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Remembering the Joan Rivers who broke down TV barriers for women [Appreciation]
Remembering the Joan Rivers who broke down TV barriers for women [Appreciation]

I hope those who know Joan Rivers only from her work the last couple of decades on shows like “Fashion Police” will take the time to read some of the appreciations that talk about who she used to be. Rivers, who died Thursday at age 81 after being on life support since Aug. 28, was a fearless, cutting-edge and transgressive comedian straight from Greenwich Village in the 1950s and ’60s, who made it possible for the likes of Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman to be so welcome on TV today. When Rivers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954, there were virtually no female standup comics on television. And that situation, rooted as it was in the intense...

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