Comedian Joan Rivers got a star-studded funeral fit for a Hollywood A-lister in New York Sept. 7.
Hundreds of fans crowded the sidewalks of Temple Emanu-El on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as Rivers’ family, friends and celebrity pals paid their last respects to Joan, who died Sept. 4 following complications from throat surgery.
Among the attendees were Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, Howard Stern, Hoda Kotb, Andy Cohen, Whoopi Goldberg and Diane Sawyer, Ozzy Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, Examiner reported.
Also in attendance were Rosie O’Donnell, Donald Trump, Joy Behar, Michael Kors, Alan Cumming, Barbara Walters, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Kathie Lee Gifford and Rivers’ E! “Fashion Police” co-hosts, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic.
The funeral service started with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus singing the Broadway number “Hey, Big Spender.” Radio shock jock Howard Stern then gave a speech praising Joan as “the best friend in the world … a big sister … a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah.”
Joan’s only child, daughter Melissa Rivers, also spoke briefly, saying she was humbled by the outpouring of love and support her mom’s fans around the world have shown in the aftermath of Joan’s death. The funeral concluded with Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen tune, “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage.”
The celebrity funeral, replete with Broadway stars and show tunes, would have made Rivers happy. In her 2012 book I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me, Joan joked that she wanted her funeral to be like a Hollywood extravaganza.
“Lights, cameras, action! I want craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene,” she wrote.
In the end, Joan Rivers went out exactly as she had lived: Loudly, proudly, and unapologetically.
Rivers continues to make waves from beyond the grave. Sales of her July 2014 memoir, Diary of a Mad Diva, have increased 60,000% since her death.