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

AMERICA'S SWEETHEART

As the Persian Gulf War raged on in 1991, Houston united the entire nation with her stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV. The powerhouse performance was released as both a single and a video, and landed in the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100.