Joan Rivers organized a bunk strike at summer camp

Melissa Rivers, the only child of the late comedian Joan Rivers, spoke publicly for the first time about her mother’s death and shared a summer camp anecdote at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday.

The story was about how Joan’s parents had to come get her at Camp Kinni Kinnic in Vermont after she organized a bunk strike over the casting of the camp’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Joan was cast as Dopey and “was pissed because she didn’t have any lines.”

“They apparently told my grandparents and again I quote that they had either raised the next Hitler or Eleanor Roosevelt,” Melissa said. “They were not sure which but come and get her.”

Joan died at age 81 on September 4, 2014 after what was supposed to be a routine procedure.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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