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“I’ll make movies until I make babies. I have no idea when the handover will happen.”

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“My virginity was a big deal, my braces were a big deal – all because I was America’s sweetheart.”

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“I’ve squandered an opportunity that people would kill for. You reach a certain age and you come to the conclusion that greatness is not in you.”

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“I love when they say I’ve crossed a line. On the scale of 1 to Osama bin Laden, I didn’t blow up buildings. I made a joke about Sharon Stone.”

Joan Rivers: “I had the gun on my lap”
The Daily Beast, July 3, 2014

At The Russian Tea Room in New York City, a cocoon of plushly-furnished, shamelessly old-school luxury with red booths, Joan Rivers is directing the Entertainment Tonight crew following her for the day, as she takes her seat in our booth. “That’s not going to work, that lighting. I can tell you it’s wrong.”

She should know. As Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the brilliant, genuinely candid 2010 documentary about her life made clear, Rivers works relentlessly because she is terrified about what not working means: not being relevant, or in the mix. She doesn’t crave fame, she craves attention and recognition, and staying in the game, having a voice.

Forget retirement. Luckily for us, and unluckily for Hollywood's most vain and self-involved, Rivers, 81, is an old-school trouper, fully immersed in pop culture for her comedy routine. She makes jokes about the Kardashians and Kristen Stewart on the brilliant E! Friday night fixture, Fashion Police, and on stages across America. She does the reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, which follows, in highly scripted and contrived form, Rivers, her TV producer daughter, and Cooper, her 13-year-old grandson. There are web series like In Bed With Joan and the newly minted Drunken Celebrity Phone Calls.

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Arts

Philip Seymour Hoffman: an actor first

The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

‘Blue,’ through lesbian eyes

The New York Times, November 6, 2013

How gay was Gore Vidal?

The Daily Beast, July 31, 2013

Book of Mormon: The South Park crew find God

The Times, March 16, 2011

The colourful life of Howard Hodgkin

The Times, March 22, 2008

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Style and fashion

A no-sweat work shirt? No sweat

The New York Times, December 19, 2013

The Biggie: a tainted status symbol

The New York Times, November 17, 2013

Eileen Ford: the woman who created the supermodel

The Times, March 17, 2012

Vidal Sassoon: Not bad for a hairdresser

The Times, August 21, 2010

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