Inside Kevin Costner’s emotional eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral
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Newark : NJ : USA | Feb 19, 2012 at 3:01 AM PST
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Whitney Houston’s funeral service brought together some of the greatest stars in the entertainment industry Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The pop legend’s close friend, Kevin Costner, who was also her co-star on “The Bodyguard”, gave an emotional eulogy at the service.

Saturday afternoon, after a gold-colored hearse brought Whitney Houston's body to the church, actor Kevin Costner delivered an emotional tribute to the singer.

"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," Costner said.

Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite last Saturday. Her death at the age of 48 prompted shock and grief from her fans all over the world.

In Saturday’s service, Kevin Costner recalled the time he spent with Whitney Houston, telling the audience that the legendary singer was racked with self-doubt about starring in the super hit film, “The Bodyguard”.

“The Whitney I knew still wondered 'am I good enough? Am I pretty enough?" Costner said. "A lot of guys could have played my part but you were the only one that could have played Rachel at that time. You weren't just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be -people didn't just like you, they loved you.”

Kevin Costner also revealed how the singer almost missed out on her role in "The Bodyguard", because of her skin color and lack of acting experience.

“The red flags [from movie executives] came out immediately,” he said. “Maybe I should think this over a bit. We could also think about another singer, was a suggestion. Maybe somebody white. Nobody ever said it out loud, but it was a fair question. I told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black. The only problem was, I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do.”

After commenting on Houston's self-doubt, Costner added, "There is an angel in Heaven making God ask himself how he could make something so perfect."

Kevin Costner went on to say, “Whitney if you could hear me now I would tell you, you weren't just good enough you were great, you sang the whole damn song without a band - you made the picture what it was. You set the bar so high for professional singers... now the ones who sing your song are young girls like you, who dream of being you.”

Whitney Houston will be buried in a private ceremony Sunday at a cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.

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A man takes pictures of a memorial decorated for pop singer Whitney Houston, outside of New Hope Baptist Church at Newark
A man takes pictures of a memorial decorated for pop singer Whitney Houston, outside of New Hope Baptist Church at Newark
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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