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 a bittersweet homecoming, Rivers returned to The Tonight Show on Feb. 17, 2014 (new host Jimmy Fallon's first night), 28 years after her famous feud and 49 years to the day of her first appearance on Carson's show. She sat down for a chat a month later, in March 2014. "Being in the studio brought back the most wonderful, wonderful memories of the night that jump-started my career," Rivers said. She died on Sept. 4, 2014, at age 81, following complications from surgery.