Whitney Houston (born 9.8.1963 - died 11.2.2012) Whitney Houston was a multi-award winning American pop and soul singer, as well as an actress and former fashion model. Whitney Houston: Net worth At the time of her death, Whitney Houston was broke according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, the sale of her estate left her heir with $20 million. Whitney Houston: Childhood Whitney Houston was raised in a poor area of Newark, New Jersey, by her father, John Houston and her mother Cissy Houston. Along with her mother, her cousins Dee Warwick and Dionne Warwick and her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Whitney is a notable figure in a number of genres, including pop, soul, gospel and rhythm and blues. Following the Newark riots in 1967, the Houston family moved to West Orange, a more middle class part of New Jersey. Whitney began performing at the age of 11, when she started to perform as a soloist at the New Hope Baptist Church's junior gospel choir. As a child, she was influenced by the music of Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack and Gladys Knight. Whitney Houston: Music & Film Career At the age of 14, Whitney Houston was the lead vocalist on the Michael Zager band's 'Life's A Party', then sang backing vocals on Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman' (which would later become a massive solo hit for Whitney). She also sang backing vocals for Jermaine Jackson and Lou Rawls as well as taking on lead vocals on the album Paul Jabara and Friends: Featuring The Weather Girls, Leata Galloway & Whitney Houston. Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, was so impressed with a live performance of Whitney's, that he immediately offered her a worldwide recording contract. Whitney's self-titled debut album was released in 1985, with slow-burning global success. Both 'How Will I Know?' and 'Greatest Love Of All' became number one hits for Whitney Houston. At the time, it was the fastest selling debut album by a solo female, though Britney Spears has since taken that title. Houston's second album, Whitney, was released in 1987 and featured four number one singles including 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)' and 'Didn't We Almost Have It All'. She became the second highest African-American entertainer in the US, after Bill Cosby. Released in 1990, Whitney Houston's third album, I'm Your Baby Tonight had a more urban sound and featured Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Babyface and L.A. Reid. In 1992, Whitney Houston starred in The Bodyguard, opposite Kevin Costner. The film was a massive global success, as was its soundtrack, which featured Whitney singing 'I Will Always Love You' (originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton). She was promptly ranked third behind Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand in Forbes' list of top earning female entertainers. Three years later, Whitney Houston starred opposite Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon and Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. The soundtrack album featured Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton and Aretha Franklin. In 1996, Houston starred in The Preacher's Wife, a comedy starring Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance. She went on to feature in an African-American remake of Cinderella, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Bernadette Peters. Whitney Houston returned to the recording studio with the release of My Love Is Your Love, in November 1998. The album was produced by Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Jerkins and featured a duet with Mariah Carey, 'When You Believe' and another with Faith Evans and Kelly Price, 'Heartbreak Hotel'. 2002 saw the release of Whitney's fifth studio album, Just Whitney. Her husband at the time, Bobby Brown contributed to the production of the album. Following years of speculation regarding her health, her marriage and possible drug use, Whitney Houston released a new album in August 2009. Entitled The Ultimate Collection, the album features the singles 'Million Dollar Bill' and 'I Look To You'. Whitney Houston performed live on UK TV, as a guest performer on an episode of X Factor, which is judged by Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue. In 2010, she went on her Nothing But Love World Tour - her first in more than a decade. That year she was honoured at the BET Awards for her lifetime achievements in music. The following year, she starred in the remake of 1976 film 'Sparkle' alongside Jordin Sparks. The pair collaborated on the single 'Celebrate' for the movie's soundtrack. Whitney Houston: Personal Life Having previously been romantically linked to the actor Eddie Murphy and American Footballer Randall Cunningham, Whitney Houston went on to marry Bobby Brown in 1992. Their marriage ended in February 2007, when a divorce was finalized, amid years of speculation regarding abuse within the marriage and drug use by both parties. The pair had one child together, daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, who was born in 1993. During the 90s, Houston began to struggle with substance abuse including cocaine and marijuana. She was often late for events and lost a lot of weight. In 2000, marijuana was found in Houston and Brown's luggage at a Hawaii airport, though they were not charged. In 2011, it was reported that she was undergoing rehab as an out-patient but the following year she was found dead in her hotel bathtub having drowned under the influence of various drugs.
Bobby Brown's interview with '20/20' yielded more details about his marriage to Whitney Houston, as well as news that Bobbi Kristina was supposed to have moved to L.A. just two days before she was hospitalised.
In another excerpt from Bobby Brown’s extensive interviews with ABC News this week, the pop star admitted to once hitting his former wife, though he insisted that he has “never been a violent man”.
Speaking to the network’s Robin Roberts for ‘20/20’ earlier this week, he detailed an incident that he explores further in his upcoming memoir ‘Every Little Step’ (released June 13th). According to Brown, he once lashed out physically at Whitney during a time in which he was “trying to maintain sobriety”.
However, he denied charges made by others that he was a “woman beater” and being “violent toward her”.
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Brown was speaking to ABC News in an interview that will be broadcast on Tuesday evening's edition of '20/20'.
