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AP PHOTOS: Joan Rivers worked until her last laugh

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(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York.
(AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File). FILE - This April 12, 1965 file photo shows comedienne Joan Rivers in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File). FILE - This April 12, 1965 file photo shows comedienne Joan Rivers in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File). FILE - This Feb. 27, 2005 file photo shows Joan Rivers, left, and her daughter, Melissa, from the TV Guide Channel on the red carpet for Oscar arrivals before the 77th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File). FILE - This Feb. 27, 2005 file photo shows Joan Rivers, left, and her daughter, Melissa, from the TV Guide Channel on the red carpet for Oscar arrivals before the 77th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
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(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
By The Associated Press

Joan Rivers' comedy took no prisoners, targeting stars for their fashion choices and mocking her own love affair with plastic surgery.

Rivers' death at 81 on Thursday ended a life and a career spent making other people laugh. She rose to fame in an era in which the big time was dominated by male comics, but she found a niche for herself and eventually got her big break on "The Tonight Show" in 1965. She performed almost constantly, though she found her career derailed for a two-year-period in the 1980s after the suicide of her husband, Edgar Rosenberg. Recent years found her as a host of E! Network's "Fashion Police," and a familiar face on shopping channel QVC as she promoted her line of jewelry.

"You never relax and say, 'Well, here I am!'" she once declared. "You always think, 'Is this gonna be OK?' I have never taken anything for granted."

Here's a gallery of images from Joan Rivers' life.

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