Joan Rivers: Her Life in Photos

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


In 1987, after The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers was canceled, Rosenberg, Rivers's husband of 22 years, committed suicide. His death put a strain on her already fragile relationship with then-19-year-old Melissa. "The way I see it," Rivers told PEOPLE in 1993, "Melissa blamed me." Joan and Edgar had only recently separated when he killed himself.