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how joan rivers blazed a trail for women entertainers and made us laugh every step along the way. so on a sad evening here in los angeles, also in her hometown new york and across the country, a chance to smile in appreciation starting with this from michelle turner. >> can we talk? >> reporter: joan rivers could always talk. >> do you know what it's like to go in the morning and take off your facial mask and realize you're not wearing one? you don't know? >> reporter: with outrageous jokes nothing is off limits. >> i hate old people. if you're [ bleep ] old, get out of here now. >> reporter: born in 1933, rivers say even as she was growing up in the new york suburbs, she wanted to be an actress. >> i never had a choice. i always say it's like a nun's calling. >> reporter: she joined the iconic second city comic theater in 1961. as her comedy career was taking off, she married producer edgar
rosenburg who would manage her career and become the focus of so many of his wife's jokes. the pair had one daughter together, melissa. in 1965, rivers saw her career get a huge boost when she appeared on johnny carson. >> i went on the show the first time, seven years struggling and on the air he said you're going to be a star and the next day my life was different. >> reporter: it was the start of a 21-year professional relationship with carson and the show. she made regular appearances, eventually becoming the substitute host in 1983 but rivers' decision to launch her own show in 1986 ended her relationship with carson and "the tonight show." >> the minute i became competition, it became out to kill me, out to kill me, and that's what came down forever.
never spoke to me again. >> reporter: the show was cancelled in 1987 a few months later, rivers' husband edgar co committed suicide. >> i was in the hotel room and some idiot called the house, where is your mother? melissa said she's not here and they said please tell your mother your father killed yourself. how is that for a phone call? >> reporter: river put her life out in the open. >> if you laugh at it, you can deal with it. that's how i lived my whole life. >> reporter: her career surged again when her withering take of red carpet fashion exposed her to a whole new group of fans. >> i think i'm working the best i've ever worked now because i -- it's all been done to me. what are they going to do? are they going to fire me? i've been fired. audiences are not going to like me? a lot of audiences haven't liked me.
i've been bankrupt. my husband committed suicide. it's okay and i'm still here. so it's okay. >> i love that. what are they going to do to me? the funeral will be sunday in manhatt manhattan. the tributes, as you might imagine have been pouring out throughout the day. too many to list. sarah silver man said my heart is torn in half. she wasn't done. from kathy griffin, a legend, an icon, wildly funny, one of a kind, rest in peace. kathy joins us. i'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. >> i'm going to try to do a good job but i feel my head is jumbled because i'm grieving but respect must be paid to this woman. she blazed the trail for me, all the girls and in the face of so much adversity, a lot of it before i met her, obviously, the -- her husband taking his life and being blacklisted by "the tonight show" must have been so difficult and while we were friends, i saw her have to
jump over so many hurdles and shes -- we just had dinner three weeks ago at her beloved napa valley grill. it was nice and quiet and we could talk. she was a great living example to me and we had many, many deep conversations about how it's different for girl comedians and we spoke in short hand and had a language and i said to her, you know, you're in a club by yourself. you're not just in a small exclusive club. you're really the one. >> it's interesting. you and i were talking about this a lot and you said you spoke a language that really hardly anybody else can understand. >> well, i think, when you talk about women in standup, it's different than women who are comedian actresses or women that have had a tremendous support system of like big powerful producers or multi million dollar network deals. everything joan did, she created by herself and -- >> fighting for it. >> fighting for it. she said something to me, i was, you know, whining about something and she said look, when you're a woman in this
business, you have to hold on until your knuckles are white and they chop your fingers off and hold on by your chris and elbows and never let go. we would joke about everything, appropriate and inappropriate. she lived that. i don't think she should have had to fight that hard but did. >> also, at the time she started doing standup, the really, i mean, lucy was a comedian -- >> not a standup. >> it's different being on the mic by yourself. >> all alone on the stage. >> you're all alone. i thought it was so cool that the night before she went into the coma, she did an hour-long set at a small theater in new york for the love of the game. she didn't have to. >> that's the incredible thing. the documentary made of her recently -- >> "a piece of work". >> if somebody hasn't seen it -- >> it's a must-watch. >> i want to show a clip from that. she was out doing standup, repeatedly late at night in small comedy clubs trying out new material.
