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Joan Rivers: Grammy Museum to Open 'Can We Talk?' Exhibit

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 08:55 AM

Late comedian Joan Rivers will be honored by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles with a "Can We Talk?" exhibit beginning June 8.

The "Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?" exhibit will open on the third floor of museum and will feature costumes worn by Rivers, including designer wear from Bob Mackie, one of her vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks, and several of awards and family photographs, according to Billboard.com.

Rivers was nominated twice for Grammy Awards, winning posthumously this year for spoken word album for "Diary of a Mad Diva."

"Earlier this year, The Recording Academy awarded my mother her very first Grammy, which was truly an honor," said Melissa Rivers. "On this occasion, which celebrates her 82nd birthday, it's also an honor to have her incredible legacy included in the Grammy Museum's ongoing tribute to the greatest comedic icons of all time."

"To her, comedy was music," said her daughter. "There was a rhythm, but instead of notes, there were words. And just like any of her fellow Grammy Award winners who have been on exhibition in the museum, you know she loved to play."

"Entertainment Tonight" reported that Rivers won the spoken word Grammy over actor James Franco, singer Gloria Gaynor, director John Waters, former president Jimmy Carter, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. She was first nominated for the award in 1984 for best comedy album for "What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?"

"Joan Rivers' unapologetic one-liners and brave, biting commentary on her personal life opened doors for other female comedians," said Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum. "With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedic performers, many of whom have been recognized by the Grammy Awards."

Rivers died Sept. 4 at 81. She had been hospitalized for about a week after going into cardiac arrest during the procedure at a doctor's clinic.

A medical examiner's report said Rivers died from "anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest" — brain damage due to lack of oxygen — following a procedure to scope her upper gastrointestinal tract and vocal folds.

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