Whitney Houston

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Singer • Actress

Birth Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston

Birth Date: August 9, 1963

Death Date: February 11, 2012

Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey

Children: Bobbi Kristina Brown

Whitney Houston is often described without hyperbole as one of the greatest singers of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1963, Houston began honing her powerful voice in her church choir with guidance from her mother, renowned gospel vocalist Cissy Houston. She signed her first recording contract with Arista Records under the guidance of executive Clive Davis in 1983 and released her self-titled debut two years later. The album that introduced the world to Houston's talent sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut ever by a female artist. She later followed it with 1987's Whitney, which contained so many popular songs that it made Houston the first woman in recorded music to generate four number-one singles from a single album. She returned to the studio for 1990's I'm Your Baby Tonight, which went quadruple platinum. As the 90s settled in however, Houston was ready to branch out into something new-namely, acting-and she found just the project to launch her new endeavor in the romantic drama "The Bodyguard" (1992). The movie proved a fantastic success, buoyed by its Houston-heavy accompanying soundtrack which boasted a cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" that remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks. 1992 also saw Houston marry fellow recording artist Bobby Brown. She gave birth to their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown the following year. Still riding a high from "The Bodyguard," Houston continued acting, co-starring in and contributing to the soundtracks to "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) and "The Preacher's Wife" (1995). She collaborated with Mariah Carey on the song "When You Believe" for the soundtrack to the animated film "The Prince of Egypt" (1998) and released the album My Love Is Your Love that same year. She went on to sign a new contract with Arista worth over $100 million and released Just Whitney in 2002. All were met with praise from both audiences and critics, but Houston's overall behavior around this time had begun to generate criticism. Rumors persisted that her relationship with Brown could be combative and even violent, and Houston's increasingly erratic and unpredictable nature in the studio and on set led many to conclude that she was suffering from drug dependence. Amid this increasingly chaotic situation, Bobby Brown began starring on the candid reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo, 2005) on which Houston shared equal screen time with her husband and often appeared, according to audiences and critics, to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Houston and Brown divorced in 2007, and Houston remained active as ever as an artist, releasing the album I Look to You in 2009 and signing on to executive produce and co-star in a remake of the musical drama "Sparkle" (2012), which was shot in late 2011. Then in February of 2012, tragedy struck. Houston was found dead in her suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Her drug-related death was determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner to have been an accident. She was 48 years old.

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Whitney, A Look Back

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2022

T'empêches tout le monde de zapper

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2022

Love Song Hall of Fame

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Hits!: Party Mix

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2022

The Best Film Songs Of All Time

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2022

Retro: Fun in the Sun

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Happy Birthday Whitney... We..

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2021

Fame Kills: Whitney Houston

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Bobby & Whitney

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Eurotop

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Eurotop

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Retro: Iconic Women

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Back To The Movies

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Retro: Night in Hollywood

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BBMAs Legends

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BBMAs: All-Time Top Songs

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Sounds of PRIDE '21

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Retro: Rad Summer

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American Music Awards: The Legends

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Whitney Houston & Clean Bandit: How Will I Know

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80s New Year's Eve Party

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Retro: Vintage Valentine

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Hit List: March 2020

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15 Revolutionary Women in Music

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2020

Retro: '90s @ the Movies

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Retro: '90s #1 Hits

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Retro: Women Who Ruled the '80s

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Retro: Get Physical

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Retro: Summer Hits

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Fashion Patrol: The 80s

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Retro Halloween

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2020

BBMAs 2020 Nominees to Watch

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2020

Home For the Holidays

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2020

Whitney Houston: One Wish (For Christmas)

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2020

Retro: Popcorn Time

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2019

BBMAs Legends

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2019

Classic R&B Duos

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2019

Kygo & Whitney Houston: Higher Love

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80s Back to School

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NYE Party: Saved by the '80s

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Whitney Houston: Could I Have This Kiss Forever

