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Kelly Osbourne arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Kelly Osbourne arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Bagpipers march from the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Bagpipers march from the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Comedian Whoopi Goldberg departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Comedian Rosie O'Donnell departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedian Rosie O'Donnell departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Comedian Kathy Griffin departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedian Kathy Griffin departs the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Comedian Rosie O'Donnell weeps as she hugs a fellow mourner while departing the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedian Rosie O'Donnell weeps as she hugs a fellow mourner while departing the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Actor Matthew Broderick and his son James laugh as they talk with photographer Peter Foley while departing the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actor Matthew Broderick and his son James laugh as they talk with photographer Peter Foley while departing the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Mourners embrace while departing the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Mourners embrace while departing the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Television personalities Kathie Lee Gifford (R) and Hoda Kotb depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Television personalities Kathie Lee Gifford (R) and Hoda Kotb depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper Endicott look out the window of a car as they leave the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper Endicott look out the window of a car as they leave the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A member of a bagpipe ensemble gestures as mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A member of a bagpipe ensemble gestures as mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A member of a bagpipe ensemble looks on as mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A member of a bagpipe ensemble looks on as mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Member of a bagpipe ensemble perform as members of the media and fans watch mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Member of a bagpipe ensemble perform as members of the media and fans watch mourners depart the funeral of comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Howard Stern, center right, and his wife Beth depart a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Howard Stern, center right, and his wife Beth depart a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Sarah Jessica Parker, center right, speaks with attendees after a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Sarah Jessica Parker, center right, speaks with attendees after a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Comedienne Kathy Griffin arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedienne Kathy Griffin arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Cards and flowers, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial, sit on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014. Joan Rivers will be laid to rest in a private service on Sunday.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Cards and flowers, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial, sit on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014. Joan Rivers will be laid to rest in a private service on Sunday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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A man takes photos of cards, flowers and photos, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A man takes photos of cards, flowers and photos, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Flowers and a photo, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial, sit on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014. Joan Rivers will be laid to rest in a private service on Sunday.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Flowers and a photo, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial, sit on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014. Joan Rivers will be laid to rest in a private service on Sunday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Cards and flowers, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial, sit on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Cards and flowers, which were left in tribute as part of a makeshift memorial, sit on the steps in front of Joan Rivers' former residence in the Manhattan borough of New York September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Journalist Barbara Walters waves as she arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Journalist Barbara Walters waves as she arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller (L) greets journalist Diane Sawyer as they arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller (L) greets journalist Diane Sawyer as they arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller (L) greets journalist Diane Sawyer as they arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller (L) greets journalist Diane Sawyer as they arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Journalist Geraldo Rivera arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Journalist Geraldo Rivera arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Mourners embrace as they arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Mourners embrace as they arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Radio host Howard Stern arrives with wife Beth Ostrosky to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Radio host Howard Stern arrives with wife Beth Ostrosky to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Radio host Howard Stern arrives with wife Beth Ostrosky to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Radio host Howard Stern arrives with wife Beth Ostrosky to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedienne Whoopi Goldberg arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Actor Alan Cumming arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actor Alan Cumming arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Real estate developer Donald Trump arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Real estate developer Donald Trump arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Designer Carolina Herrera arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Designer Carolina Herrera arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Journalist Geraldo Rivera arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Journalist Geraldo Rivera arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Television personalities Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and Hoda Kotb arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Television personalities Kathie Lee Gifford (L) and Hoda Kotb arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Television personality Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Television personality Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz arrives to attend the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A man uses his mobile phone to photograph the outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A man uses his mobile phone to photograph the outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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People gather behind police barricades outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

People gather behind police barricades outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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People gather behind police barricades outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

People gather behind police barricades outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Guests line up outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Guests line up outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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New York Police Department tow trucks arrive to remove a Maybach car outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New York Police Department tow trucks arrive to remove a Maybach car outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Barbara Walters arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Barbara Walters arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Whoopi Goldberg arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Whoopi Goldberg arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Donald Trump arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Donald Trump arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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A guest stands outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A guest stands outside of the funeral of comedienne Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Kelly Osbourne arrives at a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang Smile and bagpipers played New York, New York at Joan Rivers' funeral.

It was a star-studded send-off that - like late comedian herself - brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theatre, fashion and media.

At a funeral befitting a superstar, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus sang Broadway hits including Hey Big Spender before six-time Tony Award-winner McDonald sang her tribute to Rivers, a champion of theatre for decades.

Tributes and reminiscences were delivered by TV anchor Deborah Norville, close friend Margie Stern, columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' daughter, Melissa, who spoke about how she respected her mother and appreciated everyone's support.

"It was uplifting. We were celebrating her life," said fashion designer Dennis Basso.

Hugh Jackman sang Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage at the end of the ceremony and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played on the streets as mourners filed out of Temple Emanu-El, many dabbing their eyes.

The funeral programme included a page with three classic Rivers' lines printed out: "Can we talk?", ''Who are you wearing?" and "Because I'm a funny person".

A legion of famous faces turned out to remember Rivers, who died on Thursday aged 81: comedians Kathy Griffin, Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg; colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

Theater stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune were there. Record producer Clive Davis was, too. Fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors were in attendance.

Stars from TV such as Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen attended, along with late night band leader Paul Shaffer. They were joined by moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.

Mourners had lined up outside the Fifth Avenue synagogue and waited for their names to be checked against a list before entering. A crowd of media stood watch across the road, and fans from as far away as Australia and England lined the streets.

Actress Susan Claassen, who met Rivers in London in 2008 when both had one-woman shows, came from Tucson, Arizona, to honour her friend. "I always like to say that in a world of knockoffs, Joan was an original," she said.

The comedian detailed in her 2012 book I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me that she hoped for "a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action" and "Hollywood all the way" at her funeral.

Instead of a rabbi talking, Rivers asked for "Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents" and "a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's".

Indeed, her wishes were so important they were printed in the funeral programme.

Rivers was a trailblazer for all comics, but especially women. The raspy-voiced blonde with the brash New York accent was a TV talk show host, stage, film and TV actress, fashion critic and sold a line of jewellery.

The cause of her death is being investigated. Rivers was taken to hospital on August 28 after she went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor's office.

The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances, and the New York City medical examiner said tests to determine the cause of death were inconclusive.

Her publicist said that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to God's Love, We Deliver; Guide Dogs For The Blind or Our House.

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