Up close & personal with Melissa Rivers
by Elizabeth Much
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Melissa Rivers (executive producer of E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police, star of We TV’s Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?) as her publicist for over a decade. We met each other shortly after each other’s divorces and I bonded with her immediately.
Though Hollywood is riddled with the dysfunctional progeny of famous parents (her mother is comedian, Joan Rivers), Melissa is refreshingly grounded and has forged her own path in the entertainment industry both behind and in front of the camera. With an Ivy League college education, the skilled equestrian (she competed for many years) is a bona fide tomboy, a voracious reader and an exemplary single mom to her son, Cooper.
I sat down with her to ask her some meaningful questions – ones that she has likely never heard during many of the countless interviews that she has done over the years.
Elizabeth Much: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Melissa Rivers: The question would be a simple WHY which will leave room for a lot of follow-up.
EM: If there is one person that you could have dinner with, who would it be and why?
MR: George Washington would be my first choice. He truly was a brilliant statesman and understood people so well. He helped construct what our government is today plus, he was a fighter that wouldn’t give up. I also admire his and Martha’s taste – they have some fabulous carpets at Mt. Vernon!
EM: What makes you smile?
MR: My son. He also makes me frown, yell, cry and laugh – depending on the day.
EM: What personal creed to you live by?
MR: This too shall pass, when it’s bad and good. When it’s good, it reminds you to always appreciate and savor what you have.
EM: What does the world ‘soul’ mean to you?
MR: Soul means someone that has depth, thoughtfulness and always strives to be a better person.
EM: Has your greatest fear ever come true?
MR: I live with my mother, don’t I?!
EM: Describe your day in 10 words or less:
MR: Morning: tired, coffee, happy
Afternoon: frazzled, traffic, work
Evening: homework, family time
Night: sleep, ahhh….
EM: If you could do it all over again, would you? What would you change, if anything?
MR: I would be more aware of the positive around me rather than the negative.
EM: What’s one question you’ve always wanted an honest answer to?
MR: Does my ass look big in this??
EM: Are you holding on to something that you need to let go of?
MR: Who isn’t? I’m Jewish!
EM: What three values to you most admire in others?
MR: Humor, truthfulness and a Black American Express card
EM: If you could pass along one piece of advice, what would it be?
MR: To paraphrase one of Churchill’s quotes, if you find yourself in hell, keep walking.