>> and having fun doing it. not taking vacation and breaks. we would laugh about celebrities that would say this famous person, they want to go to europe and find themselves and she say they might not be here when you get back. she believed that. >> i want to show this clip. she had every joke she told in these filing cabinets. let's look at a clip. >> these are all my jokes. these are jokes over the last 30 years. these are just -- every time i write a joke, i try to remember to get it on a card. why should a woman cook? so her husband can say my wife makes a delicious cake to some hooker? and you wonder why i'm still working at this age. >> i mean, she loved to work, and she was more active than, i mean --
>> anyone in the history of standup, male or female living or dead. no one in the history of this business has ever at the age of 81, you know, people say she looked good for 81 or she was still doing her thing. she wasn't just doing her thing. she would go on a talk show and come out like a machine gun. she had three shows on at one time and still doing qvc and writing books and, you know, not just sitting back and being a legend, hitting the stage the night before her coma. did you like her categories? there was one that said cooking and tony danza. she would make fun or anything and anyone. >> and herself, too. >> first and foremost. i've been watching a lot of footage of her earlier appearances. you can see her having to jump higher and try harder. she was very good about actually not letting that sort of over take her with anger. >> that's the thing i find amazing is that -- you face this, as well, you know, you tell -- you have a style of comedy people get offended by.
you say things people think but you flat out say them. >> it's my job. i mean, she did it because it was her job. >> but she had to deal with the same stuff you dealt with, i mean, i lifetime of people being offended by what she said and attacking her repeatedly. >> yes. i saw it many times. you know, i'm sort of assigning myself with a mission, which is the fact that younger people may only know her as the tmz lady or the red carpet but what i grew up with looking at her going oh my gosh, she is the first and still only woman to host a network nightly talk show. >> not cable network. >> correct. and the fact that that has never been done again, it shows that that struggle, she was holding on like she said by the whites of her knuckles. >> you pointed out she invented a whole new television programming, which is the red carpet stuff. >> yes. she took a bunch of celebrities walking into a building and turned that into two hours of
entertainment. she put designers on the map before anyone knew who they were. i owe my career to her no doubt. >> really? >> 100%. she went through so many things when i experienced them, she was the only person i could call and said what is your advice? do you think? when you did this ten times before i did it, the first time i went to perform for the troops, who else on the planet could i call because, you know, she gave me great advice. she said when you're over there, no matter what rules and regulations you have been given, she said don't hold back. these are young servicemen and women in a war zone and heard everything. so they don't want a knock knock joke. bring it. bring the heat. go for it. that's what she was all about. >> i want to talk more about your relationship with her and her importance. we'll take a short break and have more in just a moment. we'll pick up the conversation after the break. >> when you look at someone like betty white at 90 -- >> don't talk about betty white.
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this is the egg rival. she was incubating is what she told us. >> i won't say anything nasty. she came in an egg and some people will do anything to not have to speak to ryan s. i was supposed to be one of the people seriously that asked me to walk around in the entourage and hold it but i got fired when i raised my hand after the first meeting. i said is it just me, or am i the only one that thinks this is [ bleep ]? [ laughter ] >> joan rivers doing what she did so well in so many venues over so many years. i'm here in los angeles with my friend kathy griffin remembering one of the few people that could legitimately be called one of a kind. she worked hard and anyone who worked with her had to raise their game to match. i was lucky enough to have the chance on "the queens of c s o"
to talk to her. >> i was one of the guys. i was funny they loved me and when i wasn't, they didn't love me. >> betty white -- >> don't talk about betty white. >> why? >> why not? >> that old [ bleep ]. i was doing so well and from the dead she comes back taking my joe jobs. >> jury jokes or your parts. >> both. >> when i was 21 my mother said only a doctor for you. 22, all right, a lawyer cpa. 24, grab a dentist. 26 she said anything. if he can make it to the door, he was mine, you know. what do you mean you don't like him? he was intelligent, he found the bell. what do you want? anybody that came to my house was it. oh, joan, there is the most attractive young man down here with a mask and a gun. [ laughter ] >> 40 years later, same face.
not. it's good genes. i would -- i would do plastic surgery. they tell you that. >> you're african american. >> yeah. >> women look at you, talking through the part in their hair and say i would do something but i scar easily. >> liars. [ laughter ] >> how important do you think is being seling self-dep kating. >> i think i'm terrible, so it's okay. you know what i'm saying? it's okay. >> you make fun of yourself? >> always about myself. always about myself. >> before she can take on somebody else, also. otherwise you look like a real [ bleep ] a little bit. humor is self-deprocating. joan rivers they put that on her. i don't get it. >> that's right. i'm sorry what i said about you.
>> you're not such a [ bleep ]. you're a wonderful person. what barbara walters says about you is not so. >> joan rivers on "the queens of comedy". >> your face was priceless when she yelled at you and said don't talk to me about betty white. you looked scared. betty white is on the table, when you're a comic everybody is as it should be. >> as you said before, people attack her for that as they attack you. >> for doing her job. >> i don't know how she -- she just kept moving forward. she kept at it and did not back down ever. >> i never seen anything like it. i met the legends and never seen a true force like her and she always kept current, as well. she had a web show called "in bed with joan." she had 2 million twitter followers. >> she was in twitter wars with people like rihanna. >> that probably wasn't so fun for her. i had dinner with her in vegas
and we met for dinner at her place, table outside nice and quiet to talk and i didn't bring it up initially because i didn't know how wounded she had been by that but the online hate world is another level and i kind of waited for 20 minutes and sort of said so, this twitter war with rihanna is rough. i read a few things that are little beyond the pail and said how are you holding up? >> she said isn't that fabulous? >> rihanna tweeted something sweet and supportive. to take a celebrity with maybe no sense of humor or brand-new to fame and eventually turn them around. i know many celebrities personally that were offended by her or didn't get her and then give it a few years and then you get, oh, she's joan rivers. it's an honor to be in her act. >> you had dinner with her recently. you talked about the last time you had dinner together. >> we closed the restaurant down
and nobody else, no friends, no staff and she had this great joke when she said i have a staff. sometimes i get lonely and i turn to them and say staff, i'm lonely, whose going to blank me tonight? she said things at her age that made it funnier. there she is making a lady gaga joke, which most 51-year-olds don't do or 61-year-olds. >> the night before she was sent to the hospital, she was doing standup that night. >> a full set, a full hour. not just throwing out a joke or going to see someone else's show. she always put the audience first, which is your job and didn't worry about offending -- you know, i don't know if it really occurred to her. i think she was always going for the funny so much, she stopped being startled when celebrities were upset but thought it was fun around the end. >> personally, though, the few times that i met her and spend time with her, she was, i mean, a very gentle person.
there was obviously this hard exterior to survive and stuff in this cut-throat business she's in but there was something almost kind of sensitive about her. the first time i met her, i was really kind of -- i was moved by how vulnerable she was. >> she has been through everything and so much more than anyone else out there and overcome everything and tried imaginative avenues to deal with the adversity and always having fun, and she, when we were having dinner three weeks ago, she kept saying aren't we lucky? sometimes i get bitter and raise my fist to the sky, no, we're having fun. aren't we lucky to be doing this? it's the best job in the world. and she really lived that. >> she had that relationship with johnny carson for 21 years, to be then cut dead by then. >> he broke her heart. >> for taking a job that she wasn't getting "the tonight show", it was a great opportunity for her. it's understandable why she would do it.
never spoke to her again. >> cut the crap, because she's a woman. i mean, several men went on to take over "the tonight show" and other late night shows on network and never a woman. my -- you know, also, joan was so gracious about saying he made me. i got to always give him that. she also later on, years after that happened to her, she was able to articulate how much it wounded her. >> but also, you know, to have lost her husband to suicide. >> yes. >> find herself raising a daughter by herself and have to, you know, move forward and make a living. >> absolutely. >> and earn money and do it without a protector, do it without a huge network of support. >> there was never the big maybe it will happen. there was never -- >> that's what you see in that documentary. it was her and she has an assistant and that's it. >> right. >> she's making it happen. >> there is a great scene where she's going to be one of the presenpr precenters and she's so nervous
because the boy comics are there and they have their staffs and success and she says, you know, it's kind of just me and i hope my jokes were funny. i was watching that thinking you should be receiving the mark twain award. >> this other clip from the documentary, to me it shows a side of her you don't often see about her fear of not having the next gig, let's watch this. >> i'll show you fear. that's fear. if my book ever looked like this, it would mean that nobody wants me, that everything i ever tried to do in life didn't work. >> thank you, thanks for being here. we'll take a short break and will have more on joan rivers, her life and the connection with johnny carson. when i had my first migraine, i was lucky. that sounds crazy, i know. but my mom got migraines, so she knew this would help.
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noticed. when i was having my kid, ahhhhh. ahhhhhh. and that was just during conception. [ laughter ] >> joan rivers back when a female comic on television was a rarity and saying thing she is said. she did big-time shows but none bigger than the one. >> reporter: joan rivers became a queen of comedy with the help of the king of late night. >> she's funny herself. would you bell comwelcome, plea rivers. >> reporter: she said johnny carson was her monitor. her first guest appearance was 1965. by 1983 she was johnny's regular guest host. the late, great lucy was promoting a movie. >> i didn't realize you have
more air time hours -- >> i didn't, either, until i heard you say it. >> reporter: joan rivers thrived filling in for johnny with h hhe her self-depracating humor. >> i remember so clearly the day my daughter was born because it broke up my wedding reception. >> reporter: she often made fun of her home making skills. >> too bad. i do not cook. i hate to cook. cooking is boring and sue -- stupid. the last time my husband had a hot meal, the kitchen was on fire. not one woman here was loved because she did mopping. it's friday night and i'm very blue. >> saved the best audience for
last. >> it is. it is. [ applause ] >> reporter: joan rivers did so well on "the tonight show", that the new fox network hired her to become the first female late night talk show host making her johnny carson's rival. carson felt betrayed and the two never talked again. >> fox came with an amazing offer and we took it, and he was the first one i called and he hung up. that really hurt me. all these years it always upset me. >> reporter: the year after her show premiered was tough. her program was cancelled. her husband committed suicide and she was banned from "the tonight show" for almost 28 years until this year when jimmy fallon took over. 49 years to the day after her very first tonight show appearance. then she had a full segment in march. >> i have a photo of you. this is you in 1965.
[ applause ] >> you're a knockout, pal. >> second night that i was on and i had been working eight years and nothing -- and he said, god bless him, you're going to be a star. it changed my life. >> reporter: acknowledging the support of johnny carson, even after all they had been through. >> i got to say, it really means a lot to me that you're on the show tonight. i love you so much. >> i'll be back, my darling. >> reporter: gary tuchman, cnn, atlanta. >> it's hard to believe that she is gone. making history. recently she stopped by another late-night talk show. watch what happens live. listen to what she told host and my friend andy cohen. >> i will tell you the big joke people say she shouldn't have said on television. >> what was it? >> my husband came home and i wanted to be sexy so i wrapped myself in saran wrap and he said
left overs again? >> i spoke, andy, earlier this evening. andy, you've known joan rivers for years, first of all, when you first heard she passed away today, what did you think? >> just so sad. i don't want to live in a world without joan rivers and i think that no one does, i mean, she was such a life force and though she was in her 80s, it's still shocking. i saw her at a wedding a few weeks ago. i was pitching a show with her. she was just on mine a month ago. she was someone that you thought would be around forever and i mean it. >> she was also a professional. she's been doing it so long, people show up to a talk show like yours and don't -- they expect you to do all the work. >> yeah. >> she was there with her own material and gave you, you know,
the setup basically. >> absolutely. absolutely. it was a great joy. we really got to talking on the after show about her relationship with carson, and though i think you could tell that there was still so much hurt there, she was still hurt by the ending of that relationship, but she still had so much love and she had so much thanks for him and talked about the most important thing she learned from carson was to listen, and -- >> actually, there is a clip of that i want to play because it's exactly what you're talking about. >> oh, okay. >> on your show. >> okay. >> what was the most important thing you learned from johnny carson? >> oh, i think there was no one like him. he listened and when you would tell him an answer, he came back with a question about what you just said. now you talk to some other people and you say i just killed my mother and they will say, you
like rice? [ laughter ] >> amazing. that was a month ago. you and another friend of ours were pitching a show with her right now? >> yeah, we were. we had a meeting with joan a couple months ago, just kind of an informational meeting. we went to her as producers what said what could we come up together because we're joan fans and came up with a show that was like, it was called "what's your problem?" and it was joan acting as a judge judy type and resolving sort of housewives-like issues. my mother-in-law hates me or the wedding ring you got me was too small or kind of fun, kind of social -- you ruined my parties. and joan was going to kind of preside over those, and we were taking it out. we had a pitch meeting set for next week and again, never in my universal was i thinking that
