Joan Rivers Dead at 81

The comedian had been hospitalized following a surgical procedure.
1:43 | 09/04/14

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She was known as the meaning of the barbed one liners. Joan Rivers brought her unique brand of controversial comedy world for nearly fifty years and we know what -- was saved her birthday not present at -- has what creases in my face it before but got. Rivers who talked openly about her numerous plastic surgeries was 1933. In Brooklyn as Joan Alexander and -- -- ski her New York accent and raspy voice becoming trademarks following her first -- break as a standup comic in the 1960. S and earnings are back. On the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson right smack -- Change back from their she went on to become the first woman to host her own late night show. A quote John in saint -- and got in and out. Hung up on the never let there spoke to me again. Emmy winning and Tony nominated comedian hosted a daytime talk show and she wrote a dozen books and wasn't eaten red carpet fashion -- Are. -- -- She and her daughter Melissa rivers often on camera together including in their own reality TV show -- -- Rivers joked openly about being a single mother after her husband killed himself in 1987. And still not over his suicide -- it's still furious with him. Some of the they say are you go to -- -- meted -- Cook Karen rivers who found humor in her darkest moments and deepest insecurities. And making fun of everything just think finally get on with. Was 81 years old. -- Gonzales ABC news New York.

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