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Can We Talk?" The Late Queen Of Comedy Joan Rivers is Dead At Age 81

Joan Rivers is Dead At Age 81


After her stand-up during a roast on Comedy Central, comic Whitney Cummings once shared a particularly special moment between herself and hilarious legend Joan Rivers, who after Whitney's spot gave her stamp of approval on her stand-up routine."Those are the kinds of peer approvals as a comic that keep you going for a really long time. After that,"I truly freakng ...will always love that woman."

Joan Rivers is Dead At Age 81
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And hence thats how Joan Rivers, a native of New York, who originally entered show business with a dream of being a comedy actress,the only way to pay the bills. With that in the early 1960's, she paved the way for other funny women of this generation. When interviewed in 2013, Joan said she maintained her enthusiasm when,"Somebody said, 'You can make six dollars standing up in a club, ''And I said, 'Here I go!' It was better than typing all day." Which wasn't necessarily true, she never stopped writing, testing and fine-tuning her jokes.

Always proving herself in comedy clubs as a unique as well as talented woman comedian, Joan was a smash hit on her first booking on Johnny Carson's,"Tonight Show" in 1965. Johnny told her, "God, you're funny," With that released her first comedy album shortly thereafter,"Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyllis and Other Funny Stories."

Landing her own TV show lasted two years, "The Show With Joan Rivers," in 1968 the same year her only daughter, Melissa, was born.

"Can We Talk?" catch phrase was known throughout America, while she was on top of her game,in 1983, after frequent appearances on Carson's "Tonight Show," she was designated the first permanent guest host, a prestigious role that broke down barriers for women in comedy.

Just as Eve who ate the forbidden fruit, the Fox network offered Joan Rivers her own talk show airing opposite "The Tonight Show" in 1986. Carson never spoke to her again and banned her from the show.

Jimmy Fallon was the first person to allow her to return during his first episode as host this year.

Director/Actor Carl Reiner and many, many more pros like Don Rickles,who today said "Joan is not only a very intelligent lady but extremely masterful at comedy timing. Sharing the stage with her has always been a joy for me."

Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, have spoken out about their admiration for the TV trailblazer. While Barbara Walters named her"the funniest woman I know."

TV Host Bill Maher has also expressed his unwavering affections for the legendary comic star, an example of a celeb who have given back.

The raspy-voiced and brassy, Joan Rivers was always self-deprecating, foul-mouthed and politically incorrect. A master of reinvention, she endured in show business. Hence since 1:15 pm. this afternoon, most of the words from everyone Joan knew ....seemed like thoughts they felt they were obligated to say out of respect. Not sincere like Robin Williams passing last week, a man everyone loved.

Like when somebodys old biddy nana dies, you know the one, even though she made your last holiday miserable, at the funeral service,your obligated to same something upbeat and positive. That was Melissa Rivers role, who last year was Joans punching bag on the E! reality series Joan and Melissa.

Last weekend after undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28, Joan stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. Today,daughter Melissa Rivers sadly said, "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," her daughter Melissa Rivers said in a statement.. "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.""My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh."

Joan Rivers wrote that she wanted her funeral to be "a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. ... And I want a wind machine so that even in my casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's."

"Can We Talk?" Pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen Joan Rivers died Thursday. She was 81. Melissa Rivers said,"Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

Joan Rivers May You, R*I*P!

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