Melissa Rivers, red carpet host, signing copies of Red Carpet Ready
*2/4/10 7:00 PM at Borders Books – Columbus Circle. New York, NY.
*2/12/10 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Grove Drive. Los Angeles, CA.
Melissa Joan Rivers (born Melissa Warburg Rosenberg; January 20, 1968) is an American television co-host and the daughter of Joan Rivers.
Melissa Warburg Rosenberg was born in Manhattan on January 20, 1968; the only child of Joan Rivers and British-born producer Edgar Rosenberg, who committed suicide in 1987. Melissa took on her mother’s stage surname. She is of Russian-Jewish descent on her mother’s side and German-Jewish on her father’s side.
Rivers attended the private John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air and then The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
On December 12, 1999, she married horse breeder John Endicott. They had one child — a son, Edgar Cooper Endicott, born on December 1, 2000. Endicott and Rivers were divorced on June 19, 2003.
As an actress, she has gotten roles in shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Silk Stalkings, The Comeback and The L Word.
Teamed with her comedienne mother, Joan Rivers, Melissa hosted fashion on the red carpet interviews for the E! cable network. In 2003, Melissa, along with her mother, left her red carpet pre-show on E! to accept a more lucrative deal with the TV Guide Channel valued between $6–8 million. Their contract was not renewed after it expired. Also in 2002 Melissa appeared on the ABC Network reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, where she came in second place.
She and her mother played themselves in the television movie Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers story (1994), which deals with them coping with her father’s suicide.
Melissa is also a regular guest on the webcast show Tom Green Live.
Appearances for charity
Rivers raised $100,000 for Make-A-Wish foundation, resulting from ABC’s 2006 television show “I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!”, LIVE.
On June 24 2008, Melissa appeared on NBC’s show Celebrity Family Feud as the Rivers Family Team. She and her mother first battled against the Ice-T Family Team, then went on to compete against the Raven Symone Family Team. They won $50,000 for their charity, Guide Dogs For The Blind.
Melissa 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.