Written by Staff Writer
05 Sep, 2014 | 7:35 am
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. She was 81.
Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure.
Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.
The actress and stand-up comedian is well known for her legendary put-downs .
Shortly after her death was announced, tributes poured in from the world of entertainment.
She was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York, to a family of Jewish immigrants who had fled the Russian Revolution.
Her big break came in 1965 when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and a long television career followed.
Her first marriage lasted only six months but her second with Edgar Rosenberg spanned more than two decades until his suicide in 1987.
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