During the 1980s, Whitney Houston became one of the biggest names in pop music. And after Madonna parlayed her musical success into a Hollywood career, it seemed only natural for the photogenic, personable Houston to follow suit. It was 25 years ago this month that her acting debut, The Bodyguard, hit the big screen. She played Rachel Marron, a singing superstar who’s being hunted by a ruthless killer. (Hence, the need for Kevin Costner’s title character.) At the time, Houston was being offered a lot of different roles, but she told us why this was the one she decided to take. (Click on the media bar below to hear Whitney Houston)
The movie was a hit, grossing more than $400 million worldwide, and also spawned one of the most successful soundtrack albums in history: It sold more than 10 million copies, and its first single, I Will Always Love You, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a record-setting 14 weeks. But all of that almost never happened. Although Houston loved the part, she had some serious doubts about whether she could handle a role like that in her first movie. She told us it was her co-star, Kevin Costner, who really convinced her to go for it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Whitney Houston)
While the movie didn’t get much love from the critics — it was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry awards — it remains a fun film to watch, with an added poignancy now that Houston is no longer with us. It’s available on home video or streaming on Amazon.
Arguably a better soundtrack than movie, THE BODYGUARD was originally released in 1992 to only so-so reviews. Directed by MICK JACKSON from a script by LAWRENCE KASDAN, the film starred KEVIN COSTNER and WHITNEY HOUSTON. A romantic drama telling the tale of an Oscar-nominated singer/actress who hires a former Secret Service agent for protection from a dangerous stalker, the film offered HOUSTON a shot at big screen stardom while confirming COSTNER’S status as a viable leading man. HOUSTON, who never took an acting lesson and relied on natural instincts, spoke to us at the time of the film’s original release about her acting abilities. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
The news over the weekend of WHITNEY HOUSTON’S untimely death rocked (if not exactly shocked) the music world to it’s core. Undeniably one of popular music’s greatest singers, HOUSTON scored a record-breaking seven consecutive #1 singles and holds the Guinness World Record for being the most awarded female act of all time. Her biggest selling single was I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU from THE BODYGUARD, the 1992 feature film in which she made her big screen acting debut. Written and originally recorded by DOLLY PARTON in 1973, the song has been covered by several singers but never to the response that HOUSTON experienced.
We sat down with WHITNEY HOUSTON at the time of the original release of THE BODYGUARD and she admitted that the song wasn’t the first considered for the film and almost didn’t make the playlist. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
It’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 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).