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Retro: Top 10 Turning 30

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Vibe: R&B Essentials

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Retro: '80s #1 Hits

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Retro: Nite at the Movies

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Play Hits - Love Songs 1

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2018

Bobby Brown Hits

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2018

American Music Awards 2018: Top 10 Winners of All Time

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2018

20 Songs To Get You Through Thanksgiving

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2018

Christmas Classics by the Fireplace Vol. II

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2018

Back to the Movies

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2018

Rita Ora's Picks

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2018

Play Hits - Love Hits 1

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2017

Play Hits - Black In Love 3

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2017

Play Hits - Grammy Greatest Moments 2

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2017

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances

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2015

Whitney Houston: All the Man That I Need (Live)

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2014

Whitney Houston: The First Nöel (Yule Log Edition)

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2013

Whitney Houston: I Am Changing (Live)

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2013

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

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2012

Always: Whitney Houston

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2012

Sparkle

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2012

Sparkle

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2012

Whitney Houston: I'm Every Woman

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2009

2009 American Music Awards

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2009

Whitney Houston: Million Dollar Bill

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2009

Whitney Houston: I Look To You

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2009

X Factor

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2008

The Cheetah Girls 2

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2006

Being Bobby Brown

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2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

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2005

Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans: Count On Me (Official HD Video)

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2004

Whitney Houston: Whatchulookinat

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Whitney Houston: Try It On My Own

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Whitney Houston: One Moment in Time

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Whitney Houston: My Name is Not Susan

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Whitney Houston: Miracle

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Whitney Houston: Love to Infinity

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Whitney Houston: I Learned From the Best

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Whitney Houston: I Learned From the Best (Remix)

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Whitney Houston: Fine

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2004

Whitney Houston: I'm Your Baby Tonight (European Version)

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2004

Whitney Houston: Didn't We Almost Have It All (Live At Saratoga Springs, New York)

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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementStream

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2004
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The Cheetah GirlsStream

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2003
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Whitney Houston: One of Those Days

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2002

The Princess DiariesStream

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2001
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Boston Public

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2000

Whitney Houston: All The Man That I Need (Official HD Video)

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2000

Whitney Houston & George Michael: If I Told You That

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2000

Whitney Houston: It's Not Right But It's Okay

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2000

Whitney Houston Feat. Mariah carey: When You Believe

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1998

Whitney Houston: My Love Is Your Love

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1998

Whitney Houston Feat. Faith Evans, Kelly Price: Heartbreak Hotel

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1998

Whitney Houston: If I Told You That

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1998

Whitney Houston: Step By Step

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1997

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1997
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1997
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Access HollywoodStream

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1996

Whitney Houston: I Believe in You and Me

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1996

The Preacher's WifeStream

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1996
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Whitney Houston: Exhale

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1995

Whitney Houston: Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

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1995

Waiting to ExhaleStream

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1995
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Extra

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1994

Whitney Houston: Queen of the Night

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1994

The American Music Awards

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1993

The Essence Awards

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1992

Whitney Houston: Run to You

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1992

Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You

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1992

Whitney Houston: I'm Every Woman

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1992

Whitney Houston: I Have Nothing

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Bobby Brown Feat. Whitney Houston: Something In Common

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The BodyguardStream

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1992
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Whitney Houston: All The Man That I Need

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1990

Whitney Houston: I'm Your Baby Tonight

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1990

Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston: It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be

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1989

Aretha Franklin Feat. Whitney Houston: It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be

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1989

Rapido

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1988

Whitney Houston: So Emotional

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1987

Whitney Houston: Where Do Broken Hearts Go

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1987

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

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1987

Whitney Houston: Didn't We Almost Have It All

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1987

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Live)

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1987

The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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1986

The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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1986

Whitney Houston: How Will I Know

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1985

Whitney Houston: You Give Good Love

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1985

Whitney Houston: Saving All My Love for You

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1985

Whitney Houston: Greatest Love of All

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1985

Champs-Élysées

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1982

Gimme a Break!

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1981

Good Morning America

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News
1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

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1975

The Wonderful World of Disney

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Fairy Godmother
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1969

The Merv Griffin Show

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1965

Top of the Pops

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1964

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