Whitney Houston remembered on her special day
August 9th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Whitney Houston remembered on her special day

Whitney Houston's life was heartbreakingly short, but it was filled with achievements. On what would have been her 49th birthday today, we can see how much she accomplished in her lifetime.

The Newark, New Jersey native provided a soundtrack to our lives in the late '80s, racking up seven consecutive No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Those tracks included hits like ...

... 1985's "Saving All My Love For You":

... 1986's "How Will I Know":

... 1987's "I Want to Dance With Somebody":

... and 1988's "So Emotional":

Not to mention, she inspired thousands of singers with her recording of "I Will Always Love You," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 after its release in 1992. The soundtrack on which the single appeared, "The Bodyguard," was also a smash, spending 20 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

"The Bodyguard" soundtrack also won the Album of the Year Grammy in 1993, one of six that Houston earned throughout her career. ("I Will Always Love You" also picked up a Grammy at the same ceremony for Record of the Year.)

But while her music is a lasting part of our memories, so are her movie roles, particularly her turn in 1992's "The Bodyguard"; 1995's "Waiting to Exhale"; 1996's "The Preacher' s Wife"; and 1997's "Cinderella."

Idolator found Houston's film and TV career to be "surprisingly ... small" for a woman "with such charisma, beauty and confidence on-screen."

Perhaps that would've changed had she lived. When Houston died at 48 in February, her latest film project, "Sparkle," was being produced for an August 17 release. The cast has talked extensively about what a positive presence she was on the set, and how she brought so much to the film, both personally and professionally.

The film's star, Jordin Sparks, recounted on CNN Thursday morning that just as Houston thought she was the perfect fit for the movie, the feeling was mutual:


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  1. nelson

    a brilliant actress/singer ..
    Find out more about her life in http://remember-whitney-houston.com/

    August 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Red Pison

    She's dead, she hasn't been popular since the 90's. She gets no more birthdays.

    August 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. frank

    what is going on, i thought she was dead.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. oreo

    How old is she now?

    August 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hdtv

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    August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SKY

    FACT: SHE WAS NO ROLE MODEL, SHE WAS HIGH WHEN MAKING THIS MOVIE, SHE WAS ON DRUGS
    AND DRUGS KILLED HER. YES HER MUSIC WAS BEAUTIFUL....SHE LOVED DRUGS MORE.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stick it in the p00per

    Hey guess what? Whitney Houston is dead....

    August 14, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. caring

    Happy Birthday Whitney! Your music was flawless!!! May you rest in peace in knowing that you GAVE to the world the BEST MUSIC that you had in you to those who would APPRECIATE IT.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HERE'S ANOTHER STUD

    PipiLongSucking

    Happy Birthday! you're dead.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ON TROLL WATCH

    WHO MADE THE COMMENT ABOUT WHITNEY HOUSTON SWALLING? OH YEA THAT STUD SOKMAN..
    WE'RE RIGHT THERE

    THEY FLIRT WITH YOU AND THEN SET UP YOU..THEN CAN'T FACE YOUR THERE...

    CLEANERS!

    August 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. TROLL ABUSE

    there as a special on troll abuse last night..basically its people who get on a computer and drive non troll nuthts...be aware these trolls hack into computers and proudly identify who they are (DAN)...actually admitted to it. we have that in the file.

    a troll may pretend to flirt with you to set you up with the girlfriend...gee that hasn't been figured yet(yawn)

    these are people who basically drive people away. see you at the cleaners.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. stop threating people on this blog..

    we have a copy of every single comment that is on this blog since beginning of june. the fun ones remain, the others are at the head of cnn. go away and mind your own business.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. hallie

    miss has been forwarded to the head of cnn along with the others–

    August 13, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Miss

    Some of these comments disappoint me. Why are some of you so cruel? What happened in your lives to feel comfortable making fun of the downfalls of others? It's okay to have an opinion but be careful. You have a mother, grandmother and maybe an aunt or a daughter. God be with you on judgement day.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. didn't know my own strength video

    just saw it...at the end of the video she shouts out I DIDN'T KNOW like 5 or 6 times - that was the church choir girl coming out of her. thanks for the video recommendation! ...nice remembering her this way!

