Celebrities Come Out To Pay Respect To Joan Rivers At Her Funeral On Sunday


More than 500 people, including a number of celebrities, attended the comedian’s funeral.


People gather behind police barricades outside of the funeral of Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York on Sept. 7.

Joan Rivers once said that she wanted her funeral to be “a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action.”

“I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents,” she wrote in her 2012 book.

While it’s not clear if Streep made that dream come true, Rivers’s funeral took place on Sunday and was indeed an A-list affair.
Many stars came out to pay their respects, including Howard Stern, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donald Trump, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Kelly Osbourne and Barbara Walters.



Whoopi Goldberg arrives to attend the funeral

The ceremony began around 11 a.m. The Times described the affair:

Inside, white gardenias lined the front of the synagogue as an organist played classical music. Shortly before 11 a.m., the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus began to sing several songs, including “What a Wonderful World,” “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” and “Big Spender.”


Actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker depart the service.

Speeches and tributes were given by TV anchor Deborah Norville, friend Margie Stern, writer Cindy Adams and Melissa, who spoke “about how she respected her mother and appreciated everyone’s support,” the Associated Press reports.
Hugh Jackman sang ”Quiet Please, There’s a Lady On Stage” to close out the service.


Kelly Osbourne arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers.

Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb told ABC that Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and did “an amazing job.”

Rivers, well regarded as a visionary comedian who paved the way for female stand-ups, died on Thursday from complications from an operation.


Radio host Howard Stern arrives with wife Beth Ostrosky.

After the ceremony, bagpipers marched outside the temple while guests exited.


Bagpipers march from the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers.

Fans and supporters lined the streets outside the Temple Emanu-El on New York City’s Upper East Side.


Mourners depart the funeral.


Flowers, cards, and presents were left for the legendary comedian and her family.



Her daughter and frequent collaborator, Melissa Rivers, said that while her death was devastating, her mother’s “final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”


Melissa Rivers, the daughter of Joan Rivers, and her son Cooper depart the funeral of her mother.

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