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  • Joan Rivers, second from left, in 1961 with her Second City troop.

      Joan Rivers, second from left, in 1961 with her Second City troop.
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  • In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Joan Rivers attends an E! Network event in New York.

      In this April 30, 2012 file photo, Joan Rivers attends an E! Network event in New York.
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  • This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police."

      This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police."
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  • This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police."

      This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police."
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  • In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York.

      In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York.
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  • In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. Melissa Rivers announced Thursday, Sept. 4, that her mother Joan died Thursday, in New York.

      In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. Melissa Rivers announced Thursday, Sept. 4, that her mother Joan died Thursday, in New York.
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  • In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 photo provided by NBC, Joan Rivers appears with Jimmy Fallon during his debut on "The Tonight Show" in New York.

      In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 photo provided by NBC, Joan Rivers appears with Jimmy Fallon during his debut on "The Tonight Show" in New York.
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  • In this Sunday, July 26, 2009 file photo, Joan Rivers greets the audience at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles.

      In this Sunday, July 26, 2009 file photo, Joan Rivers greets the audience at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles.
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  • In this Sept. 18, 2005 file photo, comedian Joan Rivers blows kisses on arrival at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

      In this Sept. 18, 2005 file photo, comedian Joan Rivers blows kisses on arrival at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
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  • In this May 16, 1987 file photo shows entertainer Joan Rivers, center, with her husband Edger Rosenberg, left and daughter Melissa, at Fox Broadcasting Studios in Los Angeles.

      In this May 16, 1987 file photo shows entertainer Joan Rivers, center, with her husband Edger Rosenberg, left and daughter Melissa, at Fox Broadcasting Studios in Los Angeles.
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  • This April 12, 1965 file photo shows comedienne Joan Rivers in Los Angeles.

      This April 12, 1965 file photo shows comedienne Joan Rivers in Los Angeles.
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  • This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police."

      This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police."
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  • Entertainer Joan Rivers chooses a men's dress shirt at Macy's during the kick off of "no sales tax" Wednesday, March 1, 2000, in New York.

      Entertainer Joan Rivers chooses a men's dress shirt at Macy's during the kick off of "no sales tax" Wednesday, March 1, 2000, in New York.
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  • Comedienne Joan Rivers is shown in Los Angeles, Ca., April 12, 1965.

      Comedienne Joan Rivers is shown in Los Angeles, Ca., April 12, 1965.
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  • Comedienne Joan Rivers talks about her upcoming Broadway play, "Fun City," in New York City, Nov. 4, 1971.  Rivers will star in the play, which she co-wrote.

      Comedienne Joan Rivers talks about her upcoming Broadway play, "Fun City," in New York City, Nov. 4, 1971. Rivers will star in the play, which she co-wrote.
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  • British singer Tom Jones, centre, blows out candles at a surprise birthday party at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, June 6, 1974. Guests include, from left to right, Joan Rivers, Sonny Bono, Jones, Debbie Reynolds, and Liberace.

      British singer Tom Jones, centre, blows out candles at a surprise birthday party at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, June 6, 1974. Guests include, from left to right, Joan Rivers, Sonny Bono, Jones, Debbie Reynolds, and Liberace.
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  • Joan Rivers of E! Television shows off her "diva" necklace during the arrivals for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

      Joan Rivers of E! Television shows off her "diva" necklace during the arrivals for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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  • Joan Rivers with E! Entertainment television arrives for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at the Shrine Auditorium on Los Angeles.

      Joan Rivers with E! Entertainment television arrives for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at the Shrine Auditorium on Los Angeles.
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  • Comedienne Joan Rivers is shown during a recent interview in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 26, 1977.

      Comedienne Joan Rivers is shown during a recent interview in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 26, 1977.
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  • Popular night club comedienne Joan Rivers, shown in her Bel Air home, tells of her problems to get financial backing for her directorial effort, "Rabbit Test" in Los Angeles, April 14, 1978.

      Popular night club comedienne Joan Rivers, shown in her Bel Air home, tells of her problems to get financial backing for her directorial effort, "Rabbit Test" in Los Angeles, April 14, 1978.
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  • Director-comedienne Joan Rivers watches the loan papers she signed, putting her home up as collateral for money to finish a picture she directed, go up in flames in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 24, 1978.

      Director-comedienne Joan Rivers watches the loan papers she signed, putting her home up as collateral for money to finish a picture she directed, go up in flames in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 24, 1978.
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  • Joan Rivers with her husband, Edgar, at a benefit to raise money to fight the disease, AIDS, at the Shubert Theatre in New York on May 19, 1985. The benefit featured Joan Rivers and Boy George among other talents.

