Edgar Rosenberg

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Edgar Rosenberg
Born c. 1925[1]
Bremerhaven, Germany
Died August 14, 1987
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cause of death
Suicide by prescription drug overdose
Nationality German
Occupation Film and TV producer
Spouse(s) Joan Rivers (July 1965 – August 14, 1987; his death)

Edgar Rosenberg (1924/1925[1] – August 14, 1987) was a German-born American film and television producer. He was married to American comedian Joan Rivers.


Early life[edit]

Edgar Rosenberg was born in Bremerhaven in 1924-1925.[2] When he was a small boy, his family emigrated from Germany to Denmark and then South Africa in order to escape the Nazis.[3] He was educated in England at Rugby School and Cambridge University.[3][4]


He moved to the United States as a young man and rose to become an assistant to Emanuel Sacks, vice president of entertainment at NBC, but was fired during a year of recovery from a traffic accident and had to work as a night clerk in a bookstore.[3] In the 1960s, he worked for the public relations firm run by Anna M. Rosenberg (to whom he was not related) and was a valued news source for journalists.[4] His production company, Telsun Foundations, affiliated with the United Nations, was responsible for five feature films, including The Poppy is Also a Flower,[3] and his television credits included the 1950s US series Omnibus[4] and Husbands, Wives & Lovers.

He served as his wife's manager for most of their marriage and was a producer on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, on the newly formed Fox Television Network.[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

He married comedian and commentator Joan Rivers in July 1965 four days after hiring her to work with him rewriting a screenplay.[3][4] They had a daughter, Melissa Rivers.

In August 1987, several months after Fox fired Rivers, he committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hotel room. He had been suffering from clinical depression, which Joan Rivers believes was brought on by medication he had been taking since suffering a heart attack in 1984.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Ron Avery, "Rivers' Edgar Takes Life: Depressed By Illness, Rosenberg Downs Valium Overdose", Philadelphia Daily News, August 15, 1987.
  2. ^ Josh Meyer, United Press International, "Joan Rivers' Husband said Suicide,", Schenectady Gazette, August 14, 1987.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Richard Meryman, "Joan Mourns Edgar," People, August 31, 1987.
  4. ^ a b c d e Nikki Finke, "Edgar Rosenberg: The Public Ending of a Private Life : Suicide of Rivers' Husband Came Without a Warning", Los Angeles Times, August 20, 1987. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Edgar Rosenberg, 62; Producer, Husband of Comedian Joan Rivers," The Boston Globe, August 15, 1987 Online at Highbeam; subscription required.
  6. ^ Rivers, Joan (1997). Bouncing Back: I've Survived Everything... and I Mean Everything... and You Can Too!. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 11–19. ISBN 0-06-017821-3. 
  7. ^ "The Night the Laughter Stopped: Joan Rivers Talks About the Hope and Despair of Husband Edgar's Brush With Death". People magazine, December 10, 1984.

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