Although her style was pretty brutal, Joan Rivers blazed a new trail for women in comedy, beginning with her first appearance on the Tonight Show in 1965.
Rivers was born to Russian-Jewish immigrants as Joan Alexandra Molinsky on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York.
As most of us know, sometimes Joan really pushed the envelope. What started as a self-deprecating style, Joan moved on to satirical humor regarding celebrities that was often criticized.
Here are a few of her more famous, milder jokes:
"The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it."
"When I was born, my mother asked the doctor, 'Will she live?' He said, 'Only if you take your foot off her throat.'"
"I was so ugly that they sent my picture to Ripley's Believe It or Not and he sent it back and said, 'I don't believe it.'"
RIP, Joan...you were one of a kind.