Joan Rivers gets star-studded New York funeral

Joan Rivers gets star-studded New York funeral
Comedic legend Joan Rivers, who died on Sept 4 aged 81, got a star-studded funeral on Sept 7 which fulfilled her last wish for a showbiz send-off.

NEW YORK - Fashion and film stars joined family Sunday to say goodbye to comedy legend Joan Rivers at a New York funeral that fulfilled her last wish for a showbiz send-off.

Whoopi Goldberg and Sarah Jessica Parker led the celebrity line-up for the hour-long, private service at Temple Emanu-El on 5th Avenue, with Rivers' daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper also among the mourners.

Prominent too were comedian Kathy Griffin, who has paid tribute to Rivers for blazing a trail for women comics, tycoon Donald Trump, TV legend Barbara Walters and Rivers' co-host on TV show "Fashion Police," Kelly Osbourne.

Actor Hugh Jackman sang - reportedly "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" from the musical The Boy From Oz. Broadway actress Audra McDonald also performed.

Rivers died on Thursday in hospital aged 81, a week after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a private clinic.

Police on Sunday shut down the sidewalk outside one of America's oldest reform synagogues and PR women armed with clipboards checked guests' IDs and invitations.

A huge scrum of paparazzi and TV cameras camped out across the street, shouting at trucks and buses when they obscured the view to the synagogue entrance.

A crowd estimated by police at about 1,500, some dressed in their Sunday best, lined the street five or six deep behind metal railings to watch guests arrive and snap pictures with their phones.

In her 2012 book "I Hate Everyone... Starting with Me," Rivers said she wanted "a huge showbiz" funeral "with lights, camera, action" - the paragraph of which was re-produced on the inside of the funeral programme.

"I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way," she wrote.

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