Fact Checking the Parallels Between Joan Rivers and Jean Smart in Hacks

Fact Checking the Parallels Between Joan Rivers and Jean Smart in Hacks
Jean Smart's Hacks character Deborah Vance brings to mind numerous comediennes. Her humble beginnings as a husband and wife duo was inspired by Elaine May and Mike Nichols, according to The Wrap. And Deborah's subsequent divorce was very loosely based on the breakup of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who, unlike Deborah, maintained a cordial friendship after their split.  However, the most obvious source of inspiration for the HBO Max character was E!'s own Joan Rivers, a blunt blonde who loved to look good, work hard and make people laugh.  The comedienne, who died in Sept. 2014 from surgery complications, shared a similarly crude sense of...
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