Joan Rivers

Actor, Comedian, Writer
For more than four decades, Joan Rivers remained a staple of American pop culture, culminating in her trademark catch phrase "Can We Talk?" First making her name as a comedienne, she followed up as talk show host ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (183)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Dave the Barbarian 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Fashion Police 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? 1997 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Suddenly Susan 1997 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2008 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Jeselnik Offensive 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

20/20 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy on the Street 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Drop Dead Diva 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Fashion Police: Golden Globes 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Police: SAG Awards 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

How'd You Get So Rich? 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2004, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2010 Miss USA Pageant 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Z Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: Before Melissa Pulls the Plug 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Less Than Perfect 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Jackie Beat 2005 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Goes Inside Live With Regis and Kelly 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

First Daughter 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

I'm With Her 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Joan Rivers (Actor)

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Marshalls' Women In Comedy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 Golden Hanger Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fashion Police: 2002 Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Unites: An E! News Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Police 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Black Comedy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

2000 Emmy Awards Fashion Review 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 Golden Globes Fashion Review 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Hanger Awards 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Host

Grammy Awards Fashion Review 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Live From the Red Carpet: The 2001 Grammys 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Cass Elliot: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Oh Baby! Melissa's Guide to Pregnancy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Phyllis Diller: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Emmy Awards Pre-Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Host

The 2001 Academy Awards Fashion Review 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Face With John Cleese 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

1999 Emmy Awards Fashion Review 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

2000 Golden Globe Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Academy Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannes 2000 Fashion Review 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

E! Academy Awards Fashion Review 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globes 2000 Fashion Review 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Hanger Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Host

Intern 2000 (Movie)

Dolly Bellows (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Judy Collins 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Phyllis Diller: First Lady of Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Political Convention Fashion Review 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of the World Fashion Review 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Live Emmy Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Host

Uncensored Golden Globes Arrivals 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Spike (Voice)

1998 Emmy Award Fashion Review 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannes Fashion Review 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Academy Award Live Pre-Show '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Academy Awards Fashion Review '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Fashion Review 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Live Golden Globe Awards Pre-Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1998 Golden Hanger Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Host

The 1998 Live Emmy Award Pre-Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Host

World of Awards Fashion Review 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

1997 Golden Hanger Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Host

E! Academy Awards Fashion Review '98 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Emergency 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Leona Helmsley: The Next Chapter 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Movie Fashion Review 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 Live Emmy Award Pre-Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Host

The 1998 Academy Awards Pre-Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Golden Globe Awards Fashion Review 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Golden Globe Awards Live Post-Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Golden Globe Awards Live Pre-Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

World of Awards Fashion Review 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm Forbes: High-Flying Millionaire 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon 1997 (Movie)

of Mother Penguin (Voice)

The 1997 Academy Awards Post-Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Host

The 1997 Academy Awards Pre-Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Host

Disney's Most Unlikely Heroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Knitwits 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Live Academy Awards Pre-Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Host

The Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Can We Shop? 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Serial Mom 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Square One TV 1986 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Joan Rivers Show 1989 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers' Gossip! Gossip! Gossip! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: Abroad in London 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Full Wax 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Public Enemy Number 2 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars V 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jewish Humor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual Valvoline National Driving Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood Squares 1986 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC News Report on America: Stressed to Kill 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's 20th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

of Dot Matrix (Voice)

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

WrestleMania 2 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily -- Sold Out 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Scam 1980 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Shape of Things 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy News II 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Voice

The Swimmer 1968 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Goosed (TV Show)

Actor

How to Murder a Millionaire (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Husbands and Wives 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

The Girl Most Likely To... 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay
Director (1)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

