Joan Rivers: The Queen Of The Put Down
Joan Rivers was the acerbic queen of comedy who broke the glass ceiling for female comedians.
She started her career as an actress and journalist and first came to prominence as a guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show in 1965.
It was on this show that Rivers' style of poking fun at celebrities and at herself was established.
The comedian said Carson was her mentor but after she left to start rival show, The Late Show, in the 1980s he never spoke to her again.
Despite Rivers being the first woman to have her own talk show, the career move ended in tragedy.
She and her husband Edgar Rosenberg, who was the show's producer, were fired by Fox executives in early 1987.
Three months later Rosenberg committed suicide, with Rivers blaming his death on his "humiliation" by Fox.
In 1989 Rivers moved to daytime television with The Joan Rivers Show which ran for five years and won her a daytime Emmy in 1990 for outstanding talk show host.
Rivers was often merciless in her observations of the rich and famous. Elizabeth Taylor, Nicole Kidman and the Kardashians are just some of the dozens of stars who came under attack.
And her cutting remarks did earn her criticism.
Presenting the programmes Live From The Red Carpet and Fashion Police on E! gave her the opportunity to lash out, mainly at female stars.
Commentators said her opinions about celebrities' weight or personal relationships were teaching children the wrong values.
In April Rivers refused to apologise for making a joke about abuser Ariel Castro's victims, stating: "I know what those girls went through. It was a little stupid joke."
Her provocative comments about the conflict between Israel and Gaza last month sparked outrage.
But the star said she always tried to shrug off negativity: "I've learned to have absolutely no regrets about any jokes I've ever done. . . You can tune me out, you can click me off, it's OK. I am not going to bow to political correctness. But you do have to learn, if you want to be a satirist, you can't be part of the party."
The person Rivers was most critical of, though, was herself.
Her obsession with plastic surgery was well documented. She had her first procedure, an eye lift, in 1965.
"Every weekend I just go in and I do something new. I get a 10th one free. It's a little like coffee - you just keep going," she once quipped.
Rivers was very close to her only daughter Melissa, 46, with the pair working together for over two decades.
In 2012 they premiered their new reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? in which the comedian moved in with her daughter and grandson in California.
Despite her advancing age, Rivers continued to work hard.
On August 26, 2014, she hosted a taping of Fashion Police with Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos about the Emmy Awards and the MTV Movie Awards. It would be her last television appearance before her death.