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Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story (1994)

After being fired, a TV artist faces a not inconsiderable drama. It is then that, for her and her daughter, the question of resumption of life arises.

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Susan Rice
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Rivers ... Joan Rivers
Melissa Rivers ... Melissa Rivers
Dorothy Lyman ... Dorothy
Mark Kiely ... Porter
Jon Kean Jon Kean
Denis Arndt ... Jerry Werner
Sheila Moore ... Coral Browne
Ken Kramer ... Tommy Pileggi
Jay Brazeau ... Shrink
Matthew Bennett ... Marty Milton
Don MacKay ... Accountant
Roger Allford ... Herb
Rebecca Toolan ... Jane
Jerry Wasserman ... Max
Tasha Simms ... Tina
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After being fired, a TV artist faces a not inconsiderable drama. It is then that, for her and her daughter, the question of resumption of life arises.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starting Again See more »

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Davis Entertainment See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Referenced on Gilmore Girls, Season 2 Episode 1 ( Sadie, Sadie). See more »

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Featured in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) See more »

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One of the worst movies ever made.
31 January 2006 | by bufster3See all my reviews

This is a truly dreadful movie. It had some of the worst acting I have ever seen. Melissa Rivers has no talent as an actress. Joan Rivers is a good comedienne but she should never try to do drama. If they needed a cathartic experience to help them heal then they should have just written a book and gone to therapy. How self important can you be? Melissa was so bad that she did not even know what word to emphasize in a sentence. Of course Joan Rivers should love her daughter and try to help her in her career but to promote her in this way is just in poor taste. I'm very sorry for their tragic loss but this movie was just tacky. If it were not about such a sad topic I might say that it could be worth watching with friends to make fun of but the subject matter is too sad for that. Give this one a miss for your own sake.


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