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Joan Rivers' Funeral Was Just as Fantastic As She'd Requested

Joan Rivers' Funeral Was Just as Fantastic As She'd RequestedGetty ImagesMeryl Streep didn't cry in "five different accents" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday as the legendary star had requested in her 2012 book, but she was laid to rest in a grand style that she surely would've approved of.

As her close friend Cindy Adams wrote for Page Six, it was a star-studded affair complete with performances and plenty of laughter. "D. Trump, Judge Judy, Barbara Walters, Sue Simmons, the immediate world called to attend today’s 11 am Temple Emanuel service," Adams wrote. "As planned by Joan’s pal, Elie Tahari exec Scott Currie, 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."

Joan Rivers Memorial Service
Howard Stern also read a eulogy and stars like Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Kathy Griffin, Rosie O'Donnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Sally Jesse Raphael, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Cohen, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeff Ross, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Geraldo Rivera, Barbara Walters, Rachael Ray, Billy Bush, and Dr. Oz all packed into Temple Emanu-El. Sources at the scene said the line of mourners waiting for their names to be checked off the guest list could be seen down Fifth Avenue.

Mourners also wore badges, star-shaped and reminiscent of police badges, that read "Joan Ranger."

The service kicked off at 10am and when it was over, bagpipers played hits like "New York, New York" as guests streamed out of the venue. Around 500 fans were also gathered outside on the street as the private funeral let out. Hoda Kotb said it "felt like a Broadway show with tons of humor lots of tears, and ended with a standing ovation."

Rivers passed away Thursday at Mount Sinai hospital after she went into cardiac arrest on August 28 during a routine throat procedure.

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