Whitney Houston 1963-2012

Whitney Houston: Her Life in Pictures

From her record-breaking music career to her ongoing personal struggles, look back at the superstar's defining moments

A HOLY UNION

Despite her reservations, Houston took another film role, this time starring alongside Denzel Washington in 1996's The Preacher's Wife. The family drama, about the troubled marriage between a reverend and his gospel choir mistress, earns her a reported $10 million paycheck. The weeks leading up to the film's December release are turbulent, with Houston denying her own union is in trouble and, more tragically, suffering a miscarriage.