Someone who grew up in the 80s will undoubtedly have memories of singing along to Whitney Houston’s hits – she was, at that time, diva and talent personified. Fame and success, however, did not prevent Whitney Houston from falling down the path of addiction.
Whitney was born to a middle-class family in Newark, New Jersey, on August 9, 1963. They moved to East Orange, New Jersey in 1967, following the 1967 Newark riots. She attended Mount Saint Dominic Academy, an exclusive girls’ school, as a teenager.
She had talent in her gene pool, having Dionne Warwick as an aunt on her mother’s side and Aretha Franklin as a godmother. She was raised on the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack. As a teenager, she made the rounds of night clubs as a singer and even worked as a fashion model. She is said to be one of the first women of color to be featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine.
Her self-titled album was released in February of 1985, and Rolling Stone Magazine heaped praise on her abilities. This is the album that contained her first hit and a favorite of many – the ballad Saving All My Love for You. Another song from the album became Whitney’s biggest hit at that time – and has become an anthem of sorts for many: Greatest Love of All.
Whitney Houston went on to produce more hits, go on concert tours and even star in movies. She had, for the most part, a clean image through the 80s and early 90s. In the late 90s, however, behavioral changes were noticed in Whitney. Rumors of drug use followed her, which she denied at first. In an appearance on Oprah, however, Whitney confessed to drug abuse, and even shared a recipe for Marijuana Rock Cocaine.