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Overview (5)

Born in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, California, USA  (accidental drowning)
Birth NameWhitney Elizabeth Houston
Nicknames Nippy
The Prom Queen of Soul
The Princess of Pop
The Voice
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston (née Emily Lee Drinkard) and John Russell Houston, Jr., and cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, as a young child and by the age of 15 was singing backing vocals professionally with her mother on Chaka Khan's 1978 hit, 'I'm Every Woman'. She went on to provide backing vocals for Lou Rawls, Jermaine Jackson and her own mother and worked briefly as a model, appearing on the cover of 'Seventeen' magazine in 1981.

She began working as a featured vocalist for the New York-based funk band Material and it was the quality of her vocal work with them that attracted the attention of the major record labels, including Arista with whom she signed in 1983 and where she stayed for the rest of her career.

Her debut album, 'Whitney Houston', was released in 1985 and became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist. Several hit singles, including 'Saving All My Love For You', 'How Will I Know', 'You Give Good Love', and 'The Greatest Love of All', were released from the album, setting her up for a Beatles-beating seven consecutive US number ones. The album itself sold 3 million copies in its first year in the US and went on to sell 25 million worldwide, winning her the first of her six Grammies.

The 1987 follow-up album, 'Whitney', which included the hits 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go' and 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', built on her success but it was the 1992 film The Bodyguard (1992) that sealed her place as one of the best-selling artists of all time. While the movie itself and her performance in it were not highly praised, the soundtrack album and her cover of the Dolly Parton song 'I Will Always Love You' topped the singles and albums charts for months and sold 44 million copies around the world.

That same year she married ex-New Edition singer Bobby Brown with whom she had her only child, their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in March 1993. It was about this time that her much documented drug use began and by 1996 she was a daily user.

Her 1998 album, 'My Love Is Your Love' was well reviewed but the drug abuse began to affect her reputation and press reports at the time said that she was becoming difficult to work with, if she turned up at all. She was dropped from a performance at The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) because she was "out of it" at rehearsals. Her weight fluctuated wildly - she was so thin at a 'Michael Jackson' tribute in 2001 that rumors circulated the next day that she had died - and her voice began to fail her. She was twice admitted to rehab and declared herself drug-free in 2010 but returned to rehab in May 2011.

Her 2009 comeback album 'I Look To You' was positively received and sold well, but promotional performances were still marred by her weakened voice. Her final acting performance was in Sparkle (2012) (a remake of the 1976 movie, Sparkle (1976)), released after her death.

She was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on 11 February 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (4)

Spouse Bobby Brown (18 July 1992 - 24 April 2007)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Bobbi Kristina Brown
Parents Cissy Houston
John Russell Houston Jr.
Relatives Michael Houston (sibling)
Gary Houston (half sibling)
Dionne Warwick (cousin)
Dee Dee Warwick (cousin)
Rayah Houston (niece or nephew)
David Elliott (cousin)
Damon Elliott (cousin)
John Houston III (half sibling)

Trade Mark (2)

Powerful mezzo-soprano vocals
Her beautiful smile

Trivia (59)

