It seems like particularly perfect timing that the new coffee-table book about Joan Rivers’ life is coming out after the news that E!’s Fashion Police will be ending next month.
Melissa Rivers, daughter of Joan, and Joan’s longtime publicist Scott Currie compiled a book of scrapbooks, joke cards, and photos of the queen of comedy.
“My parents were fastidious in keeping accurate records across the board with everything,” Melissa Rivers told WWD. “Because of her drive to always be fresh, she kept records of every appearance, every performance, all the jokes that were used on TV, all the clothes that were worn.”
According to Vanity Fair, Elizabeth Taylor, whom Joan Rivers had a fondness for making fun of, even gets her own chapter in the book. Other great inclusions include a guest list for Nancy Reagan’s September 19, 1994 party, complete with jokes about pubic hair, and never-before-seen Polaroids of Rivers in resplendent, sequined ‘80s fashions before Tonight Show appearances.
The book is a whopping 336-page coffee-table masterpiece dedicated to not just Rivers, but a sense of style and humor that don’t exist in quite the same way anymore. “Stylish and hilarious are not normally two words used to describe the same person,” Michael Kors, friend of Joan’s, said. “Joan genuinely loved beautiful things and understood quality, but knew how to make fun of herself. She was the ultimate in self-deprecating chic.”