Joan Rivers Lived Like Marie Antoinette – Maybe Better

Photo: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

At one time Joan Rivers admitted that she lived like Marie Antoinette“if she had money!” Her penthouse condo in NY was almost beyond belief. One Christmas in the early 90’s while we were appearing on her daytime talk show, we received an invitation to her Christmas party. We were thrilled and staggered when we walked into her building. Her condo was the most opulent place imaginable. Gold everywhere. Joan wanted to be a part of high society. It was like being in a museum. Not our streamlined taste, but nevertheless fascinating. We remember Phil Spector was playing the piano (yes THAT Phil Spector) He was dating Joan’s assistant/friend at that time and he got very drunk and obstreperous. We pulled Joan aside and pointed out that he was not good boyfriend material for her friend. When we aimed at camera at Joan’s ceiling (painted to look like a sky) she scolded us and said “Nophotos!” We wondered why. The extravagant condo has been on the market for 29.5 million for several years without selling- maybe that’s why Joan worked so hard all the time. Click HERE to see more amazing photos.

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