American actress, comedienne, writer, producer, red carpet fashion critic and television host from her time doing stand-up to her red-carpet fashion evaluations, the 81-year old Joan Rivers made her fans snigger and sob. For many decades, she entertained us and she will live in our hearts forever. According to E! Online, her memorial service was attended by her fellow hosts in the hit “Fashion Police” show including Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and other Hollywood celebrities gathered altogether at Temple Emanu-El in New York. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) report about Joan Rivers’ memorial service.
TMZ provided the full list of Hollywood stars to pay tribute to the late Rivers. The list includes Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Judge Judy Sheindlin, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Andy Cohen, Geraldo Rivera, Barbara Walters, Alan Cumming, Dr. Memhet Oz, Kathy Griffin, Robin Quivers, Diane Sawyer, Billy Bush, Rosie O’Donnell, Mario Cantone, Jeff Ross, Kristin Chenoweth, Sally Jesse Raphael, Chuck Scarborough, Alicia Quarles, Rachael Ray, and Bernadette Peters.
According to Us Weekly, the service started at 12:15 p.m. after most of the guests arrived an hour before. A bagpipe player was present and played Frank Sinatra‘s “New York, New York” and other tunes as the guests left the Manhattan temple.
“It starts with the Gay Men’s choir show tunes, the rabbi’s opening prayer, Audra McDonald singing, Debra Norville reminiscing. Then me, Melissa, Hugh Jackman. A closing prayer then an NYPD cadre and four horseback riders who, I was told, did not come cheap,” revealed Joan’s close friend Cindy Adams about memorial service planning to Page Six.
E! Online also reported that her coffin was brought to a crematorium in New Jersey on Sept. 6, 2014. A private service for River’s immediate family members including 46-year old daughter Melissa and 13-year old grandson Cooper Endicott was held at the New Jersey crematorium. Melissa Rivers kissed mother’s casket in ultimate valediction
ABC News claims that Joan told The Daily Beast that she wanted to be cremated and told Melissa, “Sell anything and everything you don’t want. Don’t feel beholden to my possessions,” The stand-up comedian had beforehand given comprehensive details in her 2012 book entitled “I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me exactly,” what she sought for her interment.
She wrote in her book, “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.”
Joan continued, “”I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”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.”
Her concluding desire was, “And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing like Beyoncé’s.”
Joan wanted all the tinsel-town action in her final journey, and Melissa did everything she could to make fulfill her mother’s last wish. We hope with all her family and friend efforts to embody her last wish her soul should be resting in peace in heaven.
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