But there are larger human truths in the film that go past entertainment-industry neuroses; growing old, the need to be loved, the fraught mother-daughter relationship.
Two years ago, she allowed film-makers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg – the duo behind earlier acclaimed documentaries The Devil Came on Horseback, about genocide in Darfur, and The Trials of Darryl Hunt, about a man who spent 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit – to capture a particularly low period in her life, when work had almost entirely dried up.
The film, called A Piece of Work and premiering at the Sheffield Documentary Festival on Wednesday, opens with uncomfortably close shots of Rivers’s surgery-enhanced face without any make-up.
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Joan Rivers, has been described as one of the smartest, funniest and nastiest people on television.
She has, she estimates, over the years offended almost everyone in the business with her prodigious swearing and shocking, outré humour: abortions, anal sex, mental illness, disability, 9/11 and the “C” word all fall within her considerable frame of reference.They are just stupid and they like big boobs.” Rivers wrote the line down in her diary and it became the title of one of her books. In those days it was very shocking.” She spent 18 years with Carson, but when she decided to leave to start her own show, it caused a rift with her mentor who never spoke to her again.From there, she “endured humiliation and deprivation” for almost 10 years “playing tawdry clubs, borscht-belt hotels, and Greenwich Village cabarets” before appearing, in 1968, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the show that turned Carson into a figurehead for American comedy and which ran for 30 years. But they opened.” That period propelled her into the living rooms of America, and saw her performing her stand-up routine while seven months pregnant with her daughter, Melissa. In 1986, she and her husband, British television producer Edgar Rosenberg started work on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers which helped launch the Fox Network.But there is little sign of the screaming banshee who yelled abuse at A-listers on the red carpet, where for eight years she hosted the Oscar arrivals. Entertainment channel’s Fashion Police show, relishing the sartorial missteps of the stars.“The performers I know who are wonderful keep it for the stage,” she says.” and Rivers replies: “You just want to be loved, who cares why?