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Joan Rivers talks films, Fox and her new famous fans




The showbiz industry is still overlooking Joan Rivers.

The acclaimed documentary about the legendary comic, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, did not receive an Oscar nomination this week. (Which wasn't expected, since the film wasn't on the shortlist, but still.)

Nonetheless, the moving film has exposed Rivers to an even wider fan base -- including a few people you might not expect.

"You know who enjoyed it the most? People in the business," Rivers said by phone recently. "Al Pacino said to me, it’s a wonderful film. Robert DeNiro had a friend of his watch it three times because they’re writing a film about a comic. Diane Keaton called me, and I don’t know her, to say it’s a wonderful film. Dustin Hoffman ran up an escalator to say to me, I loved your film. It’s really hit people in the business."

Rivers performs with Don Rickles at 8 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $49.50-$100. Click here for details.

For more of Eric Deggans' interview with Joan Rivers, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:58pm]


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