Joan Rivers’ Funeral to Be Held Sunday, Will Have a Red Carpet Outside
As the world continues to mourn the death of Joan Rivers on Thursday, Sept. 4, funeral arrangements for the late comedienne are underway for her sendoff to be held on Sunday, Sept. 7 in New York City.
The New York Daily News reports that after decades of interviews and fashion critiques of celebrities at red carpet events such as the Emmys and Oscars, Rivers' funeral will have a red carpet leading into the Temple Emanu-El on the East Side of Manhattan.
A red carpet affair was at least one of the things Rivers wanted for her funeral, something she discussed in her 2012 book, "I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me."
In the book, Rivers wrote (quote via CNN), "When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything's in your name,) 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 it 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.'"
The Melissa referenced in that passage is her only daughter, TV personality Melissa Rivers.