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What Joan Rivers wanted at her funeral

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
updated 4:39 PM EDT, Fri September 5, 2014
Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday, September 4, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said. She was 81. Click through the gallery to look back at her career. Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday, September 4, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said. She was 81. Click through the gallery to look back at her career.
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Joan Rivers through the years
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Joan Rivers through the years
Joan Rivers through the years
Joan Rivers through the years
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Joan Rivers wrote about her funeral in a 2012 book
  • She joked that she wanted a glitzy Hollywood affair
  • Rivers: "I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents"

(CNN) -- Joan Rivers could turn anything into a joke, and that includes her own funeral.

As unearthed by Mashable's Brian Ries, the comedian concocted a very specific, and very funny, burial service wish list in her 2012 book, "I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me."

Needless to say, Rivers was not planning a simple farewell.

"When I die ... I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action," Rivers says in the book.

Joan Rivers' letter to her daughter

Joan Rivers was a pointed, pioneering comedian

"I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way," she continues. "I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents."

Mourners can skip the eulogy, because Rivers would rather have "Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely.' I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag."

And, last but definitely not least, "I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé's."

We can only hope Rivers gets her wish. As of Friday, Rivers' service was set for Sunday at Manhattan's Temple Emanu-El.

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