Joan Rivers tragically passed away at the age of 81 on Sept. 4, after suffering a complication while undergoing throat surgery. Melissa Rivers kept the iconic comedienne’s legacy alive at her Sept. 7, memorial by reading a sweet and funny letter addressed to her mother as her eulogy!
Melissa Rivers, 46, paid tribute to her late mother, Joan Rivers, at her Sept. 7, memorial by reading an excerpt from her upcoming book, “A Letter to My Mother.” The sweet and hilarious letter was written prior to Joan’s tragic passing on Sept. 4, and expresses what needed to change about their living situation! Read below to see the whole letter!
Joan Rivers Eulogy — Melissa Rivers Reads Emotional And Hilarious Letter From Joan
Joan was always making people laugh, and Melissa decided to keep that legacy going at her memorial service by reading a letter that she sent to her mother. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the letter is an excerpt from Melissa’s upcoming book, which is set to be published in April.
The site reports that Joan and Melissa had been living together when the New York City native would fly in to LA once a week to tape her show, Fashion Police. In the hilarious letter, Melissa addresses Joan’s complaints about their living situation!
Read Melissa’s beautiful tribute to her mom:
I received the note that you slipped under my bedroom door last night. I was very excited to read it, thinking that it would contain amazing, loving advice that you wanted to share with me. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw that it began with the salutation, “Dear Landlord.” I have reviewed your complaints and address them below:
1. While I appreciate your desire to “upgrade” your accommodations to a larger space, I cannot, in good conscience, move [my 13-year-old son] Cooper into the laundry room. I do agree that it will teach him a life lesson about fluffing and folding, but since I don’t foresee him having a future in dry cleaning, I must say no.
Also, I know you are a true creative genius (and I am in awe of the depth of your instincts), but breaking down a wall without my permission is not an appropriate way to express that creativity. It is not only a boundary violation but a building-code violation as well. Additionally, the repairman can’t get here until next week, so your expansion plan will have to be put on hold.
2. Re: Your fellow “tenant” (your word), Cooper. While I trust you with him, it is not OK for you to undermine my rules. It is not OK that you let him have chips and ice cream for dinner. It is not OK that you let him skip school to go to the movies. And it is really not OK that the movie was Last Tango in Paris.
As for your taking his friends to a “gentlemen’s club,” I accepted your rationale that it was an educational experience for the boys — and you are right, he is the most popular kid in school right now — but I’d prefer he not learn biology from those “gentlemen” and their ladies, Bambi, Trixie and Kitten. And just because I yelled at you, I do not appreciate your claim that I have created a hostile living environment.
3. While I’m glad to see you’re socializing, you must refill the hot tub after your parties. In fact, you need to tone down the parties altogether. Imagine my surprise when I saw the photos you posted on Facebook of your friends frolicking topless in the hot tub.
I think it’s great that you’re entertaining more often, but I can’t keep fielding complaints from the neighbors about your noisy party games like Ring Around the Walker or naked Duck, Duck Caregiver.
I’m more than happy to have you use the house for social gatherings, but you cannot rent it out, advertise as “party central” or hand out T-shirts that say “F— Jimmy Buffett.”
In closing, I hope I have satisfactorily answered your complaints and queries. I love having you live with me, and I am grateful for every minute Cooper and I have with you. You are an inspiration. You are also 30 days late with the rent.
We can’t think of a better way for Melissa to have honored her late mother, we know that Joan would have loved it!
Joan passed away on Sept. 4, after being rushed to the hospital on Aug. 28 after suffering a complication while undergoing an operation on her throat. Melissa released a statement saying that her mother had passed away “peacefully.”
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Joan had talked about what she wanted at her funeral in her book, “I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me.” The icon talked about wanting a star-studded day, and that is exactly what she got. Hugh Jackman sang “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage.”
The New York Gay Men’s Chorus was also on hand to kick off the service, performing songs like “Nothing Like A Dame,” and “What A Wonderful World.” Kathy Griffin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Trump all attended as well as Joan’s E! co-stars, Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne.
Joan will be missed. Our thoughts go out to Melissa, Cooper and all of Joan’s loved ones during this difficult time.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you touched by Melissa’s eulogy?
— Caitlin Beck