The life of Whitney Houston

8 years after her death, the Whitney Houston Hologram Tour has begun. This is the life of the Grammy-winning pop icon.

Grammy-winning pop icon

She was a multi-award-winning singer, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, an actress, and an advocate for children. She was Whitney Houston.

She was born in 1963 in Newark, New Jersey into a musical family

Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a gospel singer and she was the cousin of Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin. At 4, the Houston family moved to East Orange, New Jersey after the 1967 Newark riots. Her parents later divorced. She was taught how to sing by her mother. She would perform in the junior gospel choir at her church and would occasionally perform on stage with her mom. At 18, in 1981, Houston graduated from a Catholic all-girls high school.

At 20, record producer Clive Davis saw Houston performing on stage

He offered her a worldwide recording contract. In 1985, at 22, she released her first debut album, Whitney Houston. A year later, she won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. At 24, in 1987, She released her second album, Whitney. Its first single, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” was a massive hit worldwide, shooting to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, she won her 2nd Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the smash hit. In 1989, she launched The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, a nonprofit for such problems as homelessness, children with cancer, and AIDS. In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, she sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. Her performance shot to #20 on the Billboard Charts — partly boosted by the ongoing war.

In 1992, she landed her first film role in The Bodyguard, co-starring Kevin Costner

The film's soundtrack was a massive success — especially Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's 1974 ballad “I Will Always Love You.” The single peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 14 weeks, and she won the 1994 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. In 1992, she married R&B singer Bobby Brown whom she'd met in 1989. She gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in 1993, at 29. In 1994, she donated $1 million to from her South African concert tour to children's charities in the country. In 1995, she starred in Waiting to Exhale. A year later she starred opposite Denzel Washington in The Preacher's Wife, played the gospel-singing wife of a pastor.

In 1998, at 35, she released her first studio album in 8 years, My Love Is Your Love

In the 2000s, her missed performances and weight loss led to rumors about her drug use. In 2005, she was featured in her husband’s own reality TV program Being Bobby Brown. 2 years later, Houston finalized her divorce from Brown. In 2009, Houston addressed her marriage and drug use on Oprah. In 2009, she also released a new album, I Look to You. It entered the Billboard 200 at #1. In February 2012, at 48, Houston was pronounced dead after being found unconscious in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her funeral was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. In February 2020, 8 years after her death, the Whitney Houston Hologram Tour began in Europe with U.S. dates expected to follow.


02/29/2020 1:03 PMupdated: 03/02/2020 1:58 PM
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  • Mikilou D.
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  • Manuela J.
    3 days

    A godess for sure

  • Brenda D.
    3 days

    Another extreme talent gone to soon.😥

  • Annie P.
    3 days

    She was an Awesome SINGER 🎤🎼🎧 taken far to soon from our lives R.I.P. WHITNEY 💔💔❤️❤️❤️

  • Irene L.
    4 days

    My beautiful Whitney, I will always love her. May she finally find the peace she seeks from whatever hurt or her pain she was carrying that saw her turn to drugs. 🙏🏾❤️🌺

  • Shirley R.
    5 days

    You were a great singer Whitney and a beautiful one too. Will always remember you with love.

  • Kim M.
    5 days

    Too bad she got with Bobby Brown and drug scene...😇

  • Starr G.
    6 days

    She was the greatest...❤😎

  • Rose D.
    6 days

    To much money fame drug overdose sad she gone my favourite singer forever

  • Nicole N.
    06/25/2020 23:10

    She was also the first black model on the cover of “Seventeen” magazine. She was so accomplished. She doesn’t get the credit she deserves.

  • Mirjana T.
    06/25/2020 06:43

    You are LEGEND ...Great humanitarian ..Great singer ..Great actress...R I P......

  • Christian B.
    06/25/2020 02:49

    Sadly missed by many & may your R I P WH.

  • Claire B.
    06/24/2020 21:52

    Why don't they let this poor woman rest in peace?

  • Ommie T.
    06/15/2020 22:05

    Beautiful just gorgeous just the way she was Rip

  • Carmen H.
    06/13/2020 20:43

    Gone much too soon!!!

  • Penny E.
    06/10/2020 15:16

    Brook means bully

  • Cristy S.
    06/10/2020 04:55

    i love you idol Whitney Houston

  • Judith M.
    06/07/2020 13:51

    She is missed tremendously

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  • Helen J.
    06/03/2020 17:20

    Gone too Soon 😭