Goodbye, Whitney

World Pop Icon Whitney Houston, famous for hits including “I will always love you” from the film “The Bodyguard”, was found dead Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel. She was 48.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time.  Her awards include two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards in her lifetime. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She began singing as a child at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Whitney’s cousin singer Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir.

Whitney also appeared in the movies “Bodyguard” (1992), “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) and “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996).

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