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Joan Rivers’s career highlights

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers has died after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure last week in New York City, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said. She was 81.

The entertainer logged a half-century in show business. Rivers most recently hosted ‘‘Fashion Police’’ on E! network and co-starred with her daughter, Melissa, on the WEtv reality show, ‘‘Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?’’ She also presided over an online talk show, ‘‘In Bed With Joan.’’ Her latest book, ‘‘Diary of a Mad Diva,’’ was released this summer.

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After proving herself in comedy clubs as a rarity — a woman comedian — Rivers was a smash on her first booking on ‘‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’’ in 1965. ‘‘God, you’re funny,’’ Carson told her.

Watch highlights from Rivers’s decades-long career below:

‘Fashion Police’

Rivers final appearance as host of E!’s “Fashion Police” on Aug. 26, the day after the 2014 Emmy Awards.


Rivers on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1967:

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“The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” with Rivers in 1972:

Johnny Carson’s practical joke on Rivers:

Lucille Ball with Rivers on ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1985:

Rivers talks about weight loss with Oprah in 1985:

Rivers on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in 1986:

‘The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” premieres in 1986:

David Letterman walked out on Rivers on “The Late Show”:

Rivers returned to ‘The Tonight Show’ — this time with Jimmy Fallon as host:

Rivers appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” to promote her new book in August:


Rivers with Clive Anderson:

Rivers with her daughter, Melissa, on “Live With Kelly & Michael” in March:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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