Sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. And after the sad sudden death of Joan Rivers, some celebrities, including Anna Kendrick and Katy Perry took to Twitter to lovingly play tribute the comedian with a sense of humor.
While we can only read between the lines of the sad news when Joan was rushed to the hospital after an outpatient procedure and then was in and out of intensive care, it appears she and her daughter at some earlier time had "that conversation."
As we hear the countless, inspiring stories of people who were personally touched by Joan Rivers, I can't help but be in awe of this amazing woman.
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I never met Joan Rivers; I always wanted to, but never had that special opportunity to meet her. Yet, I didn't have to meet her in person to be inspired by her. As a gay man, I always understood her humor and struggles.
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This week, we lost Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, at 81-years-young (as Sarah Silverman tweeted: "She wasn't done."). Rivers was a true trailblazer. Known now for the red carpet, she began with the glass ceiling, shattering it by telling-- and sometimes shouting -- unspoken truths. "A girl, you're 30-years-old, you're not married -- you're an old maid," she said, satirizing the prevalent culture. "A man, he's 90-years-old, he's not married -- he's a catch!" That was 1967 on the Ed Sullivan Show. "My act spoke to women who weren't able to talk about things," she said. "I was talking about things that were really true." And she never stopped. Through all her iterations, struggles, ups and downs, there was never anything fake about her -- except for her plastic-surgery-altered face, which, of course, she gleefully lampooned. Asked what she wanted on her tombstone, she replied: "She had a great time." As did we.
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I first met Joan Rivers almost 50 years ago when I was a casting director working on The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster. Most of the film took place in wealthy suburbia so the actors had to seem like upper class wasps.
Joan Rivers was one of a kind. Hilarious, driven, feisty and bold. And what I loved about her most: She was wrong in all the right ways.
When Rivers walked into the room, everyone lit up. She had a gift of making everyone laugh even inspiring some to pursue a career in comedy.
For the past 48 hours, every time I've gone to that sad place about the unexpected -- unfathomable -- passing of my friend, Joan Rivers, I've found myself, just a few moments later, beginning to laugh.
Yes, Rivers often zinged herself too, but isn't that also a form of woman-bashing? Indeed, it seems Rivers' shrewdness was in recognizing a patriarchal appetite for misogynistic humor -- and exploiting it.
I've helped thousands of people with end-of-life decisions and I can tell you that the process is beyond stressful. It's extremely confusing and it's racked with guilt. As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers, here is what we can learn from her daughter's brave decision.
Harry graduated from college two years ago. He's a photographer, a fixture in the Brooklyn drag scene, and my personal stylist. At least that's how I see it.
What is starkly noticeable in the wake of Rivers' death is how much has changed for funny ladies since Rivers first walked onto the Tonight Show stage in 1965.