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Name: Whitney Houston |
Birth Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Height: 5' 8"
Date: August 9, 1963
Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey
Occupation: actress, singer, producer
Husband Bobby Brown (singer; married in July 1992; separated in June 1998)
Mother: Cissy Houston (gospel-blues Singer)
Brother: Michael, Gary
Daughter: Bobbi Kristina
Cousin: Dionne Warwick
Claim to fame: Whitney Houston (1985)
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- Houston has received a summons for violating New Jersey's water-use restrictions after police found lawn sprinklers running at her -acre estate -- State officials imposed water-use restrictions last month because of East Coast drought conditions. (September 2002)
- (11 January 2000) Hawaiian security guards discovered a half an ounce of marijuana in baggage being carried by Whitney & husband Bobby Brown. The couple was permitted to board their plane.
- (1991) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
- Appeared on the covers on Seventeen and Glamour magazines before becoming a major recording artist.
- Auditioned for the part of Sondra on THE COSBY SHOW (1984).
In 1989, Whitney formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, a nonprofit organization whose work assists with a variety of children's issues: homeless children and children with cancer and AIDS, as well as youth self-empowerment. Houston has also helped other worthwhile causes, including the United Negro College Fund, the Children's Diabetes Fund, St. Jude's Children's Hospital and several noted AIDS-related organizations.
- In 1991, Whitney's rendition of the U.S. national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, went on to sell one million copies as a single, with all the profits donated to benefit veterans of the Gulf War.
- The soundtrack of her film THE PREACHER'S WIFE, which included the singles I Believe In You And Me and Step By Step, became the biggest-selling gospel album of all time, and in some part, fulfilled Whitney's dream to record a gospel album.
- Through her mother, R&B/gospel singer Cissy Houston, and her legendary cousin Dionne Warwick, Whitney has been exposed to music since birth. As a member of the New Hope Baptist Junior Choir in Newark, NJ, Whitney developed into a soloist by the age of 11.
- Was singing backup for artists like Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls while in her mid-teens, frequently appearing with Cissy in concert and local New York clubs.
- She becomes millionaire at age 22
- Holds the record for a female with an album to hit the charts at number one
- Was nominated for Emmy Award in 2000 for Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only) for THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
"You know what I feel? I feel old. For the most part, since I was 11 years old, I've been working, I did the nightclubs, I did the modeling, all that stuff. When I first started I was having a lot of fun. But it ain't fun no more. I enjoy what I do. but it's not fun."
Whitney has garnered a slew of international awards, including six Grammys, 21 American Music Awards, 12 NAACP Image Awards, six People's Choice Awards, two Emmys, 15 Billboard Music Awards and eight Soul Train Awards, including the Soul Train Artist of the Decade Award. She was most recently honored with the inaugural BET Lifetime Achievement Award in June 2001.
She won MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Song in 1993 for THE BODYGUARD.
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