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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2012
Joan Rivers played the Hippodrome on Friday night. Rivers apparently wanted a Maryland crab cake before the show. And, after some back-channel communications, it came to pass that the Prime Rib delivered a crab cake dinner, along with a floral arrangement and a bottle of red wine, to Joan Rivers' dressing room before the show.  I know for a fact that Joan Rivers is a nice person because my neighbor Cookie Hymer told me so. Cookie was a manager at...
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Susan Reimer | September 5, 2014
Comedian Joan Rivers once talked about how she came of age in the mid 1960s with Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and George Carlin in comedy clubs in Greenwich Village, where Johnny Carson's people would troll for new talent. She recalled that she was the last of the group to make it to "The Tonight Show," the last of the pack "allowed" to break through. "When I started out, a pretty girl did not go into comedy," she said. "I never was one of the guys, I was never asked to go hang out. "Looking back, I think it was because I was a woman, I was the very last one of the group they put on the Carson show.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Joan Rivers is having a manicure and a pedicure in her hotel room while juggling a phone. "I'm in Indianapolis," she says. "I just learned how to spell it, and now I'm leaving. What a waste. " This week, between gigs in Florida and Ohio, she'll stop by the Hippodrome to dispense her trademark observations on her own world and anyone, anything that catches her attention. "When I go onstage, I just talk about what's happening," Rivers says. "My life is an open book. The other day we were stuck in Milwaukee, and they lost our luggage.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
I hope those who know Joan Rivers only from her work the last couple of decades on shows like “Fashion Police” will take the time to read some of the appreciations that talk about who she used to be. Rivers, who died Thursday at age 81 after being on life support since Aug. 28, was a fearless, cutting-edge and transgressive comedian straight from Greenwich Village in the 1950s and '60s, who made it possible for the likes of Amy Schumer and...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
I hope those who know Joan Rivers only from her work the last couple of decades on shows like “Fashion Police” will take the time to read some of the appreciations that talk about who she used to be. Rivers, who died Thursday at age 81 after being on life support since Aug. 28, was a fearless, cutting-edge and transgressive comedian straight from Greenwich Village in the 1950s and '60s, who made it possible for the likes of Amy Schumer and...
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By Mary Corey | July 26, 1991
Madonna can show off her underwear on stage, and Whitney Houston can strut around in a second skin. Just don't expect Joan Rivers to do the same. Especially after you hear the name of her current tour."
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July 29, 1991
Staff writer Sylvia Badger recently interviewed comedian and talk show host Joan Rivers, who was in town for a performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Here's what Joan had to say on a number of subjects.Q: If you were interviewing Joan Rivers, what would be the first question you would ask her?A: "Are you sleeping with anyone?"Q: Well?A: Just say that I burst into tears after that question.Q: Is it true there has been a coolness between you and Oprah Winfrey since you won the 1990 Emmy for outstanding talk show host?
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By Gail Shister and Gail Shister,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 23, 2004
Can we cut? In a stroke of master casting, funny fashionista Joan Rivers will play herself in the season finale of Nip/Tuck, FX's hit drama about a booming plastic-surgery practice in Miami. It runs Oct. 5. "This is like John Gotti being on The Sopranos," says creator-executive producer Ryan Murphy. "It's the ultimate typecasting and the ultimate hot-button discussion topic." In the story line, Rivers, 71, who has done riffs on her many nips and tucks, goes to Drs. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh)
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Susan Reimer | September 5, 2014
Comedian Joan Rivers once talked about how she came of age in the mid 1960s with Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and George Carlin in comedy clubs in Greenwich Village, where Johnny Carson's people would troll for new talent. She recalled that she was the last of the group to make it to "The Tonight Show," the last of the pack "allowed" to break through. "When I started out, a pretty girl did not go into comedy," she said. "I never was one of the guys, I was never asked to go hang out. "Looking back, I think it was because I was a woman, I was the very last one of the group they put on the Carson show.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1997
Stand-up comedy. Late-night talk. Personal tragedy. Inevitable comeback. Tell-some book. TV weeper of the week. QVC merchandising. Talk radio.Oh, and bulimia too.Been there, done that, and kept the eyeliner on straight and the manicure unchipped throughout."
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2012
Joan Rivers played the Hippodrome on Friday night. Rivers apparently wanted a Maryland crab cake before the show. And, after some back-channel communications, it came to pass that the Prime Rib delivered a crab cake dinner, along with a floral arrangement and a bottle of red wine, to Joan Rivers' dressing room before the show.  I know for a fact that Joan Rivers is a nice person because my neighbor Cookie Hymer told me so. Cookie was a manager at...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Joan Rivers is having a manicure and a pedicure in her hotel room while juggling a phone. "I'm in Indianapolis," she says. "I just learned how to spell it, and now I'm leaving. What a waste. " This week, between gigs in Florida and Ohio, she'll stop by the Hippodrome to dispense her trademark observations on her own world and anyone, anything that catches her attention. "When I go onstage, I just talk about what's happening," Rivers says. "My life is an open book. The other day we were stuck in Milwaukee, and they lost our luggage.
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By Deborah Stone and Deborah Stone,Special to the Sun | June 22, 2008
I've never been one to eat peas. As a child, my mother insisted I finish my vegetables, so I swallowed peas like pills with my iced tea. How do I explain that I now find myself befriending not just one serving, but an entire bag? Frozen peas are just the ticket for reducing swelling after an eye job. I don't really like admitting to vanity, but I'm convinced that denial does no good. It's like lying about your age. What's the point? After you lie, you're no younger. So, I might as well own up and be done with it. Now I officially become one of "those" women.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | April 21, 2008
Here is the first thing I see the other night when I turn on the TV: Jamie Lee Curtis rubbing her belly and shilling for Activia yogurt. "First the bad news," the commercial begins, "87 percent of this country suffers from digestive issues like occasional irregularity." Eighty-seven percent! No wonder the economy's in the tank and we're getting nowhere in Iraq. People are miserable! All they can think about is finding a bathroom. To emphasize the horror of this national calamity - only 13 percent of Americans are unburdened by digestive issues!
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,SUN COLUMNIST | June 1, 2006
That sure was a stirring farewell to Mother Teresa on the Today show yesterday, although it got to be a bit much after a while, didn't it? What's that? You say that wasn't a tribute to Calcutta's beloved "saint of the gutters"? The three hours of mass veneration, the weepy goodbye videos from viewers who said she changed their lives, the gooey testimonials from adoring co-workers, the "We'll Miss You!" signs held aloft by the worshipful crowds shoe-horned into Rockefeller Plaza, the hugs, the kisses, the tears - you say all that was for who?
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By Gail Shister and Gail Shister,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 23, 2004
Can we cut? In a stroke of master casting, funny fashionista Joan Rivers will play herself in the season finale of Nip/Tuck, FX's hit drama about a booming plastic-surgery practice in Miami. It runs Oct. 5. "This is like John Gotti being on The Sopranos," says creator-executive producer Ryan Murphy. "It's the ultimate typecasting and the ultimate hot-button discussion topic." In the story line, Rivers, 71, who has done riffs on her many nips and tucks, goes to Drs. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh)
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September 16, 1990
Editor: As Joan Rivers might say, ''Can we talk?'' Is this not what our president should say? To quote Mr. Bush, ''I want a kinder and gentler nation.''Does he not want a kinder and gentler world? Can we talk? The international community knows we are strong without fueling our mighty war machine with political rhetoric. Can we talk? Does he not want a peaceful solution instead of blood being spilled from husbands, fathers and sons of all nations? Can we talk? Oil, egos, money, and power are not what makes us a kinder and gentler nation and world.
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April 22, 1992
Brenda Chavis is a secretary for the Maryland Division of Corrections, but she has an active lifestyle outside of her daily work schedule. Her weekends are busy with four-wheeling, body building, dancing and fishing when she does not have part-time modeling assignments. But her real love is writing. Shewon a writing contest sponsored by station WWIN promoting the Patti Austin song "Givin' in to Love," with a prize of an appearance on the Joan Rivers Show. "It was a great moment for me," Ms. Chavis says, "we had 10 minutes of air time talkingabout love and Joan Rivers told me I could be Miss America."
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By Linda Shrieves and Linda Shrieves,THE ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 14, 2004
Oscar night wowed Americans as the stars paraded down the red carpet in low-cut gowns, shimmering jewels and perfectly coifed hair. But a small minority of TV viewers got a glimpse of the other side of Hollywood. Those watching the Oscar telecast in high-definition television spotted Renee Zellweger's blotchy red marks underneath her makeup. They examined Jamie Lee Curtis' crow's-feet. And they marveled at Michael Douglas, who looked positively ancient next to his glamorous wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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January 21, 2003
Peter Gwazdauskas, subject of the earlier film Educating Peter as a third-grader with Down syndrome, remained in classes with nondisabled students through high school graduation. Filmmaker Gerardine Wurzburg returned to follow his progress from sixth grade onward in the film Graduating Peter. It airs tonight at 7:30 on HBO. At a glance In Style: Celebrity Weddings (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Celebrities sharing nuptial stories include Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, American Pie's Shannon Elizabeth, NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence, Kyle MacLachlan, Tom Arnold and Marc Anthony.
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