Joan Rivers (born 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.
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.
In the morning of August 28, 2014, Rivers was rushed to the hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest during surgery on her throat. She was put on life support.