Melissa Rivers

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Melissa Rivers
Born Melissa Warburg Rosenberg
(1968-01-20) January 20, 1968 (age 46)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Education John Thomas Dye School
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Television host, producer, actress
Years active 1983–present
Television Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
Spouse(s) John Endicott (m. 1998–2003)
Partner(s) Jason Zimmerman (2008–12)
Children 1
Parents Edgar Rosenberg (deceased)
Joan Rivers

Melissa Warburg Rosenberg (born January 20, 1968) is an American actress, television host and producer. She is the daughter of Joan Rivers.

Early life[edit]

Rivers was born Melissa Warburg Rosenberg in Manhattan on January 20, 1968, the only child of Joan Molinsky and Edgar Rosenberg. She is of Jewish Russian descent on her mother's side and Jewish German on her father's side.

Rivers attended the private John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air[1] and then The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in European History.[2] She was a founding member of the Tabard Society, an off-campus secret society for women.[citation needed]

Rivers married horse trainer John Endicott in December 1998 at New York City's famed Plaza Hotel in an extravagant $3 million Dr. Zhivago-themed winter wonderland wedding.[3] They divorced in 2003.[4] She has one son from that marriage named Edgar Cooper Endicott (born on December 1, 2000)[5] who is featured with Rivers and her mother in the reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?[6]

Rivers was in a relationship with sports coach Jason Zimmerman from 2008 to 2012.[7]


In 1990, Melissa took on her mother's stage surname.[8]

Rivers was an accomplished equestrienne competing on the show circuits.[9]

Rivers began her career as an intern in the Los Angeles office of CBS News after graduation. She was a feature reporter for CBS This Morning. She was a regular contributor to MTV’s Hangin’ With MTV as an MTV spring break emcee, and, in time, a broadcast journalist of youth-oriented material.[citation needed]

As an actress, she has had roles in television shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Silk Stalkings, The Comeback. In 1998, she also appeared in the sci-fi/comedy made-for-television movie Men in White and in the 1999 film The Big Tease,[10] a comedy directed by Kevin Allen starring Craig Ferguson. Additionally, she teamed up with her mother Joan Rivers, portraying themselves in the 1994 celebrity docudrama Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story.[11]

In the early 1990s, Rivers branched out on the pre-show red carpet, interviewing celebrities on nationally televised awards shows.[10] Rivers, who has hosted various events and served as a producer for the E! Network, has hosted two of the channel’s highest-rated specials: Oh Baby! Melissa’s Guide to Pregnancy[12] and Oh Toddler! Surviving the Early Years (aired in January 2002).

Teamed with her comedienne mother, Melissa hosted fashion on the red carpet interviews for the E! cable network. In 2003, Melissa and Joan left her red carpet pre-show on E! to accept a more lucrative deal with the TV Guide Channel valued at between $6 and 8 million.[13] Their contract was not renewed after it expired.[citation needed] Also in 2002, Rivers appeared on the ABC Network competitive reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, in which she finished in second place.[citation needed] Melissa Rivers has been a regular guest on the webcast show Tom Green's House Tonight. She also appeared on the movie Confessions of a sociopathic social climber.

As of March 5, 2013, Melissa is a co-creator and co-producer of Joan's YouTube web series "In Bed With Joan," a fifteen to thirty minute show with a new video uploaded weekly in which Joan interviews a celebrity about a wide variety of personal topics in Joan's bed, with Melissa conducting interview questions for the last several minutes. Featured videos that have garnered the most views feature comediennes Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, and Margaret Cho, television personalities Kelly Osbourne and RuPaul, as well as Youtubers Jenna Mourey (Jenna "Marbles") and Justine Ezarik ("iJustine"). Other guests include Russell Peters, Gary Busey, Gabriel Iglesias, Carmen Electra, Lance Bass, Howie Mandel, Chris Hardwick, Bill Engvall, Tom Green, Penn Jillette, Aisha Tyler, Anthony Jeselnik, and Nick Kroll.[14]

Rivers defines herself as a "California Republican." [15]


In 2003, Rivers appeared in a PETA anti-fur ad campaign, encouraging consumers to "Fake It...for the Animals' Sake."[16]

She raised $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,[17] resulting from ABC's 2006 television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Live.

On June 24, 2008, Rivers appeared on the NBC game show Celebrity Family Feud as part of the Rivers Family Team. She and her mother first battled against the Ice-T Family Team, then went on to compete against the Raven-Symoné Family Team. They won $50,000 for their charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.[citation needed]

She appeared on the NBC reality television program Celebrity Apprentice playing for the Lili Claire Foundation. She was fired in the episode that aired April 26, 2009, after which she stormed out of the boardroom, verbally assaulted other teammates, yelled at the production crew, and refused the obligatory exit interview. Her mother was also a contestant on that season of The Apprentice, and threatened to quit the show after Melissa's firing, but remained and ultimately won the competition.[18]

Rivers raised $22,250 on a special celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where all the celebrities played to raise money for the research of Alzheimer's disease.[19]


  1. ^ "Biography of Melissa Rivers". I am a Celebrity. ABC. Archived from the original on 28 June 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  2. ^ About Melissa Rivers web site
  3. ^ "VOWS; Melissa Rivers, John Endicott" December 13, 1998, New York Times
  4. ^ Melissa Rivers Is Single Again | The Smoking Gun
  5. ^ Fink, Mitchell (December 2, 2000). "Stars To Swell Cathedral For Mottola Wedding". Daily News (New York). 
  6. ^ "Joan Rivers is a nice person -- really" June 24, 2010, Miami Herald
  7. ^ Jason Zimmerman, Melissa Rivers: How She Discovered His Online Habit |
  8. ^ "Melisa Rivers takes mother's surname" September 14, 1990, Spokane Chronicle
  9. ^ "VOWS; Melissa Rivers, John Endicott". The New York Times. December 13, 1998. 
  10. ^ a b Bio at IMDb
  11. ^ Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story at IMDb
  12. ^ Hale, Mike. "Test". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ "TV briefs: Rivers duo may leave E! for TV Guide Channel" June 25, 2004, The Seattle Times
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  16. ^ Deborah Shoeneman, "Arnold's High Times...Melissa Rivers's Naked Ambition...Grimm News for Polanski," New York Magazine, 25 August 2003
  17. ^ List of charity contributions
  18. ^ NBC Celebrity Apprentice 2 Press Release
  19. ^ Bio at Yahoo News

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