When Whitney Houston appeared on the scene over twenty-five years ago her career progressed at break-neck speeds for more than a decade. She established herself as an actress, singer-songwriter, and producer. For most of Houston’s early years she was considered a diva with little drama. In the latter years she fought her way through personal and professional struggles to reclaim her spot in the entertainment industry.
Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston to a family of entertainers, her chosen path was expected. Her subsequent success was phenomenal. As a teen she occasionally toured with mom Cissy Houston as she performed around the country. Godmother Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul and her two cousins, Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick, had made their own stamp on the music industry.