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Originally posted 01/24/2013 06:10PM
As the one-year anniversary approaches of her daughter Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 11, 2012, Cissy Houston reveals for the first time how difficult it's been for her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
"She's not handling it good," says the matriarch. "None of us are."
"Of course I worry about her," adds Houston. "Bobbi Kristina is 19, and if you know anything about a 19-year-old, they think they know it all. It doesn't mean that she is going to follow her [mother's] same path. She could but anybody could. I don't want to jinx her. I'm trying to make sure she doesn't."
Originally posted 01/23/2013 05:00PM
Nearly one year after Whitney Houston's shocking death, her mom Cissy Houston often asks herself: "Could I have saved her somehow?"
In a revealing new memoir, Remembering Whitney (Harper Collins), Cissy, 79, writes candidly about her daughter's severe drug problems and the downward spiral that led to her death by drowning in a hotel bathtub with traces of cocaine still in her system.
"She started partying and she didn't really know how to stop," says Cissy. "I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was."
Originally posted 10/07/2012 08:00PM
Lois Smith, a much-admired veteran movie publicist and the mother of Grey's Anatomy actress Brooke Smith, died Sunday afternoon after suffering a brain hemorrhage due to an accidental fall, Deadline reports. She was 84.
The New York-based industry trailblazer was in Maine, where her husband, Eugene Smith, was set to be recognized for his philanthropic work. Smith fell down the stairs late Saturday night at the bed-and-breakfast where they were staying.
A maternal figure to both stars and journalists who tended to adore her in equal doses, Smith, along with Pat Kingsley and Patricia Newcomb, helped establish the publicity firm of PMK (initially known as Pickwick, it merged with Maslansky/Koenigsberg) as an A-list leader. As a publicist, Smith was as involved in shaping images as she was in promoting specific movies, and always with a personal touch.
Among her clients were Robert Redford (their professional marriage went back to the late '60s, when his star was launched with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), as well as Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Whitney Houston.
Originally posted 08/17/2012 08:40AM
Originally posted 08/16/2012 07:25AM
Bobby Brown checked into a confidential rehabilitation center last week as part of an agreement after his arrest for driving-related infractions, his attorney has announced.
"Mr. Brown takes his agreement very seriously and admitted himself three weeks after concluding his honeymoon in Mexico during a break from the New Edition tour," attorney Christopher Brown said in a statement. "Bobby is doing well and receiving services that comply with his agreement with the State of California."
The singer, 43, was arrested in March for driving under the influence when he was pulled over for talking on his cell phone. He then failed a field sobriety test.
Originally posted 07/02/2012 08:45AM
Nearly five months after Whitney Houston's death in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the singer's mother honored her Sunday with a rousing rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the BET Awards across town at the Shrine Auditorium.
The tribute was the emotional highlight of the evening, and started with some heartfelt words from Mariah Carey.
"I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we'll always have the music," Carey said. "We'll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all."
Originally posted 05/30/2012 04:45PM
Bobbi Kristina Brown is grieving the loss of her mother Whitney Houston – but the young aspiring actress didn't walk out on Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse and, in fact, did "great" work, according to the director.
On Wednesday a report surfaced that Bobbi Kristina quit the TBS comedy and walked out of the show because she is dealing with the death of her mom.
But Perry posted an adamant defense of Houston's daughter on his website saying, "Yes she was grieving, but grief aside, she managed to finish her obligation and did a great job at the same time."
Originally posted 05/22/2012 06:20AM
Originally posted 05/21/2012 12:00AM
It was a night of tributes at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
The evening's most emotional moment came during a tribute to the late Whitney Houston. While Jordin Sparks performed the singer's iconic hit "I Will Always Love You," Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, broke down in tears before taking the stage to accept the Millennium Award on her mom's behalf.
"I really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all," said Brown, who stood alongside Whitney's manager and sister-in-law Patricia Houston. "Not just from when it was good but when it was bad, too. Thank you for showing that much love, because she deserved it ... I'm just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman's life. There will never be another one, ever."
Originally posted 05/17/2012 10:30AM
The pastor and gospel recording artist who gave the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral in February was beaten and carjacked in Detroit on Wednesday.
The Rev. Marvin Winans suffered cuts and bruises and had his wallet, a $15,000 Rolex watch and his 2012 Infiniti SUV stolen, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The three or four men who attacked Winans at a gas station in a northwest part of the city likely did not know who he was, police said.
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