There are some movies that are so much a part who we are as people, that the moment we sit down to watch it, we are taken back to that place and time.
One of these movies, for me at least is Muppets Take Manhattan, premiering in 1984. The Muppets have a musical in which they want to take to Broadway. But, as anyone who has tried to make it on the great white way will tell you, constant rejection is par for the course.
In addition to the cast of Muppet characters that we all know and love, this movie is filled with cameos. Linda Lavin, Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli, Gregory Hines, Brooke Shields, etc.
How do I love this movie and recommend it? Let me count the ways…..
Joan Rivers died today at the age of 81.
Born Joan Molinsky, she was a barrier breaker and an icon. Gutsy, honest and ball breaking to the point of being almost rude or insensitive to some, she passes into history as a legend.
She was widely known for her red carpet and fashion commentaries with her daughter, Melissa.
The clip above is from my earliest memory of her, a cameo that she had in 1984 movie, Muppets Take Manhattan.
Sometimes, we don’t see the trailblazers until they are no longer with us. Joan was without a doubt a trailblazer. Without her influence, we would not have the women in comedy that we do today.
My thoughts and prayers are with those who knew her best.