Melissa Rivers claims her mother Joan Rivers inspired the wonderful Mrs. Maisel … but feels ‘raped’ by the Amazon show’s ‘lack of recognition’
Melissa Rivers has claimed that her mother, legendary comedian Joan Rivers, is one of the inspirations for Amazon’s hit series The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and feels disappointed that she was not properly recognized for it.
Joan died in 2014 at the age of 81, and Melissa points out that her mother’s life mirrors that of main character Miriam “Midge” Maisel who trades in being a housewife for a stand-up comic in the years. 1950, as Joan made a similar pioneer leap in the 1960s.
“Everyone says, ‘Oh, it’s Joan, it’s Joan, it’s Joan, it’s Joan’ and yet I never hear from the people who do it or the actors,” Melissa said. , 53, during an appearance on Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef’s Podcast Thursday.
Speaking: Melissa Rivers claims her mother Joan Rivers inspired The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel … but feels ‘raped’ by the Amazon show’s ‘lack of recognition’ (pictured 2013)
However, Melissa admits that she never saw an episode of the show, but was moved when Jane Lynch mentioned her late mother in her Emmy acceptance speech for a role she played on the show.
Lynch was honored for her work playing the fictional character Sophie Lennon, a successful comic that relies on jokes about her obnoxious appearance – she thanked Joan and other actresses of that time in her Emmy speech Awards 2019.
Melissa explained that although she sent Lynch flowers to nod to Joan, she still struggles to bring herself to see an episode.
“I can’t look at him. Like, that really rocked me deeply, ” Melissa said. “It was more about the lack of recognition of my mom’s career and my mom’s legacy.
Inspired: Melissa suggests Joan’s life mirrors that of lead character Miriam “Midge” Maisel swapping housewife for a stand-up in the 1950s (Rachel Brosnahan pictured)
Melissa added that the character, played by Rachel Brosnahan, was “ clearly a compilation ” of actresses of that time, including her mother, who rose to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show.
“I’m not even saying like, it’s completely her, but to say that she was one of our inspirations,” she continued. “ And because of that, I felt so violated in a weird way … I’m not even saying like, it’s completely her, but to say that she was one of our inspirations. ”
Joan is unquestionably regarded as a pioneer of women in comedy, in the same way that Maisel’s character is revolutionary for this period.
Although Melissa says in the interview that she’s not interested in taking legal action, she just would have liked recognition from the show’s creators.
Trailblazer: Joan with husband Edger Rosenberg, left, and daughter Melissa in 1987
“I would have no legal basis, not just one, but on a human level, it still hurts me,” she explained.
“I want to be happy that they win and I can’t be. And I could be completely wrong. People might say, “You know, you’re crazy. You’re stupid.” But for me, like I said, all they had to do was reach out and acknowledge.
She added: “All I ever wanted was a note, maybe a thank you in one of the acceptance speeches after all these years.”
The Amazon Prime show has been a huge success since its inception in 2017, winning countless awards across the board.
There have been three seasons of the show and was renewed for a fourth in December 2019.