Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on 9th August 1963 and passed away on 11th February 2012. She was an American singer and actress nicknamed “the voice”.

She has sales with over 200 million records, and she is listed among the bestselling music artist of all time.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston childhood and education

Houston was born in 1963 in Newark, New Jersey to Emily ‘Sissy Houston’ a gospel singer, and John Russel Houston, an ex-Army serviceman- Newark city administrator.

She started singing in church as a child at the age of 5. By the time she reached 11 years, she was performing as a soloist for the Junior Gospel Choir, and while in high school, she became a background vocalist.

At around 14 years, Whitney was performing as a background vocalist for her mother at the Cabaret club circuit in New York City. She sang in the background in most of her mother’s – Think it over songs album in 1978.

Her mother started to encourage her to sing lead songs in Manhattan Town hall.  Her mother Cissy taught her how to sing throughout her adolescence.

Whitney attended Mount Saint Dominic Academy.

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Whitney Houston biography

NameWhitney Elizabeth Houston
EducationMount Saint Dominic Academy
SpouseBobby Brown, Divorced 2007
ChildrenBobby Kristina Brown (1993- 2015)
Course of DeathDrowning, effects of cocaine usage, and atherosclerotic heart disease.

Whitney Houston career

Fashion Model

Her first feature was on Michael Zagar’s disco song life is a party, which was released in 1978. She had been engaged as a background vocalist for Lou Rawls and Khan’s respective albums by 1980.

During the same period, she became a fashion model after a photographer filmed her performing together with her mother for the United Negro College Fund. She was the first woman of color to appear on the fashion magazine cover called Seventeen.

With time, Whitney appeared on the cover of other magazines like Cosmopolitan, the young magazine glamour, and a television commercial for the Canada Dry soft drink.


Whitney began to receive and sign record deal offers around the time she was modeling. She recorded Eternal Love, signed with Tara production, and continued to work with several producers’ like Bill Laswell.

Houston rose to fame after her album Whitney Houston was released on 14 February 1985, attracting praises from the New York times and Rolling Stones Magazines. She started to perform late-night talk shows with personalities like David Letterman and Johnny Carson.

Her biggest hit yet was the greatest love of all recorded by George Benson in 1977.

Movies/ Films

Whitney’s first role in the film was in The Bodyguard, which was released in 1992. Her role was of a star who hired a bodyguard to protect her from a crazed fan.

She also starred alongside Loretta Divine and Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. She also starred in other films like the preachers’ wife which also featured Denzel Washington.

Family/ Marriage

Whitney was in a romantic relationship with Jermaine Jackson, Randall Cunningham, and Eddy Murphy. In 1992, Houston and Bobby Brown tied the knot after courting for 3 years.

She gave birth to Bobby Kristina Brown in 1993. It was later revealed that she had a miscarriage during the filming of the bodyguard. The marriage between the two ended in 2007 after the pop star had filed for divorce in 2006.


During her early years, the pop star was seen as a good girl with a perfect image. However, between 1999 to 2000, her behavior started to change after she started to cancel concerts and shows and attend her photoshoots and rehearsals late.

She also started to lose weight. In early January at the airport, an officer’s security guard discovered half an ounce of marijuana in Houston’s handbag. Houston also canceled her performance at the Academy Awards citing throat problems as her reason for cancelation.

In an interview with Oprah in 2009, Whitney told Oprah about her drug use. In 2010, she released a new album, Í look to you and ‘a million-dollar bill’. She enrolled t rehab in 2011 citing drug and alcohol problems. Houston also played a role in sparkle, a film that was released in 2011.

Death and funeral

Whitney was found unconscious in her suite at the Beverly Hilton, submerged in the Bathtub. She was pronounced dead after the paramedics tried to perform CPR on her. Houston died of drowning, effects of cocaine usage, and atherosclerotic heart disease.

Awards and Achievements

Whitney won 2 Emmy awards, 8 Grammy awards, 14 World music awards, 16 Billboard music awards (31 in all), and 32 American music awards. She also received the BET life achievement award. Whitney’s music that is sold worldwide is over 200 million records.

As a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the Anti-apartheid movement, she performed in the White House- in South Africa in 1994 honoring the newly elected South African President, Nelson Mandela.

She was the first musician to visit the newly unified and apartheid-free nation after Nelson Mandela won. Whitney is the founder of The Whitney Houston Foundation for children.

It’s a nonprofit organization that raises funds for needy children around the world. It caters to children who are homeless, infected with AIDs, cancer, and other issues of self-empowerment.

The Bodyguard1992
Waiting to Exhale1995
The Preacher’s Wife1996
Whitney: Can I Be Me2017

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Last Updated On:9th January 2023