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The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Melissa Rivers

Most people that see Melissa Rivers in all of her splendorous glamour on the red carpet have no idea that the style maven is an Ivy League graduate, an accomplished equestrian, and a single mother. She’s also an accomplished television producer and has ample experience behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

The University of Pennsylvania graduate started to learn her craft after college at CBS This Morning, where she quickly became a feature reporter, which ironically led to a stint as a regular contributor on Hangin’ with MTV. Rivers then joined her mother, Joan, to create the red-carpet franchise and phenomenon exclusively for E! Entertainment. From then on, awards-show coverage was never the same. The acerbic, dynamic duo even made it to celebrate their 1,000th interview live on the red carpet for the TV Guide Network, where the red carpet franchise moved to after 10 years at E!.

During her time at E!, Rivers produced and hosted a number of specials, two of which—Oh Baby! Melissa’s Guide to Pregnancy and Oh, Toddler! Surviving the Early Years—were the channels highest rated specials thus far.

When the Rivers women took their red carpet programming over to the TV Guide Network, the ratings soared. Rivers then produced and hosted a number of specials and series in addition to producing all of the red carpet programs at the cable network. She also hosted and executive produced The Craze on FitTV, which tested the efficacy of fitness products with normal people. Melissa is currently developing television projects, as a producer or to host, for a myriad of production companies and cable networks, some of which are expected to air in 2010.

In 2003, Rivers had the opportunity to display her decidedly down-to-earth, tomboy side on ABC’s popular reality series I’m A Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here. The show featured celebrities leaving behind their pampered lives for weeks of roughing it in a remote outpost of the inhospitable Australian rainforest. She showed her strength and resilience under adverse circumstances and was the last woman standing, winning second place. She donated all of her winnings from the show to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That same year she had the distinction of being PETA’s spokesperson and model for their highly publicized “I’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” campaign, which featured a billboard in Times Square during the height of holiday shopping. Recently, she joined the board of directors of the Entertainment Industry Council. She moderated a panel on mental illness for the organization and continues to stay involved with their programs.

In 2009, Melissa once again put her reality skills to the test by appearing on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with her mother. After a dramatic exit, and her mother rising to the top to win Donald Trump’s approval to win the show, Melissa turned her attention toward becoming an author. Her book, Red Carpet Ready: Secrets for Making the Most of Any Moment You’re in the Spotlight, debuted this past February published by Random House.

Rivers lives with her son, Cooper, and two dogs in Los Angeles.

For information about the Honorary Committee, please contact:

Patricia Howard

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