How Did A Nice Jewish Girl Like You End Up Here?

I wonder how many times Joan was asked that question early in her career. Something tells me that type of comment only fueled her fire to stick around even longer. She was a trailblazer and full of moxie. A “nice jewish girl” from Brooklyn that crashed through doors that many women wouldn’t even dare to open. She pushed the envelope and dared to dream. And really, she just “talked”. I loved that about her.

With Joan at QVC

With Joan at QVC


I met Joan during my first year working with QVC. I remember my heart skipping a beat when I heard she was in the studio. I was pretty new to “The Q”, but understood my mission. My mother Beverly adored her and we always joked we had a similar mother/daughter relationship that she and Melissa had. When she came off set, I approached her and said, “My mom is a jewish girl from the Bronx and if I leave here without meeting you, I’ll never hear the end of it.” Her reply. “It’s obvious your mother is a very smart woman and I would assume gorgeous.” Can’t argue with a woman that is funny and has good taste.

I love this tender moment (VIDEO) between mother and daughter. A reminder to live life to the fullest. Joan sure did. An “amazing life” indeed. Something tells me she and Robin Williams are keeping things active up there.

Update: Since I first posted this blog, QVC recently put together a really beautiful tribute to Joan. A true inspiration to any of us that dream big and desire for something almost greater than ourselves. Follow your star.

Click Image for Video Tribute

Click Image for Video Tribute

“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” – Joan Rivers

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