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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.



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Katherine Jenkins Raps Jay Z At Karaoke


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Katherine Jenkins loves to rap 'Empire State of Mind' when she does karaoke.

The Welsh soprano - who was a choir girl when she was younger - has admitted she likes to shock friends with her song choice when she enjoys a singalong session.

Speaking to NME magazine about her favourite karaoke track, she said: ''It's not an obvious choice for me, but I really like to do the Jay-Z part because nobody ever guesses it, so it's my trick to shock people!''

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Whitney: Can I Be Me Review

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Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to tell the story of Whitney Houston's tumultuous life. As the title suggests, what haunted the iconic singer most was an inability to live on her own terms. With strong echoes of 2015's Amy, this film presents a range of never-seen footage without commenting on it.

Broomfield assembles his movie around Dolezal's unfinished documentary about Houston's 1999 world tour, which turned out to be her final triumphant performances. As she travelled the globe, her world was unravelling around her. But the issues go back to her early childhood as a singing prodigy sculpted into a pop princess by her controlling mother, the gospel singer Cissy. And her record company maintained the popstar image. Meanwhile, her personal life was shaped by two key figures: her husband Bobby Brown and her manager-assistant Robyn Crawford, who clashed loudly about who should make decisions about Whitney's life. All of this led to crippling self-doubt, fuelled by a drug habit that had started when Whitney was a teen.

The story is edited out of sequence, circling around Houston's life. Much of the 1999 backstage footage is shockingly intimate, revealing aspects of the singer's personality and relationships with unexpected openness. And since it's accompanied by archive interviews and present-day comments from people who were there, each moment comes with a strong kick of resonance. The most striking interviewee is bodyguard David Roberts, who in 1995 warned the family of coming tragedy if they didn't make changes (he was sacked for speaking out of turn). Most glaringly absent are Brown and Crawford, who have simply refused to clear up the biggest rumours that have surrounded Houston's life, including the one relating to her sexuality.

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Whitney: Can I Be Me Trailer


Whitney Houston, the woman behind the 1992 number one hit cover of 'I Will Always Love You', was without doubt one of the finest voices in the history of pop music having won nearly 250 awards in her career including 7 Grammys. Unfortunately that was the problem. She was only ever seen as this brilliant talent, a commodity for her record label. This was a woman who struggled with the pressures of fame in a business that refused to let her be her true self, to find her own identity, and ultimately destroyed her. 

As if she didn't have enough in her life to contend with, such as her passionate yet turbulent relationship with Bobby Brown. She did have people looking out for her including PA Robyn Crawford, but it wasn't enough in the end to save her from her tragic fate. At just 48-years-old, she drowned in the bathtub of her hotel after a cocaine and prescription drug binge. It was a shocking end to woman who only ever wanted to entertain since she was a child singing in a New Jersey church choir. But as much as it was her passion and her identity, it was also her downfall.

'Can I Be Me' is a heartbreaking documentary echoing a haunting sentiment that Whitney Houstin continually expressed. It has been directed by the award-winning Nick Broomfield ('Kurt & Courtney', 'Biggie And Tupac') alongside Austrian filmmaker Rudi Dolezal. It features plenty of live performance and interview footage from the legend herself as well as new interviews with those who knew her and those who admired her including her mother Cissy Houston.

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Bobby Brown Opens Up More About Bobbi Kristina And Whitney Houston


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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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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

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Whitney Houston and Miss Angola

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

Whitney Houston and Miss Angola

Pat Houston Says The Family Was Planning An Intervention For Bobbi Kristina


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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 HoustonPat Houston (l) spoke to Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive interview

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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Friend & Former Housemate Alleges Bobbi Kristina Used Drugs


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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 BrownBobbi Kristina Brown photographed in 2012 at the premiere of the reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own.

Read More: Bobby Brown Opens Up About Bobbi Kristina's Death In New Interview.

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Whitney Houston To Become Hologram In 2016


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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.

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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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Tyler Perry Shares Video Tribute To Bobbi Kristina Brown


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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 PerryTyler Perry at the New York premiere of Selma in December 2014.

Read More: Nick Gordon Accused Of Giving Bobbi Kristina Brown A 'Toxic Cocktail' In Wrongful Death Lawsuit.

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Nick Gordon Accused Of Giving Bobbi Kristina Brown A 'Toxic Cocktail' In Wrongful Death Lawsuit


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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 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.

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Bobby Brown’s Wife, Alicia Etheredge, Taken To Hospital After Attending Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral


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Bobby Brown’s wife, Alicia Etheredge, was rushed to hospital after suffering from seizures. Etheredge was taken to hospital shortly after attending the funeral of Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on Saturday (1st August).

Bobby Brown and Alicia EtheredgeBobby Brown and Alicia Etheredge in Los Angeles in April 2015.

Read More: Bobbi Kristina Brown To Be Buried Next To Her Mother.

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Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - George Merrill holding up a picture of late Whitney Houston, Saturday 24th March 2012 Kings of Songwriting session during the 2012 Slacker Canadian Music Week.

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Whitney Houston Saturday 26th April 2008 performing at the Plymouth Jazz Festival 2008 Tobago, West Indies

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Whitney Houston

Date of birth

9th August, 1963

Date of death

11th February, 2012

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.73




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Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Trailer

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