VIDEO: Watch Highlights from Joan Rivers' Talk Show Appearances & Stand-Up Routines
BWW has just reported the sad news that Joan Rivers died this morning, at 81 years old. Rivers was undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords last Thursday, during which she stopped breathing. She was quickly rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, where she was admitted in critical condition, and later upgraded to stable as she was put into a medically induced coma and put on life support.
Earlier this week, she was moved from the ICU to a private room, where she was kept comfortable and surrounded by family and loved ones, who had been hoping for a miracle. Continued updates noted that she would be touched by the outpouring of support and kept comfortable, with no other details.
It was revealed this morning that the New York State health department is investigating the 'whole matter' as well.
Rivers was long a fixture on the New York scene, with numerous standup appearances, benefit appearances, and a long association with the theatrical community. She was a constant presence at opening nights and special events, and never hesitated to express her love for theatre and live entertainment.
Her Broadway credits include Fun City, Broadway Bound and Sally Marr...and her escorts, for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination as Outstanding Actress in a Play and a Tony Nomination for Best Actress in a Play.
Below, BWW has assembled highlights from Rivers' many talk show appearances throughout the years, as well as some of her classic stand up routines.
Jimmy Fallon recently welcomed Joan Rivers, who made her first appearance on The Tonight Show 49 years ago
1986 TONIGHT SHOW - Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson reminisce about their early careers and Rivers discusses her book "Enter Talking"
Rivers visits THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW and shares her take on the latest Hot Topics
After walking out of a CNN interview, Rivers visits LATE SHOW where it's Dave's turn to walk out on her.
Rivers chats about her new book, "Diary of a Mad Diva" on ABC's THE VIEW
Joan and Melissa Rivers discuss living and working together and the future of media with Carol Massar and Bill Cohan on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock."
Rivers performs on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on April 23, 1967.
1972: THE TONIGHT SHOW - Johnny Carson talks with Joan Rivers about her early days of writing and how hard it is to be a woman comedian.
1984: Rivers appears in one of her many stints as guest host of THE TONIGHT SHOW
Joan's 1974 Standup Routine:
Joan on UK televisions' AN AUDIENCE WITH JOAN RIVERS in 1983:
THIS ISN'T GREAT QUALITY:
Joan on Comedy Club All-Stars in 1991:
Joan at the Apollo Theatre in London in 2007:
Joan unloads after a Sundance screening of her documentary in 2010:
Joan Rivers Roast from 2010:
Joan's set at Atlanta Symphony Hall in 2013:
Short clip from Joan's Stand Up Act from July 2014:
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