Personal Photos and a List of One-Liners: Inside Joan Rivers' Scrapbook
The legendary comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, has a new book, Joan Rivers Confidential, filed with her mother’s monologues, joke cards and notes, along with letters from famous friends and rare photographs
Melissa Rivers and public relations exec Scott Currie, a close family friend, spent a year-and-a-half compiling Joan's personal archives into a hardcover scrapbook, Joan Rivers Confidential. "If it wasn't moving," says Melissa, "my mother wrote on it. She was constantly jotting stuff down."
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This 1970s glam shot "was always one of her favorites," says Melissa Rivers.
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Joan and her husband, producer Edgar Rosenberg, bringing baby Melissa home from the hospital in New York City in 1968. Motherhood gave Joan plenty of new material.
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Joan's first published work was 1974's Having a Baby Can Be a Scream, a funny take on pregnancy and child-rearing. It sold more than 4 million copies.
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A page from Joan's notes from Fashion Police, featuring Lindsay Lohan. The clothes-critiquing show brought new fans who dubbed themselves Joan Rangers.
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"The National Enquirer was mandatory reading in our home," says Melissa. Of the tabloid's cataloging of her plastic surgeries, "she was was like, 'If I'd had all of this done I would look a lot better.' "
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Joan kept a list of one-liners she could use to shut down hecklers.