With the passing of Joan Rivers, there is plenty being written about her online and said about her on talk shows. The death of any celebrity means days worth of constant coverage, tributes, and scrutiny.
The world had something of a love/hate relationship with Rivers — or shall we call her by her real name, Joan Alexandra Rosenberg. She could be caustic while being funny. She could be a diva, but could tone it down when she had to. She was a trailblazing feminist, even though she might not have called herself that, by taking on the comedy establishment in the 1960s and daring to make jokes about things that polite ladies just didn’t talk about in the pre-women’s lib days.
Rivers was also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, who could have used her energy to land a “normal” job. But instead she chose an even harder path — the one of proving that there was room in the then man’s world of comedy for a woman who dared to channel her inner Lenny Bruce.
There are many tributes this week to Rivers, who died at the age of 81, but we like this one from earlier this year where she went head to head with her diva rival, Miss Piggy. She wasn’t afraid to make fun of herself and was an octogenarian who still reveled in making comedy: