What sad news that Joan Rivers has died. We never got around to adding her to our weekend women list while she was alive, so we’ll just have to do it now. To be honest, Joan seemed so indestructible in life that I was quite surprised to hear she was no longer with us. You can imagine she is wise-cracking her way around where ever it is she’s now gone, still looking amazing -despite the cling-film face.
She was an amazing icon for all women, strong, brilliant at her day job and a pioneer for breaking into male dominated areas such as stand up comedy. But according to Time magazine, she didn’t like being called a pioneer, “It upsets me to say I’m a pioneer because I’m so current now, you know? I don’t like when the ladies come up and say, ‘Oh, you broke barriers for women.’ And I say, ‘I’m still breaking barriers.’” The after-life, should it exist, must be rocking at the moment, what with Joan and Robin Williams. It’s all a little quieter and less funny here on Earth without both of them. Sad times.