At a youthful 81 years old, the shockingly funny queen fashionista of Hollywood Joan Rivers has passed away. I'm terribly sad. I feel like I have to now say goodbye to an icon, a legend, the most groundbreaking female comedian of our time. But while she was obviously all of those things, she was also someone I made friends with.
Upon learning Joan Rivers was hospitalized in critical condition last week, my heart sank. "Joooooannnnn!" I cried to my husband. He, understandably, looked at me like I was losing my mind. I clarified, explaining what had happened. Although I am sure he still thinks I'm crazy, he got it.
He knows that 10 years ago, Joan was doing press in the lead-up to her show at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. She agreed to speak with me for my college newspaper.