Whitney Houston was laid to rest today at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Stars ranging from Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys were on hand to pay tribute, but a surprisingly moving speech came from Houston's The Bodyguard costar Kevin Costner.
At the start of his seventeen-minute eulogy, Costner acknowledged he didn't seem to have much in common with Houston, but touched on their bond over their Baptist upbringing, which they discussed frequently on the Bodyguard set. On subject, Costner remarked:
"I told Whitney that I was always worried God was going to ask me to be a preacher. I wasn't sure how much fun ours had. Whitney told me she wasn't worried at all and she wasn't waiting for no whisper. She told God that she was going to be like Aretha, like her famous cousin Dionne, like her beautiful mother Cissy. There can be little doubt in this room that she's joined their ranks. And as the debate heats up this century, and it surely will, about the greatest singer of the last century, as the lists are drawn, it will have little meaning to me if her name is not on it."
His speech took an especially sad note when he remembered Houston's nervousness over her screen test, and doubts over whether she could live up to her reputation:
"The Whitney I knew, despite her success and worldwide fame, still wondered, 'Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?' It was the burden that made her great, and the part that caused her to stumble in the end. Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, 'You weren't just good enough. You were great.' …You weren't just pretty. You were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn't just like you, Whitney. They loved you."
I have to admit, having seen Waterworld, I don't usually expect much from Kevin Costner, but damn if he can't give a eulogy. Check out the rest of his touching speech below, and maybe have a tissue on hand: