Joan Rivers launched her career as a standup comic in the early '60s, a time when female comedians were few and far between, and after several years of working nightclubs to unresponsive audiences, she was booked on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965 and soon became one of the most successful comedy acts in the nation. Since then, Rivers has hosted several TV talk shows, written best-selling books, directed a feature film, launched a line of jewelry, and kept up a busy schedule of personal appearances, determined to hold on to her stardom regardless of the fickle winds of show business. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg followed Rivers through a typically eventful year in her life, and in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, they offer a look at the woman behind the laughter as she struggles to stay in the spotlight, works on new material, launches a one-woman show in the United Kingdom that doesn't fare as well as she hopes, takes a chance as a participant on a reality TV show, and ponders her career in show business at the age of 75. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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I was never a big fan of Joan Rivers - thinking she was nothing but insulting, crass and a bully. Well, this documentary is absolutely brilliant. What you see is a devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother and a extraordinarily hard working woman. I never expected to see Ms. Rivers so sensitive. The DVD is witty, sad at times and so very true to life - the ups and downs of being a woman in show business. One would expect the industry to be a highly glamorous and rewarding world. Not the case, the movie shows with such candidness. Being that she has allegedly been snubbed by the nominating committee for an Oscar "says it all" about how unfair ladies are treated in a field of higher paying men. This makes the film all the more believable, entertaining and painfully honest. Cheers to you, Ms. Rivers. You made it - - finally! Watch the flick and you will understand and I think relate, no matter your gender.
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