joan wouldn't be around to do this show. she was such a life affirming person. i was sitting across from her at my friend liza's wedding a few weeks ago and at the end she pulled out a plastic bag and put the meat in her plastic bag and she thought it was hilarious for her dog. she's one of a kind. one of a kind. >> i also found there was something, you know, as kind of involved she was on stage, i remember seeing her in a restaurant and somebody coming up and she was sitting with a group of people and one of them came up and said, you know, will you come over and say hi to joan rivers and it would never occur to me to say hi because she's a big star and i was shy but there was something i found really touching and once you actually interacted with her one on one, there was this other side to her. she lived in this apartment, which was very kind of grand and
used to say it was like what marie antoinette lived in and though she was so uncensored and shocking on stage, she really was this other person. >> you actually, which i hadn't realized but i saw on your instagram, you shot a pilot with her in 2006. you and her together. >> yeah, it was called straight talk and it was a pilot for bravo and the concept was joan and three or four gay guys. it was like a "view" kind of thing and it didn't get picked up, but for me, i grew up in st. louis watching joan subing for carson and i was -- she was one of my first kind of divas that i associated with and loved and so for me to sit down next to her on a show that i was one of the hosts of, it was so sufwas surre was so kind. >> as a kid, i didn't like her
because she made fun of my mom and as a little kid, i found it upsetting to see her making fun of my mom, but as an adult, once i got to know her, i came to really like her and appreciate her and i do think that there was something about her, which you talk about this pilot with gay people, she had a big appeal in the gay community. it's often hard to understand why some people have that appeal in the gay community and i think she beyond her acceptance of people, there was something about the fact that she had overcome all these obstacles that, you know, her husband committed suicide. she -- you know, she had a child to raise and she was cut off by carson and yet, she persevered and something about that was part of the appeal. >> i think from the beginning, she was an underdog. she was a female standup comic that made it big. and, you know, gave people like
uncensored divas and she certainly was and she was larger than life and she was just consistently funny, too. i mean, we love a funny lady. >> andy, thank you. thanks for being with us. appreciate it. >> thanks. >> just ahead, we want to look at the medical side to this story. new york state health officials launched an investigation into the clinic where joan rivers was having outpatient surgery. the medical examiner is investigating her death. dr. sanjay gupta joins me ahead.
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someone needs to sit him down and say you are not a big black thug. you are just like your shoes, ordinary and completely white. so stop -- [ cheers ] [ laughter ] >> nothing was off limits to joan rivers. she said so herself. she said what was on her mind, no filters, no pulling punches whether she was taking aim at herself or others.
here is more of the joan rivers so many will miss. >> my hot flashes are so bad, i was hit by a heat missile. you don't know. if i want to see sweet people who make tons of money and have no talent, i will not watch you guys, i will watch the kardashians and -- >> what happened to your eye? happened? >> i scratched it on al roker's zipper. [ laughter ] >> and now it's time to bring up the man of the hour, comedy legend joan rivers. [ applause ] >> joan, joan, joan, joan, joan! [ cheers ] >> i do an upside down glass because i haven't seen cups this empty since i did shots with dena lohan. many wonder if my breasts are real. let me explain it to you, thank
you. this one is, this one isn't. >> what we do is a calling. we make people happy. it's a calling. >> joan rivers' calling never lost its pull on her. hours before having outpatient surgery last thursday, she performed at a comedy club in manhattan. people that saw her that night said she was funny as ever and even joked about her age and mortality. she joked about what happened at the clinic. we know that she had some sort of throat procedure and at some point suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. she was taken by ambulance to a hospital about a mile away and put on life support. they are investigating the clinic and the new york medical examiner will investigate rivers' death as well.
dr. sanjay gupta joins me now. so the fact that the health department is investigating this clinic, what exactly are they looking for? >> well, you know, ultimately, they want to find out what happened here, specifically obviously the cause of death, but also what happened at this outpatient clinic. what medications were given, what sort of emergency plans were in place. really, a thorough evaluation. i should point out the fact that an investigation is happening is not that surprising when there is an unexpected complication, unexpected death at such a center. an investigation is often performed because these types of deaths are really rare. we talk about it, obviously, in the tragic wake of something like this but we're talking at .5%, less than that of having these type of complications. because they are that rare, that's in part what prompts on investigation, anderson. >> the reports are she was in cardiac and respiratory failure.
