I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. 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. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
She was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky on June 8, 1933. Many of us children of television will know her best for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers. She established her particular comic style, poking fun at celebrities, but also at herself, often joking about her extensive plastic surgery.
Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show StaringJohnny Carson. In spite of her highly publicized fallout with Carson, she always acknowledges him as her mentor. When she launched a rival program, The Late Show, he never spoke to her again. She went on to host a successful daytime slot, The Joan Rivers Show, which won her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her satirical style of humor, however, by focusing on the personal lives of celebrities and public figures, was sometimes criticized. She also authored 12 best-selling memoir and humor books, and provided comic material for stage and television. I compiled some clips and I think that they not only cover Joan's incredible career but also Television, Comedy, and Talk Show History as well.