Joan Rivers claimed being on stage ''saved her life'' in the final interview conducted before her death.

The comedian and actress was 81 when she passed away from cerebral hypoxia in 2014, and in a recently released audio interview conducted before her tragic passing, she admitted starring in play 'Broadway Bound' in New York kept her going after the passing of her husband Edgar Rosenberg in 1987.

She said: ''My husband had just committed suicide, and I couldn't get work. Vegas had ripped up my contract. And my daughter [Melissa] wasn't talking to me. So not the happiest of moments. You go to Broadway to be a New York girl, and go every night to a Broadway play and be on stage, my God! Saved my life.''

Joan and her daughter Melissa, 50, eventually formed a close bond after facing difficulty during Melissa's teenage years, and in the newly surfaced interview, Joan insisted she wasn't willing to give up on her daughter.

She said: ''I went right into therapy with her. We could all talk to each other. I wasn't gonna let her go. I was gonna let her sit there and beat me up in front of the therapist, but she's gonna be there. You must keep the lines of communication open.''

The 'Fashion Police' star joined co-creator of 'Will and Grace' Max Mutchnick and actor Dan Bucatinsky for the interview which was intended for a podcast venture of theirs, and the clip also saw her discuss her love for plastic surgery.

In the interview - which was aired on Entertainment Weekly radio - Joan said: ''[Everyond should] absolutely [have plastic surgery] if it makes you feel better. Let me first of all say to them, which I always say, better a new face coming out of an old car than an old face coming out of a new car. Never mind the shoes, get the nose.

''Look at yourself and be honest. Melissa had a teacher who was so pretty except for her nose, and she never fixed it. I think her life would have been very different. Men, everybody - babies go to pretty faces.''