Emmy Awards Tributes To Monteith And Gandolfini
Heartfelt memorial speeches for Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini...
Late actorsCory Monteith and James Gandolfini have both been given emotional tributes by former co-stars at the Emmy Awards in the US last night.
Glee - spoke about Cory during a special memorial segment of the ceremony.
"This summer on our show Glee we suffered a painful death in our family," she told the audience.
"From the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory...and I'm here to say that all that warmth and that charm and that open-hearted quality that we loved in Cory was no act.
"Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction.
"Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love.
"And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humour, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise you'd have loved him even more."
And Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos with Gandolfini, paid a similarly heartfelt tribute to her departed co-star.
"When you see really great art you can sometimes forget that behind it is a person with technique and skill for sure, but with an instinct, a perspective that is distinctly their own," she said
"One that moves people, pulls them in, makes them want to watch. James Gandolfini was one such individual."
But she stressed that he was not at all like his most-famous character in real life.
"I'm here to tell you, Jim was really quite different," she said. "He had tremendous warmth and heart. He was kind. He was uniquely generous... He was far more interested in turning the light on to people he considered more worthy.
"You all knew James Gandolfini the actor, I was lucky enough to know Jim the man," she said with a quiver in her voice.
"It's Jim, the man, the very dear man, I will miss most of all."