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

FAMILY ALBUM

"Being around people like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Roberta Flack, all these greats, I was taught to listen and observe," Houston, pictured with Warwick and mom Cissy, said of her natural talent. "It had a great impact on me as a singer, as a performer, as a musician. Growing around it, you just can't help it ... It was something that was so natural to me that when I started singing, it was almost like speaking."



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