Whitney Houston died yesterday at the age of 48. More than a crooner, Houston wowed fans with her acting ability as well. Here is a look back at her film career:
The Bodyguard (1992):
In her film debut, Houston stars as a pop diva who has been receiving death threats. When her handlers call in a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) to protect her, their uneasy relationship soon turns into love. The film’s title song, Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” went platinum, winning the Grammy for Record of the Year. The music video features The Bodyguard heavily, showing Houston sitting on a stage watching images from the movie:
Waiting to Exhale (1995):
In this film based on Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel about four women and their relationships with men, Houston plays Savannah, a woman in love with another woman’s husband. The film, directed by Forest Whitaker, opened at # 1 at the Box Office, and Houston was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for the performance. Her soundtrack single, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” hit # 1 on the charts.
The Preacher’s Wife (1996):
Here Houston plays Julia, the wife of a preacher whose struggling church is threatened when a real estate developer wants to tear down the property and put up condos. The preacher prays to God for a miracle, and his prayer is answered as all prayers should be — in the form of Denzel Washington, who plays a guardian angel. Things get interesting when he falls in love with Houston’s character. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, and Houston won the Image Award for Best Actress.
Houston was to make her comeback in this year’s film, Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film inspired by The Supremes. Houston stars as the mother of three daughters pursuing singing careers in the 1950s. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks takes the title role in the film, which was originally to be performed by Aaliyah, before her death in a plane crash in 2001. There’s no trailer yet for this film, but recently Houston spoke about the project with The Insider:
Sony has said that the film will be released on August 17th, as scheduled. As Houston’s fans mourn her passing, they can take comfort in the fact that soon, they will be able to see her on the big screen one more time.