Vanessa Bryant reveals Kobe bought her blue dress from The Notebook as she shares sweet details of their romance in heartbreaking eulogy
- Vanessa Bryant spoke at a memorial for her late husband Kobe, 41, and daughter Gianna, 13, following their deaths along with seven others in a helicopter crash
- Vanessa revealed in her eulogy that her husband once presented her with the blue dress from the 2004 film The Notebook
- She said: ‘We had hoped to grow old together like the movie. We really had an amazing love story’
- He also bought her the titular notebook from the movie
- She said of Gianna, ‘She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mamma’
- Notebook costume designer Karyn Wagner revealed she cried when she heard about Kobe’s romantic gesture
Vanessa Bryant recalled how her late husband Kobe presented her with the blue dress from the 2004 film The Notebook in a eulogy she delivered for her late spouse on Monday in Los Angeles.
The 37-year-old’s revelation came at a Staples Center remembrance for her late husband, 41, and daughter Gianna, 13, following their deaths with seven others in a helicopter crash January 26 in nearby Calabasas.
Vanessa said she and Kobe ‘had hoped to grow old together like’ in the romantic drama that starred Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Sam Shepard and Joan Allen.
Vanessa held back tears amid the emotional eulogy she delivered for her late husband and daughter
Vanessa recalled how Kobe had gifted her with the dress McAdams wore in The Notebook, as Allie opposite Ryan Gosling’s Noah
Kobe, 41, and daughter Gianna, 13, were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash January 26
Vanessa recalled how Kobe had gifted her with both the dress McAdams donned in the film as Allie opposite Ryan Gosling’s Noah, in addition to the notebook used as a prop in the film of the same title.
‘When I asked him why he chose the blue dress, he said it was because it’s the scene when Allie comes back to Noah,’ she said. ‘We had hoped to grow old together like the movie. We really had an amazing love story.’
Vanessa, who was supported by daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, three, and Capri, seven months, on the emotional day, described herself and her late spouse as ‘two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls.’
She described her late daughter Gianna as ‘one of [her] very best friends’ and an ‘amazingly sweet and gentle soul.’
She said of Gianna, ‘She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mamma … Kobe always said she was me – she had my fire, my personality and sarcasm, but she was tender and loving on the inside.
‘She had the best laugh. It was infectious, it was pure and genuine. Kobe and Gianna naturally gravitated toward each other.’
Helping hand: Michael Jordan lent a hand to Vanessa after she spoke at the memorial
After the memorial, The Notebook costume designer Karyn Wagner revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she never knew the Bryant’s were the owners of the dress she designed for Rachel McAdams in the 2004 film.
‘I had zero idea. When I was finished with the movie, I put the dress in a box and it went into storage,’ Wagner said.
While Wagner had no idea how Bryant had procured the dress for his wife, the costume designer was touched by the gesture.
‘I started bawling. I’m still drying the tears off my face. What a beautiful eulogy. I’m so honored that I was able to contribute in some small way to the history of this amazing man,’ Wagner added.
Vanessa Bryant shared a photo of the dress in a Throwback Thursday Instagram post back in 2013.
Dress: After the memorial, The Notebook costume designer Karyn Wagner revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she never knew the Bryant’s were the owners of the dress she designed for Rachel McAdams in the 2004 film
Jimmy Kimmel opened the memorial, which featured performances from Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.
Among those in attendance included NBA icons Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as current stars Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, and celebrity couples Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.
The memorial came weeks after a funeral was held for the father and daughter February 7 in Newport Beach, California.
Poignant: A number of people took to social media to say they were moved by the anecdote
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