A look at the life of the great pop star who found enormous success on the stage but misery away from it. Signed by the legendary Clive Davis, Houston burned up the charts with such hits as "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "Greatest Love of All," and became one of the most successful recording artists of all time with 170 million records sold. But her personal life became a train wreck. Her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown was plagued by persistent rumors of drug abuse, and their reality TV show, Being Bobby Brown, did more to harm Whitney's career than help it.
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Whitney Houston grew up wanting to follow in the footsteps of her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, her cousin, pop star Dionne Warwick, and her godmother, Aretha Franklin.
Clive Davis and Arista records released Whitney Houston's debut album, "Whitney Houston," in 1985. Her strong voice shined on the ballads "The Greatest Love of All" and "Saving All My Love for You."
Even though she initially turned down the role, Kevin Costner eventually secured Whitney Houston as his costar in "The Bodyguard." Whitney's accompanying soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack album of all time.
Still riding high on the success of her first album, Whitney Houston released her second album, "Whitney," in June, 1987. "Whitney" broke numerous Billboard records and solidified her status as an A-Lister.
In 1989, New Edition member Bobby Brown caught the attention of Whitney Houston and they soon started dating. At the time, the public was shocked, as Whitney was viewed as the good girl, and Bobby Brown had a "bad boy" reputation.
In the early 2000s, Whitney Houston's career took a downward turn after a series of personal troubles and professional disappointments. In 2005, she and her husband entered the world of reality TV with their show "Being Bobby Brown."