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Joan and Melissa Rivers Forged a Lasting Mother-Daughter Bond | Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers

Joan and Melissa Rivers Forged a Lasting Mother-Daughter Bond

Originally posted 09/05/2014 08:05PM

Last week when Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a surgical procedure, it was daughter, Melissa, who immediately hopped a plane from L.A. to New York and rushed to her mother's bedside. And that's where she remained until the end.

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PEOPLE's TV Critic: Joan Rivers Was Angry, Smart & a Remarkable Piece of Work

Joan Rivers: Angry, Smart and a Remarkable Piece of Work

Originally posted 09/05/2014 01:00PM

Many years ago I had the odd privilege of hearing a voicemail that Joan Rivers left on a colleague's phone. Ms. Rivers, calling in from a radio studio, was not happy with a review my colleague had written of one of her books.

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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Tearfully Remembers Tonight Show Legend Joan Rivers

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Jimmy Fallon Tearfully Remembers Tonight Show Legend Joan Rivers

Originally posted 09/05/2014 09:15AM

Joan Rivers, who died Thursday, got her start on prime-time variety and late-night talk shows in the 1960s, and is especially remembered for her appearances on The Tonight Show.

Once she was introduced on-air in 1965, Rivers routinely visited the program and later would officially fill in as host for Johnny Carson – until she was offered a rival show on Fox, triggering a lifelong freeze-out by Carson. She would not again appear on The Tonight Show for 26 years.

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Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel Trade Insults in Salute to Joan Rivers | Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel Trade Insults in Salute to Joan Rivers

Originally posted 09/05/2014 08:30AM

Joan Rivers blazed a trail for women comedians, especially ones like Sarah Silverman, who adored her bold, take-no-prisoners approach to jokes.

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25 Jokes That Show How Joan Rivers Blended Humor, Hardship and Chutzpah

Joan Rivers: 25 Jokes That Show How She Blended Humor, Hardship and Chutzpah

Originally posted 09/04/2014 07:55PM

Following the death of Joan Rivers at age 81 on Thursday, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement: "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," it read in part.

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The History of Joan Rivers's Most Famous Catchphrase: 'Can We Talk?'

Originally posted 09/04/2014 04:50PM

The world lost an unforgettable comedian on Thursday, when Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81.

"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon," Rivers's daughter Melissa said in a statement regarding her mother's death obtained by PEOPLE.

Making people laugh was never a problem for the comedian, who started on the nightclub circuit in the 1960s. Through her decades of entertaining on stage and screen, Rivers developed numerous classic bits and catchphrases, but three small words stand above the rest: "Can we talk?"

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From TIME: Remembering Joan Rivers, the Groundbreaking Feminist Icon

From TIME: Remembering Joan Rivers, the Groundbreaking Feminist Icon

Originally posted 09/04/2014 05:00PM

The comedian paved the way for other women – even if she didn't plan to

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Johnny Depp, Lena Dunham & More Stars Honor Joan Rivers

RIP Joan Rivers: Celebrities Remember the Comedy Legend

Originally posted 09/04/2014 04:00PM

A pop culture icon since the 1960s, Joan Rivers made generations of people laugh.

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Andrew Madoff Has Died

UpdatePosted 09/03/2014 01:15PM

Andrew Madoff Has Died

Originally posted 09/03/2014 12:05PM

Bernard Madoff's last surviving son has died of cancer.

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Journalist Steven Sotloff Beheaded by ISIS, According to Video

Steven Sotloff Apparently Beheaded by the Islamic State Group, According to Online Video

Originally posted 09/02/2014 01:55PM

An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

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