Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Joan Rivers Dies At 81
(New York, NY) -- Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers has passed away. Rivers first rose to fame appearing as a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" in the mid-1960s. She established her comedic style targeting celebrities with her punchlines but also made fun of herself, especially with jokes about her appearance and numerous plastic surgeries.
Rivers became known for her famous catchphrase, "Can We Talk?" a set-up line, which often led into gossip-driven joke telling. Her work also included writing credits on "Candid Camera," several books, comedy albums, a handful of movie roles and even her own late night talk show. In fact, it was Rivers' foray into late night in 1986 that apparently bittered her relationship with mentor Johnny Carson. The "King of Late Night" was apparently not supportive of the idea and banned her from future appearances on "The Tonight Show." Upon his death in 2005, Rivers revealed that Carson never spoke to her again.

Rivers managed to revive her career with daughter Melissa Rivers in later years. Together, the two co-hosted red carpet events for major awards shows and co-starred in the reality TV series "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" Rivers was also a regular on the E! show "Fashion Police," which she began co-hosting in 2010. She released her latest book "Diary of a Mad Diva" in July. Joan Rivers was 81 years old.
Johnny Carson praises Joan Rivers on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" in 1986. Joan Rivers in a 1982 monologue. Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers on AOLStyle in 2008. Joan Rivers critiques Alice Cooper on a Halloween edition of E!'s "Fashion Police." Play Clip