The iconic actress and comedian - who passed away 11 months ago aged 81 - felt "insane" about the fact that Melissa turned down $500 000 to strip for the front cover of the men's magazine and often quipped to audiences "the nerve of that bitch! Pull down your pants and show them the pussy!"
Melissa warmly recalled: "My mother was so angry that I didn't want to do Playboy ... She was insane that I wouldn't do it! I just said, 'No way.' We live in a digital world now. I don't need my son's buddies going, 'Dude, I've seen your mom's tits.'"
However, the 47-year-old TV producer - who has penned a biography about the actresses life entitled The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation - cherishes the advice her mother gave on how to look good growing old.
Melissa - who was a producer of the TV show Fashion Police on which her mother starred - told The Times newspaper: "I'm definitely a fan of Botox and fillers, and anybody who tells you they're not is lying. I don't want to turn into some old - scary looking person, but how far would you go? I don't know.
"My mother always said, 'It's better to have a new you getting out of an old car than an old you getting out of a new car."
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