Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey. She has two brothers, Michael and Gary. Her mother, Cissy (Emily) Houston, was a Rhythm and Blues singer. A little known fact about singer Whitney Houston is that her cousin is the legendary Dionne Warwick. So it’s no wonder that she grew up to become a singer herself. Before her first album was released, Houston’s fresh, young looks earned her several magazine modeling jobs, including appearing on the cover of “Seventeen”. She even made some television appearances. If you ever see the rerun of “Gimme A Break!”- episode 61, titled “Katie’s College”, to be exact- you’ll see Houston play the role of “Rita.” Read this informative article and find out some little known facts about singer Whitney Houston you’re sure to find interesting!
On Valentine’s Day of 1985, Houston’s self-titled debut album was released by Arista Records. Hits included “You Give Good Love,” “How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love For You” and “The Greatest Love of All.” The album sold more than 22,000,000 copies and earned Houston two Grammy Awards and two Billboard Music Awards. Naturally, mother Cissy was a backup singer on the album.
After that came “Whitney” in 1987 and “I’m Your Baby Tonight” in 1990. Both albums failed to perform as well as the first. Still, though, they won Whitney Houston even more awards, money and fame.
Her Film Career
Whitney Houston starred in “The Bodyguard” opposite Kevin Costner in 1992. “I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Will Always Love You” became hits for Houston off the movie soundtrack. The latter became so popular that sales blew through the roof. It’s one of the best-selling albums ever. She also starred with Denzel Washington in “The Preacher’s Wife” in 1996.
A little known fact about singer Whitney Houston is that she was inducted into the “Soul Train Music Awards Hall of Fame” in 1996.
In the meantime, Whitney Houston married Robert Baresford Brown in July 1992. “Bobby” Brown as he is better known in the entertainment world, is a Grammy Award-winning Rhythm and Blues singer and songwriter. Eight months later she gave birth to “Bobbi Kristina Brown.”
It’s certainly no secret that the Houston/Brown marriage was rocky from the start. Bobby Brown was a well-known “bad boy” who had drug and alcohol problems and scrapes with the law. In 2003, he added “Misdemeanor Battery” to his long arrest record when he hit his wife and threatened to “beat her ass.” The following year he served time in Georgia for drunk driving. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Add to it rumors that he was unfaithful to Whitney Houston during their marriage and you can understand how unhealthy their relationship was.
After several separations, Houston finally filed for divorce from Bobby Brown in September of 2006. The couple were divorced in April 2007. Houston won custody of their daughter.
A little known fact about singer Whitney Houston is that Sir Elton John even told her Brown was “no good for her”. He applauded her decision to finally end the marriage.
During the later years of her marriage to Bobby Brown, Houston herself was in and out of drug rehab three times in three years. In 2000 she was addicted to Cocaine. As late as 2006, the media reported that she had entered intensive therapy to beat her addictions. Rumors circulated about a 2007 comeback album, but it has yet to materialize.
Another little known fact about singer Whitney Houston is that, despite the grim times, she still holds the record of winning the most American Music Awards, 26 total. She also holds the record of having seven number one records in a row.