Joan Rivers’ Funeral: Details of the Star-Studded Memorial and Farewell Tribute

September 7, 2014
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Joan Rivers’ funeral in New York City was attended by dozens of Hollywood stars, celebrities and public figures, with Howard Stern delivering the eulogy. While it was not broadcast on television or streamed online, the details have emerged and confirm that the late comedic legend did get her wish that her funeral be a “huge showbiz affair.”




Just days after her sudden and tragic death on Thursday, September 4th thousands paid tribute at the Sunday morning funeral service held in Manhattan at Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue. Joan Rivers had famously said in her 2012 book ‘I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me” of her final wishes, “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.”

Indeed many of her wishes were fulfilled as photos and video attest as the paparazzi did get many photos of luminaries entering and exiting the building. You can see video of arrivals below. It’s being reported that there was a red carpet and that it will be buried with Joan Rivers.

The numerous attendees included her daughter Melissa Rivers and grandson Cooper. Others who attended were from many worlds; comedy, theater, television, movies, fashion music business and more. In no particular order some of those at the funeral included Whoopie Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Wanda Sykes, Kelly Osbourne, Geraldo Rivera, Andy Cohen, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Steve Forbes, Clive Davis, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Carolina Hererra, Giuliana Rancic, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Others attendees included Judge Judy Sheindlin, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Kyle Maclachlan, Mario Cantone, Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming Jeffrey Ross, Robin Quivers, Paul Shaffer, Nick Jonas, and Barry Diller among many others.

As for the funeral service itself, details have been widely reported by news media outlets. The Gay Men’s Health Chorus were among the musical performers and they sang a variety of Broadway hits. Hugh Jackman sang Peter Allen’s ‘Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage. Broadway star Audra McDonald sang the classic “Smile”

Among those who spoke at the service were Deborah Norville and Cindy Adams. According to reports, Melissa Rivers was the last to speak and Howard Stern delivered the eulogy. NYPD bagpipe players performed ‘New York, New York’ at the conclusion of the service.

The icon died a week after having been rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital when she underwent an outpatient procedure on her throat at a nearby clinic and according to reports stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. The death is under investigation by the NYPD and the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic is under investigation by the New York State Department of Health.

While we may learn more of the circumstances of her death, as well as the cause (the initial autopsy did not find an exact cause) we will from now and forever more celebrate the legacy of a trailblazer who left us much too soon.







Pictures: PR Photos



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