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Monday, July 5, 2010

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Joan Rivers is a human quilt.

She doesn't just look like she's had "work done." She looks like a cartoon version of herself.

But, you've got to love a show biz icon (and poster lady for excessive plastic surgery) who is willing to let her vanity go by the wayside to show us her vulnerability.

The documentary opens with an extreme close-up of Ms. Rivers, in all her pale, pinched and puffy glory, sitting in a make-up artist's chair. She doesn't yet have on her make-up; the sight is startling.

And, that's just the beginning of what Joan is planning to reveal.

She worries constantly about being irrelevant. Even at 75, she wants to be fully booked -- and not just in clubs in Peoria. Joan wants to play the top venues in the biggest cities across the country. And, she is relentless in demanding of her long-time agent that he get her booked. The two share a sweet, easy camaraderie (except for when Joan is barking at him) and a long history together.

This film shows us the humanity behind a hard-working Hollywood legend who refuses to go gently into retirement. You may not like Joan Rivers at the end of the movie, but you'll likely have plenty of respect for the woman who's devoted her life to making people laugh. See it.

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