Joan Rivers/

Can we talk?

As a wisecracking, sometimes outrageous comedian, Joan Rivers lived up to her catchphrase: she talked a lot. She talked about her dislike of housework: “You make the beds, you do the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.”

She talked about her dislike of exercise: “The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it.”
Later, when she became known for the amount of cosmetic work, she had had done, she joked about that too. “I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware,” she said, adding:

“I wish I had a twin, so I could see what I'd look like without it.”

She was born Joan Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents had fled the Russian Revolution. She initially took work as a tour guide before becoming a performer and writer. In the mid-Sixties, her career took off after a number of chat show appearances.

Her life was not all laughs and she experienced a good amount of ups and downs. “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking,” was her own view.