For more than four decades, Joan Rivers remained a staple of American pop culture, culminating in her trademark catch phrase "Can We Talk?" First making her name as a comedienne, she followed up as talk show host, author, playwright, actress, director and red carpet interviewer until only one form of all-encompassing nomenclature was finally needed - simply, Joan Rivers. One of stand-up comedy's first female practitioners Rivers landed her big break on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992) in 1965. That appearance began a lengthy working friendship with Carson that ended acrimoniously years later to disastrous effect for Rivers. Soon after the cancellation of her short-lived "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" (Fox, 1986-87), the host was devastated by the suicide of her husband-producer Edgar Rosenberg. While many predicted the end of Rivers' career, the indomitable yenta soon began an arduous journey of reinvention. An attempt at a daytime talk show later gave way to a second career alongside daughter Melissa Rivers as an interviewer-fashion commentator at red carpet events. By then, Rivers had perfected her self-deprecating persona to a point where she somehow managed to be both abrasive and endearing. Even as a septuagenarian, Rivers was a tireless self-promoter, winning the 2009 season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2004- ) and co-starring on her own reality series, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" (WE tv, 2011- ). Beloved for her biting satire, or scorned for her personal foibles, one thing was undeniable - Rivers was the ultimate Hollywood survivor. That sense of seeming indestructibility made her death at the age of 81 on September 4, 2014 seem all the more surprising; she had been working only days before the cardiac arrest that claimed her life.

Relationships

Orin Lehman

Companion
Began dating c. 1993 Split 1999

Meyer Molinsky

Father

Beatrice Molinsky

Mother

Barbara Molinsky

Sister

Melissa Rivers Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 20, 1968; father, Edgar Rosenberg Co-hosted red carpet specials before awards shows; also appeared together in "Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story" (NBC, 1994) and Oxygen reality series "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"

Edgar Rosenberg Executive Producer

Husband
Married July 15, 1965 until his death Aug. 14, 1987; Rosenberg committed suicide by overdosing on prescription pills

James Sanger

Husband
Married 1955 Later annulled

Norm Zada

Companion
Publisher of Perfect 10 magazine Met 2009 while filming Rivers' show "How Did You Get So Rich"

EDUCATION

Barnard College

New York, New York 1954

Barnard College

New York, New York 1954

Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut 1950

Milestones

2010

Subject of the documentary film "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work"

2009

Won the Donald Trump-hosted reality competition "The Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC; earned $250,000 for her charity: God's Love We Deliver

2009

Hosted the reality TV series "How'd You Get So Rich?" on TV Land

2007

Replaced by Lisa Rinna as TV Guide Channel's leading red-carpet host

2007

Featured before Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Variety Show at the Liverpool Empire Theatre

2004

With daughter Melissa, left hosting duties at E! Networks and began co-hosting for the TV Guide Channel

2004

Guest-starred as herself on the season finale of F/X's "Nip/Tuck"

2002

Performed in the West End, the controversial one-woman show, "Broke And Alone in London"

1997

Made several guest appearances on NBC's "Another World"

1997

Hosted radio show on WOR in New York

1995

With daughter Melissa, hosted pre-award shows on E! Entertainment TV

1994

Co-starred with daughter Melissa in the NBC TV-movie, "Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story"

1992

Hosted the USA Network's "Joan Rivers' Gossip! Gossip! Gossip!"

1989

Hosted the syndicated daytime talk show, "The Joan Rivers Show"

1988

Acted on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound"

1987

Featured as a regular on "Hollywood Squares"

1986

Hosted "The Late Show" on Fox

1978

Writer-director of the feature "Rabbit Test"

1977

Co-created the CBS series, "Husbands, Wives, Lovers"

1973

Co-wrote the teleplay for "The Girl Most Likely To..." (ABC)

1972

Broadway debut as actor and playwright, "Fun City"

1968

Hosted first talk show, the syndicated "That Show"

1968

Film debut, opposite Burt Lancaster in "The Swimmer"

1966

Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC) and "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)

1961

Beacame a member of Second City tour group

Continued to regularly guest host on NBC's "The Tonight Show"

Worked as fashion coordinator for Bond Clothing Stores and publicist for Lord & Taylor

Wrote nationally syndicated column for <i>Chicago Tribune</i>

Became a writer and performer on TV's "Candid Camera"

Began her stand-up career, billing herself as Pepper January

Bonus Trivia

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Received an honorary doctorate from Marrymount Manhattan College in 1996.

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Was named Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1984.

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In June 2010, her ex-manager Billy Sammeth sued Rivers and the production company behind the documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" for at least $2.2 million; Sammeth claimed he never received his 10 percent cut from Rivers' earnings (including her $200,000 winnings from "Celebrity Apprentice"), and that the documentary film defamed him

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