Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona—where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.

Rivers came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show. Hosted by her mentor, Johnny Carson, the show established Rivers' comedic style. In 1986, with her own rival program, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Rivers became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show. She subsequently hosted The Joan Rivers Show (1989–1993), winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In her later years, Rivers was particularly known for conducting comedic interviews with celebrities as they walked the red carpet at awards shows. From 2010 to 2014 Rivers co-hosted the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police. Rivers starred in reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, from 2011 to 2014, with daughter Melissa Rivers. She was the subject of the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010).


Rivers was a special guest ring announcer at WrestleMania 2. She is a legendary comedienne who is well known for her stints as a guest host on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, headlining Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall, and reporting from the Red Carpet of big events on the fashion of the stars.

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