Whitney Houston's Birthday: 10 Facts About the Late Songstress
Last year, the iconic Whitney Houston unexpectedly passed way at the age of 48. Her death on the eve of the Grammys was a shock to the music world that the "I Will Always Love You" singer once reigned over as queen of pop. Though plagued over the years by drug use and drama from her marriage to Bobby Brown, her majestic voice will always mark her as a regal figure within the music world.
On what would've been her 49th birthday (Aug. 9), The BoomBox celebrates all things Whitney by featuring 10 little known facts about the singing diva. Who knew we had Kevin Costner to thank for the use of "I Will Always Love You" in "The Bodyguard"?
1. Of all the artists to blow up on the Billboard charts, Whitney Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Top 100 Singles.
2. Before she started her career as a singer and actress, she was a teen model. Houston was one of the first African-Americans to grace the cover of Seventeen magazine at the tender age of 17.
3. The singer's tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown constantly put them in the spotlight for less than favorable reasons. However, looking back at their wedding reveals an over-the-top event to rival those of today. Whitney's favorite color was purple so the entire bridal party wore attire in the hue. Groomsmen even wore purple tuxedos with matching custom-made alligator dress shoes.
4. Just like anyone else, she had her particular preferences. Her favorite actress was Jessica Lange and her favorite cereal was the sugary sweet Fruity Pebbles.
5. Supposedly Robert DeNiro had a major crush on the lovely Ms. Houston in the late '80s. "She's the sexiest woman I have ever seen. She is