LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (REUTERS – Thursday (August 9) marks the late Whitney Houston%20Houston&redirect=yes">’s birthday. The Grammy-award-winning singer and actress would have been 55.
Considered one of the reigning queens of pop her 1985 debut, “Whitney Houston%20Houston&redirect=yes">”, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at that time and spawned several hits including “How Will I Know.” Her second studio CD, 1987’s “Whitney”, became the first album by a female artist to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Houston, sold hundreds of millions of records and scored the mega hits “I Will Always Love You” from the “The Bodyguard” soundtrack and earlier song “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. She won six Grammys, 30 Billboard awards and 22 American Music Awards and released seven studio albums selling in excess of 170 million CDs, singles and videos. The soundtrack for “The Bodyguard”, was among the best-selling soundtracks in movie history.
In 1992 the singer-actress married singer Bobby Brown and Whitney’s dominance in music and global stardom was soon overshadowed by their tumultuous 14 years together marred by drug abuse and domestic violence.
Recently two documentaries about the late singer have been released; “Whitney” directed by Kevin Macdonald, which screened out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and “Can I Be Me” by British director, Nick Broomfield.
Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease were to blame when Whitney Houston%20Houston&redirect=yes"> drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel on February 11, 2012. She was 48-years-old at the time.