    August 13, 2012 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  16. Oprah

    just saw her singing on Oprah. thanks!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Fatso? good answer Duh

    i think most should hear the 2 songs and shut the heck up.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  18. FAT

    SO

    August 13, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. i'm the one...

    that loved the last album! LOL

    August 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. huh?

    i just home...huh?

    August 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sokman

    First, I don't apologize for Anything. Second, what makes you think you are even important enough to hate me? Third, your so-called god didn't give us Whitney, a woman who refused to swallow did. I am Sokman, & I approve this message.

    August 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  22. my favorite song on her last album was...

    i didn't know my own strength..the best version of it was on the oprah show. it was great..

    August 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. I look to you-Whitney Houston

    I look to you was the last professional album Whitney recorded. i saw the video for the first time today. her voice husky from her drug battle but the spirit was totally Whitney...she hit some high notes which was great to hear...she appeared to have mean't every word of the song and her energy looked great.

    this death should have never happened, no deaths should happen. in reading about this woman in the last 2 days and learning about her legacy i feel so badly she was a weak person who could not fight this .

    she looked beautiful in the video and its just so sad this woman has been called a coke, crack head by the public.

    i think we should let her rest now and leave her alone.

    Happy 49th Birthday Whitney and we will all be there to see Sparkle.

    August 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • updated: I Look To You: Whitney Houston

      I look to you-Whitney Houston

      I look to you was the last professional album Whitney recorded. i saw the video for the first time today. her voice husky from her drug battle but the spirit was totally Whitney...she hit some high notes which was great to hear...she appeared to have mean't every word of the song and her energy looked great.

      this death should have never happened, no deaths should happen. in reading about this woman in the last 2 days and learning about her legacy i feel so badly she was a weak person who could not fight this .

      she looked beautiful in the video and its just so sad this woman has been called a coke, crack head by the public.

      we should let her rest now and leave her alone.

      Happy 49th Birthday Whitney and we will all be there to see Sparkle.

      August 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      August 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Whit

    totally miss....

    August 12, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. Michael Caliazzo

    I misss her.

    August 12, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  26. awdam

    Im sure they pumped her casket full of crack-smoke......she had the all new "crack in da casket" attachment which puts out crack smoe three times a day for up to three years without a reload.

    August 11, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • olivia

      You think you're so clever and maybe even funny..you have no respect for yourself, therefore it would be impossible to have respect for anyone else, not mention lack of intellect.

      August 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Brown

      You are a ignorant RACIST A- HOLE! I hope that you rot in HELL!!

      August 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Brown

      You are a ignorant RACIST A- HOLE!
      I hope that you rot in HELL!!

      August 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Brown

      You are a ignorant RACIST MORON!
      I hope that you rot in HELL!!

      August 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. COWS...

    let me know who exactly it was – sat. ladies.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. cole

    somebody from town (just) told me she was involved in the next conspire

    August 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. duh

    i took a hit last night, guess that counts as a birthday celebration today

    August 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Whitney

    Whitney did not want to be hated.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  31. matrix

    we just cancelled the meeting–we don't need to be concerned with clean up anymore.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jambalaya

    Say NO to CRACK

    August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ask rogue or dazzle to do it.

    Ask rogue or dazzle to meet with jud's book next week to get the stuff out.... they can do something else much faster to get the revs out....

    August 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jud's book rvs remain.

    we just cancelled the appointment with them. ask the tot faces to take care of it.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sokman

    Sorry I'm being such an @$$. I know people hate me. I wish I was dead like Whitney.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  36. all these paragraphs

    were the continued effort to get me

    August 10, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  37. ping

    ))

    August 10, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  38. cisco

    I hope whitney is ok in the heavens..we miss your voice.. i know i do.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  39. Sokman?

    excuse me? who are you speaking to?

    August 10, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. Square

    all the blogger is suppose to be worrying about is his or her square for reviewing.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  41. Sokman

    Unless you count embalming fluid...

