Today marks one year since the world lost the incredible Joan Rivers. Her career as an entertainer spanned decades from her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1968, to asking her signature question on the red carpet — “Who are you wearing?” — as host of Fashion Police on the E! network up until her death in 2014.
Joan was also an accomplished author, penning 12 celebrated books, and was a successful theater actress, appearing on Broadway three times. Beyond entertaining audiences, Joan dedicated herself to giving back and held many charities close to her heart, including God’s Love We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She was also a dedicated spokesperson and advocate for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
While the world remembers the comedy legend one year after her passing, her daughter Melissa Rivers is carrying on her mother's work as co-host of Fashion Police, which returned to E! on August 31st.
Larry King sat down with Joan and Melissa for an in depth interview that tackles protests, politics, and pop culture. Here are a few facts we learned about Joan Rivers from her conversation with Larry:
1. Joan was a Hillary Clinton supporter, and said that she wished she “would rise like a phoenix out of the ashes and say, ‘I’m here.’”
2. Joan strongly believed that with fame and celebrity, comes responsibility, and that if you lived your life in the public eye, you had to be a role model.
3. The best moment of her career was when she got her Emmy, because it couldn’t be taken away from her.
4. Joan loved every minute of her career, and always ended up having a better time than her audience.
5. Joan’s thoughts on Donald Trump? He’s smart and there if you need him.
In a moment that showcases her amazing sense of humor, Joan also talked about the time she protested Costco for not selling her book by chaining herself to a random woman's cart. Watch Joan tell Larry the whole story in the clip below:
And to watch Joan’s full length interview with Larry King, head over to ora.tv/larrykingnow.