I remember growing up and seeing Joan Rivers on TV. My mom, an import from the very blue collar northern parts of England, always considered herself quite proper, in spite of her humble beginnings. She had "Victorian values" and was often willing to describe herself as a "prude." I cannot tell you how many times I would be sitting in the living room and my mom would be watching -- in shock -- Joan Rivers being interviewed on one of the many popular talk shows at the time. It did not matter what program it was: The Mike Douglas Show, Merv Griffin, the list goes on; if Joan was on, my mom would be watching. She always displayed disgust, even as she tried to hold her laughter, during Rivers' "potty mouth" act.
Joan Rivers' funeral, while away from Hollywood, was an honorable "showbiz affair" and included a final standing ovation for the comedy legend. The comedienne, TV star and host of E!'s Fashion Police, who died last week at age 81, was mourned on Sunday by family and friends, including at least 40 celebrities, at a memorial at Temple Emanu-El, a Reform Jewish synagogue in New York City. The tearful, emotional and often humorous service was conducted by Rabbi Joshua Davidson and included performances of Broadway show tunes by Tony winner Hugh Jackman, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and the New York City Police Department Emerald Society bagpipers and drummers, E! News has learned. Joan had performed in Broadway plays in years past.
Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers died Thursday at 81. Mediaite takes a look at her most memorable moments.
Acerbic comedian Joan Rivers died in New York on Thursday, a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure, her daughter said in a statement. She was 81. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m., surrounded by family and close friends," Melissa Rivers said. The comedian, who was known for her no-holds-barred brand of humor, had a lengthy career and most recently was host of cable television channel E!'s "Fashion Police," commenting on the unfortunate red carpet choices of Hollywood celebrities.
Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of "Can We Talk?" gossip, has died, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday. She was 81. Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers' 13-year-old grandson, Cooper, who live in Malibu, California, rushed to her bedside. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said in a statement. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
The world just got a little less funny. Joan Rivers has died at 81. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother." Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, who is Joan Rivers' grandson, "have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh.
Joan Rivers remains on life support five days after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said Tuesday. Melissa Rivers has shared few details with the public about her mother's condition since she was rushed to Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday. "On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received," she said in her latest statement. "At this time she does remain on life support. I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers."
Joan Rivers has been unconscious since her arrival three days ago at a New York City hospital, but her daughter expressed hope today that the 81-year-old comedian will recover from her illness. "Thank you for your continued love and support," Melissa Rivers said in a statement today. "We are keeping our fingers crossed." Her mother arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, sources said.
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 decide in the next couple of days whether to keep the 81-year-old on life support. We're told the family remains hopeful that if they do decide to turn off the machines, she will make a turn for the better and fight through it.
Comedian Joan Rivers was in serious condition on Friday at a New York hospital a day after she was admitted suffering cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said. "Her condition remains serious, but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement released by Mt. Sinai Hospital where Rivers was rushed on Thursday.
The comedian, writer and television personality remains in a New York City hospital Friday, a day after she went into cardiac arrest while undergoing a throat procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement that the 81-year-old is "resting comfortably" and is with her family. She also offered thanks for the outpouring of "love and support" and asked for continued thoughts and prayers.
Even though she is 81 years old, Joan Rivers may not have needed much more presurgical testing than a younger person before the procedure that caused her to go into cardiac arrest Thursday. When doctors do preoperative testing to medically clear a patient before treatment, they're primarily checking the patient's heart, according to Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, a hospitalist in the department of medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.
Comedian Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic Thursday. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement on Friday. "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world," she said. "Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery."
Distraught daughter Melissa Rivers was an emotional wreck Friday while awaiting a medical update on her comatose mother's condition, a source told the Daily News.
Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing, a source confirmed to CNN.
Rivers was having surgery on her vocal chords when she reportedly stopped breathing.
Joan Rivers is being taken to task for comments she has made about Gaza. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is asking NBC to discipline Rivers, highlighting a quote the comedian gave TMZ about Palestine's conflict with Israel: "They started it.
Comedienne Joan Rivers says she will "stand behind" what she told a paparazzo about not feeling sadness for civilians killed in Gaza.