Bobby Brown believes that he and his ex-wife Whitney Houston failed their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, saying that both of them could have “been better” in a new interview nearly one year after his daughter’s tragic passing.
Bobbi Kristina Brown died in July 2015 at the age of 22, having never woken up from a coma since January 31st when she was found unresponsive and unconscious in her bathtub. The Fulton County Medical Examiner later found marijuana, alcohol, sedatives, anti-anxiety medications, morphine and what was described as a “cocaine-related substance” after a toxicology test.
Bobby Brown performing in November 2015
The performance was set to air on 'The Voice's' season 10 finale later this month.
The estate of Whitney Houston has cancelled a planned duet between Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer. Footage of the duet briefly leaked online on Thursday (May 19th) but the performance, which was set for ‘The Voice’s’ season 10 finale next week, has now been axed after Houston’s estate decided the hologram was ‘not ready to air’.
Christina Aguilera will not duet with the Whitney Houston hologram on ‘The Voice’ finale.
In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Pat Houston, the executor of the estate, said: “We are so appreciative of the opportunity for the Whitney Houston hologram to appear on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with a talent pairing as extraordinary as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.”
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It is the first one to be endorsed by her family
Whitney Houston’s life is to be made into an official documentary, it has been revealed. The feature film will chart the star’s rise from gospel singer to global superstar but will not shy away from the darker side of the singer’s life which included drug addiction and a turbulent marriage.
Whitney Houston's life will be shown in an official documentary
Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald has been signed on to direct the film which is the first project to be endorsed by Whitney’s family.
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In a new interview with Dr. Phil, Gordon said Bobbi Kristina's use of drugs began to get worse after her mother Whitney Houston's death in 2012.
More than half a year since her death, Nick Gordon has opened up about the passing of his late girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown – and spoke about her drug use leading up to the fateful bathtub incident in January last year.
In an episode of ‘Dr. Phil’ due to be broadcast later this week, Gordon revealed to the host how Bobbi Kristina’s life seemed to spiral downwards after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston, three years previously, and that her use of drugs “got really bad” from that point onwards.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2014
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Miss Angola , Whitney Houston A. Shikongo - Miss Universe 2015 Preliminary Competition at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas at The AXIS, Planet Hollywood - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 16th December 2015
Miss Angola , Whitney Houston A. Shikongo - Miss Universe 2015 National Costumes at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas at The AXIS, Planet Hollywood - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Wednesday 16th December 2015
Bobbi Kristina's aunt spoke for the first time since her niece's death in August.
It’s been three months since the sad tale of Bobbi Kristina finally came to end, her mother Whitney’s sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston has spoken for the first time about the 22 year old’s death, revealing that the family was planning on staging an intervention to help her deal with her problems.
Bobbi Kristina’s aunt spoke in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, and said that drastic action was being planned but sadly came too late, as the late star was found unresponsive in the bathtub at her home in Georgia at the end of January.
Pat Houston (l) spoke to Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive interview
Danyela Bradley, the friend and former housemate of Bobbi Kristina Brown, has alleged her late friend used drugs.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s friend and former roommate has claimed the late television personality and daughter of Whitney Houston used drugs. The friend, Danyela Bradley, was speaking at a deposition for a law suit concerning a car accident Bobbi was involved in in Atlanta three days before her hospitalisation in January.
Bobbi Kristina Brown photographed in 2012 at the premiere of the reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own.
The singer is being brought back as a hologram four years after her death.
A hologram of the late Whitney Houston is set to debut next year and tour across the USA. The singer, who died in 2012, follows the likes of Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson who were previously resurrected by the technology.
Whitney Houston died in 2012.
The tour is being put together by company Hologram USA and has the backing of the late singer’s family. Fans who can’t make it to the shows will also be able to experience the Houston hologram, as performances from the tour will be streamed on free TV app, FilmOn.com.
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Director Tyler Perry has shared a video tribute he made for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral last month.
Tyler Perry has shared a video he made which pays tribute to the late Bobbi Kristina Brown. The tribute video was shown at a private memorial ceremony last month but Bobbi Kristina’s family have asked for it to be shared with a wider audience. The video was posted on Perry’s Facebook page on Friday (4th September).
Tyler Perry at the New York premiere of Selma in December 2014.
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The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died last month after being in a medically induced coma since January.
The estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died last month aged 22, has filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend Nick Gordon. The suit alleges that Gordon gave Bobbi Kristina a ‘toxic cocktail’ and left her with injuries which led to her death. The suit is said to be seeking at least $10 million.
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon in 2012.
According to CNN, the lawsuit alleges that on the morning of January 31st Gordon and Bobbi Kristina argued for 30 minutes. “Upon information and belief, Defendant gave Bobbi Kristina a toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage," the lawsuit reads.
Whitney Houston - America's Next Top Model star Yaya DaCosta recreates Whitney Houston's 1978 album cover. Yaya is playing the role of the Grammy award winning singer in a life-time biopic - Friday 16th March 2012
Date of birth
9th August, 1963
Date of death
11th February, 2012
An energetic cast and some terrific music make up for the rather hackneyed plot of...