- Category : Entertainment-Actor-Actress
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 4
American actress, television host and producer. She is the daughter of the American comedienne, Joan Rivers.
Rivers began her career as an intern in the Los Angeles office of CBS News after graduation. She was a feature reporter for CBS This Morning. She was a regular contributor to MTV’s Hangin’ With MTV as an MTV spring break emcee, and, in time, a broadcast journalist of youth-oriented material.
As an actress, she has had roles in television shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Silk Stalkings, The Comeback. In 1998, she also appeared in the sci-fi/comedy made-for-television movie Men in White and in the 1999 film The Big Tease, a comedy directed by Kevin Allen starring Craig Ferguson. Additionally, she teamed up with her mother Joan Rivers, portraying themselves in the 1994 celebrity docudrama Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story.
In the early 1990s, Rivers branched out on the pre-show red carpet, interviewing celebrities on nationally televised awards shows. Rivers, who has hosted various events and served as a producer for the E! Network, has hosted two of the channel’s highest-rated specials: Oh Baby! Melissa’s Guide to Pregnancy and Oh Toddler! Surviving the Early Years (aired in January 2002).
Teamed with her comedienne mother, Melissa hosted fashion on the red carpet interviews for the E! cable network. In 2003, Melissa and Joan left her red carpet pre-show on E! to accept a more lucrative deal with the TV Guide Channel valued at between $6 and 8 million. Their contract was not renewed after it expired. Also in 2002, Rivers appeared on the ABC Network competitive reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, in which she finished in second place. Melissa Rivers has been a regular guest on the webcast show Tom Green's House Tonight. She also appeared on the movie Confessions of a sociopathic social climber.
Rivers married horse trainer John Endicott in December 1998 at New York City's famed Plaza Hotel in an extravagant $3 million Dr. Zhivago-themed winter wonderland wedding. They divorced in 2003. She has one son from that marriage named Edgar Cooper Endicott (born on December 1, 2000) who is featured with Rivers and her mother in the reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? Rivers was in a relationship with sports coach Jason Zimmerman from 2008 to 2012, until she found out Zimmerman was having an extra-marital relationship.