Whitney Houston: An Overview of Her Films

The Bodyguard (1992)

Houston's first acting foray, and the film that more or less made Houston a household name all over again, also cemented Kevin Costner's sex symbol status in the process. Steve McQueen and Diana Ross were intended to be the original stars of the picture, as producer Lawrence Kasdan had been plugging away at the film since the '70s. The soundtrack has sold more than 45 million units, and Houston's version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" will more than likely be written on her pop-culture epitaph. A remake with Rihanna was bandied about until the singer backed out.

Cinderella (TV 1997)

Brandy and Houston teamed up for the television version of the oft-spun fairy tale, made at the height of Brandy's popularity. You can catch this cute one on cable here and there, and it has a great cast of triple threats, but that's sort of it. Houston sings five songs on the soundtrack.

Sparkle (2012)

This as-yet-unreleased flick about how "three sisters form a successful singing group and must deal with the fallout of fame and drugs" would prove to be Houston's last cinematic venture. Directed by Salim Akil of Jumping the Broom fame, this one is due to hit theaters now over the summer.

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Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I forgot she was in Waiting to Exhale. Good movie. I saw a comment elsewhere on what a leap The Bodyguard was for both her and Costner, depicting an inter-racial and inter-class relationship in the way that it did.


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Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I was shocked at how profoundly sad I was when I heard the news Saturday night. It's not like I have Whitney on all of my playlists, but certainly her music served as an access point to R&B/gospel for me as a child, starting with her on the radio and working backwards through her predecessors. It's a huge loss to the music community. I thought they handled it well at the Grammy Awards.

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