Daughter of Cissy Houston (gospel-blues singer).
Multi-Grammy Award winning singer; has had an unequaled run of seven consecutive #1 records (1980s) in the United States, and held the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 for 14 weeks with "I Will Always Love You" from November 28, 1992 to February 27, 1993.
She had two brothers, Michael Houston and Gary Houston.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1991]
Hawaiian security guards discovered a half an ounce of marijuana in baggage being carried by Whitney and her husband Bobby Brown. The couple were permitted to board their plane. [January 2000]
She appeared on the covers on Seventeen and Glamour magazines before becoming a major recording artist.
She was a fashion model before she started singing professionally.
Erroneously was reported deceased by various radio stations and publications. Houston's spokesperson quickly denied rumors. [September 2001]
Both of her first two albums spent over 100 weeks on the UK chart. Although it had been a huge success, her debut "Whitney Houston" (1985) had actually peaked at number two. However, her album "Whitney" (1987) knocked Simple Minds' "Live in the City of Light" off number one on the chart and kept Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" at number two. It spent an impressive six consecutive weeks at the top.
Her album "Whitney" (1987) became the first female album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts.
Her performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Superbowl shot to #20 on the Billboard Charts, supported mainly due to the Gulf War. The single eventually re-entered the Hot 100 in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and this time peaked at #6.
Holds the record for winning the most American Music Awards, twenty-six in total.
Ranked #61 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Her #1 hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" was ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
Her powerful rendition of "I Will Always Love You", from The Bodyguard (1992), was ranked #65 on the American Film Institute's list of "The 100 Years of The Greatest Songs".
Named after actress Whitney Blake.
Once "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" hit #1 in April 1988, she was honored as the first artist in history to ever have seven consecutive Billboard number one singles. An accomplishment that she still holds to this day.
She almost received the role of Sondra Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984). The role went to Sabrina Le Beauf, whose theater experience won her the role.
The Whitney E. Houston Academy is located in her home town of East Orange, New Jersey.
She has a school named after her (1997) formerly Franklin School, now the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts in her hometown of East Orange, New Jersey.
Her remake of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" for The Bodyguard (1992) became the topic of the NBC news show Now (1993) because it was so overplayed and people were sick of it. It was the first song ever to be the topic on a news show for being too overplayed.
"I Will Always Love You" is the best-selling single by a female artist, and the biggest selling non-charity single of all time, with world sales of nearly nine million copies.
The Preacher's Wife (1996) soundtrack is the best-selling gospel album of all time. The soundtrack also remained at number one for for a record twenty-six weeks on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.
After spending one week at number one, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" spent the next eleven weeks at number two, the longest number-two stay in Hot 100 history.
She earned 14 gold singles in the United States, behind only Madonna among female artists.
She is the only female artist to have three albums sell over nine million copies each: "Whitney Houston" (1985), "Whitney" (1987) and "The Bodyguard" (1992).
The world's best selling debut album by a female is "Whitney Houston" (1985), with over twenty-four million copies sold.
The world's biggest selling soundtrack is The Bodyguard (1992) with over thirty-seven million units sold. It also ranks as the best-selling female album of all time.
Second cousin of David Elliott and Damon Elliott.
Ranked #24 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Her mother was at one time a background singer for Elvis Presley.
Her godmother is Darlene Love.
Her family moved from Newark to East Orange, New Jersey in the wake of rioting in Newark when she was 4 years old.
She was offered the role of Grace Hitchens on Glee (2009), which she turned down. Eve was then cast instead.
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in order to participate in "The Bodyguard World Tour", performing songs from her debut motion picture The Bodyguard (1992).
Her last romantic relationship was with Ray J from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2009 to her death in 2012.
Had a daughter: Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 - July 26, 2015) with ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
Suffered three miscarriages during her relationship with Bobby Brown: in 1991, 1994 and 1996.
Because she passed away the night before the 54th Grammy Awards (2012), the host for the evening, LL Cool J, opened the show with a tribute and a prayer in her honor.
One of the last times Whitney Houston was seen on camera was at a rehearsal for Monica and Brandy's performance at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party. At the time, Brandy did not know that Houston had planned a surprise birthday party for her on the night she passed away.
On the afternoon of February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She was pronounced dead at 3:55pm PST.
Her funeral was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Following services, she was laid to rest beside her father at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.
While Whitney scored a massive international hit with "The Greatest Love of All" (by Michael Masser and Linda Creed), she was not the first to record it. That distinction belongs to George Benson who introduced the song on the soundtrack of the biopic The Greatest (1977).
Delivered her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown via emergency Caesarean section after a 14-hour labor.
Sister of Gary Houston; aunt of Rayah Houston; sister-in-law of Patricia Houston, who was also her manager.
Former daughter-in-law of Herbert Brown. Former sister-in-law of Tommy Brown.
During one of her live performances, she fell down a step and snapped a strap on her bra.
She and her cousin Dionne Warwick were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to arts and entertainment (2013).
Was snubbed for a Best New Artist Grammy nomination due to the fact that she sang back up on a Jermaine Jackson single before her debut album was released. This caused much controversy since several other nominees in this category (including Led Zeppelin, Asia and The Knack) were industry veterans, as were some winners (Crosby Stills & Nash and Jody Watley).
Favourite movie was Sparkle (1976). She would later release a remake of the film in 2012 starring Houston herself and Jordin Sparks. It was also unfortunately her last film before passing away.
Her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away at age 22 on July 26, 2015 having been in a medically induced coma for the past 6 months after being found unconscious face down in her bathtub.
Her manager and confidant was Arista Records founder and president Clive Davis.
When Whitney won her first Grammy Award at age 21 for the Michael Masser / Gerry Goffin song "Saving All My Love for You", the trophy was presented to her by Dionne Warwick and Julian Lennon (Shrine Auditorium / February 25, 1986).
She was a lifelong Democrat.
Had 3 stepchildren: stepson, Landon Brown (b. June 22, 1986), stepdaughter, La'Princia Brown (b. September 17, 1990) & stepson, Bobby Brown Jr. (b. November 26, 1992).
Born at 8:55PM (EDT).
Had a Mezzo-Soprano vocal range and could sing at 3.2 octaves.

Personal Quotes (8)

I almost wish I could be more exciting, that I could match what is happening out there to me.
I've got a good man. He takes care of me. I don't have to be scared of anything because I know he will kick every ass... disrespect him and you've got a problem.
God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?
I was aware of people staring at me. No one moved. They seemed almost in trance. I just stared at the clock in the center of the church. When I finished, everyone clapped and started crying.
I know that I could really kill for my daughter. I know because I'm living for her, so I'm fierce when it comes down to it. And I feel the same about my husband and my family. I'm just fiercely protective. It's like, that's my lair and nobody messes with my lair.
[on the death of Michael Jackson] I am full of grief.
First of all, let's get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack, let's get that straight, okay? We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack.
What's black? I've been trying to figure this out since I've been in the business. I don't know how to sing black-and I don't know how to sing white, either. I know how to sing. Music is not a color to me. It's an art.

Salary (1)

The Preacher's Wife (1996) $10,000,000

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