Joan Rivers Laid To Rest At Star-Studded Funeral, All The Details

Joan would be proud.

Joan Rivers was laid to rest yesterday at a star-studded funeral, attended by her close family and friends alongside some great musical performances in her honour.

The 81-year-old comedienne sadly passed away on Thursday following a botched throat surgery operation.

It later emerged that she had already revealed plans for her funeral in her 2012 book, and they were just as brilliant as you would imagine.

Joan said that she wanted her funeral to be a “huge showbiz affair”, with paparazzi, a wind machine, a Valentino gown a Beyonce-esque wind machine and, erm, Meryl Streep crying in five different accents.

Unfortunately neither Beyonce or Meryl Streep were in attendance at the official funeral, although Meryl did tell the Sun that she was “honoured” to be a part of Joan’s funeral plans.

Despite the lack of wind machines and Meryl Streep, the ceremony was still a Hollywood-inspired event, which would make the razor-tongued personality proud.

Guests included Kelly Osbourne, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald also attended and sang ‘Smile’ and bagpipers played ‘New York New York’ in Joan’s memory.

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus also performed some Broadway hits at the event, including ‘Hey Big Spender’, and finally Hugh Jackman of all people sang “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On The Stage” at the end of the ceremony.

Perhaps Joan was a fan of Hugh’s efforts in Les Miserables?

Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers, 46, reportedly gave a touching eulogy about how much she respected her mother, as well as thanking everybody for their ongoing support.

Following the news of Joan’s death, the stars came out in force to pay touching and heartfelt tributes to the 81-year-old.

Joan Rivers always wanted her funeral to be “Hollywood all the way”, and it appears that she got what she wanted. 

The full extract of her very well thought out and typically ‘Joan Rivers’ wishes reads as follows:

“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 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 Beyonce’s.” 

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Rob Cesternino

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