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Born 8 June 1933: Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky on June 8th, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, was a comedic force who broke barriers for women in stand-up. Despite facing initial resistance in the male-dominated world of comedy clubs, Rivers persevered, honing her sharp wit and acerbic delivery. Her signature brand of humour, often self-deprecating and unapologetically cutting, targeted celebrities, politicians, and even herself, earning her both adoration and controversy.

Rivers’ career spanned decades. She rose to prominence with appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and later became the first woman to host a late-night talk show in the United States. Throughout her career, she also hosted her own successful daytime talk show, wrote several bestselling books, and became a fixture on red carpets, interviewing celebrities with her signature brand of fearless wit.

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