Joan Rivers wanted Meryl Streep to cry at her funeral “in five different accents” and paparazzi to “make a scene”.
The ‘Fashion Police’ host passed away “peacefully” yesterday (04.09.14) aged 81, but before her death she revealed plans for a glitzy funeral that would see the Hollywood actress sobbing and photographers and publicists at loggerheads.
In an extract from her 2012 book entitled ‘I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me’, Joan – who leaves behind her only child, Melissa, 46 – wrote: “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 comedienne also joked she wanted to look “better dead than I do alive” at her funeral, and wished to be dressed in a Valentino outfit when she is laid to rest.
The extract, which appears in a chapter called ‘Death Be Not Proud’, continues: “I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”
Joan sadly passed away at Mount Sinai hospital in New York yesterday surrounded by her friends and family.
Joan’s daughter Melissa said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends.
“My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”
Hundreds of celebrities wasted no time in paying tribute to the late star after news of her passing broke, including her ‘Fashion Police’ co-star Kelly Osbourne.
She wrote on her official Facebook page: “I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew.”