Maureen Holloway –
JOAN RIVERS’ FUNERAL in New York yesterday was the “huge, showbiz affair” that she had hoped for.
Fans from all over the world lined the streets outside the synagogue, where Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, the New York City Gay Men’s chorus belted out Broadway hits, Hugh Jackman sang “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage”. Broadway star Audra McDonald sang “Smile”, and there were bagpipes. Kathy Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg were there; colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne; Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick; and Dr. 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, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee Gifford (with a box of wine), Paul Shaffer. And moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.
Rivers had a lot of friends. She also leaves a strong legacy. Here’s Sarah Silverman, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night:
In related news, Silverman, who used to be Kimmel’s girlfriend, confirmed that she is now seeing British (Welsh) actor Michael Sheen. Sheen ‘s previous relationships include Kate Beckinsale and Rachel McAdams. I’m starting to think he stars in Masters of Sex for a reason.
ALL HAIL THE SECOND ROYAL PREGNANCY! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting the spare to the heir, Prince George having arrived in July 2013. The announcement was precipitated, once again, by the fact that Kate is suffering from acute morning sickness, and can no longer accompany Prince William on his princely duties, now that he has apparently done his.
Your daily dose of Mo with the Last Word – 09/08/14