September 5, 2014 |
CAN WE TALK about Joan Rivers? Because she'd hate it if we didn't. Rivers, 81, who died yesterday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital a week after going into cardiac arrest during vocal-cord surgery in a doctor's office, wasn't just a fashion critic with an unfiltered mouth, a QVC jewelry line and a penchant for plastic surgery. Oh, she was unapologetically all those things, as well as the author of a dozen books, including this year's Diary of a Mad Diva . But long before Rivers patrolled the red carpet, enforced style rules on E!
March 1, 2013 |
Joan Rivers has refused to apologize for making a Holocaust joke Monday on her E! show, Fashion Police , that has Jewish leaders up in arms. "The last time a German looked this hot," Rivers, 79, said of German-born model Heidi Klum 's tight gold Oscar-night dress, "was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens. " Rivers doubled over laughing while her fellow E! journos looked uncomfortably at her. The Anti-Defamation League has asked Rivers to issue a formal apology, calling her remark "vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans.
June 20, 2010 |
Like any good and caring mom, Joan Rivers is fiercely protective. So, when the seasoned comedian took her first look at the startlingly candid documentary that bears her name - Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work , just opened at the Ritz Five - her concerns weren't so much about how she comes off, but about how her daughter, Melissa , is captured on film. And she said as much to the codirector, Ricki Stern . "I told her that I thought that the first time you saw Melissa, she was saying something negative, and then the second time she's saying something positive," recalls Rivers.
June 18, 2010 |
If the Joan Rivers of 1980 could look at herself in 2010, she might describe Rivers 8.0 as a dirty-mouthed septuagenarian who resembles a female impersonator "doing" Joan Rivers. Two years ago Billy Sammeth, the comedian's erstwhile manager, observed that "people now see her as a plastic-surgery addict who's past her sell-by date. " That was then. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is now, testament to the enduring resilience and indefatigable wit of its subject. Age cannot wither her, nor Botox stale her infinite hilarity.
June 1, 2002 |
Aretha Franklin is suing the Star tabloid for defamation over a story that said the singer has a drinking problem that is threatening her career and life. The Star story quotes unidentified "insiders" and "pals" of Franklin who said that they were worried about the 60-year-old singer's drinking and that Franklin canceled performances because of her drinking. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Albuquerque, said the article was published in New Mexico's Bernalillo County and throughout the country and that county residents read the defamatory statements in the story.
June 7, 1996 |
As Joan Rivers would tell any girl: Honey, before you put out for any man, get the ring. Get the ring! Tomorrow, her 63rd birthday, Joan will get her own ring, reportedly an "eye-popping" sapphire. Her honey, Orin Lehman, will hand over the rock, and the two will officially announce their plans to wed. Orin who? Hey, here's all you need to know. He's rich, rich, rich, a scion of the Wall Street Lehmans. So, no, he didn't order the sapphire from Joan's friends at QVC. He's an older gent, in his 70s. Had some upper-crusty appointments in New York state and city government.
June 7, 1996 |
Joan Rivers is expected to announce her engagement tomorrow to Orin Lehman, one of Wall Street's Lehman Bros. He gave the widow a largish sapphire ring. Lehman was previously wed to Wendy Vanderbilt and the late Reynolds tobacco heiress, Jane Bagley. Summer nups are planned. Rivers' husband of 22 years, Edgar Rosenberg, killed himself at the Four Seasons Hotel in 1987. COUPLES Larry King says he's not about to wed Cyndy Truhan, Steve Garvey's ex. "We've been friends for 18 years," he said.
January 17, 1995 |
"I think what I have to say is important. " It's a different spin on Joan Rivers' now-trademark handle, "Can we talk?" and one that the small woman with the big, husky voice seems comfortable with. But getting comfortable wasn't easy. And lest one think Rivers has lost her edge, she offers a clarification: "It's nobody's lot in life to be miserable. Those who are miserable deserve to be miserable because they let themselves be miserable. " This is Joan Rivers, 1995: comedian, author, playwright, actress, mother, jewelry maven and now, self-help guru.
August 23, 1994 |
"I'll tell you, I'm not worth $200 . . . Maybe Streisand. " - Billy Joel, complaining about ticket agencies that charged $200 for front-row seats to his concert in San Antonio DOC, PLEASE HAIL HER A COP REPORT: LISA MARIE RECEIVED BIG POLICE ESCORT FROM CLINIC Bet you didn't know the Los Angeles County sheriff's department has cars to spare when someone needs an escort home from the plastic surgery clinic. Six, to be exact, if you're Lisa Marie Presley. The National Enquirer says Lisa Marie, 26, had a breast uplift and thigh liposuction on Aug. 13, and left the clinic a day later.
July 9, 1993 |
Brace yourself for another Madonna World Tour, starting in September. Her record company, Warner U.K., confirmed yesterday that the singer will launch The Girlie Show at London's Wembley Stadium Sept. 25. "It is the first date that has been announced," a spokesman for the company said. No word about a Philadelphia stop. The new tour, based on the 33-year-old exhibitionist-singer's Erotica album, which has sold millions of copies, will be the first since her Blond Ambition tour three years ago. Naturally, Madonna being what she is, the tour is already causing a stir.