Joan Rivers Gets Ready for Her Close-Up

Comic puts on her game face for new theatrical piece
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2007 5:07 PM CDT
Joan Rivers arrives at the New York premiere of Michael Moore's movie "SiCKO", Monday, June 18, 2007 in New York. "SiCKO" is Moore's controversial new documentary about America's health-care industry....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Having been relieved of red-carpet duty, Joan Rivers is busy workshopping an autobiographical comedy in San Francisco. It's the 74-year-old Barnard grad's third play, and she's planning to take it off-Broadway once she figures out "what's funny and poignant and what isn't." The LA Times pays a call and finds the veteran comic in a nostalgic, if not forgiving, mood.

 Of older women who say they've had no cosmetic surgery and are "proud to be who they are," she says: "Don't lie. We all know who's done what." To prepare for another turn in the spotlight, she enlisted two co-writers, with whom she's crafted a script that, she says, lets her "get down to the real nitty-gritty."