Saturday, February 18, 2012

Kevin Costner Eulogy for Whitney Houston

Kevin Costner Eulogy for Whitney Houston
Kevin Costner delivered a moving, often humorous, but ultimately heartbreaking eulogy for his old friend today.

The 57-year-old recalled the close relationship he developed with the late star when they worked together on 1992's smash hit movie, The Bodyguard.

He talked about how much the twosome had in common, despite appearances to the contrary.
'We had more in common than you think': Kevin Costner talked movingly about his friendship with Whitney Houston as he delivered a eulogy for his friend

'We had more in common than you think': Kevin Costner talked movingly about his friendship with Whitney Houston as he delivered a eulogy for his friend

He started by telling the congregation that the song I Will Always Love You 'almost wasn’t. She was meant to sing What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.'

Before adding: 'So what becomes of OUR broken hearts? Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began, and I urge us all, inside and outside, across the nation and around the world to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow - and perhaps our anger - just long enough, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney.'

‘Your mother and I had a lot in common,’ he said to Bobbi Kristina. ‘He’s a boy, she’s a girl. I’m white, she’s black. You’d think we had nothing in common but we did.’

‘We both grew up in a Baptist church. My grandmother led the choir and played the piano.’

Kevin then recounted stories of his childhood in church that Whitney enjoyed him telling her when they worked together.
'I can see her running around as a skinny child': Costner obviously found delivering the eulogy difficult

'I can see her running around this church as a skinny little girl': Costner obviously found speaking about his beloved friend difficult at times

'You weren't just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be': Costner addressed his friend, and her fears of not being good enough as a singer

'You weren't just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be': Costner addressed Whitney, and discussed her fears of not being good enough as a singer

He recalled: 'The church was the centre of our social life and Whitney and I would laugh, knowing it was also the place where we could really get into big trouble, especially when you were allowed to sit with your friends and not your parents in the big church. I remember more than once being pulled from the pew for whispering and passing notes. I don't believe my feet ever hit the floor as my father hauled me outside in front of everyone. I believed even the preacher prayed for me.'

'It was easy for us to laugh. The church was what we knew. It was our private bond. I can see her in my own mind running around here as a skinny little girl knowing everyone, everyone's business, knowing every inch of this place. I can also see her in trouble, too. Trying to use that beautiful smile, trying to talk her way out of it, and Cissy not having any of it,' he added.

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Kevin continued: ‘As I’m sure of Whitney’s place in musical history. I’m also sure of how she felt about her mother.'

‘Was she good enough. Could I have done better. Did they really like me or were they just being polite because they’re scared of you Cissy?’

He spoke about how there was initial anxiety about having Whitney, a black woman, to play against Kevin Costner.

But he said for him that there was a sigh of relief when it turned out that Whitney was going to be able to do The Bodyguard because she was going to be on tour and he felt so strongly about it that he would wait a year for so she would be available.
Fond memories: Costner recalled how he and Whitney used to share stories about their upbringings around the Baptist church

Fond memories: Costner recalled how he and Whitney used to share stories about their upbringings around the Baptist church

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‘Whitney was nervous and scared that she wasn’t good enough for the role. But I told her I would be with her every step of the way.

‘I wanted to tell her that the fame was rigged. That I didn’t care how the test went, that she could fall down and start speaking in tongues. That somehow it was a kind of acting method.

‘The Whitney I knew despite her worldwide fame, always worried. Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?’ Costner shared.

‘The part that made her great and the part that made her great was also the part that made her stumble.’
'Only Whitney could've played the part:' Costner admits his role could've been played by anyone but Houston made the film

The real bodyguard: Whitney's protector of eleven years, Ray Watson, spoke after Costner at the funeral

‘A lot of men could have played that role. But you Whitney were the only person who could have played Rachel Marron.

‘People didn’t just like you Whitney. They loved you.

‘I was your pretend bodyguard once. And now you’re gone too soon.

‘What you did was the rarest of achievements. You set the bar so high. That your colleagues don’t even sing that little country song. What’s the point.’

‘I think Whitney would tell you, little girls wanting to become singers. Guard your bodies and guard the precious miracle you have.

