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Last girl before freeway : the life, loves, losses, and liberation of Joan Rivers

by Bennetts, Leslie, 1949- (Author)

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"Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud wit... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Nobody ever wanted it more : but she has no talent!
  • Dying is easy. Comedy is hard
  • Dicks and balls : breaking into the boys' club
  • Stardom and wifedom : happily ever after?
  • Westward ho : California dreamin'
  • The first lady of comedy : nothing is sacred
  • Victim as enforcer : terrorizing women into submission
  • The temptation of Joan : poisoned apple
  • A thankless child : how sharper than a serpent's tooth
  • Debacle : the death of a show, a marriage, and a husband
  • Recovery : the long road back
  • Reinventing a career : I can rise again
  • Art and commerce : all in a day's work
  • Home sweet Versailles : Marie Antoinette meets Auntie Mame
  • High society : putting on the Ritz
  • But is it good for the Jews? : sex, politics, and religion
  • Men are stupid : beauty and betrayal
  • Back to the top : fighting like a rabid pit bull
  • Fashion forward : triumph of the mean girls
  • Daughter dearest : how to succeed in show business
  • The time of her life : fame, friends, and fun
  • The final mountain : gathering shadows
  • Grand finale : sudden exit, pursued by bear
  • Legacy : laughter and liberation
  • Updates from the afterlife.