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

GIRL POWER

Houston followed up her Bodyguard success by appearing opposite Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett and Lela Rochon in the 1995 big-screen adaptation of author Terry McMillan's best-seller Waiting to Exhale. Though the film was a success, Houston was unhappy on set. "You know, I was a movie star. I really didn't want to be one," she told Vibe. "I was raising my daughter. I wasn't with my husband. I had to be in Phoenix. And it was like, Yo, f– this. I don't wanna do this."