Whitney Houston's Life 1963-2012

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  • Whitney Houston is born

    Whitney Houston is born
    Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a musical family: she was the daughter of the gospel singer Cissy Houston and theatrical manager Joh Houston, a cousin of Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
  • Starts performing as soloist in junior gospel choir

    Starts performing as soloist in junior gospel choir at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.
  • Whitney becomes a backup singer

    At the tender age of 14 Whitney becomes a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single 'Life's a Party'. Zager offers her a recording contact, but her mother Cissy rejects the offer, wanting Whitney to finish school first.
  • Sings background vocals

    Sings background vocals
    At 15, Whitney Houston sings background vocals on Chaka Khan's smash I'm Every Woman—the song she would later turn into a monster hit for herself on the acclaimed soundtrack album to The Bodyguard. 
  • Featured in Seventeen magazine

    Featured in Seventeen magazine
    Who's that girl giggling into her ice cream cone? It's Whitney Houston at age 18! Whitney's not only an in-demand singer, she's a looker as well. The singer begins modelling after being spotted by a photographer at Carnegie Hall. Whitney is featured in Seventeen magazine, becoming one of the first women of colour to grace the magazine's cover. 
  • Houston is offered a worldwide recording contract

    After being spotted by Gerry Griffith, an A&R rep from Arista Records, the label's head Clive Davis offers Houston a worldwide recording contract. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • Her debut album is released

    Her debut album is released
    Her debut self-titled album is released. The song Saving All My Love for You brings Houston her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. How Will I Know You Give Good Love and The Greatest Love of All also become hit singles.
  • Whitney's album hits No. 1

    Whitney's album hits No. 1
    Whitney's album hits No. 1 on Billboard's year-end charts, making her the first female artist to earn that distinction. And her debut disc also wins her a Grammy and is dubbed Best Album of 1986 by Rolling Stone. She performed that Grammy-winning hit; a performance that would later win her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual. Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Houston won seven American Music Awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Video Music Award.
  • Multiplatinum follow-up album Whitney is released.

    Multiplatinum follow-up album Whitney is released.
    The album met the expectations of many people and was sensationally popular after its release. With this album, Houston set historic records on the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist. The album remained in the top for 11 consecutive weeks, another record.
  • Wins second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

    Wins second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
    1988 - Houston receives her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
  • Whitney meets Bobby Brown

    Whitney meets Bobby Brown
    Whitney meets R&B singer Bobby Brown at the Soul Train Music Awards
  • Houston performs The Star Bannered at the Super Bowl

    Houston performs one of the most popular versions of The Star Bannered ever sung at the Super Bowl XXV in 1991.
  • Whitney Houston ties the knot

    Whitney Houston ties the knot
    The singer marries Soul singer Bobby Brown
  • Houston stars in The Bodyguard

    Houston stars in The Bodyguard
    Houston stars in The Bodyguard opposite Kevin Costner, a movie that gives her one of her most memorable hits, a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You.
  • Birth of Bobbi Kristina

    Birth of Bobbi Kristina
    After the couple get married in 1992, the couple have a daughter, Bobbi Kristina
  • Waiting to Exhale

    Whitney Houston co-stars with Angela Bassett in the 1995 movie Waiting to Exhale. Watch Trailer on YouTube
  • The Preacher’s Wife

    The Preacher’s Wife
    Stars opposite Denzel Washington in The Preacher’s Wife
  • Houston plays fairy godmother

    Houston plays fairy godmother
    Houston plays fairy godmother in a new version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
  • New album comes out

    New album comes out
    My Love Is Your Love is the fourth studio album by American singer Whitney Houston, released worldwide on November 17, 1998. Although the album only peaked at number thirteen - her lowest position at the point - on the Billboard 200, and it sold less than Houston's previous albums in the United States, it was a hit globally, with successful world tour in support of the album.
  • Houston tries to sneak a bag of pot past airport screeners

    Houston is busted at Hawaii's Kona International Airport for trying to sneak a bag of pot past airport screeners. In happier news, this is the same year Whitney wins the first BET Lifetime Achievement Award for her notable contribution to African-American music. 
  • The party is over

    The party is over
    After rumours that the singer had passed away, a lively Houston admits to ABC News' Diane Sawyer that, yes, she has done drugs: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs. She has ‘partied,’ but says now the party is over.
  • Houston's father dies

    John Houston, 82, a theatrical man­ager since the early days of rhythm and blues and the father of singer Whitney Houston, dies at a New York City hospital after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.Relations between Houston and his daughter took an especially awkward turn when his company, John Houston Entertainment, sued hers for $100 mil­lion. The suit sought compensation for helping to get a marijuana charge against her dis­missed and for get­ting her a new re­co
  • Bobby Brown is charged with battery

    After a weekend domestic dispute that left Houston with facial injuries. Her husband Bobby Brown, 34, was charged with battery three days after he allegedly struck his wife. Police were called to the home of Brown and Houston in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta on a Sunday evening. Houston tell authorities Brown had struck her with an open right hand.
  • Houston enters a drug rehabilitation facility

    Houston, 40, enters a drug rehabilitation facility. She had said in December 2002 that she had abused drugs in the past but had gotten beyond that time through prayer.
  • Being Bobby Brown

    Being Bobby Brown
    Appears in reality TV show Being Bobby Brown.
  • Houston files for divorce

    Houston files for divorce from R&B singer Bobby Brown, ending a famously volatile marriage that inspired relentless tabloid coverage.
    The couple had a stormy marriage and Brown had frequent brushes with the law, including a 2003 domestic abuse charge Houston in the face and threatened to beat her.
  • Judge grants Whitney Houston a divorce

    R&B singer Bobby Brown a no-show in court, an orange County judge grants Whitney Houston a divorce and sole custody of their 14-year-old daughter. During the 10-minute hearing, Houston testifies that she doesn’t need spousal or child support of raise her daughter Bobbi Kristina. She also describes Brown as unreliable and a bad communicator.
  • Declares herself drug free in an interview

    Declares herself drug free in an interview
    Houston declares herself drug free in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • Houston comes back after a six-year absence

    Houston comes back after a six-year absence
    Houston comes back after a six-year absence from the studio, the album I Look to You has long been enveloped by speculation about whether Houston had lost her vocal prowess and charisma that made her one of the most successful female singers of the last two decades. The album eventually goes platinum.
  • Houston appears to be going down a slippery downward slope

    While on tour attempting a comeback, Houston appears to be going down a slippery downward slope when she cancels numerous shows due to illness.
  • Houston goes back into rehab voluntarily

    A spokeman confirms that the singer had checked herself back into outpatient programme for drug and alcohol treatment. It was not known where she was being treated or how long she would remain there. Houston's drug issues were well documented. When she returned in 2009 with an acclaimed new album, I Look to You, she declared herself healthy and clean. The album's hit single Million Dollar Bill, but the accompanying tour proved a troubled affair, with some fans complaining about her vocals.
  • Houston dies at age 48

    Houston dies at age 48
    At her peak Whitney Houston was a superstar of the music industry, with the perfect voice and the perfect look to match. But in later years the woman who used to be one of the world's biggest selling artists became known for her drug use, bizarre behaviour and a rocky marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Her death, from unknown causes in a Beverly Hills hotel room at the age of 48, came on the eve of the Grammy Awards – an arena where she was once queen of the night.
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