Melissa Rivers is an American television personality and the only daughter of comedienne Joan Rivers. As an actress, she has had roles in television shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Silk Stalkings, The Comeback and The L Word.
She 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 led ironically to a stint as a regular contributor on Hangin' with MTV.
Rivers then joined mother Joan to create the Red Carpet franchise and phenomenon exclusively for E! Entertainment.
The acerbic, dynamic duo even made it to celebrate their 1,000th interview live on The Red Carpet for the TVGuide Channel, 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 were the channels highest rated specials thus far – Oh Baby! Melissa's Guide to Pregnancy and Oh, Toddler! Surviving the Early Years.
When the Rivers women took their Red Carpet programming over to the TV Guide Channel, 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 Fit TV which tested the efficacy of fitness products with normal people.
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, Joan. 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 towards becoming an author.
Her book, Red Carpet Ready: Secrets for Making the Most of Any Moment You're in the Spotlight (Random House) was published in 2010.
2011 brought Melissa to WEtv opposite her mother on Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?. The dynamic mother/daughter duo also work together on E!'s Fashion Police where Melissa holds the title of Executive Producer.
Rivers lives with her son, Cooper, and two dogs in Los Angeles.