Joan Rivers is a force of nature and one of the hardest-working celebrities in the world. An entertainment legend of unparalleled accomplishment and talent, she’s an internationally renowned comedienne, Emmy-winning television talk show host, Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer and cosmetic company entrepreneur, red carpet fashion laureate, businesswoman -- and most importantly, a proud mother and grandmother.
Joan has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning more than four decades in the entertainment industry and beyond, and as her recent accomplishments reveal, she’s as robust and hard working as ever. Recently Joan returned to E! Entertainment Television to host the network's popular franchise Fashion Police covering red carpet style for the annual awards season, as well as hosting E!’s popular Fashion Police weekly series. From hot new trends to red carpet risks, Rivers takes viewers through a complete recap of the week’s celebrity fashion ultimately deciding who sizzled and who fizzled. In 2011, Joan became the GoDaddy girl for GoDaddy.com. The commercial premiered during Super Bowl XLll to thousands of viewers nationwide. Her highly anticipated and critically acclaimed documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work premiered in theater’s nationwide summer of 2010 and is now available on DVD. Rivers also appears regularly in Las Vegas at the Venetian Showroom.
After a successful first season, Joan once again has taken over the reality TV circuit with, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, WEtv’s series, where the famous mother/daughter duo welcome cameras into their homes. This ultimate pair will address the question plaguing daughters since the beginning of time: does mother really know best? Season two premieres January 2012.
In 2009, she starred in NBC’s hit reality series The Celebrity Apprentice along with her daughter Melissa where she emerged as the Season Two winner. She also celebrated the publication of two critically received, best-selling books: Men Are Stupid and They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery and Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery, both published by Simon & Schuster. She received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Bubbe in PBS’ award-winning animated children’s series Arthur, gave life to the character, Dot Matrix in the animated series, Spaceballs in 2008, played an eccentric aunt in two seasons of IFC’s popular mockumentary series Z Rock, and wowed audiences at The Udderbelly in London with her comedy show Unplugged and Uncensored.
Also in 2009, the iconic funny woman was roasted and honored in The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers. That year also marked the debut of her TV Land reality show, How'd You Get So Rich?, which took a candid look at the extravagant lifestyles of fabulously rich entrepreneurs and innovators. The show ran for two seasons.
Joan Rivers is a true pioneer: she created her own brand of irreverent, unconventional comedy and forged her remarkable rise to stardom in the entertainment world. Enduring humiliation and deprivation for nearly a decade playing tawdry clubs, Borscht Belt hotels, and Greenwich Village cabarets (“I was insanely persistent,” she says.), her career skyrocketed in 1968 when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Within three years she was hosting That Show with Joan Rivers, one of the first syndicated daytime shows. She soon made television history as the first sole guest host of The Tonight Show. Her own The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers helped launch the Fox Network in 1986. In 1989, she returned to daytime television with The Joan Rivers Show, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host and her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joan’s unique gifts of humor, compassion, and tenacity have enabled her to triumph over personal tragedy and attain extraordinary professional success. In 1990, she launched the Joan Rivers Classics Collection of fashion jewelry, apparel and accessories on QVC. The collection became an instant bestseller, and Joan was honored with an ACE Award from the Accessories Council in 1997. The collection continues to be enormously successful, earning close to one billion dollars in sales to date. A pre-eminent connoisseur of fine art, antiques, and vintage jewelry, Joan keeps her finger on the pulse of all the latest trends and is widely considered America’s most visible, accessible, and authoritative fashion spokesperson.
One of the most naturally style-savvy women on the planet, Joan consistently appears on Best Dressed lists around the world. Along with her daughter Melissa, she hosted E!’s live red-carpet events from 1996-2004. From 2004-2007, they continued their “must-see” red-carpet coverage of the Emmys and other awards ceremonies for the TV Guide Channel, garnering the highest ratings ever for the channel.
While continuing to headline at prestigious concert venues worldwide, Joan is always working on new projects. In April 2002, she brought her critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival one-woman show, Broke and Alone, to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, where she received rave reviews and the theatre’s first standing ovation in fourteen years. The show enjoyed equally enthusiastic critical and audience response at the State Theatres in Sydney and Melbourne. Subsequent performances, including two one-week runs at the Canon Theatre in Los Angeles, all garnered “hottest ticket in town” status.
