Whitney Houston Biography (1963-)

Full name, Whitney Elizabeth Houston; born August 9, 1963, in Newark (some sources say East Orange), NJ; daughter of John R. (a manager) and Emily (a gospel singer under the name Cissy Houston) Houston; niece of Dionne Warwick (a singer); married Bobby Brown (a singer), July 18, 1992; children: Bobbi Kristina. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr.,Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.; Publicist: Nancy Seltzer & Associates, 6220 Del Valle Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Singer, actress, producer
Birth Details
August 9, 1963
Newark, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • Disney's D-TV Valentine, NBC, 1986
  • 1987 Power Hits New Year's Eve Countdown, syndicated, 1987
  • The Mother-Daughter Pageant, 1987, syndicated, 1987
  • The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, ABC, 1987
  • Superstars and Their Moms, ABC, 1987
  • Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration, PBS, 1988
  • Herself, Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, 1988
  • Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration, Fox, 1988
  • Late Night with David Letterman 8th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990
  • Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 1990
  • Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (also known as Frank Sinatra: 75th Anniversary Celebration), CBS, 1990
  • That's What Friends Are For, CBS, 1990
  • Host, Over the Influence (also known as Over the Influence: Preventing and Recovering Our Kids from Drugs and Alcohol), syndicated, 1991
  • Coca-Cola Pop Music "Backstage Pass to Summer," Fox, 1991
  • Home Box Office Presents: Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston(also known as Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston), HBO, 1991
  • Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International, Lifetime, 1992
  • Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration, ABC, 1992
  • Whitney Houston: This Is My Life, ABC, 1992
  • Music in Movies '93, 1993
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1993
  • Whitney--The Concert for a New South Africa (also known as Whitney Houston: The Concert for a New South Africa), 1994
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1994
  • Music in Movies '95, ABC, 1995
  • Herself, Soul Train's 25th Anniversary (also known as The SoulTrain 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Special), 1995
  • (Archive footage) Herself, Television's Greatest Performances, 1995
  • Herself, The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5 (also known as The Sounds of Soul), 1995
  • Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony, ABC, 1996
  • Music in Movies '96, ABC, 1996
  • Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C., HBO, 1997
  • The 1997 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, USA Network, 1997
  • When You Believe: Music from "The Prince of Egypt," NBC, 1998
  • Tony Bennett: An All-Star Tribute--Live by Request, A&E, 1998
  • The Great Christmas Movies, AMC, 1998
  • Herself, VH1 Divas Live '99, VH1, 1999
  • Arista Records' 25yh Anniversary Celebration, 1999
  • Grammy's Greatest Performances, CBS, 1999
  • Herself, It's Black Entertainment, Showtime, 2000
  • Grammy Countdown, syndicated, 2000
  • An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence, NBCand syndicated, 2000
  • 25 Years of No. 1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 2000
  • Herself, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, CBS, 2001
  • Everybody Talk About ... Pop Music!, MTV, 2001
  • Performer, VH1 Divas Las Vegas, VH1, 2002
  • Movies
  • Fairy Godmother, "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (also known as "Cinderella"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 1997
  • Episodic
  • Singer, As the World Turns, 1984
  • Rita, "Katie's College," Gimme a Break!, 1984
  • Herself, "Head Over Heels," Silver Spoons, NBC, 1985
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985, 1990
  • "Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul," American Masters, PBS, 1988
  • The Mickey Mouse Club, The Disney Channel, 1989
  • ABC in Concert, ABC, 1991
  • Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1991, and 1996
  • Late Show with David Letterman, 1998
  • Herself, Sen kvall med Luuk, 1999
  • Also appeared in Making the Video, MTV; The Magic Hour, syndicated.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 28th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1985
  • The 13th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1986
  • The 29th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 14th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1987
  • Host, The 15th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1988
  • The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1988
  • The 30th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1988
  • The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1989
  • The 31st Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1989
  • The Songwriters Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary: The Magic of Music,CBS, 1989
  • Herself, The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards, 1990
  • The 1991 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 1991
  • The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 19th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1992
  • The Essence Awards, CBS, 1992
  • Presenter, The 1993 MTV Movie Awards, syndicated, 1993