      Joan Rivers with her husband, Edgar, at a benefit to raise money to fight the disease, AIDS, at the Shubert Theatre in New York on May 19, 1985. The benefit featured Joan Rivers and Boy George among other talents.
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  • First Lady Nancy Reagan left, is hugged by singer Pearl Bailey as, from left, Carla Hills, Barbara Bush, U. S. Treasurer Katherine Ortega and Joan Rivers applaud during a reception in Dallas on Wednesday, August 22, 1984.

      First Lady Nancy Reagan left, is hugged by singer Pearl Bailey as, from left, Carla Hills, Barbara Bush, U. S. Treasurer Katherine Ortega and Joan Rivers applaud during a reception in Dallas on Wednesday, August 22, 1984.
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  • Comedian Joan Rivers reacts after presented with a frying pan, honoring her with the First Instant Pudding Award University? Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Tuesday, June 3, 1986 in Cambridge.

      Comedian Joan Rivers reacts after presented with a frying pan, honoring her with the First Instant Pudding Award University? Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Tuesday, June 3, 1986 in Cambridge.
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  • Comedian Joan Rivers and Barry Diller, chairman of Fox Inc., arrive for news conference in Los Angeles to announce that she will host a live talk show on Fox Broadcasting Co. that will compete with late night king Johnny Carson, May 6, 1986.

      Comedian Joan Rivers and Barry Diller, chairman of Fox Inc., arrive for news conference in Los Angeles to announce that she will host a live talk show on Fox Broadcasting Co. that will compete with late night king Johnny Carson, May 6, 1986.
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  • Joan Rivers speaks during the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 20, 1986.

      Joan Rivers speaks during the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 20, 1986.
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  • Performers on the first episode of The Late Show pose with star Joan Rivers, Oct. 9, 1986. From left: Elton John, Joan Rivers, Cher, and Pee Wee Herman.

      Performers on the first episode of The Late Show pose with star Joan Rivers, Oct. 9, 1986. From left: Elton John, Joan Rivers, Cher, and Pee Wee Herman.

  • Entertainer Joan Rivers, center, with her husband Edger Rosenberg, left and daughter Melissa, leave the Fox Broadcasting Studios in Los Angeles, May 16, 1987 after taping what might be her last show for the company.

      Entertainer Joan Rivers, center, with her husband Edger Rosenberg, left and daughter Melissa, leave the Fox Broadcasting Studios in Los Angeles, May 16, 1987 after taping what might be her last show for the company.
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  • A subdued Joan Rivers makes her first television appearance since the August death of her husband in Pasadena, Calif. during the 39th Annual Emmy Award at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Sept. 21, 1987.

      A subdued Joan Rivers makes her first television appearance since the August death of her husband in Pasadena, Calif. during the 39th Annual Emmy Award at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Sept. 21, 1987.
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  • Comedian Joan Rivers gets a lift from rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York, Feb. 17, 1988.

      Comedian Joan Rivers gets a lift from rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York, Feb. 17, 1988.
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  • Joan Rivers stars in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound," on Broadway.  She's seen during an interview in New York, July 21, 1988.

      Joan Rivers stars in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound," on Broadway. She's seen during an interview in New York, July 21, 1988.
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  • Comedienne Joan Rivers gestures as she chats with talk show host Arsenio Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 25, 1989.

      Comedienne Joan Rivers gestures as she chats with talk show host Arsenio Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 25, 1989.
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  • Comedienne Joan Rivers poses next to her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 26, 1989. She was honored for her contributions to the world of entertainment, specifically television.

      Comedienne Joan Rivers poses next to her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 26, 1989. She was honored for her contributions to the world of entertainment, specifically television.
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  • Joan Rivers makes it quite clear - she?s starting a new syndicated talk show and its name is "The Joan Rivers Show," in Los Angeles, Aug. 15, 1989

      Joan Rivers makes it quite clear - she?s starting a new syndicated talk show and its name is "The Joan Rivers Show," in Los Angeles, Aug. 15, 1989
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  • New York Post columnist Joey Adams gets a birthday kiss from comedienne Joan Rivers at his 80th birthday celebration at the Helmsley Hotel in New York, Jan. 8, 1991.

      New York Post columnist Joey Adams gets a birthday kiss from comedienne Joan Rivers at his 80th birthday celebration at the Helmsley Hotel in New York, Jan. 8, 1991.
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  • Performers Tom and Roseanne Arnold match tattoos with host Joan Rivers during taping of the "Joan Rivers Show" Monday, Jan.18, 1993 in New York.

      Performers Tom and Roseanne Arnold match tattoos with host Joan Rivers during taping of the "Joan Rivers Show" Monday, Jan.18, 1993 in New York.
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  • Entertainer RuPaul, left, sings a number from his debut album "Supermodel of the World" with Joan Rivers during taping of her show in New York, July 28, 1993.

      Entertainer RuPaul, left, sings a number from his debut album "Supermodel of the World" with Joan Rivers during taping of her show in New York, July 28, 1993.
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  • Comedian Joan Rivers, right, the subject of the documentary film "Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work," poses for a photo with a fan on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.