Constantly in motion, Joan continues to work effortlessly and serves as a board member on behalf of God’s Love We Deliver, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She also dedicates her time to Guide Dogs for the Blind, among others.
By 2003, Joan was once again dazzling audiences as a headliner in Las Vegas. In October of 2004, she returned to the U.K. for her first national concert tour. The Glasgow International Comedy Festival followed in March of 2005, but the U.K. was clamoring for more, so she returned to England for her second major tour in two years. In the spring of 2006, the greatly sought-after comedienne returned to Australia for sold-out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Canberra.
In August 2007, Joan launched The Joan Rivers Theatre Project, a play-in-progress workshop, which she co-wrote and starred in, for a limited engagement at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Six months later, the show opened to rave reviews at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress, enjoying sold out performances for its entire six-week run. This was followed by a sold out run in August 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival preceding a successful 3 week run at London’s Leicester Square theatre.
From her signature question “Can we talk?” (A Federal trademark) to her red-carpet mantra “Who are you wearing?” the woman who asks the questions gets the answers America -- and the world -- wants to hear.
Joan Rivers embodies class, confidence, and chutzpah in all the right proportions, and her accomplishments are extraordinary. Her most joyous triumph is being grandmother to Melissa’s son, Cooper (Edgar Cooper Endicott), who was born on December 1, 2000.
Most people that see Melissa Rivers in all of her splendorous glamour on the red carpet have no idea that the style maven is an Ivy League graduate, an accomplished equestrian and a single mother. She’s also an accomplished television producer and has ample experience behind the camera as well as in front of it.
The University of Pennsylvania graduate started to learn her craft after college at “CBS This Morning” where she quickly became a feature reporter which led ironically to a stint as a regular contributor on “Hangin’ with MTV.” Rivers then joined mother Joan to create the Red Carpet franchise and phenomenon exclusively for E! Entertainment. From then on, awards show coverage was never the same. The acerbic, dynamic duo even made it to celebrate their 1,000th interview live on The Red Carpet for the TVGuide Channel, where the Red Carpet franchise moved to after 10 years at E!.
During her time at E!, Rivers produced and hosted a number of specials – two of which were the channels highest rated specials thus far – “Oh Baby! Melissa’s Guide to Pregnancy” and “Oh, Toddler! Surviving the Early Years.”
When the Rivers women took their Red Carpet programming over to the TV Guide Channel, the ratings soared. Rivers then produced and hosted a number of specials and series in addition to producing all of the Red Carpet programs at the cable network. She also hosted and executive produced “The Craze” on Fit TV which tested the efficacy of fitness products with normal people. Melissa is currently developing television projects, as a Producer or to Host, for a myriad of production companies and cable networks, some of which are expected to air in 2009 & 2010.
In 2003 Rivers had the opportunity to display her decidedly down-to-earth, tomboy side on ABC’s popular reality series “I’m A Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here.” The show featured celebrities leaving behind their pampered lives for weeks of roughing it in a remote outpost of the inhospitable Australian rainforest. She showed her strength and resilience under adverse circumstances and was the last woman standing, winning second place. She donated all of her winnings from the show to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That same year she had the distinction of being PETA’s spokesperson and model for their highly publicized “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign which featured a billboard in Times Square during the height of holiday shopping. Recently, she joined the Board of Directors of the Entertainment Industry Council. She moderated a panel on mental illness for the organization and continues to stay involved with their programs.
In 2009 Melissa once again put her reality skills to the test by appearing on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” with her mother, Joan. After a dramatic exit, and her mother rising to the top to win Donald Trump’s approval to win the show, Melissa turned her attention towards becoming an author. Her book, “Red Carpet Ready: Secrets for Making the Most of Any Moment You’re in the Spotlight” (Random House) was published last year. Her newest endeavor brings Melissa to WE tv opposite her mother on Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?. The dynamic mother/daughter duo also work together on E!’s Fashion Police where Melissa holds the title of Executive Producer.
Rivers lives with her son, Cooper, and two dogs in Los Angeles.
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