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Joan Rivers with Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 1986

Joan Rivers with Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 1986

Joan Rivers, wearing the same pearls and dress she wore for her first "Tonight" show appearance in 1965, was back in the guest seat opposite mentor Johnny Carson in 1986 to promote her autobiography "Enter Talking," which she dedicated to Carson.

September 04, 2014 10:45 pm
OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers still 'critical but stable'; Brad and Angie hitched

OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers still 'critical but stable'; Brad and Angie hitched

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am Related
Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in serious condition

Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in serious condition

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

August 29, 2014 1:51 pm
Comedienne Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" Feb. 17, 1965

Comedienne Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" Feb. 17, 1965

Comedienne Joan Rivers says she sported a simple "little black dress" embellished with a string of pearls and a feather boa for her first appearance on "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 17, 1965, opposite new host Johnny Carson.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
Talk of the Town: Joan Rivers doesn't hold back in new book or her everyday life

Talk of the Town: Joan Rivers doesn't hold back in new book or her everyday life

Even though comedienne Joan Rivers says it's no surprise Kim Kardashian and her sisters are among the favorite targets included in her new book, she admits there's also "some brains among that bunch."

August 02, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Charity event Wednesday at Lighthouse connects autism with art

OFFBEAT: Charity event Wednesday at Lighthouse connects autism with art

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am
David Brenner as Johnny Carson's Guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show" Dec. 5, 1975

David Brenner as Johnny Carson's Guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show" Dec. 5, 1975

David Brenner as Johnny Carson's Guest on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in this Dec. 5, 1975 with actors Michael Caine (far left) and Sean Connery sharing the talk show couch.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Readers want to mail Ellen, David Brenner tribute

OFFBEAT: Readers want to mail Ellen, David Brenner tribute

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am
An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.

March 12, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Jimmy Fallon Welcomed to "The Tonight Show" Hosting Duties in New York City by Joan Rivers

Jimmy Fallon Welcomed to "The Tonight Show" Hosting Duties in New York City by Joan Rivers

Jimmy Fallon greets Joan Rivers, right, during his NBC "The Tonight Show" debut on Monday, Feb. 17 in New York.  Rivers appeared on the show after 49 years earlier to the day, the veteran comedian had made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in that very studio,…

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers returns to 'Tonight Show' after 27-year Carson 'ban'

OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers returns to 'Tonight Show' after 27-year Carson 'ban'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
"The Tonight Show" Bandleader Doc  Severinsen with Amy Scamerhorn in April 1999

"The Tonight Show" Bandleader Doc Severinsen with Amy Scamerhorn in April 1999

NBC's "The Tonight Show" bandleader Doc Severinsen, who turns 87 in 2014, greets Amy Scamerhorn backstage at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, in this April 1999 photo, following his performance with the Northwest Indiana Symphony.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups join Connie Francis for TV telethon

OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups join Connie Francis for TV telethon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Johnny Carson with Connie Francis in 1964

Johnny Carson with Connie Francis in 1964

Talk show host Johnny Carson with singer Connie Francis in 1964 in New York.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: John Davidson celebrating 10th anniversary of 'Wicked' in Chicago

OFFBEAT: John Davidson celebrating 10th anniversary of 'Wicked' in Chicago

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 30, 2013 12:00 am
Book offers juicy peek inside Johnny Carson's life

Book offers juicy peek inside Johnny Carson's life

"Johnny Carson" (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Henry Bushkin

October 18, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Art charity event Thursday at Lighthouse proof autism not a secret

OFFBEAT: Art charity event Thursday at Lighthouse proof autism not a secret

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 26, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Here's your chance to win rare items from Liberace Museum in Las Vegas

OFFBEAT: Here's your chance to win rare items from Liberace Museum in Las Vegas

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Dr. Joyce Brothers, a famed brain, dies at age 85

OFFBEAT: Dr. Joyce Brothers, a famed brain, dies at age 85

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 15, 2013 12:00 am
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