DOB: August 9, 1963
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Occupation: Singer, actress, film producer, record producer, model
· Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards.
· She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards (AMAs) of any female solo artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in 1994.
· Houston won a record 11 Billboard Music Awards at its fourth ceremony in 1993.
· She also had the record for the most World Music Awards won in a single year, winning five awards at the 6th WMAs in 1994.
· Her debut album, 'Whitney Houston', was released in 1985 and became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist. Several hit singles, including Saving All My Love For You, How Will I Know, You Give Good Love, and The Greatest Love of All, were released from the album, setting her up for a Beatles-beating seven consecutive US number ones. The album itself sold three million copies in its first year in the US and went on to sell 25 million worldwide, winning her the first of her six Grammies.
· She has a school named after her (1997) formerly Franklin School, now the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts in her hometown of East Orange, New Jersey.
· She is the only female artist to have three albums sell over nine million copies each: "Whitney Houston" (1985), "Whitney" (1987), and "The Bodyguard" (1992).
· Her mother was at one time a background singer for Elvis Presley.
· Favourite movie was Sparkle (1976). She would later release a remake of the film in 2012 starring Houston herself and Jordan Jonah Sparks. It was also unfortunately her last film before passing away.
"God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?"
"I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe."
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