In the wake of fan outrage that
"Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com."
Rivers, who died at age 81 in September, was best known as a comedian and TV personality, though she appeared in a number of films. In a 2010 documentary about her, Rivers expressed frustration at not being recognized for her acting accomplishments. "My career is an actress' career," she said. "And I play a comedian."
Over the course of her career, Rivers also became a frequent, formidable presence on red carpets, including at the Oscars' own doorstep, where she helped to make a spectator sport of sizing up awards-show outfits and taking celebrities down a peg.
Though she poked fun at Oscars fashion, Rivers clearly revered the academy. After winning "The Celebrity Apprentice," she told The Times in 2012 she couldn't fully appreciate the honor since it wasn't taken seriously by Hollywood.
"It's not the Academy Awards," she said. "It's great, but it's only 'Celebrity Apprentice.'"
Which names make it into the academy's memorial segment — this year they included such stars as
Last year, the death of 27-year-old camera assistant
Times staff writer Amy Kaufman contributed to this report.