Joan Rivers' Career Highlights Span an Amazing 50 Years, From 'The Tonight Show' to 'Fashion Police'

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She was a controversial figure through the end, but there's no denying Joan Rivers was an icon. Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 on Thursday. Her career was long and varied, kicking off with a co-starring role with a young (and then-unknown) Barbra Streisand in the late 1950s, moving through countless red carpets, nominations for Grammys, Tonys, and Emmys, and living on talk shows. She spent decades on camera, her irascible wit and wrath a veritable staple in American popular culture. Her opinions were not for the easily offended, and she was never afraid to speak her mind.

Now that we've lost that voice, it's time to look back at the highlights of her long career, and at some of the ingredients that made this legend.

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