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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.