Costner Tribute Gets Standing Ovation

    Members of the public gather on the streets near the New Hope Baptist Church as a private funeral for singer Whitney Houston is held at the church on February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Kevin Costner received a standing ovation at the end of his tribute to Whitney Houston at her funeral on Saturday. He reminisced about being just like her, drawing laughs from the audience, in that he also went to Baptist church as a child. He also spoke at length about filming The Bodyguard together, Whitney's occasional lack of confidence, and her career-defining song, "I Will Always Love You," which almost didn't make it into the movie. "You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was," Costner exclaimed. "A lot of leading men could have played my part...But you, Whitney, I truly believe, were the only one who could have played Rachel Marron at that time." Alicia Keys took the podium next, holding back tears while belting out "Prelude to a Kiss."

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