Watch Joan Rivers's 8 funniest talk show appearances

From performing stand up on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to her recent "Late Show" appearance, here's Rivers at her best

Published September 4, 2014 9:35PM (EDT)

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(Charles Sykes/invision/ap)

Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday at 81, had been a staple in the American comedy scene since the 1960s, where she helped pave the way for women in late night and primetime television. Watch some of her funniest stand-up routines and guest segments from primetime and late night talk shows over the years, as she takes on sexism, old age and Hollywood culture:

"The Ed Sullivan Show", 1967

"The Tonight Show", 1972

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"The Carol Burnett Show", 1974

"The Tonight Show", 1986

"The Late Show with Joan Rivers" 1986

"The Graham Norton Show", 2012

"The Tonight Show", 2014

"The Late Show", 2014

By Prachi Gupta

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