WHITNEY HOUSTON (1963-2021)

“Didn’t She Almost Have It All?”

Whitney

Whitney in the video for “I wanna dance with somebody”, 1987

Whitney Houston grew up with music in her family. Dionne Warwick was her aunt, and Aretha Franklin a close family friend. In the 1980s Whitney’s star rapidly rose to great fame. Songs like “I will always love you,” “The greatest love of all” and “I wanna dance with somebody” became classics. Her debut album was the best-selling female debut album of all time, while her second album did even better and was number 1 for 25 weeks. Her marriage in 1992 to bad boy Bobby Brown, with whom she had her only child Bobbi Kristina,  was tumultuous from the start. During this time Whitney’s drug use became not only apparent, but it also started to destroy her voice and career. After a failed come back attempt, in 2012 she died face down in a bathtub from a cocaine overdose at 48 years old at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

(This presentation is approximately 25-35 minutes)

Whitney as a model

A young Whitney as a model, 1980

Whitney at Super Bowl

Whitney singing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl, 1991

Whitney with husband and daughter

Whitney with husband Bobby and daughter Bobbi Kristina, 1993

Whitney a mess

Whitney on the downside of her career