Joan Rivers

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Rivers in March 2010

Joan Rivers (born Joan Alexandra Molinsky; June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. She is known for her brash manner and loud, gruff voice with a heavy metropolitan New York accent. She is the National Chairwoman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is a board member of God's Love We Deliver.[1] She won an Emmy Award in 1990.

Rivers was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in Larchmore, New York. Rivers studied at Connecticut College and at Barnard College.

Similar to the ground-breaking Phyllis Diller, whose career started before and took place during hers, Rivers' comedy act was mainly about bad things about herself.

She was married to James Sanger for a few months in 1955 before they annulled. Then she was married to Edgar Rosenberg from 1965 until he committed suicide in 1987. Rivers and Rosenberg had one daughter, Melissa Rivers.

In the morning of August 28, 2014, Rivers was rushed to the hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest during surgery on her throat in New York City.[2] She was put on life support and was in a medically induced coma.[3]

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