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Comedy legend Joan Rivers hospitalized

Comedy legend Joan Rivers was hospitalized today after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine procedure.

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The comedian was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City as a result of a complication that arose during an endoscopy that was being performed to address issues with her vocal cords.

Joan Rivers, who had been in good health, is known as one of the most hard working professionals in the entertainment industry. Holding no thoughts of retirement, the eighty-one year old veteran commutes every week between New York where she lives and Los Angeles where her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper reside.

Hosting Fashion Police on E!, the reality show Joan and Melissa on WE TV, the web chat show In Bed with Joan, the Joan Rivers Designer Fashion Jewelry line, and stand up comedy nights are some of the commitments that form part of her demanding schedule. Just this past Tuesday, Joan Rivers hosted a special 90-minute Fashion Police issue covering the Emmy Awards and VMAs.

Joan Rivers' extensive career credits include appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Ed Sullivan Show, Candid Camera, Hollywood Squares, Saturday Night Live, writing material for the lovely Italian puppet Topo Gigio, her own syndicated daytime talk show, That Show with Joan Rivers, as well as The Joan Rivers Show which ran for five years and won her an Daytime Emmy Award in 1990 for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Her film career, which started in 1965, counts over 20 films including The Swimmer in 1968 with Burt Lancaster and, most recently, a cameo in Iron Man 3. In 1997, she released the best-selling comedy album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? The album reached No. 22 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

1994 brought even more accolades for the queen of laughter. Together with daughter Melissa, Joan Rivers was the first to host a pre award show for the Golden Globes. The following year, they started hosting the now yearly Oscars red carpet on E! which currently extends to cover all red carpet events. It was Joan Rivers who coined the phrase 'Who are you wearing?' during the first of these red carpet events, when no one had ever heard it before.

This same year, Joan Rivers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress in a Play and a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for playing Sally Marr in the comedy of the same name, which she co-wrote.

As an author, Joan Rivers has published several books including, most recently in 2013, I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me.

Although in critical condition, Joan Rivers is reported to currently be stable. Her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper rushed to her side at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The family has expressed their thanks for the outpouring of love not only by New Yorkers parked outside the hospital, but by fans, colleagues and entertainment professionals everywhere.