    August 10, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  42. Opinion

    nobody is upset by this article they are voicing an opinion just like you do..its not personal and noone knows each other.
    mind your own business.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  43. blogging

    mind your own business and worry about your "blogging" issues.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  44. Nic remembers whit

    Wow can't understand why so many people are upset by this article....remember elvis, bet your parents do. seems they wrote about him every year on his birthday and he couldn't act. shake your family tree and see how many pill adicts, alcohol abusers, pedophiles, murderers, etc fall out.

    August 10, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  45. Shaun Catron

    Wishing Happy Birthday to a dead drug addict? Et Tu, CNN?

    August 10, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  46. janie bullock

    Rest in peace Whitney God takes the best and leaves the rest.

    August 10, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  47. pghdude

    Happy Birthday? She is gone!

    August 10, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  48. lady bam.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WHITNEY I KNOW U R NOW WITH UR LORD SO HAV A BALL UP IN HEAVEN. WE MISS N LOVE U!! AND NEG BLOGGERS IF U HATE HER SO MUCH WHY? R U IN THIS PAGE!!!

    August 10, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  49. Happy Friday

    have a fun day today.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  50. delene

    Where is the LOVE? Where is the COMPASSION and you call yourself a Christian...yeah right. YES Jesus LOVES me. RIP Whitney

    August 10, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  51. Diana J. E. Blair

    God gave us the gift of Whitney Houston to be cherished, remembered and passed on for generations to come. Whitney, her songs and her voice are a National Treasure and there will never be a voice like hers.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • good morning

      is this the diane - attorney in chicago..if so..pleasure to see you blogging! LOL

      August 10, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  52. Whitney's issues

    whitney was around people with drugs all the time she needed someone to point her in a direction and most of all help help her get off the crack. you need a strong willed person to help your get away from drugs... thick skinned person.

    August 10, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  53. Sokman

    Hate to break it to you... She'll not see your birthday wishes. She's dead. But hey, 6 months drug free.

    August 10, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  54. I miss whitney

    cissy must be so upset by all of this. she did everything she could to help her daughter but whitney was a weak person.

    August 10, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  55. H. K theeft

    i can still be there if you want.

    August 10, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  56. the crew

    we love whitney and are sorry she's not with us. happy 49th dear and rest in peace.

    August 10, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  57. blog

    there are mistake and then there are "mistakes" ... remember folks this is a blog none of us know each other and we really do no know who we are talking to. use it in proper fashion. have fun with it or just go away.

    August 10, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  58. JackWorm

    stay out of peoples business and just review.

    August 10, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  59. we got the jack

    jack.

    August 10, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  60. SingAPsalm

    CNN, after all of the caustic comments posted after Whitney's death, why add insult to injury by setting this article up for comments. It appears that you thrive on seeing certain people and topics raked over the coals. If you were trying to sink down another level, you made it.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  61. LILY

    WHAT EES THESE YOU SPEAK OF SENORES? I COME TO AMERICA TO MAKE MY SUENOS TRUE. MI NO ESPEAKE THEE BUENO INGLES.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  62. ce jackson

    A drug user is just that no matter what race so what's the point of stating she was a black user... for all the negative ppl comments.... if u stood before God right now would u be not have one blemish we call sin...if u have not given your life to God u are a sinner that's what sinners DO... SIN... PLEASE PICK UP THE STONES UR CASTING AND PUT THEM BACK IN YOUR POCKETS... FOR U HAVE NO ROOM TO JUDGE!!!!

    August 10, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  63. C c

    Sorry for all mouth p sorry p need help you to one day with be wore food she love the lord he h her cry

    August 10, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  64. Old School

    Wow there are some real judgmental sickos who live in the world. I should send a camera crew to YOUR houses in the middle of the night. Let's see what freaky disgusting behaviors YOU are trying to cover up.

    Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  65. Ladi D.

    the Bible says how you judge you will be judged. there are both whites and blacks on crack cocaine just like a bullet it knows no color. We need to pray that those who bring it into the country will fall into the hands of " THE LIVING GOD " BECAUSE HE HAS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS. BECAUSE SIN IS SIN TO GOD .... SELF-MURDER, DRUGS, BACK-BITING, GOSSIP, LYING.... ETC, ETC, ETC ALL WEIGHS THE SAME IN GOD'S BOOK. WE ALL NEED TO CHECK OURSELVES BEFORE WE WRECK OURSELVE......

    August 10, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  66. Twala D. Harris

    I had always loved you from a little girl when i was 8 years old, im a big time fan of yours. And i will always love you. I was deeply sadened about your passing. But now i know your in a better place now. Happy Birthday to you my dear. I will always live with you in my heart. I always kept all of your music, i had a whole collection. I fell in love when i first heard your music, from a little girl. Saving all my love for you, and i been loving you ever since. You kept me inspired by your beautiful voice and your great talent, and for being such a beautiful actress. May peace be with you darling. Happy Birthday to you darling. God Bless Your soul my darling I Will always think about you. I truly miss you. GOD BLESS YOU. REST IN PEACE!

    August 10, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  67. Faith Conner

    IN REMEMBRANCE OF WHITNEY HOUSTON we will always love you HAPPY BIRTHDAY & REST IN PEACE

    August 10, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  68. James

    Happy Birthday to the greatest singer who ever lived!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  69. aimee

    Happy birthday whitney. Love u

    August 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. jen

    I just turned 49. We have live a very simular live. I will live for you Whitney, and remember you always.

    August 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  71. jhsousa

    I miss you baby rest in peace

    August 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  72. 2?

    just curious? ... oh i'm sorry this is the wrong blogging story.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  73. luv Whitney

    there are not many incredible voices like miss houston's and nobody can hit the notes like she could.
    happy birthday my sweatheart

    August 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  74. To all the haters

    You just found out

    August 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  75. amy bennett

    happy birtday whitney we love and miss u .

    August 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  76. talkic for social good

    Breaking news...she's still dead.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Lorraine whitaker

    Happy birthday Whitney. To one of the greatest singers that ever lived. TO HELL WITH ALL OF THOSE IGNORANT ASS HOLES

    August 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Teresa

    Rip whitney. Happy birthday whitney!

    August 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Tina

    happy birthday and we will always love you and your singing is so missed.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Luke

    I love you to whitney and miss you terribly, i remember your concert and will always treasure in my heart.

    August 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Branden

    Dear Whitney, YOu were the absoulute BEST!!!! You were THE PERFECT artist with the PERFECT VOICE. Your songs, and also your life has inspired many musicians and those who could only dream of being one. I believe the world would agree, if there was ever a singer who was the actual definition of a TRUE singer, that singer would be WHITNEY HOUSTON. Thank you for you music, your live performance, your movies, your life...THANK YOU. I also thank the Lord for sending us a piece of heaven, cause you were definitely that. I know your in heaven singing lead in the heavenly choir. Hit a few high notes for me until I get there whit! I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Kaylee

    Despite these idiots that will never be anybody nor make it anywhere but across the street and back we the people with right minds and good hearts love you & miss you. Happy 49th Birthday you left us with great music that will never ever die, something these fruit cakes and jerks on here will never be able to say they just mad that when they are gone no one will ever mention them let alone miss them...lol. Girl you know you were the voice that will can never be compared to any other. RIP angel and in knowing you don't have to put up with foolish people anymore. LOVE YOU and Happy Happy Birthday to you!!

    August 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Focus

    people make very bad choices and do not think what could happen next. People need to put more focus on what could happen to them if the do something. be aware life is much different now.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  84. delene

    REMEMBER...YOU dont know what God has in store for you. EVERYONE has made bad choices/decisions but Whitney lived her life for the world to see. WHO are WE TO JUDGE. Only the one who gave her life will be the ultmate judge. No One becomes an addict by choice. RIP Whitney!

    August 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    August 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  86. RearEnded.

