Joan Rivers: Her Life in Photos

Comedienne, talk-show host, fashion critic, trailblazer: The riveting Rivers kept audiences laughing for more than 50 years

A HOUSEHOLD NAME

After daughter Melissa was born in 1968, Rivers continued her winning streak in the 1970s with appearances on popular programs including The Carol Burnett Show and Hollywood Squares. Still, Rivers always put family first. "Mom and Dad would fly in from wherever for even minor school events," Melissa recalled to PEOPLE in 1993. Added Joan: "I was even a Brownie troop mother. Now that was a picture."