Gwyneth pays tribute to her dad at star-studded telethon

A whole host of big names turned out to support the third Stand up to Cancer fundraising telethon in LA, co-produced by Gwyneth Paltrow.

The stars, some of whom had cancer sricken friends or family, others who had fought the disease themselves, included Robert PattinsonMatt Damon, Julia Roberts and Michael Douglas and featured musical performances from Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, who wrote a song specifically for the occasion.

Gwyneth spoke about her father, director Bruce Paltrow, who lost his life to cancer in 2002, saying: "It's been almost a decade now and I'm sort of more used to the fact that he's not here in physical body.

"I definitely feel his presence, and I think he would be really happy that I'm here tonight doing this and trying to spare other people from what he went through."

Gwyneth Paltrow, who was an executive producer for the gala, spoke about the loss of her father, Bruce, to cancer 

There was live music from Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. Taylor composed a song specifically for the event which she wrote after reading a blog about a three-year-old cancer sufferer named Ronan, written by his mother, Maya Thompson. British band Coldplay also performed their song Paradise 

Actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon showing their support. Michael, who had throat cancer said: "Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet. I stand tonight because I want to be part of this effort to find an end to cancer. This is possible." 

Robert Pattinson, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel and her fiancé Justin Timberlake all took to the stage during the gala. Julia commented that the entertainment community must go after the disease "with everything we've got." 

Sofia Vegara and Stacey Kiebler helped man the phones as donations poured in 

George Clooney's girlfriend Stacey Kiebler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Keys and Sofia Vegara all sported Stand up to Cancer shirts