    Whitney will rest in peace.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Pat Canfall

    Happy Birthday Whitney!!! May you continue to rest in peace. The many memories of you will continue to live on through your family, friends, fans, and without a doubt your music.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Blogs

    there are mistake and then there are "mistakes" ... remember folks this is a blog none of us know each other and we really do no know who we are talking to. use it in proper fashion. have fun with it or just go away.

    August 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  89. eparks

    ok all of the haters what will u do in NOVEMBER when our president stays in the white house kill your hateful self God forgive them for they need HELP whtney we love u it aint right but its ok.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. tatummoss

    RIP Whitney!!!!!! You were such a special talent....you will be missed!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Beavis

    Only on CNN will you see i d i o t s praising a crackhead.

    August 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Coke Head

    she was a worthless coke head

    August 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • deutsche001

      But for the grace of God there go I
      Stop being so judgemental and take your "perfect" self back under the rock you came from.

      August 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Sad Whitney

    swept it away. would never hurt bobby or the football player. next time chief said we will have to dirt devil.
    what the f-ck am i talking about .. geeze

    August 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  94. whitneyluvscrackcocaine

    Who cares? She was a typical black crackhead! Why even reflect?

    August 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • reflect

      Obviously, you are uneducated. You need to read more about addiction and who typically uses what drugs. Whitney was not a "typical anything." She accomplished more in her life than you have accomplished in a day. Stop being racist and educate yourself. Stop being a "typical bigot". Get a life!

      August 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Meds

    she needed tons of medical attentions but never took it.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  96. bailey

    Wow !! I cant believe some of these comments . This was somebodys daugther , mother, aunt , ect. Let her R I P . My mothers all ways told me," if you don't have anythg nice to say ... Dont say anythg "

    August 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  97. dathug

    he married a thug i don't know what he saw in her..but hey whatever floated bobby's goat

    August 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  98. in da com

    dat no good.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Butt-head

    it gonna get the jail but it ain't gonna get the jack.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  100. bailey

    Wow !! An

    August 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jack

    i'm glad bobby brown finally left her. what a coke head

    August 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Miss you Whitney

    we miss you girl..we're sorry you were hanging around big a-ssed worms.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Whit-

    How much longer before this Whitney thing goes away...not too much.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  104. stvnkrs10

    crack is wack! hope you dont mess up the afterlife because you sure threw this one away.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  105. blake

    The woman is dead. No more birthdays. Why does CNN continue to promote a drunk and druggie whose lifestyle overshadowed her talent and ultimately killed her?

    August 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • olivia

      The question is..why do feel the need to comment..are you lonely..didn't get hugged enough as a child? Do you need a group hug, there's an app for that.

      August 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Flyboy7588

    That girl could sing!!!!! Incredible talent but a talent that died long before her physical death. Things would have been quite different for her had she not hooked up with that thug that she married.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  107. gary

    Enough of this one.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Wow

    Goodness, so many people are so rude! I mean, she passed on, but she's human like the rest of us, we aren't perfect, we make mistakes! And sometimes, they're too big to fix, and the damage is done, like in this case what happened to Whitney in her earlier years. Also, if you aren't a fan of her, then why did you even click on this story? No one wants to hear about the garbage you thought she was etc. People like you make the world what it is today; and it is not exactly a nice place.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Beavis

    Happy birthday you worthless cokehead. Oh wait, you're dead.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Worm Food

    Happy B-day....oh I forgot, you are nothing but worm food now.......

    August 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Another Drug Addict Down the Drain.......

    Another Black Drug Addict down the drain.....don't know anybody that gives a crap......

    August 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  112. emil

    The point of this article to to promote Sparkle. Nothing more. If this is how the film is being promoted then you know its a dud.

    Sorry, time for some truth.

    She was a good singer.

    but.

    Her music was crap. Slick, sugery overproduced, sappy power balled crap. Slickster R&B junk. Fake soul, fake emotion. Her 80's stuff was garbage, her 90's stuff was pandering slop. Corporate fluff.

    She wasted her talent. She was a selfish, egotistic, self important product of her time and her enviorment.

    She didn't make the world a better place. She is not someone to be put on a pedistool as a martyr, or a saint, or anyone to be admired.

