Melissa Rivers Describes the Loss of Joan Rivers: ”Now I’m a Solo Act”

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Joan Rivers ‘Can We Talk?’ Exhibit Coming to Grammy Museum.

WASHINGTON, DC— Before the unexpected death of her mother last September, Melissa and Joan Rivers were Hollywood’s most well-known mother-daughter tag team.The Grammy Museum announced this week that some of the late comedienne’s most prized possessions will be featured in a new exhibit, appropriately titled “Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?” The announcement comes some three months after the Recording Academy honored Rivers with a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. (Still, Rivers was left out of that evening’s In Memoriam tribute and was also absent from the Oscars’ segment weeks later). “Can We Talk?” opens at the Grammy Museum on June 8, a day that would have been Rivers’ 82nd birthday. In a revealing, intimate interview with AARP The Magazine, Rivers reminisces about the cherished memories she and her mother created and provides insight on what her life looks like now without her best friend and creative confidante. In discussing what she misses most about her mother as well as the many friends who have helped her cope, Melissa shares her story of the lessons learned and growth that have come with having now lost both parents.

On this occasion, which celebrates her 82nd birthday, it’s also an honor to have her incredible legacy included in the Grammy Museum’s ongoing tribute to the greatest comedic icons of all time,” the late comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement. “To her, comedy was music. And just like any of her fellow Grammy Award winners who have been on exhibition in the museum, you know she loved to play.” The exhibit will include stage costumes, a vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunk, family photographs, Rivers’ 1984 Harvard Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year trophy, her Gold record award from 1983 and her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star award.

Things are crazy around here!” “She was one of the first women directors ever, with Rabbit Test [the 1978 feature comedy debut of Billy Crystal], and she had acting credits. You miss even the sh-ttiest things: I miss when she’d come in and rearrange my furniture and tell me how I ran my house wrong and criticize everything. My mother’s definition of quality of life was having all her faculties and being able to go on stage for one hour and, here was the kicker, be funny. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.

The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.

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