A Timeline of Joan Rivers' Ever-Changing Plastic Surgery Face

As the comedian celebrates her 80th birthday, look back at how her multiple plastic surgeries have affected her appearance

It's hard to believe that Joan Rivers is turning 80 -- partially because her face is only a few years old! From facelifts to Botox injections, the Fashion Police host is known for her many nips and tucks. She even joked on her show Melissa and Joan: Joan Knows Best that she had undergone a whopping 739 procedures. 

Of course, the legendary comedian has been accused of going overboard with plastic surgery, and daughter Melissa even tried to stage an intervention. But Joan has always stood behind her face: "I want to look nice," she's said. "No one wants to look ugly!"

Here, we look back at how the snarky star's looks have evolved over the past several decades.

January 1965

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Can you believe this blonde bombshell is Joan Rivers? The television host looks youthful and fresh in 1965, the year of her first cosmetic surgery procedure, an eye lift.

January 1980

Joan Rivers

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Rivers received her big break when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965. By 1980, she had not only earned a spot as his cohost, but she had a noticeably different face.

May 1985

Joan Rivers

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The plastic surgery continued for the comedian as she flaunted the nose-thinning procedure she underwent in 1983.

November 1988

Joan Rivers

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Rivers was all smiles at the 1988 Emmy Awards. “You want to look as good as you can,” Rivers confessed to the Daily Mail in 2007. “We all want to look at attractive people. It's a business."

August 1990

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Rivers won her first Emmy for The Joan Rivers Show in 1990. "I think I’m in a business where you have to look good, and it’s totally youth-oriented," Rivers told The New York Times in 2008.

May 1994

Joan Rivers

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It's nice to see a natural look! Showing a few more lines than usual, Rivers attended the Tony Awards Nominees Brunch at age 61.

December 1996

Joan Rivers

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Pretty in pink! A 64-year-old Joan showed a slightly tighter face.

June 2000

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New millennium, new face! "My motto is 'better a new face coming out of an old car than an old face coming out of a new car.' Spend your money on you,” Rivers confessed in an interview with the Daily Mail.

January 2002

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Lady in red! Although Rivers looked stunning at the 2002 Golden Globes, her many procedures were making themselves clear.

May 2006

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As she entered into her 70s, Rivers' nip-tucks were starting to affect her expressions.

May 2007

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In a 2008 interview with The New York Times, Rivers revealed that she underwent two face-lifts, received liposuction on her thighs, and got her lips plumped every six months. “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware,” she joked.

November 2009

Joan Rivers

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“Looking good, equals feeling good,” reads the comedian’s novel, Men are Stupid… and They Like Big Boobs, which she published in 2009. “I’d rather look younger and feel happy than look older and be depressed.”

May 2010

Joan Rivers

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Is Joan pulling a Benjamin Button? “I love to look in the mirror and say, ‘For 77, you look good.’ That’s all. I don’t care what anyone says. Not bad for 77,” said the wrinkle-less Fashion Police host in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

June 2012

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It was reported that Joan Rivers underwent 739 procedures! “Every weekend I just go in and I do something new. I get a 10th one free. It's a little like coffee you just keep going," Rivers joked to the Daily Telegraph. Rivers thankfully set the record straight in an interview with Anderson Cooper, stating that the exaggerated figure was obviously a joke. Phew!

April 2013

Joan Rivers

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At the age of 80, Joan Rivers looks as healthy and happy as ever. She's received constant criticism for her plastic appearance -- but luckily the notoriously cruel jokester can dish it out and take it.

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