The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa RiversJoan Rivers was known all over the world—from the Palace Theater to Buckingham Palace, from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the footlights of Broadway, from the days of talkies to hosting talk shows. But there was only one person who knew Joan intimately, one person who the authorities would call when she got a little out of hand. Her daughter and best friend, Melissa.
Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time. If you think Joan said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian, you won’t believe what she said and did in private. Her love for her daughter knew no bounds—or boundaries, apparently. (Melissa, I acknowledge that you have boundaries. I just choose to not respect them.) In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa shares stories (like when she was nine months old and her parents delivered her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift), bon mots (“Missy, is there anything better than seeing a really good looking couple pushing a baby that looks like a Sasquatch who got caught in a house fire?”), and life lessons from growing up in the Rosenberg-Rivers household (“I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show. That’s all the math you’ll ever need.”). These were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to life in the family that Melissa describes as more Addams than Cleaver. And at the center of it all was a tiny blond force of nature.
In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups.
Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story
Filmed in Vancouver by Davis Entertainment. Joan Rivers, it develops, dramatizes her story surprisingly well. Let the cynics bewail the audacity of it all. But who better to play Joan Rivers than Joan Rivers? Whether it was nerve or ego that prompted this bearing of family souls makes little difference. The result is curiously absorbing. Given no background on the man, his suicide looks weak and selfish.
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Rivers and her daughter play themselves see page 65 in a grotesque TV movie that depicts their falling out and eventual rapprochement after the suicide of husband and father Edgar Rosenberg in Every few minutes Joan addresses the camera in a sort of stand-up soliloquy, like Seinfeld Sits Shiva. Amateurish acting seems to run in the family. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser. For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here. FB Twitter ellipsis More. NBC Sun.