JOAN and Melissa Rivers were thick as thieves — because Joan bribed Melissa into loving her!
Last Girl Before Freeway, a bombshell biography of the late comedian, reveals Joan became obsessed with making Melissa succeed after husband Edgar Rosenberg’s 1987 suicide drove them apart!
“At risk of her own career, Joan added Melissa to everything she did, in order to give her game,” friend Sue Cameron says in the book.
“It was very hard for Melissa. She knew very well that Joan was forcing her on people.”
But coddled Melissa gladly accepted Joan footing the $3 million bill for her 1998 nups to horse trainer John Endicott — and, writes Leslie Bennetts, embraced her “perennial roles as sidekick and dependant.”
Another source in the tell-all adds, “Melissa’s been extremely well taken care of.”
She went to elite schools, had designer clothes — and inherited enough of Joan’s money that she doesn’t have to work!