Joan Rivers’ Funeral: Gets The Hollywood Farewell She Wished For

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Joan Rivers got the star studded, extravagant funeral that she dreamed of.

In her 2012 book, “ I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me” Rivers wrote a variety of hilarious requests for when her time eventually came.

“I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”

The funny lady continued, stating that she didn’t want some “rabbi rambling on,” instead she wanted “Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”

“I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive,” Joan wrote.

“ I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag, and I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing like Beyoncé’s.”

Joan’s funeral, which was held on Sunday at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, didn’t stray far from the comedian’s funeral plans.

Numerous celebrities attended Sunday’s service including, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Osbourne, Diane Sawyer, Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Walters, and David Letterman.

According to Inside Edition host Deborah Norville; the funeral was “Joan all the way.”

Hundreds of beautiful orchids filled the temple, so many in fact that you couldn’t  “see the alter because there were so many flowers,” Norville said.

As CNN reported, the scene was very Hollywood.

“In fact, Fifth Avenue was lined with more television crews, live reporters and fans than would gather for most Hollywood premieres.”

If that wasn’t spectacular enough, “Les Miserables” Hugh Jackman sang “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage” and Broadway Star Audra McDonald sang, “Smile” during the service.

Joan’s funeral service included the an opening of New York’s Gay Men’s Chorus singing a variety of hit songs such as “What A Wonderful World” and bagpipers from NY Police Department marching in tribute to the late funny woman.

Joan Rivers “went out” the way she would have wanted, with cameras flashing and individuals reminiscing of her witty and sometimes inappropriate remarks.

Although a sad day for many of Joan’s loved ones, it was as well a happy one.

Joan Rivers definitely got her wish.



  1. KiaSoto

    September 9, 2014 at 1:08 am

    love her so sad, but at least she lived a full life!

  2. GigiOnThat

    September 9, 2014 at 2:33 am

    so sad

  3. Trending Topics with ToniPayne

    September 9, 2014 at 2:42 am

    awwwh glad they were able to give her a memorable sendoff

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