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.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Brown was filmed over the weekend telling an audience his daughter Bobbi Kristina was “awake”.
Bobby Brown's wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown has said her husband was in "an emotional state”, when he told an audience on Saturday that his daughter was “awake”. Browns comments caused conflicting reports on Bobbi Kristina’s condition to emerge, though the 22 year old is now said to have made improvements.
Bobby Brown said his daughter was “awake” during a Dallas concert on Saturday.
On Saturday Bobby Brown was filmed during a concert in Dallas telling the audience, "I could say today, Bobbi is awake…She's watching me.” However since Brown’s comments members of Bobbi Kristina’s extended family have offered differing reports on her progress.
Brown made the announcement in a brief video for TMZ.
Bobbi Kristina may be awake, but she's not out of the woods yet
She has spent the time in a coma, with decreasing hope of recovery, until this past week. In the video, Brown’s father says that Bobbi is awake and adds: "She's watching me," which could indicate that his daughter, the only child of the late Whitney Houston, isn't out of the clear yet.
Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Awake, Father Bobby Brown Announces
Brown’s only daughter with former wife Whitney Houston has been hospitalised since January 31st.
Bobby Brown made an emotional appearance at the L.A. soul food festival on Saturday, where he spoke publicly for the first time about his daughter’s hospitalisation. The former New Edition singer was giving his first performance since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalised on January 31st.
Brown was appearing at the L.A. soul food festival.
During his performance Brown told the audience, "I dunno what the hell I am going through right now, but I am giving it to God and letting him deal with it.”
Cissy Houston has opened up about Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition. The 81-year-old stated she is prepared for the worst as there is "not a great deal of hope" for her granddaughter.
Cissy Houston has spoken out about her granddaughter's condition for the first time. Houston, the mother of Whitney Houston, revealed there's "not a great deal of hope" for her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Houston was interviewed on New York radio station, WBLS FM 107, on Wednesday (25th March). She revealed vague details of Brown's condition and thanked fans for their support and well wishes during this difficult time.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's grandmother claims there's "not a great deal of hope" about her condition.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has reportedly been moved to a rehabilitation centre.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved from hospital to a nearby rehabilitation centre, according to sources close to her family. The 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been in hospital for almost two months. She has been in a medically induced coma for the majority of her time in hospital and her condition reportedly remains the same.
Bobbi Kristina has reportedly been moved from hospital to a rehabilitation centre.
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