Whitney Houston Biography: Songs, Movies, Net Worth, Albums, Age, Height, Spouse, Awards, Death

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Whitney Houston was an American singer and actress known as “The Voice. ” She was one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with a global record sale of over 220 million.

Houston’s influence in popular music and her remarkable vocal abilities made her an icon in the industry.


  • Full Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston
  • Date of Birth: August 9, 1963
  • Age: 48 (at the time of her passing in 2012)
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Actress
  • Height: Not specified
  • Parents: Cissy Houston (mother)
  • Siblings: Gary Garland (half-brother), Dionne Warwick (cousin), Dee Dee Warwick (cousin), Leontyne Price (cousin)
  • Spouse: Bobby Brown (m. 1992; div. 2007)
  • Children: Bobbi Kristina Brown
  • Net Worth: $40 million

Early Life & Education

Whitney Houston (60 years old as of 2023) was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey; she was the daughter of Emily “Cissy” Houston and John Russell Houston Jr.

Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a Grammy-winning gospel and soul singer, while her father was an administrator who worked for Newark mayor Kenneth A. Gibson.

Whitney had three older brothers: half-brother John III, maternal half-brother Gary Garland, and Michael Houston. She grew up in a suburban area of East Orange, New Jersey, after her family relocated there when she was three.

Houston attended Franklin Elementary School and later transferred to Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Raised in the Baptist faith, Houston began singing in the church choir early and learned to play the piano.

Personal Life

Whitney Houston had a tumultuous personal life. She was married to singer Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2007, and together, they had a daughter named Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Controversies and drug use marked Houston’s marriage to Brown and significantly affected her career and public image.

Whitney Houston‘s romantic journey has seen various chapters. She was previously married to Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2006 and engaged to Eddie Murphy in 1982 and 1983. Houston also had relationships with Ray J from 2007 to 2012, Robin Crawford from 1987 to 1989, Randall Cunningham from 1985 to 1987, and Jermaine Jackson from 1983 to 1985.

Rumors of connections with Tupac Shakur in 1995, Michael Jackson in 1991, Robert De Niro in 1990, Kelly McGillis in 1988, and Alvin Love have added a layer of intrigue to Whitney Houston‘s romantic history.


Throughout her career, Houston faced various controversies, including rumors of drug use and a tumultuous marriage with Bobby Brown.

Also had legal disputes with her management company and faced scrutiny from the media.


Houston’s singing career began in church, where she sang in the choir as a child. She later became a background vocalist and gained attention as a teen model, becoming one of the first black women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine.

At 19, Houston signed a record deal with Arista Records, guided by Clive Davis.

Her first two studio albums, “Whitney Houston” (1985) and “Whitney” (1987), topped the charts and became two of the best-selling albums of all time.

Houston’s powerful and soulful vocals and her ability to incorporate gospel singing techniques into pop music set her apart as a groundbreaking artist.

She achieved numerous chart-topping hits, including “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love of All,” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).”

Houston’s success continued with her acting debut in “The Bodyguard” (1992), which became a box office hit and featured her iconic rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

She went on to star in other films, such as “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) and “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996), and recorded soundtracks for these movies.

Houston’s career also included successful albums such as “My Love Is Your Love” (1998) and “Just Whitney” (2002).

However, her struggles, including drug use and legal issues, began to overshadow her career in the early 2000s.


Whitney Houston tragically passed away on February 11, 2012, at the age of 48. She was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The official cause of death was accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.

Houston’s death occurred on the eve of the Grammy Awards, and fans and the music industry worldwide mourned her passing.

Net Worth

Whitney Houston’s net worth was estimated to be around $40 million at her death.

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  • The Bodyguard
  • Waiting to Exhale
  • The Preacher’s Wife
  • Cinderella


  • I Will Always Love You
  • One Moment In Time
  • Run to You
  • Higher Love
  • Saving All My Love For You
  • I Have Nothing

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