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Melissa Rivers Talks Playing Mom Joan in Movie 'Joy'

Melissa Rivers is fresh-faced while making her way through LAX Airport for a flight out of town on Tuesday (December 22) in Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old television personality recently spoke with Vanity Fair about playing her mom Joan Rivers in the upcoming movie Joy.

“I think she would be a little miffed that they didn’t have Cate Blanchett playing her,” Melissa said. “I think she would have wanted Cate or Helen Mirren, had it been in the later years, because, of course, when you think of my mother you think of willowy and English.”

“I wanted to make sure that it didn’t became a caricature or an impersonation,” Melissa added. “I did work very hard on the speech pattern, and the tone, because I didn’t want it to become an impersonation. That’s what I was most frightened of. This was at the beginning of QVC and our [fashion] company is still going. It was such a big part of her life.”

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Melissa Rivers Plays Mom Joan Rivers in 'Joy' - First Look Clip!

Melissa Rivers transforms into her late mom Joan Rivers while playing her in the upcoming movie Joy.

The 47-year-old Fashion Police producer plays Joan during a scene set at QVC and she interacts with Jennifer Lawrence‘s character Joy Mangano, a real-life entrepreneur.

“It was David‘s idea,” Melissa told People. “I literally one day got a call saying David O. Russell would like to meet you. Huh? What?”

“I thought, ‘Seriously when am I ever going to get to work with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell?’” she added. “I was like, ‘Okay, I’m in.’”

“My mother had a couple lovely encounters with Bradley and she was a fan of Jen‘s even though there was a situation once at Fashion Police where someone said something and Jennifer didn’t like it and kind of fired back,” Melissa continued. “It wasn’t my mother who said it and it kind of got lost in translation. The first thing Jennifer said was, ‘Even though we had that disagreement that really had nothing to do with her, I was a huge fan,’ and quoted back her favorite Fashion Police line ever to me: ‘That dress is so ugly it looks like it would be good at math.’ So here she is quoting my own show back to me, then she said to David, ‘I’m so happy you brought me someone to play with!’”


First Look: See Melissa Rivers As Her Late Mother Joan Rivers in ‘Joy’

Joan Rivers Remembered By Melissa One Year After Death

Joan Rivers tragically died one year ago today (September 4) and her daughter Melissa Rivers is paying tribute to her in a touching post.

“Today marks one year since my mother passed,” the 47-year-old Fashion Police host tweeted on her mom’s account.

“This was the year of firsts: first holidays, first birthdays, first everythings without mom, without grandma,” Melissa continued. “While it’s been difficult, I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we’ve received from family, friends, and people whose lives were touched by the woman they knew as Joan — a woman we all miss so very much.”

Earlier this week, Melissa revealed that she and her 14-year-old son Cooper scattered some of Joan‘s ashes in Wyoming last month. Watch the interview below.


Melissa Rivers Reveals She Has Scattered Mom Joan’s Ashes

Melissa Rivers Joins 'Fashion Police' in Mom Joan's Seat!

Melissa Rivers will be joining the panel on Fashion Police in the seat that used to be occupied by her late mom Joan Rivers.

The show will kick off on August 31 with coverage of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and Melissa will be joined by returning panelists Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski.

Two celebrity guests will join the trio for each episode. There will be six episodes through the end of the year.

“As an executive producer since the beginning, Melissa helped shape Fashion Police into an iconic TV series that couples fashion with comedy,” Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E!, told Variety. “We are pleased to now also feature Melissa in front of the Fashion Police cameras, as she joins returning panelists Giuliana and Brad. And with the added flavor of rotating panelists, the show will deliver fresh, different and unpredictable fashion reviews with each new episode.”

WILL YOU WATCH Melissa Rivers on the new season of Fashion Police?

Melissa Rivers Taking Over Mom Joan's Role on 'Fashion Police'?

Rumors are swirling that Melissa Rivers is replacing her late mom Joan on E!’s Fashion Police!

The 47-year-old TV personality would take on the role of panel moderator when the show starts shooting on August 31.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Melissa Rivers

Melissa‘s going on,” a close source shared to New York Daily New‘s Confidenti@l. “She is so happy, she is excited. The idea actually came from her. The bosses like it. It’ll be a tribute to her mom, and Melissa‘s the one who understands how it’s done. She can pull it off.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Melissa Rivers possibly joining Fashion Police?

Giuliana Rancic Flips Off the Academy For Leaving Joan Rivers Out of In Memoriam - Watch Now!

Giuliana Rancic flipped off the Academy during Fashion Police on Monday (February 23) after they left Joan Rivers out of the In Memoriam tribute.

The 40-year-old E! News correspondent was talking about Lupita Nyong’o‘s dress during the segment.

“Her dress sadly fell flat on the red carpet because of this damn backdrop, so she has no one but the Oscars to blame. And screw them anyway for leaving Joan out of the In Memoriam segment,” she added, flipping them off.

The Academy has responded as to why they left Joan out of the segment. Watch the segment below…

Joan Rivers' Daughter Melissa Responds to Oscars 2015 Memoriam Snub

Melissa Rivers has just released a statement after her late mom Joan was omitted from the In Memoriam tribute during the 2015 Oscars.

“It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom’s passing and we choose to focus on that,” the 47-year-old producer wrote on Facebook.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Joan Rivers

In case you missed it, check out what the Academy had to say after receiving much criticism for the omission.

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