Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Rivers’

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.’”

Melissa Rivers To Do QVC ‘Super Saturday’ PSAs

May 19, 2016

Oy, we’re not digging the redesign of QVC’s website where press releases are posted.

But here’s one of the recent announcements:

Sound the Alarm – Brad Goreski and Melissa Rivers are Policing for a Good Cause

Hosts of the E! hit show Fashion Police to appear in public service announcements for “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (May 10, 2016) – Both Brad Goreski and Melissa Rivers know a thing or two about fashion, but this June the duo will strive to prove that teal is the new black and fighting cancer is just one stylish step away. The dynamic pair will appear in both the print and television public service announcements promoting “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).

The star-studded event is scheduled to air live on QVC from Santa Monica, CA, on June 11 from 4 to 6 PM (ET). The broadcast will feature prestige brands with an assortment of accessories, apparel, beauty, jewelry and more at sale prices reflecting HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price*. Best of all, 80 percent of the purchase price** of donated merchandise benefits OCRFA, the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while helping women and their families.

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.

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 Jewelry Queen Joan Rivers’ New Reality Show Debuts In An Hour On WE

January 26, 2011

Joan wearing one of her QVC pins

No one can accuse QVC jewelry queen Joan Rivers of being lazy, just crazy.

The documentary about her, “A Piece of Work,” showed the world that she is a workaholic. And in that vein, comedian Rivers is doing a new reality show with her annoying daughter Melissa. “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?,” that debuts in about an hour, at 9 p.m., on WE.

This work is on top of Rivers’ show on E!, “Fashion Police,” shepherding her QVC jewelry line, doing stand-up appearances and — news to us — making an infomercial for Great Hair Day, a product that covers up female baldness.

The reviews for “Joan Knows Best?” were mixed, but usually brutal TV critic Alessandra Stanley cut Rivers some slack in her review today.