The comedian, who was 81 at the time of her death, is often credited with coining the phrase “Who are you wearing?” and made must-watch television of the pre-shows that were typically consider filler programming before she stormed the carpet in the early ’90s.
Melissa, 47, who serves as executive producer on Fashion Police – a show that was born directly from her mother’s work – introduced the three-minute package, saying: “It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that my mother and I stood on this very red carpet for the first time. We didn’t know that, what was happening was, walking into a building was turning into an event.”
Melissa also added, “My mom asked questions that nobody else dared to ask.”
Case in point: “What do you weigh?” was just one of the red carpet shockers (that one went to Sarah Jessica Parker). Another: “Are you engaged?” – that one was posed to William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman – and when he confirmed the engagement, Joan urged, “Get a bigger ring!”
Melissa also paid tribute to her mother on social media Thursday with a #TBT post celebrating their years as red carpet partners.
Melissa finished the memorial reel, saying: “So here I am, 20 years later – one last Oscars, one last red carpet and one last time to say, ‘Back to you, mom.’ ”