Remembering Joan Rivers: Some of Her Most Memorable Red Carpet Zingers

Comedic icon Joan Rivers may be gone, but she is definitely not forgotten. Though she passed away five years ago, her humor, bawdy jokes, and famous red carpet one-liners live on. The original host of E! Network’s infamous Fashion Police along with co-hosts Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, Rivers had the perfect forum to cast her zingers on Hollywood’s finest.

With the Emmy Awards coming up this Sunday, it seems fitting to recall some of her best award show clothing critiques from the red carpet.

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For those on the big and little screen

Tina Fey, 2010 Golden Globes: “I hope she was going for laughs, because she got them.”

Natalie Portman holding a book, 2010 premiere of Black Swan: “I don’t like she’s carrying a book… It says ‘this movie sucks, it’s so boring I’m going to read through it.’”

Helena Bonham Carter, 2011 Golden Globes: “She looks like a loofah that’s been passed around a homeless shelter.”

On Angelina Jolie’s leg pose at the 2012 Oscars: “Everyone took her to task with that photograph with the leg out, but to me it looked as if she had a terrible yeast infection and she was trying to air it out.”

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013 Oscars: “WAIT! It just dawned on me why Jennifer Lawrence fell on her way up to the stage to get her Oscar. She tripped over her own arrogance.”

Taryn Manning, 2014 Emmys: “That dress has more creases than my face did before Botox.”

For those musically inclined

Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, 2002 Grammys: “It looks like the trailer park exploded and they landed at the Grammys.”

Paris Hilton, 2012 Grammys: “Of all the times I’ve said: ‘Wow, that’s a lot of white on Paris Hilton,’ this is the first time I’ve meant fabric.”

Miley Cyrus’s jacket-dress, 2012 Billboard awards: “If it were any shorter, it would be considered earrings.”

Rihanna’s green lipstick, 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards: “I have not seen lips this green since Miss Piggy got out of the back seat of Kermit’s car.”

Demi Lovato’s low-cut dress, 2014 VMAs: “Her boobs are so far apart, they only talk to each other via Skype.”

Rivers saved the best for herself

The comedy queen was known for her self-deprecation, often using her most cutting comments on herself. CNN shared some classic Rivers’ zingers where she definitely did not spare her own feelings:

“I was so ugly that they sent my picture to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and he sent it back and said, ‘I don’t believe it.’”

“My mother never told me a thing. I asked my mother, ‘Where am I from?’ She gave me a fake address in Cleveland.”

“I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”

“Peeping Toms look at my window and pull down the shade.”

“I have no sex appeal — if my husband didn’t toss and turn, we’d never have had the kid.”

“My best birth control now is to just leave the lights on.”

“My breasts are so low, now I can have a mammogram and a pedicure at the same time.”

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“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

“I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.”

Though some may not have appreciated her targeted barbs, Rivers was in a class by herself when it came to comedy. She will most certainly be missed at this year’s Emmy Awards, and for many years to come.