Joan Rivers died on September 4th, 2014 at the age of 81.
A comic legend, her send-off was exactly what she would have wanted.
Joan Rivers wrote in her book I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me", "When I die...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 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."
Stars galore attended River's funeral; Sarah Jessica Parker, Howard Stern, Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Norville, Donald Trump, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Kathy Griffin and more. Howard Stern remembered her with touching references, but more importantly, with some very dirty jokes. Offensive enough that at first the attendees were struck silent – until they remembered who they were honoring, and burst into laughter. Closing with a song by Hugh Jackman, the service concluded with a standing ovation. She was honored just as she wanted, surrounded by celebrities, with her star shining, hair blowing and glorious laughter and applause.
(Image From CBS Evening News) In her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me, Joan Rivers wrote the above passage regarding her funeral, to her daughter Melissa.