Courtesy Melissa Rivers
April 05, 2015 04:00 PM

When Melissa Rivers agreed to write a letter to her mom, comedian Joan Rivers, as part of a collection of letters from children to their mothers to be published in Lisa Esperman’s newest book A Letter to My Mom she had no idea it would be her last.

Melissa, 47, wrote an intimate, hilarious letter addressed to her mother and tenant (Joan lived in the guest bedroom of her daughter’s Pacific Palisades home several days a week for taping), which Joan will never see. However Melissa, producer and mother to 14-year-old Cooper, read her letter aloud at Joan’s funeral in September. Loving, fresh and rife with sarcasm ,Melissa’s letter to Joan is a brilliant display of Melissa’s love and Joan’s humor.

In the letter, Melissa answers several queries posed by her mother and tenant. Check out an excerpt below:


I received the note that you slipped under my bedroom door last night. I was very excited to read it, thinking that it would contain amazing, loving advice that you wanted to share with me. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw that it began with the salutation, “Dear Landlord.” I have reviewed your complaints, and addressed them below:

1. While I appreciate your desire to “upgrade” your accommodations to a larger space, I cannot, in good conscience, move Cooper to the laundry room.

2. As for your taking his friends to a “gentlemen’s club,” I accepted your rationale that it was an educational experience for the boys (and you are right, he is the most popular kid in school right now), but I’d prefer he not learn biology from those “gentlemen,” and their ladies, Bambi, Trixie, and Kitten.

3. While I’m glad to see you’re socializing, you must refill the hot tub after your parties. In fact – you need to tone down the parties altogether. Imagine my surprise when I saw the photos you posted on Facebook of your friends frolicking topless in the hot tub.

Read Melissa’s full letter along with other celebrities’ letters to their moms including Shania Twain, and Kristin Chenoweth in Lisa Erspamer’s A Letter to My Mom out Tuesday.

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