Trailblazing comedian and merciless truth-teller Joan Rivers passed away on Thursday at the age of 81. She died at Mount Sinai Hospital a week after she reportedly stopped breathing during a surgical procedure on her vocal cords.
With a voice like a hangover and balls bigger than any man in Hollywood, Rivers proved that women could be unruly, successful, and compulsively, unrelentingly funny. Her comedy was a freight train blasting through show business, social niceties, and Rivers’ own public image. Even as a grandmother, Rivers never abdicated her throne as the queen of comedy. It will be strange to trudge through awards season without her razor-sharp barbs poking through the self-congratulatory pompousness. An icon, an iconoclast, the brassy laugh pointing out the nude Emperor — Joan Rivers, you will be missed.
Before you re-watch the incredible Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, check out one of the comedian’s earliest TV appearances below:
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