Posts Tagged ‘Joan Rivers’

New Joan Rivers’ Bio Coming Next Month

October 19, 2016

We just learned that there is a new biography of QVC queen Joan Rivers about to come out.

“Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers” has been written by veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts.

The author, a Vanity Fair editor, will be speaking about the bio as part of the Open Book/Open Mind Conversations series at the Montclair Public Library in our New Jersey hometown. The event is Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m.

“This is to be the definitive book about Joan Rivers’ tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life,” according to the library.

Gloria Steinem offered a quote about Rivers for the book.

“You may think you know Joan Rivers, but I’ll bet you’ll be shocked by the revelations in Leslie Bennetts’s irresistible biography.

Before there was a women’s movement or much hope for a woman in stand-up comedy, Joan made it by ridiculing everything she craved, from beauty and respectability to fashion and power.

With unmatched energy and an ambition that made Napoleon look like Gandhi, she broke the boundaries of taste and commonsense-and widened the path for us all.”

The book is being released Nov. 15, and is being published by Little, Brown & Co.

Anyone who lives in the area and wants to attend the library event may register at

Fox Biz On Joan Rivers’ Legacy At QVC

September 25, 2016

Two years after the passing of comedian and QVC queen Joan Rivers, her fashion jewelry line on the No. 1 home shopping network appears to be going strong. And you can credit David Dangle for that, her cohort in the collection.

Fox Business recently did a story on Rivers’ legacy at QVC, and dapper Dangle offered his insights to the jewelry he launched with Joan.

First of all, he is a two-time Emmy winner, which we never knew.

At the time Rivers’ jewelry debuted on QVC, with a bee pin as her signature, she also had a daytime talk show. Everyone was taken off guard when her QVC items became a hit, Dangle told Fox Business.

“The line instantly became a resounding success,” according to Fox Business.

“At that time, there were just four employees and the business was operating out of Rivers’ dressing room at CBS (CBS). With the demand outpacing the supply, Dangle was forced to create a more organized and forward thinking environment.”

The rest is, as they say, history.

QVC Queen Joan Rivers Honored, Auctioned

June 21, 2016

The late-great Joan Rivers, the queen bee QVC jewelry vendor, is still making a lot of news.

She has been in the press because her daughter Melissa is auctioning some of her possessions, including Faberge jewelry, at Christie’s.

In addition, Rivers will be honored on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center, with its “Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers,” at the District of Comedy Festival.

The Washington Post interviewed Melissa about these events, doing a Q&A.–her-daughter/2016/06/16/dfe810d2-2f1f-11e6-9b37-42985f6a265c_story.html

Writer Roger Catlin asked Melissa whether Joan’s jewelry was still being sold on QVC.

“Absolutely,” Melissa told the newspaper. “The president of our company is on air, and, knock on wood, it’s doing great. She was a style icon. And the level of taste continues, which is fantastic. What’s so funny is that she has fans [of her QVC line] who don’t even know she did ‘The Tonight Show.’”

Clinic Settles Joan Rivers’ Malpractice Suit

May 13, 2016

It obviously won’t bring the tart-tongued comedian and QVC vendor back, but Joan Rivers’ family has reached a settlement of the malpractice suit it filed after her death following a botched medical procedure.

The amount of the settlement wasn’t released, but doctors admitted responsibility in her Aug. 28, 2014 death, according to The New York Times.

The lawsuit had been filed by Rivers’ daughter Melissa against Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan, and also named three doctors at the facility.

The comedian died, at age 81, after undergoing what should have been a routine procedure. Rivers had been suffering from a sore throat, and doctors were going to examine her voice box and vocal cords, as The Times reported.

At one point during the procedure the anesthesiologist noticed that Rivers’ vocal cords were swollen, but he was ignored. In fact, her cords did close up and she stopped breathing, going into cardiac arrests. She died several days later.

To add insult to injury, one of the doctors took a cellphone photo of Rivers while she was on the operating table.

Melissa issued a statement on the settlement.

The lawsuit concerning my mother’s death has been settled. In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation.

Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics. I want to express my personal gratitude to my legal team for their wise counsel and prompt resolution of this case.

Melissa Plays Her Mom Joan Rivers In ‘Joy’ Film

December 9, 2015

Here’s a nice little tidbit that celeb stylist and home-shopping vet Waynescot Lukas came up with: Melissa Rivers plays her mother, the late Joan Rivers, in the new movie “Joy.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is portraying HSN star Joy Mangano in “Joy,” which is being released on Christmas Day.

The film also features Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and yes, Melissa, according to People magazine.

Melissa does bear a striking resemblance to her mother, who was a key QVC jewelry vendor. In the movie, in one scene Melissa plays her mom Joan during one of her QVC appearances.

Melissa makes some interesting comments to People.

QVC’s David Venable Sold $250 Million In Products Last Year, Times Says

June 10, 2015

QVC is on a roll this week in terms of getting positive press.

First, The New York Times has done a huge feature on host David Venable, who it credits with selling more than $250 million in QVC cooking-related merchandise last year. The story is headlined “QVC’s David Venable: The Man Who Helps America Cook.”

