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Joan Rivers gets star-studded, Hollywood send-off she had always wanted

​Joan Rivers had her final wish fulfilled with a star-studded send-off at her New York funeral.

Rivers died on Thursday, Sept 4, a week after she stopped breathing during a non-surgical medical procedure on her vocal cords at a private clinic.

In her 2012 book I Hate Everyone... Starting with me, Rivers said she wanted "a huge showbiz" funeral "with lights, camera, action" in a passage that was included in the funeral programme.

Photo: Screengraph from Mail Online

And that's what she got.

Hollywood actors, Broadway performers, fashion designers and prominent businessmen like Donald Trump (below) were in attendance. 

Stars like Whoopi Goldberg (below) and Sarah Jessica Parker (second photo below) led the celebrity line-up for the hour-long private service in New York.

River's daughter Melissa and grandson were also among the mourners.

Actor Hugh Jackman reportedly sang Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage from the musical The Boy From Oz.

Six-time Tony award winning Broadway actress Audra McDonald sang Smile at the funeral. 

A crowd of about 1,500 lined the street to watch guests arrive and snap pictures with their phones.

Paparazzi and TV cameras were also camped out across the street.

And Rivers wouldn't have wanted anything less.

As she said in her book: “I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”