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Joan Rivers

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
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Full Name: Joan Alexandra Molinsky
Profession: Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host

United States of America

Biography: Famous for her sometimes controversial comedic persona, Rivers came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, who became her mentor.

In 1986, she became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show with "The Late Show with Joan Rivers", in competition with Johnny Carson who never forgave her.

Her late night talk show was short-lived but Rivers went on to host "The Joan Rivers Show" (1989-1993) on daytime TV, winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1990.

Born: June 8, 1933
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: September 4, 2014 (aged 81)
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

Married Life

  • 1965-07-15 Actress Joan Rivers (32) weds TV producer Edgar Rosenberg

Historical Events

  • 1986-10-09 "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" premieres on Fox, first woman to host a US late-night TV talk show
  • 1987-05-15 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network
  • 1989-09-05 Daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" hosted by Joan Rivers premieres on US TV