Houston's body was later flown to New Jersey for funeral services at the New Hope Baptist Church the arranged by her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, where Whitney first got her start performing in gospel services in her native Newark, New Jersey.
the comeback trail with new recordings - after years of drug addition
and financial troubles - Whitney Houston was reportedly slated to retake the national stage as a judge in the US competition show, the X Factor.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston on August 9, 1963, she grew up in a singing
dynasty, predisposed to becoming a worldwide
singing sensation. She
was born the daughter of singer Cissy Houston, and the first cousin to multi-octave Dionne
Warwick. Shortly after her birth, she was christened in her
local church where "Queen of Soul" Aretha
Franklin presided as godmother.
early experience began in Newark, New Jersey
where she reportedly often brought the New Hope Baptist Church congregation to tears
with soulful renditions of popular gospel hymns.
was not long before the teenager was accompanying her mom at singing
engagements and concerts, and playing background singer to other
major soul & R&B acts, including Lou Rawls and Chaka Khan.
Houston finally made her own debut onto the pop music scene in
1987. Exhibiting a well-developed and emotionally soaring vocal
range, her first album climbed to the top of the charts, and spun
off three No. 1 single hits - "How Will I Know", "Saving
All My Love for You", and "The Greatest Love of All."
the rest of the decade and into the 1990's, Houston often became
a leading nominee and/or winner at the annual Grammy
Awards. And with her first foray into Hollywood in 1992 she
starred in The
Bodyguard (opposite Kevin Costner) from which the anthem,
I Will Always Love You, became a worldwide mega-hit.
same year she married singer Bobby
Brown and, since then, sporadic successes checkered Houston's
once-solid career, which finally descended into a much-publicized
battle with drug addiction in 2004, when she was
first admitted to a drug rehabilitation center.
was later re-admitted for treatment in 2005, the same year in which she
appeared with Brown in the reality TV hit Being
Bobby Brown chronicling the life of her husband's home life
was Whitney, however, who everyone watched - as the ravages of
suspected use of crack and cocaine appeared to take their toll
on her and by default upon her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
A year later,
the much-rumored breakup of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston was
confirmed by a spokesman who announced that Houston had filed
for divorce on September 13, 2006. The divorce was finalized
in April 2007 with custody
of their teenage child, Bobbi Kristina, awarded to Whitney.
comeback finally arrived in 2008 with fan excitement spilling over
onto the Internet as her appropriately titled new single, "Like
I Never Left" - her first since 2003 - was leaked onto the
Web. A much-awaited
national TV appearance resulted in a moving performance of "I
Didn't Know My Own Strength" at the AMA
Awards in November 2009, and cemented an emotional comeback
with millions of fans both old and new.
For much of the remainder of her career, however, Houston performed before small audiences or at award ceremonies, and In May 2011 enrolled in rehabilitation center again, as an out-patient, citing drug and alcohol problems.
Reportedly partying late into the evening the night before, Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.
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