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Joan Rivers Remembered: Late Night Hosts Pay Tribute to One of Their Own (Video)

4 September 2014 8:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joan Rivers was a tour de force throughout her long career, but one of the places she made the biggest mark was in late night television. A frequent guest host of “The Tonight Show,” she became the first woman to headline her own late night talk show on a broadcast network on the then-new Fox network in 1986. After her passing on Thursday, many of today's late night hosts paid tribute. David Letterman remembered Rivers’ courage. Letterman's “Late Show” tapes in the Ed Sullivan Theater, where “The Ed Sullivan Show” was broadcast from and where Rivers was a frequent guest of Sullivan's show through. »

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Joan Rivers: 15 Memorable (and Hilarious) Career Moments

4 September 2014 6:38 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

She had a reputation for being as hard-working as she was hard-hitting (and hilarious) — and a quick glance at Joan Rivers‘ long list of small-screen credits bears that out.

Related Joan Rivers, Tart-Tongued Comic and Emmy-Winning Host, Dead at 81

Whether killing it with standup routines on everything from The Ed Sullivan Show to The Tonight Show to Carol Burnett or, later in her career, skewering celebrity style (or lack thereof) on Fashion Police and countless talk-show appearances, Rivers (who died Thursday at the age of 81) was outspoken, authentic and certainly never boring.

We’ve put together a gallery of 15 fascinating »

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Video of the Day: Watch Joan Rivers perform on The Ed Sullivan Show

4 September 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The entertainment world received the sad news of the passing of veteran comedian Joan Rivers today, following medical complications. Rivers had been performing standup since the early 60s, appearing on a number of tv shows and cultivating a close professional relationship with Johnny Carson for a while, due to being a writer for The Tonight Show. She was also the first woman to have her own late night talk show, and was nominated for a Grammy for her comedy albums, while winning a Daytime Emmy for her daytime talk show. Her career was profiled in the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. Among her early standup is an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967, and her segment can be seen below.

The post Video of the Day: Watch Joan Rivers perform on The Ed Sullivan Show appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

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Joan Rivers Paved the Way for Raunchy Female Comedians

4 September 2014 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joan Rivers understood the importance of branding long before it was a showbiz buzzword.

Her career outlasted so many of her contemporaries, male and female, from the 1960s nightclub arena, because she was adept at marketing herself and reinventing her signature material to stay relevant for the times. Indeed, Rivers worked steadily until just a few days before her death on Sept. 4 after suffering a cardiac arrest the week before while undergoing vocal chord surgery — in addition to her work on E’s “Fashion Police,” she had at least seven live performances scheduled for the fall.

See Also: Joan Rivers, Comedy and TV Pioneer, Dies at 81

At the start, with her frequent appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show” in the mid-1960s, Rivers was the desperate single girl hunting for a husband. When that schtick grew dated amid changing times, she went for saucier material commenting »

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YouTube Remembers The Life Of Joan Rivers With A Curated Playlist

4 September 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

On September 4th, comedy legend Joan Rivers passed away one week after she suffered cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure. When news of her passing reached the media, YouTube wasted no time pulling together a playlist of her greatest hits. That playlist is available on the YouTube Spotlight channel, and it serves as a fond remembrance of America's most acerbic comedienne. The playlist includes several of Rivers' late night performances. It begins in 1966, with a pre-plastic surgery Rivers dishing out a comedy routine about dating during a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It then features a pair of Tonight Show interviews, 28 years apart: The first one shows her chatting with Johnny Carson in 1986, and the second one pairs her with Seth Meyers in 2014. There are a few other gems in the playlist, including a contentious CNN interview and a "feud" with Miss Piggy, but Rivers' crowning achievement on YouTube was her web series, »

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Entertainment News: Comic Legend Joan Rivers Dies at 81

4 September 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

New York City – There are legends, and then there is Joan Rivers. The comedian and show business survivor had a life journey as an influential star from the 1960s all the way to the end of her life. Joan Rivers died on September 4th, 2014, in New York City after suffering respiratory failure last weekend.

