Joan Rivers Passes Away At 81
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
Known for her acid tongue and love of plastic surgery, Joan Rivers powered through as a woman in a male-dominated business, becoming a household name on her mentor’s show The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson just before launching her own short-lived talk gig in 1986. Rivers then became an acid-tongued fashion critic (she pioneered asking “Who are you wearing?” on the red carpet), a reality TV star and author..= She admitted that she thought a lot about her own death in her last major interview with The Daily Beast in July. “Constantly. In your 80s, you’d be foolish not to think about that. I am definitely going to be cremated. I’ve left money so the dogs can be taken care of. I’ve said to Melissa, ‘Sell anything and everything you don’t want. Don’t feel beholden to my possessions.’ I feel almost hysterical on that. I don’t want them to have a sense of guilt.” Joan is survived by her daughter and grandson, Cooper.