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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Joan Rivers

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Famous For:
Fashion Police, Spaceballs, and Hollywood Squares
Networth:
$150 Million
Currently Known For:
Deceased
Famous Years:
1960s - Present
Birthdate:
June 8, 1933
Joan Rivers


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  Famous For:
Fashion Police, Spaceballs, and Hollywood Squares

  Networth:
$150 Million

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“I don't exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.” Praised as one of the funniest women to ever live, Brooklyn native Joan Rivers was a trailblazer in comedy during the 1960s when she first appeared on The Tonight Show with host Jack Paar and, in 1965, with new host Johnny Carson. With Rivers instantly hitting it off with Carson, she quickly became an audience favorite and established herself as a talented comedian with an intuitive wit and appeal. Before long, she was more than ready to stand on her own and, in 1986, did exactly that when she rivaled Carson and became the first woman to host a late-night talk show, The Late Show with Joan Rivers.Advertisements:


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Expanding her reach as a comedian and actress with programs like The Joan Rivers Show and films like Spaceballs, Rivers continued to prove her wide variety of talents right up until the end of her illustrious career at her death in 2014. Beyond her harsh criticism of celebrities and politicians, Rivers became an authority on fashion and frequently walked the red carpet with her hit series Fashion Police amid launching her own jewelry and clothing lines, writing a dozen best-selling books, releasing numerous comedy albums and taking the Broadway stage. Along the way, she also built her reputation as a plastic surgery queen with her constantly enhanced appearance after hundreds of procedures to nip, tuck and tighten.

Unlike so many others in the spotlight, Rivers was one of the most outspoken celebrities when it came to dishing the details of her plastic surgery. As a matter of fact, she wrote about her own experience on the operating table in Men Are Stupid…And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery. Although Rivers confirmed a few of her plastic surgeries, she also joked that she had gone through several hundred procedures which, despite her wax-like appearance, seemed doubtful to some.

Among her long list of procedures, Rivers admitted to having liposuction, neck lifts, face lifts, rhinoplasties, Botox injections and plenty of others with her first surgery occurring in the 1950s when she opted for a rhinoplasty to narrow the bridge of her nose. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, even confirmed her mother’s obsession in her own book—The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation—where she accounted for nearly 350 cosmetic surgeries, none of which produced the results her mother imagined.

Although her constant stints on the operating table drastically changed her appearance over the years, Rivers managed to turn her obsession and addiction into a punchline to boost her career and would often use her changing appearance to warm up her audiences. Don’t believe us? One of her favorite lines was, “I’ve had so much plastic surgery that, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

As a comedic legend and fashion icon, Rivers was always incredibly open about her surgeries and sent a clear message with her honesty. “We’re in a society where looks count,” she said. “And all the beautiful women lie and say, ‘I’ve done nothing,’ and that is so unfair. And I just wanted women to know, ‘It’s OK—do it.’” Unable to stay serious for too long, Rivers typically ended with a joke like, “My face has been tucked in more times than a bedsheet at the Holiday Inn.” How’s that for breaking a record?

Despite people frequently criticizing her appearance, Rivers never regretted any of her surgeries and claimed that going through the procedures “gives you such self-esteem [and] it makes you feel good.” But, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t curious about what she would’ve looked like or the path her career might have taken had she never gone under the knife. “I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery,” she admitted.

Even if Rivers didn’t have any regrets herself, her family—longtime partner, Jason Zimmerman, and her daughter, Melissa—found it difficult to sit back and watch, which led them to stage an intervention. Melissa said, “At one point, I started to think the risk outweighs the reward and I wanted my mom to know how I felt about it.” Of course, Rivers’ response was to offer everyone in the room plastic surgery on her dime and even told Anderson Cooper during the intervention, “Every weekend I just go in and I do something…it’s a little like coffee. You just keep going.”

Sadly, Rivers passed away in August 2014 due to complications from a minor throat surgery where a lack of oxygen to her brain ultimately killed her. Over 1,500 people gathered for her private memorial service where Howard Stern described his longtime friend as “brassy in public and classy in private, a troublemaker, trail blazer and pioneer for comics everywhere.” We couldn’t agree more.

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