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Continued: Celebrities reflect on Joan Rivers' life and contributions to comedy on her death at age 81

  • Article by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , Associated Press
  • Last update: September 5, 2014 - 11:40 AM

"What a full life. Every woman in comedy is indebted to her. She was there at the beginning and funny to the end. RIP Joan" — Comedian-actress-writer Amy Poehler in a statement.

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"I was so inspired by her. Having cut her teeth time and time again, she was still fighting. How can that not touch your life if you're a comedian?" — Jennifer R. Blake, an actress and comedian who just appeared opposite Selena Gomez in "Behaving Badly," in an interview.

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"No one loved life, laughter, and a good time more than Joan. We would have dinner and laugh and gossip and I always left the table smiling. She was a brassy, often outrageous, and hilarious performer who made millions laugh. In private, she was the picture of elegance and class. I will miss her." — Newswoman Barbara Walters in a statement.

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"My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done." — Comedian Sarah Silverman in a tweet.

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"Joan Rivers was a pioneer in the entertainment industry. Fearless, tireless and brilliantly funny. I will forever look up to Joan. She was a true friend." — Talk-show host Kelly Ripa in a statement.

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"She was one of the best comedy guests Johnny (Carson) ever had." — Comedian-director David Steinberg in a statement.

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"Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I'm very sad she's gone." — Comedian-host Ellen DeGeneres in a tweet.

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"First Robin (Williams). Now Joan. The world just became a less funny place. RIP Joan Rivers." — Comedian Gilbert Gottfried in a tweet.

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"RIP GODDESS: Hail Hail, a GENIUS has vacated this realm: Joan Rivers has died." — Comedian Roseanne Barr in a tweet.

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