Joan Rivers is a force of nature, and one of the hardest working celebrities in the world. Comedienne, Tony-nominated actress, bestselling author, Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer and cosmetic company entrepreneur, red carpet fashion laureate, businesswoman and, most importantly to her, mother and grandmother.
Rivers' career skyrocketed in 1968 when she appeared on "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson. Within three years she was hosting "That Show with Joan Rivers," one of the first syndicated daytime shows, and went on to become the first sole guest host of "The Tonight Show." Her own "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" helped launch the Fox Network in 1986. In 1989, she returned to daytime television with "The Joan Rivers Show," winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host the following year, and her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1990, she launched the Joan Rivers Classics Collection of fashion jewelry on QVC. Along with her daughter Melissa, she hosted E!'s red carpet events from 1996-2004. From 2004-2007 they continued their "must-see" red carpet coverage for the TV Guide Channel, garnering the highest ratings ever for the channel. Rivers will be playing for the charity, God's Love We Deliver.
Joan's charity is God's Love We Deliver (GLWD)
PERSONAL CONNECTION: Joan has long been an avid supporter of GLWD, having been a board member and fundraiser for nearly 15 years. The charity's mission is to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to men, women and children afflicted with HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, and other serious illnesses. The 22-year-old organization also provides nutritional counseling to the gravely ill and those who care for them.