Whitney Houston

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  • Birth Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston
  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 08/09/1963, Leo
  • Date of Death: 02/11/2012
  • Profession: Singer; actor; model
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The top pop diva of the 1980s and '90s, Houston later became plagued by career-hampering problems. After working as a model in her teens, this sexy hit-maker burst onto the music scene in 1985 with her eponymous debut album, which spawned a slew of No. 1 songs.  She formed the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children in 1989, which gives annual grants for deserving minorities to attend New York City's Juilliard School of Music. In 1992, Houston made her seemingly inevitable film debut in the romantic thriller The Bodyguard and married R&B singer Bobby Brown. Although she continued to make movies and albums for the rest of the decade, stories about her unstable personal life filled the tabloids, overshadowing her music career. In 2005 Houston and her hubby opened up their lives to even more scrutiny when they launched their own reality show, Being Bobby Brown, although the couple separated the following year after 14 years of marriage. She released a greatest-hits compilation called The Ultimate Collection in 2007 and a new album entitled I Look to You in 2009. On the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012, Houston was preparing to attend her mentor Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party when she accidentally drowned in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Whitney Houston Fast Facts:
  • Nicknamed Nippy by her parents; later used that as the name of her management company.
  • Began singing in her mother's church choir at 11 years old.
  • Landed gigs as a backup vocalist for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls in 1978.
  • Worked as a model in the early 1980s, gracing the covers of Glamour and Seventeen magazines.
  • Appeared on the sitcoms Gimme a Break! (1984) and Silver Spoons (1985).
  • Broke a U.S. chart record in 1988 with seven consecutive No. 1 hits, beating the previous record of six by the Beatles and the Bee Gees.
  • Formed the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children in 1989, which gives annual grants for deserving minorities to attend New York City's Juilliard School of Music.
  • Received an honorary doctorate from Grambling University.
  • Accidentally drowned on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards in the bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing to appear at mentor Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party.
  • Whitney Houston Relationships:
  • Rayah Houston - Niece
  • Dionne Warwick - Cousin
  • John Houston - Father
  • Gary Garland Houston - Brother
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown - Daughter
  • Bobby Brown - Ex-husband
  • Michael Houston - Brother
  • Aretha Franklin - Godparent
  • Cissy Houston - Mother
  • Whitney Houston Awards:
  • 1993 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
  • 1998 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
  • 1988 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
  • 1989 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1999 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
  • 1987 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Record of the Year - Winner
  • 1985 Grammy: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1993 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Music Video - Winner
  • 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Musical Performer - Winner

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