Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedian and TV host, died on Thursday in New York. Here’s a look back at her life and career in photos.
Joan Rivers, seen here at the 17th annual Emmy Awards, where she won best talk show host for syndicated program "The Joan Rivers Show."
Rivers, seen here as a little girl in New York.
Blast from the Past
The Ed Sullivan Show – 1966
“Knowing her, working with he and enjoying the fun times of life with her was special. She will always be in our hearts. She was a good friend to Barbara and I. Melissa, be strong and take care of your son Cooper. Joan…we will miss you.” – Rickles on Joan Rivers’ death
Dolly and Joan
Rivers with Dolly Parton at a Christmas party in 1988.
1980 Best of Vegas Awards
Rivers performs in Chicago in 1983.
Johnny vs. Joan
Rivers had a very rocky relationship with Johnny Carson and was subsequently banned from appearing on “The Tonight Show” by the late night host when she accepted an offer from NBC rival Fox to host her own program.
Pretty in Pink
Rivers poses for a photograph before the premiere of her acclaimed documentary “Piece of Work” at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010.
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Mother and Daughter
Rivers with daughter Melissa, who often collaborated with her mother on TV.
With Fellow Comedian Kathy Griffin
Rivers, gives one of her trademark salutes on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”
Rivers was the official at a recent gay wedding in New York.