The entertainment world lost one of its brightest stars on February 11, 2012, when the incomparable Whitney Houston, just 48 years old and poised to enter the spotlight again in the movie Sparkle, died suddenly in Los Angeles. Here, ESSENCE pays tribute to a talent gone too soon — a groundbreaker whose beauty, ambition, and golden voice inspired Black women across generations.
A Star Is Born
The gifted singer debuted with a self-titled album in March 1985. The record had a string of hits including three consecutive No. 1 singles: the Grammy-winning “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” and “The Greatest Love of All.”