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Whitney Houston Biography, Early Life, Age, Family, Career and Net Worth

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Whitney Houston Biography

Whitney Elizabeth Houston, better known simply as Whitney Houston, was a multi-talented American artist. Her musical talents spanned genres like R&B, Pop, Soul, Dance, and Gospel. Tragically, she passed away on February 11, 2012, at the age of 48 in Beverly Hills, California. Whitney's music resonated with millions, as evidenced by her staggering 200 million record sales, solidifying her as one of the best-selling artists in history.

Whitney Houston's name was synonymous with success on the Billboard Hot 100, where she achieved an impressive seven consecutive number one singles. Her journey into music began in childhood when she sang alongside her mother, a legendary artist, during her school days.

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Full Name Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Nickname Whitney Houston
Date of Birth August 9, 1963
Age at Death 48 years old (February 11, 2012)
Birthplace Newark, New Jersey, USA
Nationality American
Religion Christian
Parents John Russell Houston (Father, Theatrical Manager)
Cissy Houston (Mother, Singer)
Siblings Michael Houston (Brother)
Gary Garland (Brother)
Marital Status Divorced (Married to Bobby Brown in 1992)
Children Daughter: Bobbi Kristina Brown
Notable Relationships Alvin Love II, Robert De Niro, Randall Cunningham, Jermaine Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Kelly McGillis, Robyn Crawford, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Ray J
Career Highlights Successful singer, model, actress, and producer
Net Worth (2012) $20 million USD

Early Life and Education

Born on August 9, 1963, Whitney Houston grew up in Newark, New Jersey, in a devout Christian family. She was a proud American with a strong Christian faith. Her early education took place at a local high school in the United States, and she later graduated from Mount Saint Dominic Academy. From a young age, Whitney showed more interest in singing and extracurricular activities than academics.

Family and Personal Life

Whitney Houston's parents were John Russell Houston, a theatrical manager, and Cissy Houston, a renowned singer. She had two brothers, Michael Houston and Gary Garland. Whitney's marital status at the time of her death was divorced. In 1992, she married Bobby Brown, with whom she had a daughter named Bobbi Kristina Brown. 

In addition to Bobby Brown, Whitney had relationships with notable figures such as Alvin Love II, Robert De Niro, Randall Cunningham, Jermaine Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Kelly McGillis, Robyn Crawford, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, and Ray J.


Whitney Houston's career began in the world of fashion modeling. In 1983, she made a notable appearance on "The Merv Griffin Show." The following year, she sang the hit single "Hold Me" and appeared on TV shows like "Gimme a Break" and "As the World Turns" as Rita Lamar.

In 1985, Whitney released her self-titled studio album, "Whitney Houston," which included chart-toppers like "You Give Good Love," "Thinking About You," "All at Once," "Saving All My Love for You," and "How Will I Know." She also had chart re-entries with "How Will I Know" and released the promotional single "Someone for Me."

Net Worth

As of 2012, Whitney Houston's net worth was estimated at $20 million.

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