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Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson
She was Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, confirmed her death. A spokeswoman, Judy Katz, said the cause had not yet been determined.
Joan Alexandra Molinsky  June 8, — September 4, , known professionally as Joan Rivers , was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating and sharply acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians. Rivers rose to prominence in as a guest on The Tonight Show.
She became an instant hit, and her first syndicated talk show on daytime television, "That Show" with Joan Rivers , combined with appearances on Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show , made Rivers a household name. She was the youngest of two daughters, and her father was a doctor who had a great sense of humor. Rivers attended Barnard College, where she pursued her interest in performing. She appeared in numerous campus productions during her time there. After graduation, however, Rivers abandoned her dreams of being an entertainer for a more practical career. She went to work as a buyer for a chain store and eventually fell in love with the owner's son. But this relationship didn't last—the couple split up six months after tying the knot. Rivers returned to her passion for performing. Determined to succeed, she appeared in a number of small plays, including a role as a lesbian opposite an equally unknown Barbra Streisand.