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Joan Rivers

Enter Talking

1 Mar, 1987

Rivers publishes Enter Talking, a memoir recounting her early career in television and her work on the Johnny Carson Show, and advice to wannabe media stars.

I could not endure the reality that I might end up Joan Molinsky, an unattractive, nondescript little Jewish girl, run-of-the-mill, who might just as well have stayed in Brooklyn and married the druggist and had a normal life. I had come from normal life, from real life, and nobody there had been happy. I knew I had to be special, had to have a life different from anything I had ever known, and if I ended up ordinary Joan Molinsky, I would always be unhappy and make my husband and children unhappy.