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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Alicia Etheredge, the wife of Bobby Brown, was rushed to hospital on Saturday (1st August) after suffering seizures.
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 Etheredge in Los Angeles in April 2015.
The 22 year old daughter of Whitney Houston died on Sunday after spending more than five months in a coma, and will be buried next to her mother.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is to be laid to rest next to her mother, Whitney Houston, a new report indicates. A source confirmed to ABC News on Monday (July 27th) that she’ll be buried in Westfield, New Jersey at the Fairview Cemetery next to her mother.
The 22 year old, the only daughter of the late singer and her ex-husband Bobby Brown, died on Sunday, more than five months after being discovered unresponsive in a bathtub at her home just outside of Atlanta, in an incident that grimly echoed the fate of her mother.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is to be buried next to her mother, Whitney Houston
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Tributes have been paid to Bobbi Kristina Brown the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown who died on Sunday.
Celebrities have taken to social media to express their condolences over the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late singer Whitney Houston. The 22 year old died on Sunday (July 26th), six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub at her Atlanta home.
Stars have been paying their respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown who has died aged 22.
On twitter talk show host Oprah Winfrey expressed her sadness writing, ‘Peace at last #BobbiKristina’, while ‘Empire’ actress Taraji P. Henderson added ‘Rest in heaven’.
Bobbi Kristina and Whitney Houston live on 'Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series' at Rumsey Playfield Featuring: Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 01 Sep 2009
Tyler Perry, writing on Facebook, has asked media outlets to stop speculating about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition. The daughter of Whitney Houston has been in a hospice for almost a month but reports on her condition continue, despite her family not issuing any updates.
Tyler Perry, the director of The Single Moms Club and Alex Cross, has spoken out in support of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family. Writing on his official Facebook page on Friday (17th July), the 46-year-old asked media outlets to be respectful when covering stories about Bobbi and her condition.
Tyler Perry at the L.A. premiere of The Single Moms Club in 2014.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Relatives, Except Legal Guardians, Barred From Visiting Her After Photograph Leak A number of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s relatives have been banned from visiting her in hospice. The ban follows attempts by a relative to sell Bobbi’s photograph to media outlets.
Some members of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s extended family have been banned from visiting her in her hospice. An unknown number of relatives on her father Bobby Brown’s side have been barred from seeing her in what is suspected to be her final days. Their ban follows reports a relative attempted to hawk a photograph of 22-year-old Bobbi, who is currently in a comatose state, to a number of media outlets.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is currently in a hospice in Atlanta.
Pictures of Bobbi Kristina Brown in a coma in her hospice bedroom have been circulating since Friday (July 3rd), believed to be the work of "an extended family member".
Leolah Brown, the aunt of the tragic Bobbi Kristina, is on the warpath after news broke that various media outlets had been offered ‘deathbed pictures’ of her desperately ill niece over the last couple of days.
On Friday (July 3rd), a number of publications including TMZ and Entertainment Tonight confirmed that pictures from the 22 year old’s hospice bedroom in Atlanta had been doing the rounds, and were being sold for upwards of $100,000. It is believed that Bobbi Kristina’s family have been letting in relative and close friends to “say goodbye” to her, and TMZ claims that the pictures were being touted by “an extended family member”.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown in happier days
A relative of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s is reportedly attempting to hawk a photograph of the 22-year-old in a hospice.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is currently in a hospice and her days are reportedly numbered. Media and public interest remains high and one of her distant relatives is reportedly attempting to cash in on the media speculation by hawking a photograph of Bobbi on her ‘death-bed’.
Bobbi Kristina Brown photographed with her boyfriend Nick Gordon in 2012.
Check out this timeline of Bobbi Kristina’s time in hospital from her initial hospitalisation in January to her family’s decision to move her to a hospice earlier this week.
Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, is now in a hospice. Her prognosis is not positive and her family are reportedly preparing for the worst. 22-year-old Bobbi has been hospitalised for the last few months after she was found unconscious in her Atlanta home in January. Her period of hospitalisation has been dramatic so, in case you’ve struggled to keep up with her progress, take a look at this timeline of events.
Bobbi Kristina was admitted to hospital in January.
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The 22 year old, and the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston, has been in a coma since January, and her family fears that she continues to show no signs of improvement.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved into hospice care as her health continues to deteriorate, a month after it emerged that her medical situation was not showing any signs of improving.
“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate. As of today, she has been moved into hospice care,” read a statement from her aunt Pat Houston to E! News on Wednesday. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been in a coma since January, with her condition showing no signs of improving
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Bobby Brown has had a difficult year but that didn't stop him celebrating the exciting news in his life - the impending arrival of his second child with his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown.
Bobby Brown and his wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, celebrated the impending arrival of their new baby with a baby shower over the weekend. 46-year-old Bobby shared pictures of his family, particularly of his wife's well decorated bump, on Instagram.
Bobby Brown posted pictures of his family and pregnant wife on Instagram over the weekend.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's father and aunt have been named her legal co-guardians.
Bobby Brown and Patricia Houston have been named co-guardians of Bobbi Kristina Brown. Bobby Brown is Kristina's father and Patricia is her aunt. They will be responsible for making decisions on her medical care. A third party, Bedelia Hargrove, is in charge of Kristina's financial affairs. The news was announced by the Brown family's attorney on Friday (8th May).
Bobbi Kristina's legal guardians have been named as Bobby Brown and Pat Houston.
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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.
Date of birth
9th August, 1963
Date of death
11th February, 2012