#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Good-bye, Ms. Rivers

I will miss Joan Rivers.

Okay, no, I wasn’t a fan of her more graphic stage material, but I was and am a MAJOR fan of Ms. Rivers herself.  Talk about chutzpah, talk about courage.

Her career took at least one nose-dive.

She went broke.

She lost her husband to suicide. 

But she didn’t quit.  Oh, no.  She started over and completely rebuilt her entire life–and, ladies and gentlemen, that took guts. 

I will miss watching her on QVC, miss her lovely jewelry–I own a lot of it–and the tasteful clothes sold under her label.  She was one snazzy dresser, that woman.  Her books made me laugh AND cry.  She was a trouper, to use a show biz term.

I never had the honor of meeting the lady, but I’ve ridden with a limo driver who has.  Like many celebrities, I’m told, Ms. Rivers was nothing like her stage-persona; instead, she was formidibly intelligent, well-spoken, polite, generous, and kind.  She certainly proved that she was a crackerjack business woman over the years.  And she loved her little dogs–I’m sure her daughter, Melissa, is looking after them.

Godspeed, Funny Lady, and thank you for the laughs and the lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 comments to “Good-bye, Ms. Rivers”

  1. judy
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Very nice comments for Joan Rivers. I did not know the she wrote books. Learn something new ever day.



  2. Jane D
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 4:55 pm · Link

    This is a wonderful tribute to a most interesting woman. She made it to the top in a very difficult industry. She made me laugh, too, and I will also miss her. RIP, Ms Rivers!

    Jane



  3. Dennis
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 5:07 pm · Link

    ditto!! well said Linda!!



  4. Lea Williams
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Link

    I really was aid with heart. She was quite a lady. Blessings to you Linda. Our lovely weather is lifting my spirits.



  5. Violette Ruffley
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 5:54 pm · Link

    There was a comment some where that now she and Robin Williams would be together whooping it up.

    How nice to know she had all those wonderful qualities you mentioned as experienced by the limo driver.

    Blessed be Linda.



  6. Pamela Devereux
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 5:54 pm · Link

    As I was watching so many tributes yesterday, Larry King knew her the best. The ups & downs in her life. So many young female comedians say she was their role model.

    RIP Joan.



  7. Gwenda Underwood
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I have read many instances of her kindness & caring during the last day. I was also not a fan of her type of raunchy humor but respected her much love for her daughter.



  8. Patti
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Well said. I will miss her too.



  9. Laura Ann Harris
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Linda

    So glad you chose to talk about Joan Rivers in your blog today. I lived watching her on QVC as well. What a survivor! She will be missed.



  10. Prairie
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    I wasn’t a fan either but like you admired her courage. May her daughter find comfort and peace with her mother’s passing.



  11. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:28 pm · Link

    You said it so well :-|



  12. Norma Stanforth
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Yes Linda, Joan Rivers, was a funny lady. I didn’t like how she treated people.
    God blessings and have a wonderful weekend.
    As always your friend.
    Norma



  13. Virginia Horton
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 6:48 pm · Link

    She will be missed and yes she was a funny lady. We never really know what is behind the scenes



  14. Gwyn Beams
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 7:15 pm · Link

    BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE,MADE EVEN BETTER BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T EXACTLLY AGREE WITH ALL SHE BELIEVED.
    SHE WILL BE MISSED. :cry: :cry:



  15. Brenda I.
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Joan Rivers certainly was a character! She appeared on “Are you smarter that a Fifth Grader” and she was very intelligent. She will be missed.



  16. Rita C
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    I think it speaks volume, when you can respect and admire someone even if you don’t like ever single aspect of that person. It is called accepting the ones you care about, warts and all. I hope those I love do that ,cause heaven knows I have plenty of
    “warts”.



  17. Lois Rotella
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 8:39 pm · Link

    She had courage to start her life over and raise her daughter. I liked seeing her on QVC. I have some of her jewerly and clothes. Rest in peace Joan. My thoughts are with her daughter and grandson.



  18. Ruby Norwood
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Well said Linda, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her daughter and grandson. Joan will certainly be missed by a lot of people. Have a great weekend!!



  19. Roberta Giordano
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Prayers for. Her daughter and grandson. From what I have been read she was a very kind and generous lady.



  20. Terri Shortell
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 9:21 pm · Link

    I enjoyed watching Ms. Rivers too. A smart and funny lady. She will definitely be missed. :cry: :(



  21. midge watkins
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 10:28 pm · Link

    My sentiments, exactly. Besides wanting to make people
    laugh, she wanted to see women be strong in what they did.
    She will be missed. :(



  22. Ida C
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      · September 5th, 2014 at 11:15 pm · Link

    I agree Linda, Joan Rivers was one spunky lady. Condolences to her daughter and grandson. She will be greatly missed. RIP Joan. Heaven will be having a comedy hour now with the newly arrived.



  23. Alice Johnson
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 1:02 am · Link

    Joan Rivers was a strong, super intelligent woman! You certainly had to admire her for all the times she was down & just kept getting back on her feet! Cannot even imagine how devastated she must have been after losing her show & then having her husband commit suicide! Only a very strong person could have survived that the way she did! My heart goes out to Melissa & her son :( :(



  24. Tammy
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 6:36 am · Link

    I have always loved Joan Rivers! The lady spoke her mind & told it like it was! She was a trail blazer for a whole generation of lady comics! She did it when it was just her & Phyllis Diller! RIP, funny lady! You will be missed!



  25. Lynn
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 6:55 am · Link

    Amen



  26. Joyce M.
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 10:52 am · Link

    The world will definitely miss Joan Rivers and Robin Williams.



  27. Diana E.
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I’ll miss her too. Have a good weekend, Linda. Blessings.



  28. carole
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Hi! Joan Rivers will be missed, liked her a lot! Way too many funny people are dying and its sad! have a great weekend!



  29. Valdi McCoy
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 7:43 pm · Link

    I will take a Thumper on this one.



  30. Beverly Sivacek
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 8:49 pm · Link

    I agree with you, Linda. Didn’t like the ‘over-the-top’ comedy BUT she was one hellofa woman and I’ll miss her. Joan & Robin will have the angels rolling-in-the-clouds with laughter!!! If we listen reeeeaaallly intently, I bet we’ll hear them. :-) R I P



  31. Diane Sallans
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      · September 6th, 2014 at 11:18 pm · Link

    I always liked her – she would say some pretty strong things about people, but she was always harder on herself.



  32. Alison
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      · September 8th, 2014 at 10:22 am · Link

    RIP Joan Rivers



  33. Patricia M Hann
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      · September 8th, 2014 at 10:58 pm · Link

    I was not 100% with Joan Rivers. but she was funny in what I watch of her. I will admit I did not see all her stuff. What I have seen of her and read of her she was a great lady. I think of her family and all they had to do within the last week. My prayers are with them. Especially her daughter.



  34. Cathy Yonkers
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      · September 9th, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Link

    What a lovely tribute you have written for a deserving lady. Joan Rivers was a woman to admire for her ability to take on life’s most difficult challenges and come out on the winning end.



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