Joan Rivers, Forever Young

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Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Barnard College. As she developed her comic act, her agent at the time – Tony Rivers – suggested a name change, so Joan took his last name as hers. She was fired by Rivers as a result. Her training in comedy included a seven-month stint at The Second City in Chicago, but she got her feet wet in the comedy clubs in New York City in the 1960s, which included fellow comedy performers like George Carlin, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Joan Rivers' Most Iconic TV Performances

4 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

To honor Joan Rivers we are remembering some of her most iconic TV appearances.

The world lost legendary comedienne Joan Rivers today.

From early on in her career, Joan Rivers was an immeasurably important figure for women in comedy, and to honor her we are remembering some of her most iconic TV appearances.

News: Joan Rivers Dies at 81

1. Joan Rivers' Performance on The Ed Sullivan Show (1967)

It cannot be said enough how important Joan Rivers' was for giving female comedians a voice in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men. In this set on The Ed Sullivan Show, Joan makes us laugh while brilliantly calling out the struggles women face in everyday life.

2. Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1986)

While their relationship ultimately soured, Johnny Carson was Joan's  mentor, and she would even fill in for him on The Tonight Show while he was on vacation. In this guest »

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers, legendary comedienne

4 September 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Joan Rivers, the legendary comedian, TV personality, actress, and red carpet host, passed away Thursday after over a week long struggle in which she was kept alive on life support and put into a medically induced coma. She was 81.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” Rivers’ daughter Melissa wrote on Rivers’ personal website.

Deadline reports that Rivers was rushed to a hospital after undergoing a minor procedure, during which time she stopped breathing. Her status throughout the week had been updated to “stable,” but she remained in critical condition.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and »

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933 – 2014)

4 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

American comedian, actress, writer, producer and TV host Joan Rivers has passed away today aged 81, her daughter Melissa has revealed. She had been on life support since August 28th, having suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery.

Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers began her career as a stand-up comic in New York City in the early 1960s, which led to regular appearances and guest hosting duties on The Tonight Show as well as various variety and entertainment shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show and Hollywood Squares.

In the 1980s, Rivers became the first female comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall, and also the first female to front her own talk show, signing a bumper contract to host The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. She would subsequently win a Daytime Emmy for The Joan Rivers Show, which she hosted for five years, picking up another six nominations as host and writer. »

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Joan Rivers: Most Memorable Moments in Her Career

4 September 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Joan Rivers performed for over 50 years, and was never one to shy away from controversy. Some of her best material came from saying exactly what was on her mind, regardless of the storm that might follow. Here are some memorable moments from the gravelly-voiced comedienne’s career.

Rivers would later go on to host her own latenight comedy show, but was performing standup on latenight shows long before, as evident here in her 1967 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” where she took on stereotypes about relations between the sexes.

See Also: Joan Rivers, Comedian and TV Host, Dies at 81

She guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” occasionally in the ’70s and early ’80s before becoming the show’s permanent guest in 1983. Here she is performing a monologue for the show in 1984 where she jokes about her start in comedy performing in low-rent nightspots like “Club Herpes. »

- Kevin Noonan

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Joan Rivers, Tart-Tongued Comic and Emmy-Winning Host, Dead at 81

4 September 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Joan Rivers, the acerbic comedian, Emmy-winning TV host, red-carpet fashion critic and “celebreality” star, died Thursday in New York City following complications from surgery last week.

Related Joan Rivers: 15 Memorable (and Hilarious) Career Moments

Rivers, 81, had been in a medically induced coma at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital since her heart stopped beating during a doctor’s office procedure on her vocal cords. She had been moved to a private room on Wednesday, and was reportedly taken off life support this afternoon.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers, »

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Joan Rivers Dies at 81

4 September 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of “The Tonight Show” and star of TV’s “Fashion Police,” died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends,” her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is

difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers had been admitted to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition.

