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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

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A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.

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Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg (co-director) (as Annie Sundberg)

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Ricki Stern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Rivers ... Herself
Jocelyn Pickett Jocelyn Pickett ... Herself
Bill Sammeth ... Himself (as Billy Sammeth)
Larry A. Thompson ... Himself
Graham Reed ... Himself
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Himself, Joan Rivers' housekeeper
Debbie Brennan Debbie Brennan ... Herself
Analie Berthel Analie Berthel ... Herself
Sean Foley Sean Foley ... Himself
Emily Kosloski ... Herself
Mark Anderson Phillips Mark Anderson Phillips ... Himself (as Mark Phillips)
Denis Markell Denis Markell ... Himself
Gilda Frost Gilda Frost ... Herself
David Dangle David Dangle ... Himself
Kathy Griffin ... Herself
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This documentary follows one year in the life of Joan Rivers, who sees herself first and foremost as an actress, with her life as a comedienne/writer just an extension of being an actress. Now at age 75, Rivers has faced her ups and downs in her forty plus year career, the year leading up to filming being a down compared to what she would have wanted, which is a calendar full of engagements with several engagements each day. That want is in part to support her opulent personal lifestyle, but is more a need to bolster her own sense of self-worth as a basically insecure person who is probably best known now for her overuse of cosmetic surgery rather than her professional work. She feels that Kathy Griffin, who she admires, is now getting all the engagements she would have gotten in her prime. During this year, Rivers is seen going from engagement to engagement, some big - such as a Kennedy Center Honors for George Carlin, a double bill with Don Rickles in New York, and her own celebrity... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Trabalho de Joan Rivers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,351, 13 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,927,972, 12 September 2010
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Break Thru Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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23 December 2010 | by GeorgeSee all my reviews

Joan has always been my favorite female comic. I met her in the 60's,and again in the early 70's. She was performing in L.A., and my good friend, and now retired VP of Sasson, "at one time did her hair", had got us tickets at the "Little Club", where we were able to see her hone her craft. She is tired of being called a ground breaking female comic, as she mentioned, but she is that and more. I think she is more afraid of life, than death. She really shouldn't have to work as hard as she does, even though she loves it. She took a bad shot with her ex, who stepped in sxxx, when he met her. Bernie Madoff could have managed her money better. But she is a class act, a pro of the highest degree, born to do what she does. We are blessed to still have her around, and for my 2 cents, I hope she stays healthy and is around forever. She is like the Sinatra of what she does. Watch the film.


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