RIP Joan Rivers: Truly, a 'Piece of Work'
Tributes salute her remarkable, no-holds-barred career
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2014 3:54 PM CDT
Joan Rivers in 2005.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

(Newser) – How to sum up a life like the one lived by Joan Rivers? Here are some of the early attempts:

  • New York Times: "... the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom ..."
  • AP: "... the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities ..."

  • Reuters: " ... who became a comedic star with an act that was a mélange of insult, insecurity, over-the-top cattiness and a nothing-is-sacred philosophy ..."
  • USA Today: "... the pioneering queen of comedy, who overcame tragedy and disappointment to transform herself in late life into a comic scourge of the red carpet ..."
  • Washington Post: "While Ms. Rivers was not the first female comic to become a household name—that distinction goes to women such as Phyllis Diller—she was among the first mainstream funny women to go dirty."
  • Time: "Rivers didn’t need everybody to like her. Scratch that: Rivers needed not everyone to like her. She wasn’t about being fair or being a pleaser, and if she had an internal censor, it was a rubber stamp that said, “GO FOR IT!” She was a hoot and—as her documentary called her—a piece of work, but she was about being authentic."

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Sep 7, 2014 9:24 AM CDT
Joan you were a joy to me, The laughs you gave me after a long day , I have fellow your work like many people, you were a beautiful person, mother, hard working person, you showed men in your business you were a star! I know when I take my telescope out and find a new bright star it will be you, showing the heavens your the brightest star even their. Melissia your in my prays,
Sep 5, 2014 11:52 AM CDT
More like a piece of shit to work with from what I hear.
Sep 5, 2014 11:06 AM CDT
I watched that WE show she did with Melissa and this was Melissa's nightmare, that her mother would be taken during a surgery. She was not getting plastic surgery, but our bodies can only take so much. The older we get the more issues that arise. The elderly have enlarged hearts, issues with our kidney's. She should have had her heart looked at by cardio vascular surgeon or at least had her heart looked at and had an EKG. It's simple and takes only a few minutes. I would never go under the knife in a clinic. I don't know how many surgeries she's had. but it appears she had too many.