Three years ago the world lost one of the greatest icons of all time, Whitney Houston. The beloved singer, mother and daughter was found in her hotel room at the Beverly Hill Carlton, unresponsive in the bathtub. Later reports found that she had drowned due to complications from cocaine use and a mild heart problem. Houston was found just moments before Clive Davis’ 2012 pre-Grammy Party, which was taking place at the same hotel, upstairs from her room. Although this unfortunate and fatal accident occurred, it is not how the singer will be remembered. She will always be the Queen of the Night.
In 1993, Houston gave birth to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, with husband, Bobby Brown, formerly of New Edition. Bobbi Kristina Brown has been on life support for over a week after having also been found unresponsive in her bathtub. The difference is that Bobbi Kristina’s incident has garnered a criminal investigation into how she nearly drowned. Through the hardship that the families are experiencing at the moment, they will pause to remember Whitney on the anniversary of her death.
Houston was born Whitney Elizabeth Houston on Aug. 9, 1963. in Newark, New Jersey. Her mother and father both raised her in the church, which is where she got her beginning. Following in her mother Cissy Houston’s footsteps, she continued to flourish, and was able to sing background on records by Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. At the age of 20, she was signed to Arista Records with Clive Davis, who became her mentor. Her first album was released in 1985 and was entitled “Whitney Houston.” Several record-breaking songs appeared on the album, which included Saving All My Love for You, You Give Good Love and The Greatest Love of All. She received her first Grammy from this album and sold 25 million copies.
Houston’s next breakout hit was a film that portrayed her indefinitely as the Queen of the Night. The Bodyguard was released in 1992. The soundtrack went on to sell 44 million copies, and the world was introduced to I Will Always Love You, originally sung by Dolly Parton.
Throughout the years and following her successes, she would struggle with drug use and abuse, but she also struggled to get better.The beloved singer entered rehab on a few different occasions, but could not seem to shake the drug use. This continued use and abuse of drugs diminished her singing and performing capabilities, making her less reliable and a liability for music and show producers.
Whitney Houston was known for her many roles in movies. The singer/songwriter/actress was well known for her part in the movie The Preacher’s Wife, where she played the wife of a preacher who was very dedicated to his work, but at times neglected his family. In the movie, she was taken back to her roots as a gospel singer, performing songs such as I Love the Lord, Who Would Imagine a King, I Love the Lord, He’s All Over Me and Joy to the World. A movie soundtrack was pressed which included all of the aforementioned songs as well as the hit, “I Believe in You and Me.”
Whitney also appeared in Waiting to Exhale and the made-for-TV movie, Cinderella. Her music has also appeared in many movies and television shows, including The Prince of Egypt, The Simpsons, 13 Going on 30 and Daddy’s Little Girls. Houston made her final acting appearance in the remake of the movie Sparkle, written by Mara Brock Akil. She played the mother of three teenagers, played by Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter, who aspired to be a great singing group. In the movie, Houston disapproves, having failed at her own singing career. She played a strict, no-nonsense mother who put God first and everything else second. The family struggles to hold together as they go through trials and tests. Sparkle has given fans another way to memorialize Whitney Houston: Fans take to her Facebook page to express their memories.
Written By Cameasha Rucker-Muhammad