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A final full house as Joan Rivers gets a starry send-off

Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that - like late comedian herself - brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, 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.

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Tributes and reminiscences were delivered by TV anchor Deborah Norville, friend Margie Stern, columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' daughter, Melissa.

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.

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

Theatre stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune were there. Fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors were also in attendance. So too were TV stars Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen.

Irish Independent