In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly — on newsstands now — Joan Rivers’ longtime friend and professional consultant and manager, Larry A. Thompson, opens up for the first time since her death in 2014.
Thompson tells Closer, “Celebrities who die at the height of their careers have an enormous legacy that follows. In Joan’s case, not only did she have impeccable comedic timing, but also the ultimate life-legacy timing, and she arguably died at the height of her career.” Going out on top after decades of being doubted by her detractors, “Joan had the last laugh.”
Joan and Larry in 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Joan’s death was as shocking as her humor was,” Thompson tells Closer of the seemingly routine throat procedure that led to fatal complications 18 months ago. “When she was onstage, she would say things that would literally shock people — because they were true.”
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“She really was an open book,” Thompson reveals to Closer. “Everybody who was around her on a regular basis knew who she was. With Joan, what you saw was what you got.”
Joan before her death in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Even though Joan was known for her larger-than-life personality, her manager tells Closer he remembers another side of her. “Joan was very sensitive and took everything to heart,” says Thompson. “When she was hurt by comments, it fueled her comedy and became fodder for her rants.”
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"I think about Joan a lot, and she still makes me smile,” Thompson gushes to Closer.
For the full interview with Joan Rivers’ manager, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
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