Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), widely known as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, voice actress, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona—alternatingly self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.
Rivers gained prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show. Hosted by her mentor, Johnny Carson, the show established Rivers' comedic style. In 1986, with her own rival program, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Rivers became the first woman to host a late night network television talk show. She subsequently hosted The Joan Rivers Show (1989–1993), winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Having become widely known for her comedic red carpet awards show celebrity interviews, She was the 2009 Celebrity Apprentice Winner. Rivers co-hosted the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police from 2010 to 2014 and starred in reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (2011–2014) with daughter Melissa Rivers. She was the subject of the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010).
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Appearances of Joan Rivers in MAD
MAD Magazine #266 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
Joan Rivers was just about to embark on her ill-fated FOX talk-show gambit when she appeared behind colleague-turned-rival Johnny Carson within Mort Drucker's cover art for MAD's "Hot TV Issue," #266 (October '86).
MAD Magazine #275 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
Sam Viviano caricatured Joan Rivers twice (including this depiction of a fictional interview with Marlon Brando) for the Charlie Kadau-Joe Raiola gem "MAD's Guide To Talk Show Hosts." It originally ran in MAD #275 (December '87), whose back-cover spoof ad "Fat-Book-of-the-Month Club" also included "Joan Rivers: Ways The Faltering Star Can Improve Her Act" (a steal at $1.95!).
MAD Magazine #450 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
One of Joan Rivers' last MAD appearances prior to her 2014 passing was this segment from the John Caldwell four-pager "Broadcast Highlights and Innovations To Watch For In Super Bowl XXXIX" (MAD #450, February '05).