Joan Rivers: Her Life in Photos

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

WRITING SUCCESS

Rivers's career continued to climb through the 1980s. Her Carnegie Hall debut sold out in two days, her comedy album, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?, earned a Grammy nomination in 1983, and three years later, she wrote a best-selling autobiography, Enter Talking. "My whole career has been one rejection after another," she has said, "and then going back and back and pushing against everything and everybody. Getting ahead by small, ugly steps."