Joan Rivers’ ties to Connecticut

Joan Rivers at Conn. College

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– Before E!’s Fashion Police and before Joan Rivers sat down with Johnny Carson, she was known as Joan Molinsky and started her freshman year at Connecticut College in 1950.

“It’s always exciting to find personal common ground with people of importance,” said Connecticut College Freshman Ben Fox.

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“It’s always really exciting to hear about people who are influential in our society who attend similar schools or the same schools as us,” said freshman Meg Greer. “I clearly can achieve things because they’ve been in my situation.”

A college spokesperson said she lived in the Winthrop Dorm, but left in 1952 when she transferred to Barnard College.

According to the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at the College she took part in (and even directed) a number of plays during her freshmen and sophomore years, including a performance of J.M. Barrie’s “Shall We Join the Ladies” in 1951. An article in the Connecticut College News from November 7, 1951, declared “Joan Molinsky … to be the hit of the evening with her impersonation of a woman trying to save a seat at an outdoor concert” during a Soph-Senior party.

Her ties to the state didn’t end there, Rivers owned a New Milford home for more than ten years and sold it about a year ago.

Her Litchfield County realtor Carolyn Klemm said, “she was an amazing person full of life very private very smart wonderful mother & grandmother she had a circle of friends and loved entertaining and being entertained. She also patronized local restaurants and generously supported local charities. We all miss her.”

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