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(L-R) Impersonator Jesse Volt, actress Joan Rivers, Gary Dee and Joe Posa promote the TV Land PRIME series “How’d You Get So Rich?” at the CBS Early Show Studio Plaza on August 4, 2009 in New York City.
Whether you love her or hate her, you must admit that Joan Rivers has kept her wits sharp and tongue even sharper at the rip age of 76. It’s difficult to think of Rivers as anybody but who she is now, a raspy voiced, cutting comedienne who is completely open about her experience with plastic surgery and pokes fun of herself before anybody else can. For anyone who got to know Joan as the E! Entertainment pre-awards host, it is difficult to imagine her ballsy cut downs working as a young woman (below she is in her late 30s).
Born to Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, New York as Joan Molinsky, she went on to graduate from Barnard College. It was during college that she was inspired to seek a career on stage, after having seen a Lenny Bruce performance. Her resume filled out during the 60s and 70s as a stand-up comedian and she became the first and only permanent guest host for The Tonight Show under Johnny Carson in 1983. She has written 10 books throughout her adult life and she is going to be roasted next week on Comedy Central! Is Joan Rivers your bag?
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