— Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 53rd birthday today.
Houston was born on Aug. 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey.
Tuesday, social media was filled with tributes and remembrances in her honor.
Houston died at the age of 48 from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub Feb. 11, 2012. The “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” were contributing factors in her death.
Authorities had said that police and fire officials were called to Houston’s room at the Beverly Hilton after her unconscious body was found in the bathtub, just hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy party at the hotel.
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died in 2015 at the age of 22. She’d been found that past January, submerged in her bathtub. She was resuscitated, but had to be placed on life support. She suffered irreversible brain damage.
Houston 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.”
Houston won six Grammys and sold 170 million albums, singles and videos over her career.