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12 Classic Joan Rivers TV Appearances

From ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ to ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,’ here are a dozen unforgettable small-screen Joan moments

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Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers made her television debut more than 50 years ago – on The Tonight Show in the early 1960s – and remained a small-screen mainstay right up until her death on September 4th at age 81. Over the course of her career she experienced highs, lows (including being blacklisted by Johnny Carson) and numerous resurrections – every time life knocked her down, she’d get right back up, dust herself off and crack a dirty joke.

A master of both self-deprecation and reinvention, Rivers seemingly became more popular the older she got, and from winning Celebrity Apprentice to bad-mouthing stars on Fashion Police to hooking up with Louis C.K., the comedian never lost her edge.

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