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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

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Released in March 1985, Whitney Houston established the star as a major recording artist, prompting Rolling Stone to rave, "With her sleek beauty and her great voice, Whitney Houston is obviously headed for stardom." Indeed, her freshman effort sold over 12 million copies in the U.S., produced three consecutive No. 1 singles – "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know" and "The Greatest Love of All" – and made history as the biggest selling album by a solo artist.