Joan Rivers once said that she wanted her funeral to be “a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action.”
“I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents,” she wrote in her 2012 book.
While it’s not clear if Streep made that dream come true, Rivers’s funeral took place on Sunday and was indeed an A-list affair.
Many stars came out to pay their respects, including Howard Stern, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donald Trump, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Kelly Osbourne and Barbara Walters.
The program for the funeral also said that Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman were set to perform, the New York Times reported.
The ceremony began around 11 a.m. The Times described the affair:
Inside, white gardenias lined the front of the synagogue as an organist played classical music. Shortly before 11 a.m., the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus began to sing several songs, including “What a Wonderful World,” “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” and “Big Spender.”
Outside, camera crews interviewed women holding small white dogs, while a hansom cab pulled by an off-white horse named Joey trotted down Fifth Avenue in front of a rope line bristling with photographers, pausing only long enough for the tourists in his coach to snap photos of the scene.
Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb told ABC that Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and did “an amazing job.”
Rivers, well regarded as a visionary comedian who paved the way for female stand-ups, died on Thursday from complications from an operation.