NEW MILFORD -- Nearly a year after selling her 5,730-square-foot house on New Preston Hill Road for $4.4 million, iconic comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday in New York City. She was 81.
The estate that became her sanctuary from show business boasted 10 rooms, four fireplaces and a custom-made swimming pool, all spread over 75 acres near the Washington border.
The property was listed by Carolyn Klemm of Klemm Real Estate, which bills itself as Litchfield County's premier brokers.
"It was a great pleasure to represent Joan Rivers," Klemm said in a statement after the sale. "Her property is a quintessential Litchfield County estate with privacy, views and impeccable taste."
Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28 after going into cardiac arrest in a doctor's office following a routine procedure. The New York Health Department is investigating the circumstances.
"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Thursday. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
Upon hearing of her death, reaction poured out from dozens of notables, ranging from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Rivers' peer-in-comedy Don Rickles.
"Knowing her, working with her and enjoying the fun times of life with her was special. She will always be in our hearts," Rickles said in a statement.
Under the immobile, plastic surgery-crafted veneer that became Joan Rivers' unapologetic trademark as she aged, her wit remained as vibrantly raw and unruly as when she first broke her way into a comedy world belonging largely to men.
In a 2010 "Late Show" interview, David Letterman broached the plastic surgery issue: "You don't look exactly like the Joan Rivers I used to know." Rivers didn't flinch.
"Our business is so youthful. ... You do little tweaks, and I think if a woman wants to look good, or a man, do it," she said. "It's not about anybody else."
Fashion and acting were the early dreams of the woman who grew up as a self-described "fatty," but it was humor that paid the bills and ultimately made Rivers a star. She refused to cede the spotlight as the decades passed, working vigorously until her death.
"I have never wanted to be a day less than I am," she said in a 2013 interview with The Associated Press. "People say, `I wish I were 30 again.' Nahhh! I'm very happy HERE. It's great. It gets better and better. And then, of course, we die," she quipped.
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