Star-studded and all the paparazzi a girl could want. That’s what Joan Rivers got for her Sept. 7 funeral at the Temple Emanu-El in New York.
The beloved comedian and host of E’s “Fashion Police,” who died Sept. 4 after complications developed from throat surgery, often joked about her death and planned her own funeral in great detail:
"When I die, 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. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.
“I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing "Mr. Lonely." I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. 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 just like Beyoncé's."
It is not clear whether there was a wind machine or toe tag, but there was no shortage of star power. Hollywood A-listers filled the temple to honor the life of the pioneering woman who paved the way for female comics in the 60s. Outside, bagpipe players paid homage to the star as fans lined the street.
Radio “shock jock” Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, noted: “She fought the stereotype that women couldn't be funny. She was responsible for putting the red carpet into primetime.”
Daughter Melissa Rivers had the audience howling as she recalled a letter she’d written to her mother while she was still alive, according to People.
Other celebrities included Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne Barr, Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Joy Behar, Paul Shaffer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Giuliana Rancic, Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Deborah Norville, and Hugh Jackman.