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"Valentino is, he's a very, very dear friend to me," says Gwyneth Paltrow. "He's just the most elegant, refined, secretly hilarious man. He lives like nobody else in the world. He is so good to his friends. He's so talented."

Gwyneth is forever grateful Valentino and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti were by her side when her father, Bruce Paltrow, passed away. "When my father died, we were in Rome and those two men saved my life. They were calling the consulate and they were helping me, you know, translate autopsy reports and getting me back home. I will forever love those men like they're family. I mean, they are just extraordinary people."
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Published on October 20, 2004

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