talk show. At the time of her death in 2014, she was as busy as ever, doing her level best to stay on the cutting edge of comedy -- or perhaps step a bit over that edge.
Naturally, her humor evolved over the years, as did audience standards. In 1969, Joan was asked to provide a few of her "favorite jokes" for a syndicated newspaper article. Here's a sample:
"I had no luck baking my husband Edgar a birthday cake. While it was in the oven, the candles melted."
"I was so fat as a child that whenever I played Post Office, they sent me bulk rate."
"I never realized how bad a cook I was until Betty Crocker heaved a rock through my kitchen window."
Pretty tame stuff, next to her 21st century jokes. But whether you prefer that kindler, gentler Joan, or the later one who dropped knife-edged gags about Anne Frank and various modern-day celebrities, there's no doubt that the former Joan Molinsky fought hard for her place in the show business sun. It's not likely we'll forget her soon.