Joan Rivers was many things to the world: a comic who took no prisoners, a biting (and hilarious) critic of celebrity fashion, a beloved mother to daughter Melissa, movie star, writer, producer, and filmmaker. And over the course of her nearly 60-year-long career, the legend gave some of her funniest and most memorable interviews to Andy Cohen in the Watch What Happens Live.
With the sad news of her death at 81-years-old in New York City Thursday, we're celebrating her amazing life with some of her best moments in the Clubhouse, from skewering the Housewives' and their fashion to reflecting on her wild ride. As she admitted to Andy about her outlook on life, "If we don't laugh at anything, then we're out of our minds!"
Joan Reveals the Best Sex She Ever Had
Her best romp? With the late screen legend Robert Mitchum. "It was great! It was great!" she gushed. Quickly realizing she had aged herself by talking about Mitchum, she joked she also slept with one ancient president. "And in general...Abraham Lincoln! He was gay! I said to him, 'Stay in bed with me!' And he said, 'No I'm going to the theatre.'" She also opened up about how comedy had changed in America over the years when recalling one of her earliest jokes.
Joan Judges the Housewives!
Classic Joan! When asked by Andy to sum up the fashion looks of the Real Housewives of New York City, she said tartly, "They look like a bunch of whores."
Joan Explains Her Approach to Comedy
Over her career, Joan wasn't one to shy away from controversy, whether it was making fun of Helen Keller or World War II. She ruffled plenty of feathers as a fashion critic on E! for dissing Whitney Houston just before her tragic death in 2012. Here, she explains why people shouldn't take her jokes so seriously.
Joan Does Clubhouse Playhouse
The clip speaks for itself: Joan and Tracy Morgan indulged Andy in this classic edition of the Clubhouse favorite.
Joan Slams Gwyneth Paltrow
She pulled no punches when it came to celebrity fashion critiques. But what was one of the worst backlashes she ever received? Joan opened up about clashing with Gwyneth Paltrow, although it was the great comic who ended up having the last laugh. Of the actress, Joan said, "The World's Most Beautiful Woman...as voted by Hellen Keller and Stevie Wonder!"
Joan Plays Gay or Nay
Joan has long been revered as an icon of the gay community, so when she sat down with Andy, he couldn't help but play a ridiculous game that poked fun at her status. In this edition of Gay or Nay, the comic weighed in on everything from deep V-necks, the Golden Girls, Designing Women, Judy Garland...and sconces!
Joan Reflects on Life, Death and Her Remarkable Career
In her incredible documentary Piece of Work, Joan pulled back the curtain on all her ups-and-downs, from the painful loss of her husband to her groundbreaking career as a female comedian. She summed up her outlook on life best to Andy Cohen during this Season Six appearance of WWHL: "Life is so difficult and so hard—if we don't laugh at anything, then we're out of our minds!"