- Birthday9th Aug, 63
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital status
The once-in-a-lifetime singer Whitney Houston was one of the greatest voices America has ever produced. One of the bestselling music artists in the world, Whitney’s studio and soundtrack album’s always earned diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Born in 1963, in New Jersey, to gospel singer mother, teenager Whitney got her first start in singing at the “New Hope Baptist Church “ where her mother was the choir minister and later attended the all-girls school “Mount Saint Dominic Academy”. Young Whitney’s teenage years were spent performing in nightclubs before she started a major deal as a backup singer on the Michael Zager’s Band “Life’s a Party” and simultaneously started modeling.
Houston's debut album “Whitney Houston” released in 1985 made her a superstar performer with more than 13 million copies sold for her pop charts topper album. The talented artist’s first four albums, released between the years 1985 and 1992, recorded global sales of more than 86 million copies. Whitney also holds the “Guinness World record” for being the most-awarded female artist of all-time, with her six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, totaling incredibly 415 career awards. Whitney also tried transition from music to movies by appearing in the romantic thriller “The Bodyguard” earned over $400 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful films.
The eminent artist’s brilliant work earned her a lot of appreciation, recognition and wealth in returns. One of the richest music artists, Whitney owned a bunch of lavish properties including her $5 million “New Jersey home”, and “Atlanta townhouse” estimated at $509,875. A generous philanthropist by nature, the pop diva made significant contributions to charities and foundations which include “Celebrity Fight Night Foundation”, “Children's Defense Fund”, “Red Cross” and “United Service Organization”.
The pop singer’s sparkling career went a bit off the track after her marriage with singer, actor “Bobby Brown” in 1992, in Whitney's home in New Jersey. The pop diva met Bobby for the first time at the “Soul Train Music Awards” and the couple had one daughter “Bobby Kristina Houston Brown” from their marriage relationship. The legendary artist also had relationships with TV personality “Eddie Murphy”, Former American Footballer “Randall Cunningham” and hip hop artist “Ray J” during her life time. A versatile singer, actor, model, film producer and a generous human being, Whitney left the artificial world on February 11, 2012, at the age of 48, in a suite in the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, the cause of death being unknown.
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New Jersey home
Whitney owned a lavish home in New Jersey, which the eminent artist bought for a sum of $5 million, but later sold it for half the price in 2009. The 12,561-sq.-ft. mansion was the site where the pop diva married Bobby Brown. The plush home was also used for the filming of Bobby Brown’s 2005 reality series featuring the couple’s life.
Location: The luxurious home is located in Mendham, New Jersey, USA.
Accommodation: Situated on five acres of land, the glorious home features a circular architecture and houses five-bedrooms and five-bathrooms. The long hallways feature floor-to-ceiling windows. The house features a properly ventilated living room incorporating world class furniture, a separate dining room and large sized glass doors offering brilliant outside view. The sprawling mansion also features manicured lawns and ample vegetation in the surroundings offering a divine atmosphere.
East Orange home
The eminent entertainer Whitney grew up in her childhood home located in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. Whitney’s middle class home is positioned a few blocks away from her previously attended elementary school and is near to the “New Hope Baptist church” from where she started her singing career. Guarded by ample fencing, the tragic singer’s upbringing home features a simple yet pretty construction in the form of medium sized windows and an undersized entrance.
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation
Whitney has been a significant contributor to the Jimmy Walker established foundation “Celebrity Fight Night”, which raises charity funds through a star-studded evening filled with live musical performances and items auction organized as tribute to Muhammad Ali. Considered as one of the nations’s privileged annual charity events, Celebrity Fight Night contributes significant dollars for charities for the people in need, by the active involvement of celebrities and qualified athletes from all over the country.
Children's Defense Fund
The pop diva has been a supporter of the “Children's Defense Fund”, a non-profit child advocacy organization aimed at providing every child with a fair start in life and a thriving passage to adulthood without facing any problems, by the help of considerate families. The organization runs several programs and campaigns to provide a tough and efficient voice for all the young children of America along with special attention to poor and minority children and those suffering with disabilities and family breakdown.
Whitney has been a liberal contributor for the “Red Cross” foundation, aimed at offering relief to the victims of disasters. The foundation works on the noble universal humanitarian principles and enables the people to prevent any disaster by effective planning and counter emergencies in an efficient manner. The charity also performs various activities to safeguard the lives and dignity of the war victims and counter domestic aggression.
United Service Organization
The versatile artist Whitney has been an ally for the cause “United Service Organization”, a nonprofit organization providing self-belief, maturity and recreation-type services to the military forces. Backed by the mutual efforts of thousands of USO volunteers, the organization runs a broad range of programs which include multiple entertainment events taking place at more than 160 sites in 14 countries, to serve the injured military warriors and their family by keeping them well connected.
United Negro College Fund
The African-American singer has been a generous donor for the “United Negro College Fund”, which is an American philanthropic organization, headquartered in Virginia, accumulating funds for 39 private “historically black colleges and universities”. Incorporated in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson, the organization has accumulated more than $2 billion over 63 years to enable more than 350,000 students attend college along with providing them with prestigious scholarships and internships for added support.