Before we finished our conversation, Joan took time to ask about my own background and insisted we meet after her Royal Albert Hall show. Most celebrities couldn't care less for who's talking to them, but Joan had an obvious sense of maternal empathy to her.
Alas, I was not quick enough as Pulse was already saturated with thinly disguised profile-raising tributes. When I returned to my email to check for more coaching requests, there was another message from Will.
After a chat about downsides of being single in LA (which are MANY) Joan Rivers asked me 'So, why are you STILL single?' I was living in LA at the time and we were filming her show Fashion Police, in between the gaps she was grilling me - in her usual lovable direct way.
Age did not endanger her spectacular exuberance. She worked harder than anyone else, jet-setting from country to country taping multiple shows, doing stand-up comedy, and selling books as well as her clothing and jewelry lines.