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Profile | Joan Rivers is a nice person -- really


BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Joan Rivers says she made a deal with the filmmakers before agreeing to a documentary about herself: ``That it could not be a puff piece.''

Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work sure isn't. It begins with the legendary comedian, famous for her many plastic surgeries, being made up -- in extreme close-up.

``They can take away anything they want,'' Rivers, 77, says of the film, which opens Friday in South Florida. ``And if they walk out saying what a piece of s - - - she is, I'm sorry, you've already paid your money.''

Actually, Rivers comes off as a nice person. Really.

The hard-working, irreverent star supports a small army of workers: personal assistants, housekeepers, business associates -- and their families.

``If you ever get sick in New York, if it's a Jewish doctor, mention my name because I sent him to medical school,'' she says.

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Here’s the video interview I did with Rivers last fall backstage at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami:


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Who gives a crap about Joan Rivers? I'm more concerened about my civil rights being taken away by Family Values sicko's in Florida!

What does this story have to do with the plite of gay people and the anti-gay laws being written by state legislature.

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Can't find anything more urgent to write about? What a watse.

Sheldon, many of Joan Rivers' fans are gay and she certainly knows and appreciates that. In fact, I first saw this documentary a few months ago at a Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival screening.

(FYI: The audience loved the film.)

Thanks for your comments.


Thank you Steve. I have always loved Joan and this was a fun video and write-up to see and read respectively. She should come down to South Florida more often!

Glad you enjoyed the video and story!

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