Rivers drops F-bomb at Girl Scouts benefit

Rivers drops F-bomb at Girl Scouts benefit

ORLANDO, Fla., July 31 (UPI) -- Comedienne Joan Rivers reportedly used the F-word repeatedly and referred to some women as whores at a Girl Scouts fundraiser in Florida.
Rivers booted from U.K. show for swearing

Rivers booted from U.K. show for swearing

LONDON, June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Joan Rivers was asked to leave the British daytime talk show "Loose Women" where she was a guest after she swore on-air.
Stars line up to play 'Family Feud'

Stars line up to play 'Family Feud'

BURBANK, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- The families of Larry the Cable Guy, Ice T, Joan Rivers and Wayne Newton are on board to compete in the U.S. game show "Celebrity Family Feud," NBC said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 8, 2008.
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Rivers to perform at Edinburgh festival

Rivers to perform at Edinburgh festival

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. comedienne Joan Rivers reportedly will star in an autobiographical play at the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe festival in Scotland.

Testimony shakes Spector defense theory

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- The defense team for music producer Phil Spector tried to answer witness testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom that Spector said women should be shot. Former security guard and one-time New York police officer Vincent Tannazzo was allowed to testify for th

Witness says Spector threatened women

LOS ANGELES, July 9 (UPI) -- A prosecution witness testified that Phil Spector threatened women and said they deserved to die, during the Los Angeles trial of the famous music producer. The witness, former security guard and one-time New York police officer Vincent Tannazzo, was allo

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Roseanne Barr touted for 'The View'

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Her spokesman says no offer's been made, but Roseanne Barr's name pops up when talk turns to who'll go to New York to replace Rosie O'Donnell on "The View." "It's almost like that rumor that spread last month about how she was going to be on 'Desperate Ho

Rinna replaces Rivers duo on carpet

HOLLYWOOD, April 18 (UPI) -- Lisa Rinna, late of "Dancing With The Stars" fame, waltzed past TV Guide Channel's Joan and Melissa Rivers as the new queen of the red carpet in Hollywood.

Oprah to host Oscar star special

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey has a new deal with ABC for a pre-Oscars U.S. television special in which past Academy Award winners interview fellow Oscar winners. Daily Variety reports Winfrey's HARPO Productions has signed up Academy Award winning actors Julia Roberts,

Stars line up for new 'Nip/Tuck' season

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A lineup of stars including Kathleen Turner, Larry Hagman and Brooke Shields will appear on the upcoming season of the U.S. cable TV hit "Nip/Tuck."

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Joan Rivers to conduct 1,000th interview

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Comedian Joan Rivers probably will conduct her 1,000th red carpet interview during the 58th Emmy Awards preshow ceremonies in Los Angeles.

Town's downtown core for sale on eBay

WARREN, Conn., July 10 (UPI) -- The downtown core of Warren, Conn., is for sale on the Internet eBay auction site with a starting bid of $5 million.
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Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on March 2, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Joan Alexandra Molinsky Sanger Rosenberg, widely known as Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933), is an American comedian, television personality and actress. She is known for her brash manner; her loud, raspy voice with a heavy New York accent; and her numerous cosmetic surgeries. Rivers's comic style relies heavily on poking fun at herself and other celebrities, mostly about their fashion sense, or according to her, the lack thereof.

Joan Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice (née Grushman) (January 6, 1906 - October 1975) and Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 - January 1985). She was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and her family later moved to Larchmont, in Westchester County, New York. She attended Connecticut College between 1950 and 1952 and graduated from Barnard College in 1954 with a bachelor-of-arts degree in English literature and anthropology. Before entering show business, Rivers worked at various jobs such as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center, a writer/proofreader at an advertising agency and as a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. During this period, an agent named Tony Rivers told her to change her name, so she suggested Joan Rivers as her new name.

During the late 1950s, Rivers appeared in a short-run play, Driftwood, playing a lesbian with a crush on a character played by a then-unknown Barbra Streisand. The play ran for six weeks. In 1961 Rivers briefly performed on stage in Chicago at The Second City comedy club. Rivers performed in numerous comedy clubs in the Greenwich Village area of New York City in the early 1960s, including The Bitter End and The Gaslight Cafe, before making her first appearances as a guest on the TV program The Tonight Show originating from New York, and hosted at the time by Jack Paar.)

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