Joan’s only child discussed her mother’s final days, after she stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure, with Dr. Oz in an interview set to air Wednesday.
“We brought in everything from our night tables, and then our friend went and we got all of her own bedding and her favorite pretty lounge-y outfit, and I brought in hair and makeup … and they washed her hair and they did her [makeup], and she looked amazing,” Melissa, 47, detailed (via Us Weekly).
Even while ill, the famed “Fashion Police” critic and comedian’s skin was glowing, said the “Fashion Police” producer.
“Like, her skin looked amazing,” she said. “And her best friend kept saying, ‘God, her skin looks so good. Joan, your skin is so good. Wake up, you have to see this.’ I don’t mean to laugh, but you have to. I just made sure she looked her best before everybody came to say goodbye.”
Melissa is well aware her mother would have preferred to skip the tearful goodbyes.
“I knew that was probably the one thing that she wouldn’t have wanted to do, because she wouldn’t have wanted me to do, because she was like, ‘Oh, please, nobody needs to waste their time,’” Melissa quipped. “’Oh, this is ridiculous.’”
However, Melissa said Joan’s dear friends needed the private moment.
“I wanted her to know how beloved she was, because she never felt that way,” she said. “So I took a whole day and evening, and we let certain people know that it was time to go.”
Joan died on Sept. 4, 2014, at the age of 81.