A petite blonde firebrand, the always-wry Rivers, known for the catchphrase “Can we talk?,” was a pioneering confessional female comic, »

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Joan Rivers Dies At 81; Melissa Rivers Takes Comedian Off Life Support

3 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Joan Rivers, the legendary comedian and fashion critic, passed away on Thursday afternoon more than a week after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine surgery. She was 81.

Joan Rivers Dies

Rivers' tragic passing was confirmed by her daughter Melissa Rivers, who had rushed to her side following the ill-fated outpatient surgery. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” wrote Melissa, who was tasked with deciding to take her mother off of life support after doctors had placed her into a medically induced coma last week.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” Melissa continued. “Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, »

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Crazy Tales From The Beatles' First Hollywood Concerts

21 August 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When The Beatles made their U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll, but a wind was blowing from across the pond, and L.A.'s No. 1 rock DJ, Bob Eubanks (who later became the long-running host of The Newlywed Game) sensed it. When other promoters balked at the idea of shelling out $25,000 to bring the Fab Four to town, Eubanks and business partner Mickey Brown took a loan against one of their real estate ventures and landed the hottest act in pop music on

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Q&A: Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart on Actor Chemistry and the State of Sitcoms

7 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On “The Big Bang Theory,” Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) idolizes his childhood hero, Professor Proton (Bob Newhart), much to the professor’s dismay. In real life, though, the admiration is a bit more mutual — and that was clearly evident when the two Emmy-nominated actors (Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Normal Heart”; Newhart for “Big Bang”) met at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills for a conversation with Variety. As it turns out, the pair have more in common than brilliant comic timing: Parsons grew up in Houston, where Newhart recorded the 1960 album that launched his career, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” And on stage, both played the role of Elwood P. Dowd, a sweet man who befriends an invisible 6-foot rabbit in “Harvey.”

Variety: How did you two first meet?

Parsons: At the table read.

Newhart: Actually, we met at the Emmy Awards before that. »

- Jenelle Riley

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George Harrison Memorial Tree in L.A. Destroyed by Beetles (Seriously)

22 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Beware of darkness … and also tree beetles. Los Angeles Councilman Tom Labonge told the Los Angeles Times that a pine tree planted near Griffith Park's Observatory in 2004 to honor late Beatle George Harrison has died after an infestation of - wait for it - tree beetles. As the paper notes, "Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony." The Quiet Beatle was an avid fan of both comedy and plant life: He founded film production company HandMade Films just to produce Monty Python's Life of Brian and spent much of his later »

- Alex Heigl

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Actor James Garner Dead at 86

20 July 2014 6:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Oscar-nominated actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86.

From AP:

Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. Pdt and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files. »

- Movie Geeks

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as the crusty, goofy »

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89

17 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has died. She was 89.

Stritch, an atypical star of stage and screen known for her association with Stephen Sondheim, quickly gained a reputation for the worldly, acerbic wit that often defined her characters. In her one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” Stritch talked candidly about battling the bottle and her colorful, albeit destructive, love life. Her role as the drunk yet lucid Claire in “A Delicate Balance” earned her a 1996 Tony nomination for best actress. Roles in “Bus Stop,” “Sail Away” and “Company” snagged her three other noms while “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” won her the 2002 award for special theatrical event.

See Also: Elaine Stritch’s Career in Pictures

On television, Stritch was memorable late in her career for her recurring role »

- Variety Staff

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Ron Howard To Make Beatles Documentary About Fab Four’s Early Years

16 July 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2014 has been a year of many anniversaries for The Beatles. Back in February, millions tuned in for The Night That Changed America, CBS’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival in the United States. Earlier this month, A Hard Day’s Night returned for a brief stay in theatres, in honor of that musical’s half-centennial.

Now, as bursts of Beatlemania return to the popular culture, director Ron Howard is in talks to direct a documentary about the Fab Four, focusing on their touring years in the UK, the Us and 13 other countries. Not much is known about the doc just yet, but it is said to make extensive use of concert footage, some shot from fans in the crowd at several of their 166 live concerts.

“[The Beatles'] impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated,” Howard says. “They were so exceptional yet so relatable. »

- Jordan Adler

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