Remembering Joan Rivers: Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne Among Stars Attending New York Funeral

Also among the Hollywood attendees were Barbara Walters, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sarah Jessica Parker and Whoopi Goldberg. The 81-year-old TV and comedy legend died Thursday in New York

Last Updated: September 7, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Joan Rivers‘ family and friends gathered Sunday in New York for a star-studded private funeral honoring the 81-year-old comedy legend.

Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Griffin and Howard Stern were among the familiar faces seen outside Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, where the service began at 11 a.m. ET.

Rivers’ daughter Melissa was also there. She was joined by the late entertainer’s “Fashion Police” co-stars Kelly Osbourne  and Giuliana Rancic. Broadcasters Barbara Walters, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb attended as well.

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The celebrity-filled send-off, complete with a red carpet, was exactly what Rivers would have wanted. In her book “I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me,” the comedienne said she wanted her funeral to be “a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action” and “Hollywood all the way.”

Rivers died Thursday following complications while undergoing throat surgery. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Aug. 28 and had been on life support.

An autopsy on the comedy legend has been completed, but the results did not yield a firm cause or manner of death, a spokeswoman for the New York Medical Examiner’s Office told TheWrap on Friday. Further studies will be conducted to determine how Rivers died, the spokeswoman said. The New York State Department of Health is investigating the circumstances surrounding Rivers’ death.

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Celebrities gather to say goodbye to Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers broke into the spotlight with a 1965 guest appearance on “The Tonight Show.” Though she would frequently fill in for Johnny Carson,  she eventually left her permanent guest-host position to launch a competing show on Fox.

Her other television credits include “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Hollywood Squares,”  “Saturday Night Live,” “Nip/Tuck” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” She and Melissa also co-starred on the WEtv reality series “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best,” and were longtime co-hosts of E!’s Oscars pre-awards coverage, while the elder Rivers went on to host red-carpet events for TV Guide Channel. She also regularly poked fun of the stars and their red carpet attire on E!’s “Fashion Police,” which Melissa executive produces.

In 2009, Joan and Melissa were contestants on the NBC reality competition show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Joan won by beating out poker champ Annie Duke.

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Throughout her groundbreaking career, Rivers also branched out into writing, penning a dozen books. She received numerous Daytime Emmy nominations, winning in 1990 in the Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host category for “The Joan Rivers Show,” which aired from 1989-1993.

Rivers is survived by her daughter, Melissa and grandson, Cooper.