Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170-200 million records sold worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.
Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1963-08-09)August 9, 1963 Newark, New Jersey, U.S. / Died February 11, 2012(2012-02-11) (aged 48) Beverly Hills, California, U.S. / Cause of death Drowning / Resting place Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, New Jersey, U.S. / Occupation Singer, model, actress, producer / Religion Baptist / Spouse(s) Bobby Brown (m. 1992–2007) / Children Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown / Parents John Russell Houston, Jr. Emily Drinkard / Relatives Gary Garland (half-brother) Dionne Warwick (cousin) Dee Dee Warwick (cousin) / Awards List of awards and nominations / Genres R&B, pop, soul, gospel / Instruments Vocals, piano / Years active 1977–2012 / Labels Arista, RCA / Associated acts Cissy Houston, Jermaine Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown, Mariah Carey, George Michael, Brandy Norwood / Signature / wikipedia