Rivers in 2010
||Joan Alexandra Molinsky
June 8, 1933
New York, U.S.
||September 4, 2014
New York, U.S.
|Cause of death
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Barnard College (
||Stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, television host
(m. 1955; annulled 1955)
(m. 1965; d. 1987)
||Meyer C. Molinsky
||Stand-up, film, television, theatre, literature
Joan Alexandra Molinsky
 (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), professional name Joan Rivers, was an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.
Rivers rose to prominence in 1965 as a guest on
The Tonight Show. Hosted by her mentor,
Johnny Carson, the show established Rivers' comedic style. In 1986, with her own rival program,
The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Rivers became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show. She subsequently hosted
The Joan Rivers Show (1989–1993), winning a
Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Since the mid-1990s, she became known for her comedic
red carpet awards show celebrity interviews,
 and in 2009, she was the
Celebrity Apprentice Winner. Rivers co-hosted the
E! celebrity fashion show
Fashion Police from 2010 to 2014 and starred in the reality series
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011–2014) with daughter
Melissa Rivers. She was the subject of the documentary
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010).
In addition to marketing a line of jewelry and apparel on the
QVC shopping channel, Rivers authored 12 best-selling books and three LP comedy albums under her own name: Mr. Phyllis And Other Funny Stories (Warner Bros 1965), The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album (Buddah 1969), and What Becomes A Semi-Legend Most? (Geffen 1983). She was nominated in 1984 for a
Grammy Award for her album What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?; and was nominated in 1994 for the
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance of the title role in
Sally Marr...and Her Escorts. In 2015, Rivers posthumously received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her book, Diary of a Mad Diva.
The New York Times television critic
Jack Gould called Rivers "quite possibly the most intuitively funny woman alive".
 In 2017,
Rolling Stone magazine ranked her sixth on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time,
 and in October the same year, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.