Long before she went by the stage name Joan Rivers, Joan Molinsky was a camper at the Vermont all-girls camp Camp Kinni Kinnic in the 1940s. The camp is long since defunct and I couldn’t find too much on the comedian and television host’s time at the camp.
She did have this anecdote in her 20131 book I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me:
“Fat was a condition, it was a way of life. In Girl Scouts they had to let out my tent. I made Amos famous. I considered M&Ms one of the food groups. On my first day of summer camp I said, ‘Where should I put my trunk?’ The counselor said, ‘Wrap it around your tusks.'”
Rivers died Thursday following serious complications from a vocal chord surgery. She came to prominence in the 1960s as a guest on The Tonight Show and was known for her work as an actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host. She was 81.