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Hugh Jackman and Lady Gaga mourn acting coach Elizabeth Kemp

Elizabeth Kemp, who had also mentored the likes of Bradley Cooper and Harvey Keitel, died aged 65 after a battle with cancer.

Hugh Jackman and Lady Gaga have paid tribute to their acting coach Elizabeth Kemp following her death.

Elizabeth, who studied under famed "method" acting teacher Lee Strasberg, died aged 65 after a battle with cancer. Her passing was announced on her Facebook page on Saturday (02Sep17).

Hugh, 48, and Bradley Cooper, 42, were among her pupils, and she gave acting lessons to Gaga ahead of the singer's upcoming appearance in movie A Star Is Born.

Paying tribute to Elizabeth, the Australian actor wrote on Twitter, "Elizabeth Kemp I celebrate your life and am profoundly grateful to have spent precious time with you."

His tweet also contained a video of Gaga's own tribute to Elizabeth, which she made on stage at her concert in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday night.

Dedicating her song, The Edge of Glory, to Elizabeth, the 31-year-old singer told her fans how Bradley had texted her to tell her their acting coach had died.

"Bradley texted me before the show to tell me that our friend had lost her life to cancer," she said, adding, "What Bradley told me was that Elizabeth died with such dignity. She knew she was going to go but he told me it was very graceful."

The musician also praised her acting tutor for teaching her "how to be a better actress".

After the American Sniper star graduated from Elizabeth's classes at New York's Actors Studio, she continued to mentor him through many of his film roles. She also tutored Reservoir Dogs actor Harvey Keitel.

Elizabeth also starred in 16 films throughout her career, making her debut in He Knows You're Alone, a 1980 horror that was also Tom Hanks' feature film debut.

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