RIVERS, (Molinsky-Rosenberg) Joan (1933-2014)
American comedian, actress, writer, producer and TV host most noted for her often controversial comedic persona. Mother of writer-producer Melissa (Rosenberg) Rivers. It was this dealer’s privilege to know Ms. Rivers for nearly 32 years, having first interviewed her in 1982.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, August 1990, on her business letterhead. Written just three years following the tragic suicide of her long-time husband, producer Edgar Rosenberg. Charming letter concerning the award of an Emmy. Reads: Dear Ron: Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a sweet greeting. It really meat a lot to me that you took the time and effort to congratulate me. Winning the Emmy Award was such a tremendous and unexpected thrill. Knowing that I have such supportive fans like you has really helped me pull through the bad times and hearing from you now makes success that much sweeter. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and may your days be filled with much love, happiness and, of course, laughter. Love, Joan Rivers…Accompanied by a 8″x10″ b/w publicity still of Rivers stamped Harry Langdon Photography.
Undoubtedly, the “bad times” referred to in her letter were the firing from The Tonight Show, estrangement from long-time pal Johnny Carson, and the suicide three years earlier of her producer husband, Edgar Rosenberg. Tragically, Miss Rivers died in 2014, the result of a botched outpatient surgical procedure to correct a problem with her vocal chords. As a result of alleged malpractice, a lawsuit is ongoing.
Letters with this content from Rivers are uncommon. Desirable as such.