The iconic “can we talk” comedienne Joan Rivers, 81, has been reported by The New York Times to have died on Thursday, September 4 at the Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City where she was recently reported being moved from ICU to a private room that according to her daughter Melissa Rivers was “to be more comfortable.”
Rivers had just recently appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” the first time since having falling out with Johnny Carson in the beginning of her career. Carson never spoke to her again after she agreed to have her own show on the Fox network. She was banned from the show until Jimmy Fallon allowed Rivers to return to the show in February of this year and was said to be the first person to allow her to return.
Known for her razor sharp wit and gutsy remarks, Rivers was the picture of health when she taped a special 90 minute edition of her show Fashion Police recently. The show was aired on E! that same night with no hint that she needed any kind of surgery. On Wednesday evening Rivers performed her stand-up routine the night before the surgery. Rivers also took part in the ALS ice Bucket Challenge three times recently after Sarah Jessica Park, Tara Reid and Anne Hathaway nominated her.
Rivers who was born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, became a household name after appearing on big hit shows like “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson in 1965.
It was in 1987 when Rivers show on the Fox network was cancelled and the entertainment industry turned its back on the comedienne. That same year she lost her husband Edgar Rosenberg, of 22 years, when he committed suicide.
Still determined, Rivers moved back to New York to rebuild her life and career. She won an Emmy Award for her own syndicated daytine talk show and was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990 and was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Actress” for her role in “Sally Marr . . and Her Escorts” on Broadway.
NBC News reported that Rivers was respected by film critic Roger Ebert who wrote in 2010, “She hates some people. She has political opinions. Her observations are so merciless and her timing so precise that even if you like that person, you laugh. She is a sadist of comedy, unafraid to be cruel — even too cruel.".
Rivers most recent work has been as an entertainment commentator on “Live from the Red Carpet” from 1996 to 2004 and TV entertainer with her daughter Melissa on “Fashion Police.” She was also busy promoting her most recent book “Diary of a Mad Diva.”