5 Things You Never Knew About Whitney Houston

On this day in 2012, singer and actress Whitney Houston was found dead in in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Whitney Houston…


She Was a Successful Fashion Model Houston was just 16 years old when she started a modeling career. Her photos appeared in magazines such as Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan. She holds the distinction of being one of the first African American woman to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine. She also starred in TV commercials for Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola, and before she had a record deal she turned down the opportunity to star as Sondra Huxtable on "The Cosby Show".

She Had Music In Her Blood Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a backup singer for the likes of Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin. Whitney Houston also grew up wanting to follow in the footsteps of her cousin, pop star Dionne Warwick, and her godmother, Aretha Franklin. 


Houston Sang Background for Chaka Khan In 1978, Houston was a girl of 14 when she, along with her mother Cissy Houston sang backup for Chaka Khan’s iconic hit “I’m Every Woman.” In 1993, Houston released her own version of the song, which reached the number four spot on Billboard's charts. In the song, she yells “Chaka” several times toward the end. The song also appears in her 1992 movie “The Bodyguard.”

She Holds the Record for the Best-Selling Soundtrack The soundtrack that has sold the most copies worldwide is Houston’s “The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album” with more than 45 million copies sold. The album featured an impressive five hit songs, including “I Will Always Love You,”  “I’m Every Woman” and “Run to You.” The songs "I Have Nothing" and "Run to You" from the album were nominated as Best Original Song at the 1993 Academy Awards.

She is The Most Awarded Female Recording Artist Houston is the most awarded female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Houston’s awards include: 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards.  Houston is also the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”). 

Her Daughter’s Body Was Found Almost the Same Way Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48, which resulted from long-term cocaine abuse and heart disease. Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, Houston’s daughter with Bobby Brown, was found in her townhouse bathtub on January 31, 2015, and the accident was determined to be influenced by drug intoxication. The younger Brown lingered in a coma for almost six months before she died on July 26, 2015, as the result of lobar pneumonia.