Whitney Houston A singer and actress that met a tragic end

Early Years

Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey. Whitney had two older brothers. Her mother worked as a backup singer, which influenced the family to be more musical. Whitney first started singing in church, such as the Newark's New Hope Baptist Church. Soon after starting in church, she was brought to choir practice by her mother. When she was 15, she was offered a modeling job after a performance with her mother. These experiences slowly built up Whitney's career.


Houston was an amazing singer and actress. She is known for her outstanding performance of "Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl. Houston won 13 musical nominations and three Grammys. She was also the second African-American woman to appear on the cover of the magazine "Seventeen".

Houston with her newly won Grammy (left), Houston sings at the 1991 Super Bowl (right).


Whitney was faced with several challenges. She was faced with a serious drug problem. She had skipped several concerts minutes before. These mysterious actions led to the beliefs that she under the influence of drugs. It wasn't easy for her afterwards either. At one of her concerts, she gave an upsetting performance. Fans criticized her voice after drug usage. Eventually, Houston's drug addiction partly led to her death.


Whitney did a lot with her life, even when hers was ended early. She gave her all in her acting such as movies "The Bodyguard" and "Sparkle". Houston stunned the world with her music. She wrote several albums filled with amazing songs including "Whitney" and "Whitney Houston". After Whitney's death, Beyoncé wrote about her amazing voice online.

Houston acts in "The Bodyguard"(top left), Houston's albums "Whitney"(bottom left) and "Whitney Houston"(right)

Later Years

After Whitney was offered a modeling job, she started to get scouted by music companies. When she was nineteen, she signed a contract with Arista. Six years later, she started seeing Bobby Brown, another singer. She married him in 1992. Afterwards, Whitney gave birth to her only daughter a year later. However, her marriage did not last and Whitney ended up divorcing her husband in 2007 after a 21 year relationship. Whitney had been using drugs for a long time while she was with Brown. Due to that, the drugs in her system ultimately led to her end.


Whitney Houston did a lot with her life, but she met a tragic end. On February 11, 2012, she died in her room in Los Angeles. She was said to have died from a combination of drowning influenced by drugs and heart disease. Her funeral took place a week later at the New Hope Baptist Church, the same church in Newark where she had started singing. Fans came from around the world leaving gifts at Whitney's death site.

Fans leave flowers and gifts where Houston died.


In my opinion, Whitney Houston could have had a better life if she hadn't taken drugs. Whitney had a unique voice and did achieved so many things. But when soon after she married, her happy marriage turned into something different. Their relationship influenced Houston to take drugs. Her addiction led to her downfall.



Famous, unique, outstanding

Former wife of Bobby Brown, mother of Bobbi Kristina Houston-Brown

Lover of song, of her only daughter

She who felt the support of her fans, and the love and disappointment of her mother

She who feared that she wouldn't be able to control her addiction, or to successfully act in "The Bodyguard", or please music critics and her own fans.

She who showed the world her voice and won several awards for her music and acting

She wanted to be a wife, a mother, and separated from drugs

Born in Newark, New Jersey and passed away in Los Angeles on February 11, 2012



  • Image: Henderson, Cinque. “Anthem of Freedom: How Whitney Houston Remade.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2016, www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/anthem-of-freedom-how-whitney-houston-remade-the-star-spangled-banner. Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.
  • Image: Roberts, Deborah, and Eric Johnson. “'Sparkle' Star Jordin Sparks 'Lost It' When Whitney Houston Died, Remembers Working With Her Idol.” ABC News, ABC News Network, 13 Aug. 2012, abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/sparkle-star-jordin-sparks-lost-whitney-houston-died/story?id=16992517. Accessed 3 Mar. 2017.
  • Image: “Whitney Houston.” GRAMMY.com, 2 Dec. 2014, www.grammy.com/photos/whitney-houston-0. Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.
  • Images: Wikipedia
  • Information: Heppermann, Christine. Whitney Houston: Recording Artist & Actress. North Mankato, Minnesota: ABDO Publishing Company, 2013. Print.

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