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FREE BOOK ê Still Talking ⚞ The well known comedienne and talk show host opens up about her life, describing her rise to the top, her marriage, the birth of her daughter, the politics of the entertainment industry, and her husband s suicide Reprint I ve seen her perform in a small club in New York City hilarious She s one of the greats I really enjoyed this book, and I like her very much. The type of book that normalizes the heights these demigods inhabit so that we mere mortals and peasants may partake, if only in some teeny, insignificant way Alas, it s satisfying to the zillionth power although the topic is quite morbid the death of the actress s husband Edgar as the culminating point in a career rife with ups and downs it lacks aheightened sustained joke factor plus there IS totally a not so transparent ghost writer behind it, too still, brill s brill.Plus The type of book that normalizes the heights these demigods inhabit so that we mere mortals and peasants may partake, if only in some teeny, insignificant way Alas, it s satisfying to the zillionth power although the topic is quite morbid the death of the actress s husband Edgar as the culminating point in a career rife with ups and downs it lacks aheightened sustained joke factor plus there IS totally a not so transparent ghost writer behind it, too still, brill s brill.Plus, I d like to take the chance to nominate this book s cover for BEST BOOK COVER OF ALL TIME This is the story of a woman who had and then lost everything The story of a woman who worked for three decades to finally reach the top What subsequently happened to Joan Rivers hadto do with being a woman than with being a star In a business that is notoriously harsh to women, Joan Rivers struggled to carve out a niche for herself that for the past several decades, has marked her as one of the gutsiest comediennes working in the business today.Ultimately, Joan was forced to choose This is the story of a woman who had and then lost everything The story of a woman who worked for three decades to finally reach the top What subsequently happened to Joan Rivers hadto do with being a woman than with being a star In a business that is notoriously harsh to women, Joan Rivers struggled to carve out a niche for herself that for the past several decades, has marked her as one of the gutsiest comediennes working in the business today.Ultimately, Joan was forced to choose between her husband and her career In the titanic confrontation between her husband and the boss of her television network, Joan stood with her husband and was out of a job Far worse, Edgar, her husband of twenty two years, took his own life.In the face of such awful tragedy, where did this controversial star find the inner strength to continue on and survive without the protection of her husband With her trademark combination of biting humor and fragility, tough minded ambition and traditional values, Joan Rivers tells a story of tragedy and eventual triumph Not only has she learned to survive the trials and tribulations of life, but she has ultimately thrived.I must say that while I don t enjoy Joan Rivers style of comedy, I certainly enjoyed reading her autobiography She has gone through so much tragedy things that would quite possibly torpedo another person s career for good However, Joan Rivers has somehow risen above and triumphed over such sadness and still has managed to be successful In my opinion, she is a very strong woman a woman who is to be admired for her fortitude I give this book an A This is a well told story would you expect anything less about Rivers most difficult time in her life, when she lost her career, husband, and almost her daughter She discusses her marriage in detail, from its beginning to its demise, and gives us a breakdown of how it slowly fell apart in the fifteen years prior to husband Edgar s suicide After experiencing some success in NYC, and with the Tonight Show gig in place, they moved to Los Angeles where Edgar s previous success as a television This is a well told story would you expect anything less about Rivers most difficult time in her life, when she lost her career, husband, and almost her daughter She discusses her marriage in detail, from its beginning to its demise, and gives us a breakdown of how it slowly fell apart in the fifteen years prior to husband Edgar s suicide After experiencing some success in NYC, and with the Tonight Show gig in place, they moved to Los Angeles where Edgar s previous success as a television and film producer closely associated with the U.N back when people cared about the U.N was to go unnoticed, and where he would be considered the husband of a star She states that the great thing about New York is that people allow you to hang on to your accomplishments, whereas Hollywood is a company town where you are only judged on your current success During the Fox debacle, Edgar would be seen as an irritant to the fledgling network, never being able to shake the label of star s husband manager, and Rivers was made to choose between her show and her husband, and she chose the latter, only to have him quit on her He had a series of heart attacks in 1984 and had a very long road to recovery in which his personality changed and he became morose and controlling For years before the heart attack Rivers had pleaded with Edgar to seek therapy During the Fox debacle, when she was really worried about his mental state, he went to therapy but only talked superficially and charmed the therapist into thinking he was fine.Joan has said many times that she felt Johnny Carson attributed her success to him, in a way the he would probably not have if she had been a man, and felt that he owned her to some degree Joan writes that she completely enabled this by her loyalty not even going on other shows as a guest and by her treating The Tonight Show like it was her family Setting down roots was always important to Joan, and she ignored the fact that she never got notes or calls from Carson, or even invited to parties by the production When she discovered that there was a list of ten possible successors in the case of Carson s eventual retirement, and that she was not even one of the ten, the writing was on the wall that she was not valued and that, if what she says is true, that her ratings were consistently higher than Carson s, she was resented by much of the production The Fox Network needed a name like hers to launch itself as a real competitor to the Big Three, yet they did not give the promised support of compelling stars of 20th Century Fox films to appear, nor did any of network co founder Barry Diller s buddies show up In the end, Joan decided not to sue Fox because Edgar would have died of stress, so when the lawyers were finished, she had a 2 million settlement, It was a lot of money, and nobody should feel sorry for me But for that money I would never have left Carson, I would never have given up the foundation of my life, and been forced to live with the perception that my show was a failure She does a great deal of growing up after Edgar s death First, she realizes that Hollywood contracts are not worth the paper they re printed on, that the lawyers always know they can get out of them During the marriage, she relied on Edgar to review contracts and worry about all the business end As anyone who has seen the documentary A Piece of Work can attest, Ms Rivers became an incredible business person extremely capable or managing her own affairs She ends with If I can t get through one door I ll go through another door Or I ll make a door But something terrific will come no matter how dark the present is God always comes up with a third act twist, and we won t know till we die whether the play was a comedy or a tragedy, so you better be prepared for both That s the exhilaration of being alive, there s always another scene coming out of nowhere God is the best dramatist