This weekend, the music industry lost an incomparable talent with the death of singer Whitney Houston, at the much-too-young age of 48. Here's a look back at her career and life in pictures.
Whitney Houston At Her Mom’s Home In New JerseyWhitney Elizabeth Houston was born in 1963 in Newark, NJ.
Cissy Houston & Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston was the daughter of legendary gospel singer Cissy Houston, with whom she was very close all her life.
Whitney Houston: The VoiceThe singer's vocal range spanned three octaves at the peak of her career.
Whitney Houston & Clive DavisClive Davis discovered Whitney at the age of 20 and mentored her for over 25 years.
Whitney Houston, “Whitney Houston”Her 1985 eponymous breakout album, Whitney Houston, debuted to moderate sales, but thanks to three consecutive number one singles, the album eventually hit number on on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in March 1986.
Whitney Houston At The Grammy AwardsWhitney Houston won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Saving All My Love For You."
Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”The first single of her second album, Whitney, won Houston a Grammy and an American Music Award.
Whitney Houston, “So Emotional”The third single from Houston's second album,Whitney, "So Emotional" was the sixth straight number one song for the singer.
Whitney Houston & Bobby BrownThe couple married in 1992 and many blame Brown for Houston getting involved with drugs and alcohol. But in 2009, Houston told Oprah, "He was my drug," she said. "I didn't do anything without him. I wasn't getting high by myself. It was me and him together, and we were partners, and that's what my high was — him. He and I being together, and whatever we did, we did it together. No matter what, we did it together."
Whitney Houston & Dionne WarwickWhitney Houston's cousin and close confidant was Dionne Warwick. Aretha Frankin was her godmother.
Whitney Houston In “The Bodyguard”The 1992 movie wasn't particularly loved by critics, but fans went buts for the love story between a singer (Houston) and her bodyguard (Kevin Costner). The soundtrack for the film is the best-selling soundtrack of all time, due in part to the success of the single "I Will Always Love You."
Whitney Houston At The Super BowlWhitney Houston sang the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl in Tampa.
Whitney Houston & Bobby BrownThe couple's marriage, which lasted 14 years, was passionate and tumultuous, to say the least. From a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey:
Oprah: Was he jealous of you?
Whitney: He's not going to like this, but yes.
Oprah: Then did you try to overcompensate?
Whitney: I tried to play down all the time. I did. I tried to play: "I'm Mrs. Brown, everybody. Don't call me Ms. Houston."
Oprah: You started to dim your own light?
Whitney: Yep. Sure did.****
Whitney Houston & Daughter Bobbi Kristina BrownHouston took daughter Bobbi Kristina to last year's pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis. Bobbi Kris was born in 1994.
Mariah Carey & Whitney HoustonDespite rumors of a rivalry between the two diva singers, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey recorded the song "When You Believe" for the movie "The Prince of Egypt." The two performed the song together at the 1999 Academy Awards, where it took home Best Original Song.
Upon learning of her friend's death, Mariah Carey tweeted, "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."
Whitney Houston & Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine produced some of Whitney's earliest and most popular songs.
Whitney Houston & Jordin SparksWhitney returned to the big screen for the movie "Sparkle," which is set to be released in August.
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