Joan Rivers is remembered for pushing comedic boundaries

Almost up until her passing, octogenarian Joan Rivers was known for pushing the limits of comedy. The stand-up comedian and TV personality died on September 4 at…
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Joan Rivers is remembered for pushing comedic boundaries

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.( Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)

Almost up until her passing, octogenarian Joan Rivers was known for pushing the limits of comedy.

The stand-up comedian and TV personality died on September 4 at the age of 81. Her daughter Melissa Rivers and 13-year-old grandson Cooper were by the comedian’s side during her final moments. While undergoing vocal surgery in New York City on August 28, Rivers stopped breathing and was moved to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was in a coma before dying.

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She had her opinions and her thoughts and wasn’t afraid to express herself on live TV whilst always aiming to make people laugh, if not at least crack a smile.

“The way she is funny, she tells the truth according to herself,” film critic Roger Ebert wrote in 2010. “She hates some people. She has political opinions. Her observations are so merciless and her timing so precise that even if you like that person, you laugh. She is a sadist of comedy, unafraid to be cruel — even too cruel. She seems to be curious about how far she can go and still get a laugh.”

Shyness wasn’t one of her traits, especially when it came to social media.

Back in 2012, Rivers took to Twitter to express her thoughts about superstar Rihanna still loving Chris Brown after their domestic violence issue.

“Rihanna confessed to Oprah Winfrey that she still loves Chris Brown. Idiot! Now it’s MY turn to slap her,” Rivers tweeted.

“Pitch Perfect” actress Anna Kendrick also showed her condolences by tweeting out, “RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.”

Other stars such as Goldie Hawn, Kathy Griffin and Seth Meyers have also shown their admiration for the comedian. Although she was in her 80’s, Rivers kept working hard.

Rivers was no stranger to the red carpet shows having started in the mid-90’s and this past August she was a part of the red carpets for the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys.

She was famously known for co-hosting “Fashion Police” on the E channel and even hosted two online shows, “In Bed With Joan” and “Drunken Celebrity Phone Calls.”

“Joan Rivers once told me she would die before she’d ever apologize for a joke. I’m glad she made it,” tweeted Anthony Jeselnik.

Hollywood remembers legendary comedian Joan Rivers

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