12 Facts About Joan Rivers

1. On January 26, 2015, Melissa Joan Rivers filed a malpractice lawsuit against the clinic and doctors performing surgery on her mother.

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2. In her book Bouncing Back, Joan Rivers described how she developed bulimia nervosa after the 1987 suicide of Rosenberg, and the subsequent death of her psychologist, with whom she'd developed a close friendship, of AIDS.

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3. In a 2012 interview with Howard Stern, Joan Rivers said she had several extramarital affairs when married to Rosenberg, including a one-night affair with actor Robert Mitchum in the 1960s and an affair with actor Gabriel Dell.

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4. In 2002, Joan Rivers told the Montreal Mirror that she was a Republican.

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5. Throughout the decade, Joan Rivers often appeared in various television game shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, and Celebrity Family Feud, in which she competed with her daughter against Ice-T and Coco.

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6. In 2004, Joan Rivers was part of the formal receiving party when Ronald Reagan was placed in state at the United States Capitol.

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7. In 2003, Joan Rivers left the network red-carpet show for a three-year contract to cover award shows' red carpet events for the TV Guide Channel.

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8. On this professional endeavor, Joan Rivers said: "In those days, only dead celebrities went on [QVC].

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9. On March 27, 2014, Joan Rivers returned to the show for an interview.

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10. In 1984, Joan Rivers published a best-selling humor book, The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abramowitz, a mock memoir of her brassy, loose comedy character, which was mostly jokes about promiscuity—of a type that would have been considered unacceptable even in burlesque a generation earlier.

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11. In 1978, Joan Rivers made her directorial debut with the comedy Rabbit Test, which she wrote and starred her friend Billy Crystal in his film debut as the world's first pregnant man.

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12. In 1973, Joan Rivers wrote the made-for-television movie The Girl Most Likely to.

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