"The Moms," Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, hosted a Mamarazzi Lunch Event with television producer, host and celebrity parent Melissa Rivers on May 13 at Juniper Bar in New York City. The event celebrated Melissa's new book, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, And Manipulation, offering a behind the scenes look at one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships.
Guests gathered around as Rivers discussed life growing up and her deep, personal bond with her mother, larger-than-life comedian the late Joan Rivers – the subject of her new book. She told the captive audience that, "Our mother-daughter relationship was so real. Everyone saw a bit of themselves in our relationship."
She shared anecdotes of unique moments with her mother, including when immediately after her son Cooper was born, her mother took off and ran away with him quipping, "He was her favorite accessory."
Melissa, like her mother, has worked incredibly hard to achieve success in the entertainment industry. In fact, she found that to succeed in the entertainment industry as the daughter of a famous parent, she has had to work extremely hard to reach the point where she is today.
"You may get the interview, but you may not get the job. If you get the job, you have to work ten times harder to prove yourself because people are going to think you got the job because of who you know," she said.
During the Mamarazzi town-hall, Albert's mother stood up and told the audience about one time when she was in the waiting room at the pediatrician's office when Denise and her brother were kids and in ran Joan carrying infant Melissa wearing a bathrobe.
To conclude, Melissa told the crowd gathered that her mother imparted an important saying that will stick with her forever. "She always said that this too shall pass. When things are good and bad, appreciate it or know you're going to get through it because it doesn't last."