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Joan Rivers, Dead at 81: 5 Facts About the Late Comedy Legend (VIDEO)

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Today, the entertainment world mourns the loss of another legend: Joan Rivers. The 81-year-old comedienne may be best known to young fans for her work on E!'s Fashion Police and the network’s red carpet coverage, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With a career spanning more than five decades, Joan was quite the groundbreaker in the comedy world, paving the way for just about every female comic in the biz.

She was very nearly known to us all as Pepper January — the stage name she used during her early days on the comedy circuit. With her unique brand of acerbic wit, Joan eventually dropped the pseudonym as she went on to grace Broadway stages, nearly every late night show in history, and the dias of many a Friar’s Club roast.

Check out the video to learn more facts about Joan, and celebrate her life with your favorite moments and memories in the comments below.

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