what does that tell you and mean? >> the respiratory failure and arrest comes first. you mentioned earlier she was having some sort of elective throat procedure. because it was elective, because it was done on an outpatient setting, there is often a thorough medical evaluation that takes place before hand. is this person ready for this procedure? then it's scheduled. this isn't urgent. they take their time and make sure someone's lungs and heart and bleeding and factors are normal. because it was outpatient expected her to go home. a little bit of context what they day was supposed to go like. what may have happened and sometimes is the concern, if you lose the airway and that's how they describe it, lose the airway, meaning you no longer have -- the patient isn't having the ability to breath and you can't open because of swelling, bleeding, we don't know, if you lose the airway, that's the
respiratory arrest part of things. the problem is you don't get enough oxygen to the blood and as a result of the not getting enough oxygen to the blood that can cause problems with the brain and heart, anderson. >> is this something, for people going to have a procedure at an outpatient clinic, should people be concerned about this? >> i don't think so. i was looking up data, tens of thousands of these are performed at these outpatient centers every year, this type of procedure and the risk of complication is small. we don't know precisely what happened, and that will be an important piece of this. you want to obviously make sure that you're checking out the center you'll get the procedure in and see the anesthesiologist part and what the emergency plan is, should it be needed and making sure this is a doctor you're comfortable with. this is done every day thousands of times and usually without any
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long before she became a comic legend, she became a standup comic to support the dream and acted in dreams. making people laugh was her true genius. >> here is joan rivers. >> want to come with me? >> where? >> along a river by the pool. >> i never heard anyone talk like that. >> come with me, be my love. >> that i heard before. >> not from me. >> you're not different from any other guy. >> but i am. >> i will never remember my reviews on comedy but i can tell you every good review i got as an actress. >> when i was 21 my mom said
only a doctor for you, 22 she said a lawyer, cpa, 24 grab a dentist. 26, anything, if he could make it to the door, he was mine, you know. what do you mean, he found the bell, what do you want? in his book he says the minute you have a kid, if you start talking to it, do you know this, the minute its born you talk and talk and talk the brain develops faster and the minute i had melissa, i would talk to her in the carriage and when i change her and she spoke at seven months, which is incredible and her first words, will you shut up already? doctors when you're a comic, we'll joke and joke and joke. i have a urologist. he sent me an invitation to a party and said rsvpp.
[ laughter ] >> i love fashion for the wrong reasons. you know what i mean? people love fashion to look stunning. i love fashion because you can have so much fun, because it's fun to wear a pretty jacket. it's fun to put a flower on your shoulder. and you should enjoy life and it's an easy way to enjoy life. [ laughter ] >> the outfit is almost as tacky as amber's seat when she got up at the end of the show. what she was thinking? >> joan -- >> i watched "grow up" my darling. >> we did "the tonight show" in the '80s. >> and your feet weren't touching the floor. >> no, they weren't. >> the mercy of networks, bosses being told what to say, what you can say. it's [ bleep ] stupid.
>> they just bleeped that you know. >> i just got bleeped and that's why we're going into the internet. you wouldn't be [ bleep ] out of the [ bleep ] internet. life is tough and if you make a joke, you can make something easier and funny, do it and maybe you take the worst thing in the world and make it funny, it's a vacation for a minute from horror. >> well, it's not surprising joan rivers had strong opinions about her funeral. she'll get the last word on that next. you know your dentures can move.
we leave you tonight with what better than the words of joan rivers. they are from the book "i hate everyone, starting with me." she write as daughter to melissa and about her funeral and what she wants, priceless and perfect. she writes when i die and yes, melissa that day will come and yes, melissa, everything is in your name, i want my funeral to be an affair with lights, camera, action, i want craft service, paparazzi and pub listests making a scene. i don't want a rabbi rambling on. i want meryl streep crying and i want bobby vincent to pick up my head and sing mr. lonely. i want to look gorgeous, better
dead than alive, i want to be buried in a valentino gown and i want a wind machine so even in the casket, my hair is blowing even like beyonce's. what a life, what a career. the documentary "lady valor" starts now. >> one of the first things we usually do is go around the room and introduce ourselves to each other, and it can be something as simple as your name and branch of service, what you currently do now if you choose to share, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. >> i'm kimmy martin. i'm retired u.s. army 23 years, three combat tours and just before i retired, i was a master instructor. >> i went into the