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The Pop Star: Sold over 170 million albums in a singing career that really kicked off in the mid-80s. Her self-titled album stuck like Velcro to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart for 14 non-consecutive weeks.
More impressively, she’s the only artist in the history of the Billboard 100 to clock in seven consecutive number ones. After very public dabbling with drugs, Houston made a singing comeback in 2009 before her untimely death in February 2012.
The Movie Star: Houston had audiences raving with her iconic acting debut, The Bodyguard, in which she starred opposite Kevin Costner and got to both sing and thesp it up.
She followed Bodyguard up with 1995’s Waiting To Exhale, but after the flopsome Preacher’s Wife and made-for-TV Cinderella, she shied away from screen gigs.
Stick To The Day Job? Houston never managed to find the same success in acting as she did in music, though The Bodyguard rocketed her to even greater superstardom. She’ll be back in cinemas for a final hurrah this year when Sparkle, filmed last year, gets a posthumous release.