What an emotional day today for the family and fans of the most memorable Joan Rivers. Not a dry eye behind the barricades as loved ones displayed their sadness viewing this star-studded send-off as the late great Joan requested, uniting the corners of media, Hollywood, theater, and fashion.
We still can’t fathom this devastating loss with questions of why, and quiet moments of remember when.
Hugh Jackman sang “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady On Stage” at the end of the ceremony and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played on the streets as mourners filed out of Temple Emanu-El, many dabbing their eyes.
As per request request, this star studded ceremony surely has her smiling and criticizing at the golden gate of the attires and accessories worn in her honor. To begin Howard Stern delivered the eulogy hat left us speechless by his display of warmth and affection and truth behind the history of Joan Rivers, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus sang Broadway hits including “Hey Big Spender.”
Tributes were delivered by TV anchor Deborah Norville, dear friend Margie Stern, columnist Cindy Adams and her daugher, and best friend Melissa Rivers, who spoke about how she respected her mother and appreciated everyone’s support.
So many wonderful colleagues and friends can’t even find the words to express their love and admiration they felt for Joan Rivers; Comedians Kathy Griffin, ABC Hosts Rosie O’Donnell Whoopi Goldberg; E! Fashion Police Host, Kelly Osbourne; Actress, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick; and celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Theater stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming; Record producer, Clive Davis; Fashion designers, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors; TV Broadcast Journalist, Barbara Walters; Host, Geraldo Rivera; TV Anchor Diane Sawyer; TV Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen; Business Moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.
At the request of Joan’s Publicist in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to God’s Love, We Deliver; Guide Dogs for the Blind; or Our House.
This quote has played since her untimely passing and I believe it would leave a timeless imprint like no other Entertainer has done.
“When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action” and “Hollywood all the way.” Instead of a rabbi talking, I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents” and “a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.” Indeed, her wishes were so valued they were even printed in the funeral program.
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers