Joan River's Funeral Proves to be 'Hollywood All The Way'
NBC News - Joan Rivers hoped for her funeral to be "Hollywood all the way," and while Sunday's services were held in New York, the ceremony certainly had a Hollywood air.
Celebrity after celebrity stepped out of black cars in front of Temple Emanu-El on New York's Upper East Side for the private affair.
Rivers died Thursday at 81.
Some who Rivers had worked with toward the end of her comedy career spanning seven decades came to pay their respects, including Donald Trump, who had Rivers on his show "Celebrity Apprentice" and Kelly Osbourne, who co-hosted Fashion Police with Rivers were both in attendance.
Kathy Griffin, who said Friday on TODAY that she was "devastated" by the loss of the woman who helped launch her career, was also in attendance.
Fellow funny women Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rosie O'Donnell came to mourn the comedienne. And those who covered her antics while calling Rivers a friend, like Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Barbara Walters also came to pay their respects. Rivers was regarded as a trailblazer for female comedians as her career included stand-up comic, late night host and fashion critic.
Those in later generations who mimicked River's brash and uninhibited humor, including Howard Stern and Andy Cohen, also came to honor the star.
Hours before the mourners arrived, reporters and onlookers were corralled into barricades lining the streets of Fifth Avenue for a glimpse of the temple.
Just two years ago, Rivers wrote about how she wanted to go out.
"I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene," Rivers wrote in a portion of her 2012 book, "I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me," detailing requests for her funeral. "I want craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way."