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Joan Rivers

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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, Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, 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. In 2009, she starred in NBC's hit reality series "The Celebrity Apprentice" with her daughter Melissa, emerging as the Season Two winner. She also celebrated the publication of two critically acclaimed, 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," played an eccentric aunt in two seasons of IFC's popular mockumentary series "Z Rock," and wowed audiences at The Underbelly in London with her comedy show "Unplugged and Uncensored." In August 2009, the iconic funny woman will be roasted, toasted, and honored in "The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers." This will mark the highly-anticipated debut of her new TV Land reality series, "How'd You Get So Rich?", a candid look at the extravagant lifestyles of fabulously rich entrepreneurs and innovators. 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 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 a record-breaking 750 million dollars plus in sales to date.


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