This week we lost the beloved Joan Rivers. While most well known for her no holds barred style of comedy and plastic surgery, Rivers was also a trailblazer, workhorse and postmodern feminist icon who balanced a very high profile Hollywood career with raising her daughter as a single mother.
Despite her ambition, Rivers made a commitment to be a hands on parent. “When I was pregnant I was sitting with a very famous actress on the playground,” she recalled to The Huffington Post. “The child fell and ran to the nanny. At that point I decided my child would always run to me. We had dinner together every night and every night I put a line in my book at 6 p.m. and that was it.”
Rivers was a devoted mother and grandmother. In classic fashion, she said, “My daughter and I are very close. We speak every single day and I call her every day and I say the same thing, ‘Pick up, I know you’re there.’ And she says the same thing back, ‘How’d you get this new number?'”