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09-06-14 | Posted by

Can we talk about Joan Rivers?

Sadly the iconic comedienne passed away at age 81 from complications that occurred during throat surgery. Rivers was placed in a medically induced coma to give her body a chance to heal, but her daughter and co-star Melissa had to make the painful decision to take her mother off of life support this week.

Always full of life, light and laughter (even when the chips were down which they often were for her), Rivers will be mourned and missed by her legions of admirers (myself included). Part of her legacy is and will continue to be her love of all things plastic. Unlike many celebrities who deny that they have ever had any plastic surgery even BOTOX, Rivers owned it. Many of her most notable quotes refer to her own nips and tucks as well as the not-always-so-glamorous aging process.

“I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.”

“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

She even joked that her grandson Cooper should call her “Nana Newface.”

Rivers’ career hit an all time high in recent years. She was a busy lady – a co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, star of her own online series In Bed With Joan, and pitch person for her jewelry line on QVC. She also endeared many a viewer (once again, myself included) with Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? a reality show which highlighted her relationship with daughter Melissa. Joan’s penchant for plastic surgery was a running theme in this show. In the series 2 season premiere, Melissa stages a ‘skintervention’ to prevent Joan from having another cosmetic surgery procedure. Joan, in turn, turns this around as only she can by offering all those involved plastic surgery on her dime. It was amazing how quickly people switched sides.

According to Michigan plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, best selling author of In Stitches, “Joan Rivers is an icon in comedy, but also in plastic surgery.  Her openness about plastic surgery has always been refreshing in a society where most celebrities feel the need to hide the fact that they’ve gone under the knife.  She even wrote a consumer’s guide to plastic surgery which I was lucky enough to be a consultant for.  A plastic surgery book by Joan Rivers??  Who wants too look like her?  It is surprisingly one of the most well-written plastic surgery books that has ever been published.  In the book she recommended that patients do their research, have your surgery done in a safe setting, and seek a board-certified plastic surgeon for your cosmetic surgery.  Great advice from a legendary woman.”

Rivers also deserves much credit for the modern day red carpet interview – a staple at any award’s show today. She and Melissa’s work for E! were the catalysts, for sure. Part of the lure was River’s quick and caustic wit. She was never afraid to speak her mind whether about Hamas and Israel or what a celebrity was wearing especially if they shouldn’t be wearing it.

The best lesson we can all learn from Joan is to laugh more – especially in the face of adversity. “Life is SO difficult — everybody’s been through something! But you laugh at it, it becomes smaller.”

—Joan Rivers June 8, 1933 — September 4, 2014 RIP


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