The Ups and Downs of Whitney Houston
A look back at Whitney Houston’s dizzying ride on the rollercoaster of fame
Whitney Houston gave us such timeless hits as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Have Nothing,” but her life has not been as smooth as her unforgettable voice. Now that her comeback is in full swing (albeit with mixed reviews), we recall the pop diva’s most memorable moments since her first appearance on the music charts.
1985: In March, Whitney debuted her first album, Whitney Houston, introducing the whole world to “the voice.” With hits like “The Greatest Love of All” and “How Will I Know,” the album sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut ever for a female artist and catapulting Whitney into instant stardom.
1991: Whitney was invited to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Fla. She turned our national anthem into a pop hit with a music video of the performance, but the proceeds were generously donated to the soldiers and families of the Persian Gulf War.
1992: The pop star invaded movie theaters with her leading role in The Bodyguard. Critics said her acting ability was less-than-stellar, but the film’s soundtrack became the world’s best-selling movie soundtrack thanks to the mega-hit “I Will Always Love You” (which is still played at the end of every Bar Mitzvah or wedding you will ever attend).