Troubled Diva Whitney Houston: Dead At 48

whitney-houstonIt’s been reported that talented but troubled pop diva WHITNEY HOUSTON has died of undisclosed causes at the age of 48.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963, the cousin of singer DIONNE WARWICK and the daughter of a gospel singer, HOUSTON grew up singing in a church choir and landed professional management by the time she turned 15. Trained as a gospel singer, some of HOUSTON’S best-known hits include HOW WILL I KNOW, GREATEST LOVE OF ALL and I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU from the 1992 movie THE BODYGUARD, in which she also starred.

Since her career kicked off in 1985 with her self-titled debut album, HOUSTON has sold more than 170 million records, singles and videos around the world and is one of music’s most decorated female artists, with more than 400 awards. Recent years, however, saw her life plagued with drug problems, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage and divorce from singer BOBBY BROWN.

ON THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ: WHITNEY HOUSTON CHARTS #1 FOR THE FIRST TIME

whitney-houston4On this day in 1985, singer Whitney Houston tops the charts for the first time with “Saving All My Love for You.” Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1963. The cousin of singer Dionne Warwick and the daughter of a gospel singer, Houston grew up singing in a church choir and landed professional management by the time she turned 15. She made numerous live appearances and provided guest vocals for several recordings. She also developed a modeling and acting career, appearing on magazine covers and on sitcoms like Silver Spoons. In 1985, she released her first album, Whitney Houston, which yielded several hit singles, including “You Give Good Love” and “Saving All My Love for You.” Her next album, Whitney (1987), scored seven consecutive No. 1 singles. In the early 1990s, she developed her acting career with starring roles in The Bodyguard (1992) and Waiting to Exhale (1995).