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Whitney Elizabeth Houston

  • Birth

    Whitney was born on August 9th , 1963 in Newark.
  • 2nd Child

    Houston was the 2nd child of army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston.
  • Brothers

    Houston has 2 older brothers.

    She was of African American , Natice American , and Ducth descent.
  • Raised

    Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church.
  • Newark Riot

    After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange , when she was 4.
  • Backup Singer

    In 1977, at the age 14,Whitney became a backup singer on the Micheal Zager Band.
  • 15

    In 1978, at the age 15, Houston sang background voacals on Chaka Khan's hit.
  • Working

    In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at the Carneale Hall singing with her mother.
  • Romance

    In the 1980s, Houston was linked to the American football star Randall Cunningham and actor Eddie Murphy, in which she had dated.
  • Offer

    Whitney had been offered several recordings agencies, but however , her mother declined the offers stating that Whitney had to first complete high school.
  • Signing

    Whitney signed with Arista in 1983, but did not begin working on her album immediately.
  • Releasing

    Whitney's debut album " Whitney Houston " was released in Feburary 1985.
  • One Year Later

    By 1986, a year after its initial release , Whitney hit toppped the Billboard 200 album chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks.
  • Grammy Award

    At the 1986 Grammy Awards , Whitney was nominated for 3 awards including album of the year.
  • Awards

    Houston won seven music awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Music Award Video.
  • Second Album

    With many expectations, Houston's second album, WHITNEY, was released in June 1987.
  • Soul Train

    At the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, when Houston's name was called out for a nomination, a few people in the audience jeered.
  • The Whitney Houston Foundation

    In 1989, Whitney formed THE WHITNEY HOUSTON FOUNDATION for children, a non-profit organization for the needs of children around the world.
  • American Music Award and Soul Train Award

    Houston also won two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989, respectively, and a Soul Train Award.

    She then met R&B singer Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards.
  • Youth Leadership Conference

    In 1990, Whitney was the spokesperson for a youth leadership conference hosted in Washington, D.C. She had a private audience with President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office to talk about associated challenges.
  • Welcome Home Heroes

    Later in 1991, Houston put together her Welcome Home Heroes concert with HBO for the soldiers fighting in the Persian Gulf War and their families.
  • HBO

    Whitney's concer gave HBO its highest rankings.
  • Houston's First Acting

    Whitney's first acting role was as the star of the feauture film The Bodyguard.
  • Marriage

    After a three-year courtship, Whitney and Bobby were married on July 18,1992.
  • Birth Of Her Only Child

    Birth Of Her Only Child
    On March 4, 1993, Whitney gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, her only child, and Bobby's fourth.
  • Impressed

    In 1993, Ferry Griffith , an A&R representative from Arista Records saw her performing with her mother in a New York City nightclub and was impressed
  • Grammy Awards

    Houston won 3 Grammys for the album in 1994 , also with two of the Academy's highest honors, Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
  • Performance

    October 1994, Houston attended and performed at a state dinner in the White House honoring newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela
  • Starring

    In 1995, Houston starred alongside with Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon in her second film Waiting to Exhale, a motion picture about four African-American women struggling with relationships.
  • Drugs

    By 1996, she told Oprah " doing drugs was an everyday thing... I wasn't happy by that point of time.

    In November 1999 , Whitney was named top-selling R&B Female Artist of the Century with certified US sales of 51 million copies at one time.
  • Greatest Hit

    In May 2000 , Whitey : The Greatest Hits was released worldwide.
  • Marijuana

    On January 11, 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Houston's and husband Bobby Brown's luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive.
  • Behavior Change

    Though Whitney was seen as " good girl " with a perfect image in the 1980s and early 1990s , by the late 1990s , her behavior changed.
  • Admitted To Doing Drugs

    Whitney admitted on the show to using drugs with former husband Bobby Brown , who " laced marijuana with rock cocaine".
  • Law suit

    Skinner filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit and sued for $100 million but lost, Stating that Houston owed the company previously unpaid compensation for helping to negotiate her $100 million contract with Arista Records and for sorting out legal matters.
  • Legal Dispute

    In 2002, Houston became involved in a legal dispute with John Houston Enterprise. Although the company was started by her father to manage her career, it was actually run by company president Kevin Skinner

    Whitney stated her 81 year old father had nothing to do with the lawsuuit.Whitney's father died in Feburary 2003
  • Home

    On a June 2003 trip to Isreal,Whitney said of her visit " I've never felt like this in any other county. I feel at home, I feel wonderful."
  • Bobby Brown

    In early 2004, husband Bobby Brown starred in his own reality TV program,Being Bobby Brown, which provided a view into the domestic goings on in the Browns household.
  • Lawsuit Dismissed

    The lawsuit was dismissed on April 5th, 2004, and Skinner was awarded nothing.
  • Suprise Performance

    In September 2004, she gave a surprise performance at the World Music Awards in a tribute to long-time friend Clive Davis
  • Seperation

    After yearss of contreversy and turmoil, Houston seperated from Bobby Brown in September 2006, filing divorce the following month.
  • Fast Track

    On Feburary 1,2007, Houston asked court to fast track their divorce.
  • Recording

    In March 2007, Clive Davis of Artista Records announced that Houston would begin recording a new album.
  • Divorce

    The divorce was finalized on April 24,2007, with Houston granted custody of the couples daughter.
  • Sold

    On May 4 , Houston sold the suburban Atlanta home feautured in Being Bobby Brown for $1.19 million.
  • The Ultimate Collection

    In October 2007, Artista released another complation The Ultimate Collection outside United States.
  • Guinness World Records

    In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited Whitney as the most awarded female act of all time.

    Houston released her new album , I Look to You , in August 2009.
  • The Deluxe Anniversary Edition

    On Janurary 26,2010 , her debut album was re-released in a special edition entitled Whitney Houston- The Deluxe Anniversary Edition.

    In Janurary 2010, Houston was nominated for two NAACP image awards, one for Best Female Artist and one for Best Music Video.
  • UK

    In April 2010, the UK newspaper The Mirror reported that Houston was thinking about recording her eight studio album and wanted to collaborate with will.i.am, her first choice for a collaboration.
  • Rehabilitation Center

    In May 2011, Houston enrolled in a rehabilitation center again, as an out-patient,citing drug and alcohol problems.
  • Death

    Whitney died on Feburary 11th in Beverly Hills.
  • Unconscious

    On February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub; she was later pronounced dead.
  • Cause of Death

    The cause of death was not immediately known.It was later ruled by the coroner to have been an "accidental drowning".
  • Pronounced Dead

    Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m
  • Memorial

    Houston had an invitation-only memorial on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey
  • Buried

    Houston was buried on Sunday, February 19, 2012, in Fairview Cemetery, in Westfield, New Jersey next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.
  • Service

    The service was scheduled for two hours, but lasted four.
  • Houston's Death

    On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of Houston's death was drowning and the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use
  • Celebrate

    On May 21,2012 " Celebrate " the last song Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com .
  • Trubute

    In June 2012, the McDonald's Gospelfest in Newark became a tribute to Houston.
  • Sparkle

    The song was feautured on the movie Sparkle; Music from the Motion Picture and the movie was released on August 12,2012 in the United States.
  • Renewed

    In August 2001, Houston signed the biggest record deal in music history with Arista/BMG. She renewed her contract for $100 million to deliver six new albums, on which she would also earn royalties.

    On January 16, she recieved The BET HONORS AWARD for entertainer citing her lifetime achievements spanning over 25 years in the industry.