Tribute to Joan Rivers on the Ed Sullivan Show


Joan Rivers was genuinely funny. I miss her early days when her self-deprecating humor and keen observation of every-day life and relationships made all of us take ourselves far less seriously.

She made us laugh when all the evening news would broadcast was the Vietnam War, the gas crisis and inflation out of control.

We needed her then. She was the single girl’s best friend. She really got it.

In those early years, she could have been my neighbor or a member of our pool club playing MahJong.

Many years ago, she produced and direction a film that was an expensive flop.

I can’t even remember the name of it. My sister Madeline went to see it at a theater on Long Island.

Joan was there with her husband and shook everyone’s hand and thanked them for coming.

Making a film is a huge investment risk and she never took her audience for granted.

And make no mistake, Joan Rivers was an enterprising small business owner who became a mogul.

Her jewelry line, fragrance line that sold on QVC must have made millions.

As a business owner, she has a lot to teach us.

I loved her face and mourned when it changed. To me, she was beautiful as she was.

It was an honest face that lived through so much and told the stories well.

The early days of Joan Rivers her humor was clean, real, and memorable.

We will miss her from the stage and from our lives. My prayers go out to Melissa and her family.

Be sure to click on the link above. It’s probably one of Joan’s first invitations on the Ed Sullivan Show and it’s a four minute classic.

©2020 by Dawn Fotopulos

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