    She is a cautionary tale. Nothing more. The point of her life should be.

    Hey Girls, don't be like me. Don't do what I did, or live how I CHOSE to live, and with who and how.

    Stop glorifying terrbile people.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Tatu

    Whitney:you will always be missed happy birthday.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  114. lol

    LOL @ the blacks who worship this crackho as their hero. LMFAO

    August 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  115. PipiLongSucking

    Happy Birthday! you're dead.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Dave NY USA

    God, give it a rest already!
    WHY is anyone still paying homage to a crackhead who killed herself?
    This country has its priorities ALL PHUQUED UP!

    August 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  117. lilah

    What a voice! Whitney will be missed forever! May she rest in peace.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  118. comeuppance

    I didn't follow Whitney Houston, but I believe in Karma. And I think comments like the one that leads off this page will ultimately be met with some form of Karma. Blogs bring out the worst of the worst. Lord help you.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      Thank you...while she will on in infamy the haters here will be remembered on by those the came in direct contact with. I hope they will be remembered kinder that they are Ms. Whitney. Ms. Whitney will be remembered world wide. She left a legacy for all people.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  119. moe smith

    Happy DEAD ms houston.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  120. frank

    what is the problem? the broad is dead.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  121. bug shows up between 2 and 3

    thanks.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Whit-fan

    i agree...that voice goes right through me also! Try to remember the good things about people. She had huge problems that she was not able to overcome.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • moe smith

      She didn't have problems to overcome... she had BAD CHOICES SHE WILLFULLY CONTINUED TO MAKE. there's a difference. she wasn't a victim. don't paint her as a victim. she CHOSE EVERY SINGLE ISSUE she had to deal with. No one accidentally does drugs over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. No one accidentally becomes an alcoholic. no one accidentally stays in / returns to an abusive relationship. THOSE ARE CHOICES.

      Plain. Simple. Period.

      August 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Billie1959

    Rebecca, you are an judgemental fool.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  124. skip

    Happy, Happy, Whitney. You will always be missed. Your music – ah, spine tingling.

    Naysayers – pfffft.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Rebbeca

    Why are we putting crack heads up on pedastals? Yeah she "was" a great singer years ago but look what she did with her life and talent. Another dead junkie just like Winehouse. We have celebrities and everyday folk who die from horrible cancers murder and accidents and no one plasters thier pictures all over the papers! I will always love you – was written and first performed by Dolly Parton whom Houston never gave an ounce of credit to. Sorry no empathy here!

    August 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jurby

      yes Rebecca, Whitney Houston may have screwed up her life which wound up killing her in the end but Whitney DID gave Dolly Parton a LOT of credit for the song. i guess you're either just to young to realize just how much credit Whitney gave to Dolly or you simply haven't paid much attention to much of anything beyond your own nose.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      You did not walk in her shoes so back off. It is none of yours or anyone elses business regarding a singer's life. If the media and nasty people left her alone maybe things would have turned out different.

      Whitney was and will always be the best female singer ever. Happy Birthday Whitney I loved and still love your music. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Voice

    is that d-m voice that still goes through my spine.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Linda

    This is so incredible that the world is still worrying and talking about Whitney Houston. So many actors have died in the last few months and many of them with out much of a mention, and they were good christian people, who lived their lives with out being in trouble all the time. Yet not much was said when they died. But.... you have Whitney Houston, who was a pill popping drunk, a loud mouth on that ridiculous reality show with the drug addict husband and everybody worships her. It doesn't make any sense. She was found dead because of pills and alcohol in a bath tub and you people all want to worship this kind of behavior ? its just amazing

    August 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olivia

      Linda, Linda, Linda..here is your opportunity to pay homage to those you feel are forgotten but you choose to comment on Ms. Houston..such a pity! Could it be you're more interested in Ms. Houston than you kno? Think about Linda!

      August 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Whitney

    saw this performance on cable..she looked beautiful that night and her singing was a little husky but she was right there and everyone stood up. so sad she is not here.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |

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