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Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As I reflect on the life and career of Joan Rivers, I think about the women in the entertainment business who were the firsts and broke new ground. We'll learn about just a few of these pioneering women in this blog post.

How To Have Fun With a Serious Song

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the wake of "Ebb Tide," Carl's 1953 oceanic collaboration with composer Robert Maxwell, hundreds of orchestras and singers recorded it. Millions purchased those recordings. Critics fawned over it. Teens made out to it. Couples chose it as their wedding song.

Joan Rivers Died Like She Lived: Shocking People

Kevin Price | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Kevin Price

Rivers has shocked us again, dramatically exiting just when we all were expecting more. Shocking people may very well be the thing that she did best.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

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.

Johnny Carson Made Joan Rivers' Career, Then Sent It Crashing Down. What Happened?

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.05.2014 | Entertainment

The late Joan Rivers' first step to becoming a comedy icon was her hilarious relationship with the great Johnny Carson, who appointed Rivers as his pe...

Meeting Joan Rivers When She Was in Love

Lea Lane | Posted 09.05.2014 | Entertainment
Lea Lane

Much to my surprise, she was the opposite of the joking loud-mouth I knew from television. She seemed demure and polite, and she let Bernard do most of the talking and the quipping.

10 Things I Know About the Late Joan Rivers

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

She could make fun of herself. I loved the recent commercials she made making fun of herself and her numerous cosmetic surgeries.

'If You've Never Walked In The Shoes Of Depression You Have No Idea What It Feels Like'

Cathy Chester | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

As my heart aches from the untimely death of Robin Williams, I decided I'd tell my own story about depression. I hope it will ignite a much-needed dia...

Remembering Andy Kaufman 30 Years on

Philip Goldberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

People gawked at him, pointed at him, called his name and shook his hand. One sang out the Mighty Mouse tag line: "Here I come to save the day!" Andy took it in graciously, but he clearly would rather have been unrecognizable.

Doug's Dozen: 12 Weirdest Things in Johnny Carson's Sex Tape

Doug Molitor | Posted 05.12.2014 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

News item: An X-rated video of Johnny Carson having sex with one of his wives is reportedly being shopped to private collectors. For those of us w...

9 Celebrity Sex Tapes No One Wanted To See

The Stir | Posted 03.12.2014 | Weird News

When you hear the phrase "celebrity sex tape," certain images quickly come to mind. You think about a pair of impossibly hot people getting in on in f...

Alleged Johnny Carson Sex Tape Is Making The Rounds

www.tmz.com | Posted 03.08.2014 | Celebrity

Call him a c*** show host ... TMZ has learned, Johnny Carson recorded a sex tape with his wife back in the 1970s -- and not only has the tape just hit...

Jimmy Fallon Now Faces Week Two and Beyond. Plus, What Happened During His Tonight Show Debut

Tony Potts | Posted 04.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

Mid-April and mid-July and mid-September. That's when we will all have other things to do and when life can get in the way of normal viewing patterns and things we once thought important. That's when Fallon's ability to draw an audience will be truly tested.

Tea Leaves on Comcast's Bid for Time Warner

Shelly Palmer | Posted 04.19.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

The first truly national cable television provider will be born and the tea leaves prophesy that it will grow to be bigger and way worse for consumers and competition than the Sprint-T-mobile merger could ever have been.

The Day Jay Leno Scared the Hell Out of Me (and More from 'The Tonight Show' Hallways)

Tony Potts | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

As I watched Jay Leno say goodbye on his final Tonight Show, I started thinking about all of my experiences with Jay, the stars on his show, the various wild animals roaming the halls and his incredible staff.

Jay Leno's Tonight Show Legacy: It's the Viewers, Stupid!

Dave Berg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Dave Berg

What's next for Leno? Will he just do stand-up appearances and work on his cars? Not a chance. I worked with him at The Tonight Show for 18 years. He has the mentality of a boxer. No boxer would ever walk out of the ring in the middle of a fight in which he was pulverizing his opponent.

The Top Historic Moments Of The Past 50 Years We'll Never Forget

Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty

As we reflected recently on the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy that took place 50 years ago, we realized yet again how significant ...

Richard Pryor, Furious Cool, and an Early Thanksgiving

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In what is clearly (and beautifully) a labor of love, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming ...

The Johnny Carson You Didn't Know

AP | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL | Posted 10.17.2013 | Entertainment

-- "Johnny Carson" (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Henry Bushkin Hell hath no fury like a lawyer scorned....

Book Review: Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

Jim Moret | Posted 12.15.2013 | Books
Jim Moret

For nearly 20 years, Bushkin was Carson's closest advisor and friend. This is a riveting firsthand account of Carson's Jekyll and Hyde mood swings, the drinking, the women, the wives and insecurities of the most powerful man on television.

Johnny Carson, the Thoughtful Side

Tania Grossinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Tania Grossinger

In a recent book, as in so many others, Johnny Carson is depicted as an uncomfortably cold and withdrawn human being. I beg to differ. My experience, which I first wrote about in Memoir of an Independent Woman; An Unconventional Life Well Lived, found him to be anything but.

New Book Reveals Johnny Carson's Dark Past

Posted 10.09.2013 | Celebrity

In his tell-all book, Henry Bushkin reveals the night he, Johnny Carson and a private eye broke into the secret apartment of Carson's second wife, Joa...

Johnny Carson Has Inspired An NBC Miniseries

Posted 09.20.2013 | TV

NBC is developing a miniseries based on the life of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson, the network announced Thursday. The project will be inspire...

Gone, Seen Cal

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Seeing that Cal Worthington had died made me sad, a hole having been bored by his passing representing a further Swiss cheesing of the once unchinked ...

Movie Review: Lovelace

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The fact that porn has become such a punchline in our culture -- something that is joked about in mainstream humor as a signifier for all that is horny, male and, often, lower-class -- is hard to believe, from the perspective of the social history captured in Lovelace.