Jun. 8th, 1933
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Comedienne
Dot Matrix (Voiced)
Herself - Comedian
Herself - Guest
- She is an advocate of plastic surgery for older women saying that if a woman can afford it, it is worth it for her self-esteem
- Mother of 'Melissa Rivers' (qv).
- Said the most difficult celebrity she ever interviewed was 'Tommy Lee Jones' (qv), whom she thought was rude.
- Started performing as a stand-up comedienne using the stage name Pepper January.
- She won an Daytime Emmy in 1990 for best talk show host and was nominated for a Tony Award for the play "Donna Marr and her escorts" in 1994. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985.
- Early in her career she performed as half of the comedy team of "Joanie and Bill". "Bill" was former actor William Perry (1936-2006) who was the nephew of actress 'Toby Wing' (qv).
- After graduating from college and before getting into show business, she was briefly a shoe buyer for Lord & Taylor, a department store in New York.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1994 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for portraying the title character, 'Sally Marr' (qv), in "Sally Marr...and Her Escorts."