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Melissa Rivers Bids Farewell to Her Mother's Casket | Joan Rivers

UpdatePosted 09/07/2014 07:00AM

Melissa Rivers Bids Farewell to Her Mother's Casket

Originally posted 09/05/2014 06:55PM

An openly grieving Melissa Rivers bid a tearful farewell to her mother Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81, as the comedian's casket was loaded into a hearse in New York City Saturday, reportedly on its way to a crematorium in preparation for Sunday morning's funeral at New York City's Temple Emanu-El.

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Joan Rivers Had Heart Condition That 'Scared the Hell' Out of Her | Joan Lunden, Joan Rivers

UpdatePosted 09/06/2014 12:15PM

Joan Rivers Had Heart Condition That 'Scared the Hell' Out of Her

Originally posted 09/06/2014 08:00AM

As the investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers's death following a routine outpatient procedure, a video clip has surfaced in which the legendary comedian confesses her concerns about anesthesia – and reveals she has a heart condition.

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Brad & Angelina's Wedding Album, and Other Top Stories of the Week

Brad & Angelina's Wedding Album, and Other Top Stories of the Week

Originally posted 09/06/2014 11:00AM

Fabulous fashions, and a fashion faux pas, dominated the week's top stories here on PEOPLE.com.

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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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Joan Rivers: Her Final Interview

Joan Rivers: Her Final Interview

Originally posted 09/05/2014 05:30PM

Joan Rivers was a kind woman – as gracious, wise and generous as she was funny. That might sound strange to hear about a woman who could eviscerate any actress who made a misstep on the red carpet, and who famously described Elizabeth Taylor as standing in front of a microwave oven screaming, "Hurry!"

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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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UpdatePosted 09/04/2014 06:00PM

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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