David Venable

David Venable

It’s a good read, revealing what a powerhouse Venable is as a pitchman and offering some details about his personal life, as well.

According to the story, Venable’s two “In the Kitchen With David” cookbooks have sold more than 500,000 copies in the home shopping channel.

“Mr. Venable has singular star power,” The Times wrote. “His is the most-watched show, which gives him a lot of sway over how America cooks.”

The Times describes the typical QVS shoppers as “an upscale metro suburban woman over 35 who wears Spanx, drinks Starbucks and is thinking of ordering a KitchenAid mixer on her iPhone.”

Is that you?

The article says that Venable is 50 and came to QVC after working as a broadcast journalist. He was raised in Charlotte, N.C., by a single mother, a nurse, and was one of three kids.

“Like all QVC hosts, he is protective of his personal life,” The Times wrote. “Lisa Robertson, the popular longtime fashion host, left this year in part because years of dealing with multiple stalkers had taken a toll. Mr. Venable has been the subject of unflattering blog posts about his body and his sex life. He smiles kindly and politely asks that his private life be kept private.”

FYI to The Times: Lisa left last year!

Philadelphia Magazine also just published a Q&A with QVC CEO Mike George: “How QVC Turned an Obsolete Genre Into an $8.8B Business: CEO Mike George on embracing tech, Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner, and Joan Rivers’ death.”

“Joan was deeply connected to the QVC family,” George said in the interview. “I was at her bedside the night before she passed away. The outpouring from customers was unbelievable. Letters, phone calls. Our call centers were overwhelmed, not with product calls but calls about Joan.”

ME Issues Findings On QVC Queen Joan Rivers’ Death

October 18, 2014

We’re behind on our blogging, family issues, but just wanted to note that the New York City ME had released a cause of death for QVC queen Joan Rivers.

The comedian’s death was the result of a “therapeutic complication,”
meaning that “the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,” according the New York Daily News.

Rivers was at a clinic in the Yorkville section of Manhattan undergoing an endoscopy on Aug. 28 when she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, cutting off oxygen to her brain.

The doctor performing the procedure allegedly did an unauthorized biopsy on Rivers’ vocal cords. Rivers died Sept. 4.

We don’t know why death from a routine medical procedure would be described as a “predictable complication,” but there you go.

Word is that Joan’s daughter plans to sue.

Joan Rivers Line To Continue On QVC, With Melissa’s Blessing

September 27, 2014

Joan Rivers’ beloved line of merchandise on QVC won’t end with her death.

The late comedian’s cohort on her Joan Rivers Classics Collection, David Dangle, posted a blog on saying that the show will go on, so to speak. And Rivers’ daughter Melissa says in a letter to QVC shoppers that this is what her mom would have wanted.

During her 24-year tenure at QVC, Rivers sold $1 billion worth of merchandise, according to Fortune magazine.

In his blog, Dangle writes, “While my heart is broken, I know Joan would want her vision to live on. She worked tirelessly for the last 24 years to bring her personal style and sensibility to the QVC family and would want her collection to continue.”

Joan Rivers' legacy lives on at QVC

Joan Rivers’ legacy lives on at QVC

Melissa said the same in her missive to QVC shoppers.

My Dearest David,

I cannot express my thanks to you for all the support you have shown Cooper and me during the last few weeks. Your love and courage are helping me through this difficult time.

If you can, please take the opportunity to express to our loyal fans how much their support has meant. Knowing that so many people enjoy my mother’s products is a true testament to the love she put behind every single item.

For the last 24 years, you have been side by side with her on this journey with QVC. It is so important to me that we continue to share with others her passion for design.

My mother always felt that her business and the people who worked with her were a family. We have all spent so many of life’s important moments together, that I cannot imagine moving forward without all of you. She would want us to continue and I know it’s the right way to honor her legacy.

I know that on a personal level, you are grieving the loss of a dear friend. She loved you beyond words and was so proud to have you in her life, as am I.

Much Love,


QVC will air a two-hour special on Oct. 13 “to celebrate Joan and continue her legacy of great style and lots of laughter,” Dangle said.

QVC’s Video Tribute To Joan Rivers

September 10, 2014

QVC did a great video tribute to Joan Rivers.

We had forgotten those goofy promos that she used to do for the network.


Jewelry Queen Joan Rivers Said ‘QVC Is Holy Work’

September 8, 2014

QVC Queen Joan Rivers got a fine final send-off from her friends Sunday, including a large contingent from West Chester, Pa.

Home shopping host Lisa Robertson posted a photo on Facebook of her and QVC colleagues Rick Domeier, Mary Beth Roe, Jane Treacy, Jill Bauer and alum Kathy Levine at Rivers’ Manhattan service, where they rubbed shoulders with the like of Howard Stern and Hugh Jackman.

The QVC crew at Joan's memorial

The QVC crew at Joan’s memorial

But for you QVC addicts, our favorite tidbit was a column that New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams wrote Sunday about Rivers, who was a close friend.

Here’s her kicker sbout the late and great, Joan:

And hawking jewelry on a home shopping network she considered religious: “Anybody buys from me, they’re sacred. QVC is holy work.”

She really loved you guys.