August 31st, 2014
01:21 PM ET

Joan Rivers, entertainment pioneer

In the above video, Brian Stelter and "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Nancy O'Dell take a look at Joan Rivers's groundbreaking career.

Rivers was hospitalized on Thursday after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at a Manhattan medical clinic. She was listed in critical condition at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

"She had an impact, as far as being a woman in this business, because she really broke the glass ceiling," O'Dell said, referring to Rivers' appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.

O'Dell also said that Rivers, age 81, has helped to disprove the "Hollywood myth" that "women can't have a long career" in the entertainment industry.

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  1. Paulette Koepp


    January 11, 2021 at 12:39 am | Reply
  2. Alline Willibrand

    Happy to be of help 🙂


    August 12, 2020 at 10:59 am | Reply
  3. Mustafa Muhammad

    She just needs to say sorry to Michelle Obama for calling her a man. period. Karma is real. Haven't we learned that by now? Or are people still practicing voodoo?

    September 1, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
  4. franjurga

    I agree with Iwitte Le Sneuse, to open your blog and see Joan Rivers' face when I'm expecting to see what news of value I missed on Reliable Sources this morning...? (no offense to Joan Rivers) I'm not encouraged enough to read on. Fading fan here.

    August 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  5. Iwitte Le Sneuse

    I am I hallucinating, or was this story not at the top of the Reliable Sources page earlier? I'm ticked off. This was the lead story, and the long-term effects of extensive plastic surgery on her health finally taking its toll was of vital importance of many women around the country. Vital important.

    August 31, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Reply

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