      Comedian Joan Rivers, right, the subject of the documentary film "Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work," poses for a photo with a fan on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.
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  • Joan Rivers s seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles.

      Joan Rivers s seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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  • From left to right, singer Adam Lambert, comedian Joan Rivers, television personality Kelly Osbourne, and television personality Melissa Rivers pose together at the "Glamorous By George" book launch hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

      From left to right, singer Adam Lambert, comedian Joan Rivers, television personality Kelly Osbourne, and television personality Melissa Rivers pose together at the "Glamorous By George" book launch hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
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  • Katie Couric, departing co-host of the NBC television "Today" program, laughs as Joan Rivers critiques a retrospective video tape of her fashions throughout Couric's 15-year tenure on the show,

      Katie Couric, departing co-host of the NBC television "Today" program, laughs as Joan Rivers critiques a retrospective video tape of her fashions throughout Couric's 15-year tenure on the show,
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  • Larry King stands next to Joan Rivers at a party held by CNN celebrating King's fifty years of broadcasting, New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2007.

      Larry King stands next to Joan Rivers at a party held by CNN celebrating King's fifty years of broadcasting, New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2007.
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  • Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor, honoring the late George Carlin, at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008.

      Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor, honoring the late George Carlin, at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008.
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  • US actors and comedians Joan Rivers and Robin Williams  backstage at the Wimbledon Theatre after a charity performance in aid of the Prince's Trust charity, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.

      US actors and comedians Joan Rivers and Robin Williams backstage at the Wimbledon Theatre after a charity performance in aid of the Prince's Trust charity, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.
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  • Comedienne Joan Rivers hoists up the pot symbolic of the Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatrical club's "Woman of the Year" award at presentation ceremonies at the Hasty Pudding Club in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 16, 1984.

      Comedienne Joan Rivers hoists up the pot symbolic of the Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatrical club's "Woman of the Year" award at presentation ceremonies at the Hasty Pudding Club in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 16, 1984.
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  • Comedian Joan Rivers, center, holds up a poster of Jack Paar, former host of NBC's "Tonight Show," which was given to her by the cast of National Lampoon's "Class of 86" in New York, June 5, 1986.

      Comedian Joan Rivers, center, holds up a poster of Jack Paar, former host of NBC's "Tonight Show," which was given to her by the cast of National Lampoon's "Class of 86" in New York, June 5, 1986.
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  • Joan Rivers looks at beads during the Krewe of Orpheus parade in the Uptown area of New Orleans Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.

      Joan Rivers looks at beads during the Krewe of Orpheus parade in the Uptown area of New Orleans Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.
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  • American artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France in 2009.

      American artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France in 2009.
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  • American artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in 2009.

      American artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in 2009.
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  • In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, talk show host Joan Rivers, right, talks with guest, first lady Nancy Reagan, during her appearance on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers," on Fox TV.

      In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, talk show host Joan Rivers, right, talks with guest, first lady Nancy Reagan, during her appearance on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers," on Fox TV.
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  • Dolly Parton, right, appears with host Joan Rivers during taping, Monday, March 1, 1993 in New York of The Joan Rivers Show,.

      Dolly Parton, right, appears with host Joan Rivers during taping, Monday, March 1, 1993 in New York of The Joan Rivers Show,.
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  • Joan Rivers, left, and Sarah Silverman are seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles.

      Joan Rivers, left, and Sarah Silverman are seen on stage at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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  • TV personalities Melissa, left, and Joan Rivers pose for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 in New York.

      TV personalities Melissa, left, and Joan Rivers pose for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 in New York.
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  • Joan Rivers waves one of Don King's flags on the red carpet of the Friars Club's Testimonial Dinner honoring Larry King in New York, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.

      Joan Rivers waves one of Don King's flags on the red carpet of the Friars Club's Testimonial Dinner honoring Larry King in New York, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.
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  • Television personality and entertainer Joan Rivers tours backstage with her camera crew before the Badgley Mischka Fall 2012 collection is shown.

      Television personality and entertainer Joan Rivers tours backstage with her camera crew before the Badgley Mischka Fall 2012 collection is shown.
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  • In this photograph taken by AP Images for Bravo, Joan Rivers appears on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" show on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in New York.

      In this photograph taken by AP Images for Bravo, Joan Rivers appears on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" show on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in New York.
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  • Television personalities Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday April 22, 2013.

      Television personalities Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday April 22, 2013.
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  • New Miss America Suzette Charles talks with Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in Burbank, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 6, 1984.

      New Miss America Suzette Charles talks with Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in Burbank, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 6, 1984.
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  • In this Feb. 16, 2012 photo provided by Bravo, Joan Rivers appears on the "Watch What Happens Live" show in New York.

      In this Feb. 16, 2012 photo provided by Bravo, Joan Rivers appears on the "Watch What Happens Live" show in New York.
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Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

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