As Hollywood gears up for the 2012 Oscars, and Billy Crystal dusts off his Oscar hosting shoes for the first time in many, many years, another person is also prepping for their Oscar moment – Joan Rivers. The host of multiple talk shows, celebrity red carpet programs, fashion programs, and reality series over the years, Joan Rivers is both admired and abhorred by much of Tinseltown. She and her daughter, Melissa, have been known to reduce celebrities to tears on the red carpet with their less than flattering commentary, but they insist that it is all in good fun, and they have managed to continually secure celebrity interviews largely because the actors and actresses know what to expect. She began her career in the late 50s, working as an actress and comedienne in New York. Her first professional role was opposite Barbra Streisand in an Off-Broadway production of "Driftwood". She went on to a successful stand-up career in the 60s, and has since parlayed her comedy and writing work into a small empire. Her ambition and tenacity has led to a career that has spanned more than four decades and extends across multiple media, including film, television, theater, and books. Her palatial home in Connecticut, which she placed on the market in 2009 before moving in with her daughter on the West Coast, was a testament to her level of continued success.
Situated on 84 acres, the estate in the Litchfield County area of Connecticut was surprisingly low-key compared to her over the top public persona. With 5000 square feet of space, a massive kitchen, five fireplaces, high ceilings with antique beams, and rooms that went on for days, the mansion was cozy compared to her infamous (and still unsold) gold-plated condo in New York City. Listed at $6.5 million dollars, the four-bedroom, 4 1/2 bath house also housed a swimming pool and pool house, a separate caretaker's cottage, a barn, and a breezy, open-plan style created by French doors in almost every room. Though the former comedienne and celebrity makes the Hollywood elite cower in their boots, she also seems to have a softer side that is exhibited in her choice of décor and home styling.
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