Joan Rivers

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Rivers in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Joan Alexandra Molinsky

Date of Birth: June 8, 1933

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: September 4, 2014

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Joan Rivers was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host.

Her parents, Beatrice (Grushman) and Meyer Chaim Molinsky, were Russian Jewish emigrants, with her father from Odessa or Nemyriv, now in Ukraine. She was married to writer and producer Edgar Rosenberg, who was a British Jew, until his death. Their daughter is comedian and actress Melissa Rivers, also known as Melissa Rosenberg.

Joan’s paternal grandfather was named Harry Molinsky.

Joan’s paternal grandmother was named Minnie/Mollie.

Joan’s maternal grandfather was named Boris Grushman.

Joan’s maternal grandmother was named Chana Kleitman.


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    80% Californian Plastique. LMAO!

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