"I don't excercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor."

Happy birthday Joan Rivers!

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Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She is known for her self-deprecating humor.

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Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York to Beatrice and Meyer C. Molinsky. Her parents were Russian immigrants. She had comedic talent as a child and would entertain her father's colleagues. Before getting into show business, she worked as a writer/proofreader at an advertising agency and as a buyer at a department store. When she decided to get into show business, she changed her surname to that of her agent, Tony Rivers.

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In the late 1950s, River appeared in a short-run play called Driftwood, in which she played a lesbian opposite Barbara Streisand, who was unknown at the time. She appeared in comedy clubs around New York before appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show, hosted by Jack Paar. Soon she was working on Candid Camera, and eventually appearing on many of televisions most popular programs including The Carol Burnett Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Hollywood Squares.

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with Ed Sullivan

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Joan on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

During the late 1970s, RIvers opened for various acts on the Strip in Las Vegas including singers Helen Reddy and Sergio Franchi.

 

'Joan Rivers' opening monologue for 'The Tonight Show', 1984

Johnny Carson was a mentor to Rivers, and she has spoken of her time on The Tonight Show as having felt like Carson's daughter.

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Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson on 'The Tonight Show'

Her first syndicated talk show was called That Show With Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers hosts 'SNL', April 9, 1983

The 1980s saw Rivers host Saturday Night Live as well as the premiere and early demise of her show, The Late Show with Joan Rivers. After Rivers challenged Fox executives about the firing of her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, who was the show's producer, they ended up firing them both. Three months later, Rosenberg committed suicide.

Eventually, Rivers did get her own successful show, a daytime talk show called The Joan Rivers Show. The show ran for five years and won Rivers an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

During the 2000s, Rivers has appeared on many television shows, often playing herself. She has also written several books.

Rivers has appeared in dozens of films, including The Swimmer (1968), Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (1988), and Shrek 2 (2004).

She currently appears in an online television show called In Bed with Joan.

 

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  • Birthday Date: Sunday, 08 June 2014
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