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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
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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Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Having come a long way from the Manhattan apartment they once called home with their loving parents Howell and Elvira Wayans and six other siblings – brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon – are as much an entertainment empire these days as they are a family.

July 23, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dead at age 93

OFFBEAT: Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dead at age 93

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 08, 2014 12:00 am
Region native appears with Jimmy Fallon tonight

Region native appears with Jimmy Fallon tonight

HAMMOND | Region native Crystal Taliefero appears tonight with her boss/mentor Billy Joel on "The Tonight Show" starring Jimmy Fallon.

March 20, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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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
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: Hammond reader corrects columnist Earl Wilson mention

OFFBEAT: Hammond reader corrects columnist Earl Wilson mention

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
Psychic Sylvia Browne with Jay Leno on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 2009

Psychic Sylvia Browne with Jay Leno on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 2009

Psychic Sylvia Browne with Jay Leno on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 2009.

November 22, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: TV and stage psychic Sylvia Browne dead at age 77

OFFBEAT: TV and stage psychic Sylvia Browne dead at age 77

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 22, 2013 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
Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" Feb. 17, 1965

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.

May 11, 2012 12:00 am
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