Los Angeles: Melissa Rivers spoke out about her late mother Joan Rivers publicly for the first time in an event here.
The 'Fashion Police' producer paid tribute to her mother in a moving, yet funny, speech at The Hollywood Reporter's 2014 Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles, which was also attended by Angelina Jolie and Shonda Rhimes.
"I want to thank everyone for inviting me here this morning, and before we start, I'd like to point out that it is definitely a little intimidating to be in a room with the most beautiful, successful women in Hollywood," Melissa said.
"But Angelina, I just want you to know I'm really very normal and accessible," she joked, before going on to admit that the "last three months and six days... Have been different to say the least."
The only daughter of Joan even included bits of humour in her speech.
"My mother was fearless. And I don't mean she didn't have any fears, I mean that even though she was only 5'2, she stood tall and walked through it. And that's what made her such a brilliant performer.
"She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She made fun of herself first and foremost which gave her the right to joke about others. She never apologised for a joke, and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that. Truth be told, my mother never thought of herself as a woman working in a man's world. She thought of herself as a comic that had to be funnier than anyone else...," she said.
Melissa concluded her speech by saying, "If my mother were here this morning, she'd not only be grateful and proud, she would be beyond herself. On behalf of my mother -- thank you so, so much. It's an honour."