Broadway’s 1994 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for portraying the title character, Sally Marr, in “Sally Marr…and Her Escorts.”
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Started performing as a stand-up comedienne using the stage name Pepper January.
  • She is a Phi Beta Kappa key holder from Barnard College, where she studied anthropology.
  • She had her first cosmetic surgery procedure (an eye-lift) in 1965 at age 32.
  • She had her nose thinned in 1983.
  • The majority of her plastic surgery was performed by Santa Monica surgeon Steven Hoefflin (who also performed plastic surgery on Michael Jackson’s nose). She also receives Botox and collagen injections every four months from New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler.
  • Joan Rivers was ian advocate of plastic surgery for older women saying that if a woman can afford it, it is worth it for her self-esteem
  • Early in her career she performed as half of the comedy team of “Joanie and Bill”. “Bill” was former actor William Perry (1936-2006) who was the nephew of actress Toby Wing.
  • An accomplished author, she has written several candid autobiographies, including “Enter Talking” and “Still Talking”. Author of self-help books, including “Bouncing Back: I’ve Survived Everything … and I Mean Everything … and You Can Too!” and “Don’t Count the Candles: Just Keep the Fire Lit!”. Author of several comedy books, including “Having a Baby Can Be a Scream” and “The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abromowitz”.
  • Her father was a doctor.
  • Her parents, Beatrice (Grushman) and Meyer Molinsky, were Russian Jewish immigrants.
  • Early in her career, she was a writer for Candid Camera (1953).
  • Grandmother of Edgar Cooper Endicott.
  • Her publicist is Judy Katz.
  • Was a Republican.
  • Joan Rivers was a longtime friend of the late Mike Wallace.
  • Maintains a residence in Litchfield County, Connecticut adjacent to the former Bill Blass estate. [May 2007]
  • Performing stand-up, prior to hopeful Broadway run, at club Fez in Manhattan. [June 2002]
  • Currently in the UK with her new show, The Joan Rivers Position (2004). [October 2004]
  • On June 30, 2004, Joan Rivers announced that she and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, were leaving E! Entertainment to fashion-bash red-carpet-wise over at the TV Guide Channel. They had been with E! since 1996. [June 2004]

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