Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Yorkers mourn passing of Joan Rivers

9/7/14, "Joan Rivers funeral: Stars mourn late comedian," BBC

"Family, friends and famous names from the worlds of TV, film and comedy have said a final farewell to Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York.

The mourners included radio host Howard Stern, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, mogul Donald Trump, comic Kathy Griffin and film star Whoopi Goldberg.

Crowds of fans and media also gathered outside Manhattan's Temple Emanu-El.

The comedian, who died on Thursday, wrote in 2012 about how she wanted her funeral to be "a huge showbiz affair".

Rivers died a week after suffering a cardiac arrest while having a routine medical procedure. She was 81.

Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, describing Rivers as "the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah", according to People magazine.

Other speakers included Rivers' daughter, Melissa, TV journalist Deborah Norville, friend Margie Stern and New York Post columnist Cindy Adams.

Actor Hugh Jackman delivered a rendition of the song Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, from his musical The Boy From Oz, and Broadway actress Audra McDonald sang Smile.

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus opened the ceremony with a series of Broadway hits, while bagpipers from the New York City Police Department performed New York, New York.

Other mourners included Rivers' former Fashion Police co-star Kelly Osbourne, actors Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune, music producer Clive Davis and fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors.

US TV personalities including Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen also paid their respects."....

Images: "Hundreds of fans gathered behind barriers to watch the proceedings," EPA

"Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky Stern (left) were among the mourners, as was Donald Trump," getty

"Bagpipes played 'New York, New York' as they led the funeral procession from Temple Emanu-El," AP via UK Daily Mail

9/7/14, Judge Judy, Judith Scheindlin at Joan Rivers funeral, via CNN


Added: Nice collection of clips for Joan fans


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