‘Off you go Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father,’ Costner said.

‘When you sing before him. Don’t you worry. You will be good enough.’
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Edward Kennedy's Eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Edward Kennedy's Eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Last summer, when we were on the upper deck on the boat at the Vineyard, waiting for President and Mrs. Clinton to arrive, Jackie turned to me and said: "Teddy, you go down and greet the President."

"But," I said, "Maurice is already there."

And Jackie answered: "Teddy, you do it. Maurice isn't running for re-election."

She was always there--for all our family--in her special way.

She was a blessing to us and to the nation-and a lesson to the world on how to do things right, how to be a mother, how to appreciate history, how to be courageous.

No one else looked like her, spoke like her, wrote like her, or was so original in the way she did things. No one we knew ever had a better sense of self.

Eight months before she married Jack, they went together to President Eisenhower's Inaugural Ball. Jackie said later that that's where they decided they liked Inaugurations.

No one ever gave more meaning to the title of First Lady. The nation's capital city looks as it does because of her. She saved Lafayette Square and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jackie brought the greatest artists to the white House, and brought the Arts to the center of national attention. Today, in large part because of her inspiration and vision, the arts are an abiding part of national policy.

President Kennedy took such delight in her brilliance and her spirit. At a white House dinner, he once leaned over and told the wife of the French Ambassador, "Jackie speaks fluent French. But I only understand one out of every five words she says--and that word is DeGaulle."

And then, during those four endless days in 1963, she held us together as a family and a country. In large part because of her, we could grieve and then go on, She lifted us up, and in the doubt and darkness, she gave her fellow citizens back their pride as Americans. She was then 34 years old.

Afterward, as the eternal fame she lit flickered in the autumn of Arlington Cemetery, Jackie went on to do what she most wanted--to raise Caroline and John, and warm her family's life and that of all the Kennedys.

Robert Kennedy sustained her, and she helped make it possible for Bobby to continue. She kept Jack's memory alive, as he carried Jack's mission on. Her two children turned out to be extraordinary, honest, unspoiled, and with a character equal to hers. And she did it in the most trying of circumstances. They are her two miracles.

Her love for Caroline and John was deep and unqualified. She reveled in their accomplishments, she hurt with their sorrows, and she felt sheer joy and delight in spending time with them. At the mere mention of one of their names, Jackie's eyes would shine brighter and her smile would grow bigger.

She once said that if you "bungle raising your children nothing else much matters in life." She didn't bungle. Once again, she showed how to do the most important thing of all, and do it right.

When she went to work, Jackie became a respected professional in the world of publishing. And because of her, remarkable books came to life. She searched out new authors and ideas. She was interested in everything.

Her love of history became a devotion to historic preservation. You knew, when Jackie joined the cause to save a building in Manhattan, the bulldozers might as well turn around and go home.

She had a wonderful sense of humor--a way of focusing on someone with total attention--and a little girl delight in who they were and what they were saying. It was a gift of herself that she gave to others. And in spite of all her heartache and loss, she never faltered.

I often think of what she said about Jack in December after he died: "They made him a legend, when he would have preferred to be a man.' Jackie would have preferred to be just herself, but the world insisted that she be a legend, too.

She never wanted public notice, in part I think, because it brought back painful memories of an unbearable sorrow, endured in the glare of a million lights.

In all the years since then, her genuineness and depth of character continued to shine through the privacy to reach people everywhere. Jackie was too young to be a widow in 1963, and too young to die now.

Her grandchildren were bringing new joy to her life, a joy that illuminated her face whenever you saw them together. Whether it was taking Rose and Tatiana for an ice cream cone, or taking a walk in Central Park with little Jack as she did last Sunday, she relished being Grand Jackie and showering her grandchildren with love.

At the end, she worried more about us tan herself. She let her family and friends know she was thinking of them. How cherished were those wonderful notes in her distinctive hand on her powder blue stationery!

In truth, she did everything she could--and more--for each of us.

She made a rare and noble contribution to the American spirit. But for us, most of all she was a magnificent wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She graced our history. And for those of us who knew and loved her--she graced our lives.
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