  • The 1993 Billboard Music Awards, 1993
  • The 1994 World Music Awards, ABC, 1994
  • The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1994
  • The 36th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1994
  • The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, 1994
  • The American Music Awards, 1994
  • Host, The 8th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, 1995
  • Presenter, The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1995
  • The Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Special, CBS, 1995
  • Host, The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1996
  • The 38th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1996
  • Host, The 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, 1996
  • Host, The 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon, 1997
  • The 39th Grammy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • Honoree, The 10th Essence Awards, Fox, 1997
  • The 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1998
  • Presenter, The 1998 Essence Awards, Fox, 1998
  • Special honoree, The 6th Annual Trumpet Awards, TBS, 1998
  • Presenter, The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1998
  • Herself, The 26th Annual American Music Awards, 1998
  • Herself, The 1998 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 1998
  • GQ Men of the Year Awards, VH1, 1998
  • The 50th Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998
  • Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards, CBS, 1999
  • The Brit Awards '99, ABC, 1999
  • The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1999
  • The 41st Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1999
  • The 26th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1999
  • The 1999 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1999
  • The 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV, 1999
  • The 13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1999
  • The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2000
  • The 27th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 2000
  • Herself, The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 2000
  • Award recipient, The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, 2000
  • Honoree, The 1st Annual BET Awards, BET, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Executive producer, Whitney Houston: This Is My Life, ABC, 1992
  • Executive producer, Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C., HBO, 1997
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (also known as"Cinderella"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 1997
  • Film Appearances
  • Perfect, Columbia, 1985
  • School for Vandals, 1986
  • Herself, Whitney Houston: Live in Concert, 1991
  • Rachel Marron, The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Savannah Jackson, Waiting to Exhale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Herself, The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 5 (also known as The Sounds of Soul), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Julia Biggs, The Preacher's Wife, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Herself, Scratch the Surface (documentary), 1997
  • Anything for Love, Universal, 1999
  • Herself, A New Princess (also known as The Making of "The Princess Diaries"), 2001
  • Film Work
  • Song performer, The Bodyguard, 1992
  • Song performer, Waiting to Exhale, 1995
  • Executive producer of music soundtrack and producer of gospel music, The Preacher's Wife, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Singer, The Prince of Egypt (animated), DreamWorks Distribution LLC, 1998
  • Producer, The Princess Diaries, Buena Vista, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Whitney Houston (includes the songs "Saving All My Love for You,""Greatest Love of All," and "You Give Good Love"), Arista, 1985
  • Whitney (songs include "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and "For the Love of You"), Arista, 1987
  • I'm Your Baby Tonight, Arista, 1990
  • The Bodyguard (original soundtrack; songs include "I Will Always Love You" and "I'm Every Woman"), 1992
  • My Love Is Your Love, Arista, 1998
  • Greatest Hits, 2000
  • Just Plain Whitney, 2002
  • Performed with numerous music artists, including Teddy Pendergrass, BobbyBrown, Chaka Khan, Neville Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Jermaine Jackson, and Jimmy Reid.
  • Singles
  • Also recorded "Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)," "Heartbreak Hotel," and "It's NotRight, But It's Okay."
  • Music Videos
  • "How Will I Know?," 1986
  • Also appeared in Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita, and Charli Baltimore's "Down 4 You."
  • Videos
  • Whitney--The Unreleased Mixes, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Music
  • Song "Queen of the Night," The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Ammons, Kevin, Good Girl, Bad Girl, Birch Lane Press, 1996
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 28, Gale Group, 2001
    • Contemporary Musicians, Vol. 25, Gale Group, 1999
    Periodicals
    • Ebony, January, 1993, pp. 119-122; November, 1997
    • Good Housekeeping, January, 1997, p. 62
    • Jet, August 20, 2001, p. 18
    • Los Angeles Times, November 22, 1992
    • Newsweek, December 23, 1996, p. 70
    • New York Times, October 28, 1985
    • Vanity Fair, November, 1992, pp. 240-241, 272-276
    • Washington Post, November 26, 1992, p. B1

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