November 5-19, 2017  •  JCC Rochester  •  Rochester, New York

Get TicketsThursday, November 16, 7pm, JCC Hart Theater, $10/$8 JCC Members

Leslie Bennetts

Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers

More than a legendary comedian, Joan Rivers was an icon and a role model to millions. She was a fearless pioneer who faced triumphant highs and devastating lows: her husband’s suicide, a feud with Johnny Carson, an estrangement from her daughter, a ferocious ambition, many plastic surgeries and massive insecurities. As this juicy and smart biography reveals, Joan Rivers provides lessons for anyone facing barriers, trying to breach long-established boundaries, or periodically seeing America’s cultural history as an obstacle.

Bennetts, a former New York Times reporter and Vanity Fair writer, is author of the national bestseller The Feminine Mistake. Like Rivers, Bennetts blazed trails, too: She was the first woman to cover a presidential campaign for The New York Times.

Underwritten by Mona Friedman Kolko