August 15, 1987
Edgar Rosenberg, husband of and comic foil for comedian Joan Rivers, was found dead in his Philadelphia hotel room Friday, apparently of a drug overdose, police said. He was 62. The veteran producer and longtime manager of his wife's career apparently died of an overdose of Valium, said Police Detective Gerald Whartenby. Officials were summoned when Rosenberg's business manager called him at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday morning and received no answer.
November 29, 1987 |
Joan Rivers, who had a tradition of cracking jokes about hubbie Edgar Rosenberg, is trying out new material about him now that he's gone--even alluding (at least in one gag) to his suicide three months ago. At the same time, she bitterly complained that former boss Johnny Carson never called to express sympathy after Rosenberg's death. It all surfaced last week at Carlos 'n' Charlie's, where she occasionally tests new routines. At the end of her set, she took questions from the audience.
October 9, 1985 |
The final wrinkles are being ironed out in the plan to have Joan Rivers and Elizabeth Taylor meet, eye-to-violet eye. It's the first close encounter of the stars kind since Ms. Rivers began discussing Ms. Taylor as part of her act--and it's all-for-charity, as the riveting Rivers revealed. She credited Michaele Vollbracht--the designer of the big, wild, colorful dresses--for putting it all together. (He's buddies with both the ladies.) The benefit is set for Nov. 17 at Spago.
October 7, 1986 |
Joan Rivers looked fairly calm late last week as she ate catered Chinese food off a plastic plate in an office at KTTV in Hollywood. The familiar razor-blade voice was silent, and the manicured fingers, often seen in mid-jab, were occupied with utensils. In place of the flashy designer originals, she wore a simple black dress, and reading glasses rested low on her nose. The moment was deceptive.
December 10, 1987 |
The story about Joan Rivers isn't mentioned on the cover of the December issue of GQ. Her name does not appear in the table of contents, either. In fact, the elongated gossip item is buried on pages 138 and 140 of the 360-page issue, tucked between Campari and Neiman-Marcus ads like a pearl in the bowels of an oyster, waiting to be discovered.
September 29, 1987 |
Joan Rivers finally moved into her center slot on "Hollywood Squares" this weekend. Rivers postponed joining the syndicated TV game show following the suicide of her husband, businessman/producer Edgar Rosenberg, on Aug. 14. The first show featuring Rivers debuts the week of Oct. 19.