Joan was the younger of two daughters of Russian immigrants Beatrice and Meyer Molinsky. Joan got into acting from an early age and continued throughout college; appearing in almost every college production. After graduating and at a loss for what to do Joan took a job as a…more
In 1990 Joan teamed up with QVC to launch her own brand of jewelry, the Joan Rivers Classics Collection.
Joan is 5'2" (1.57m).
In 1990, Joan won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host in her work on The Joan Rivers Show.
Joan has received many plastic surgery enhancements: rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, chin and cheek implants, and a brow lift.
Joan is known for her throaty voice, her put-downs of herself, and her famous question 'Can we talk?'
As of 2006, Joan is dating millionaire Orin Lehman.
Joan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.
Joan co-wrote and starred in the Broadway play Fun City in 1972.
Joan took a position as a buyer at a department store after graduating, uninspired by acting at that time. It was there, that she met and married the boss' son, a union that lasted a mere 6 months.
Joan graduated from her college class Phi Beta Kappa.
Joan won a Clio award for 'Best Performance in a TV Commercial' in 1976 and 1982.
Joan had a computer generated cameo in the movie Shrek 2, hosting on the fictional ME! Channel. In real life, she is a host on the E! Channel.
Joan hosted her own radio show on WOR in New York, from 1997 to 2003.
Joan wrote two autobiographies that were both published in the 1990s: Enter Talking, and Still Talking.
Joan was the opening act for singer Helen Reddy in the 1970's on the Las Vegas strip.
Joan wrote and directed the movie Rabbit Test starring Billy Crystal in 1978.
Joan is a member and avid supporter of the animal rights group PETA.
Joan was a regular joke writer and performer on the classic television prank show, Candid Camera.
Joan graduated from Barnard College in 1954, with a BA in English and Anthropology.
Joan is the national chairwoman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and also works on board with 'God's Love We deliver'.
Joan is looking for love on the Internet. She created a profile on a dating website to find her perfect man.
Joan angered Johnny Carson by not consulting him first before signing a contract to be the hostess of her own talk show, The Late Show. From that point to the day he died, Carson never spoke to her again.
Joan collects Faberge eggs.
Joan is the mother of actress Melissa Rivers.
Joan was married to James Sanger from 1957 to 1958 and to British producer Edgar Rosenberg from 1964 until his suicide in 1987.
Joan: People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.
Joan: Because I'm the only performer who comes out and says I've had plastic surgery, I've become the plastic surgery poster girl, which is hilarious, because everybody has done it and they all deny it. They stand there, like the Bride of Frankenstein, they've all got stitches, and they all say, 'I've done nothing.' I talk about it.
Joan: I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.
Joan: I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I'd look like without plastic surgery.
Joan: The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it.
Joan: I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'the man goes on top and the woman underneath.' For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.
Joan: I knew I was unwanted when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and radio.
Joan: I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
Joan: Can we talk?
Joan: Welcome to my world! I've been through it all, and I often pinch myself to believe my luck. I design jewlery, create cosmetics, perform comedy, act, lecture, write books, travel, have a fabulous daughter, and a phenomenal grandson-and I feel I'm the luckiest woman on the planet.
Joan: My perfect last meal would be: shrimp cocktail, lasagna, steak, creamed spinach, salad with bleu cheese dressing, onion rings, garlic bread, and a dessert of strawberry shortcake.
Joan: Don't tell your kids that you had an easy birth or they won't respect you. For years I used to wake up my daughter and say 'Melissa, you ripped me to shreds', now go back to sleep.
Joan: (On her falling-out with Johnny Carson) I tried to contact Johnny to reconcile our friendship, a million times, but he just wasn't having it. When he passed away, I felt such a crushing blow, that things were still unresolved. Johnny was a dear friend, I wish things would've ended different, this just was not worth it.
Joan: Trust your husband, adore your husband, and get as much as you can in your own name.
Joan: The average airplane is 16 years old, and so is the average airplane meal.