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Whitney, You Were Great
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Whitney, You Were Great

Whitney, you weren't just good enough, you were great!

Those were some of the words of Kevin Costner’s eulogy of Whitney Houston, his 1992 co-star in "the Bodyguard," as reported by CNN.

Kevin Costner was referring to the singer’s self doubts in preparation for her screen test for the 1992 blockbuster. It was a tongue in cheek comment, given the singer’s unquestioned talents, and immense popularity.

As a personal observation, although after the fact, it seems funny to me that the studio was hesitant to give the part to someone who had never acted before. Yet in my view, Whitney went on to dominate that film with her sweet charm, personality, unquestioned singing talent, and surprisingly solid acting performance. Did I say she was also stunningly beautiful?

I guess it’s understandable that so much is being made of the singer’s personal problems in her later years. But personally, I prefer to remember her earlier years when she was at the height of her career. She was not only beautiful, but her singing voice was unique as well as beautiful.

But, you can catch a glimpse of the tremendous pressure top performers experience. In that same eulogy, Kevin Costner goes on to say that, like many famous people present in the room, himself included, Whitney had her moments of self doubt.

It’s hard to imagine the extent of this burden that fame, and a career tied to fame, must place on these stars of the entertainment world. To know that tomorrow you must be as good as or better than you were yesterday, must take a terrible toll on many of these famous performers.

In spite of the doubts on the part of the studio that first took a chance with Whitney on “The Bodyguard,” she went on to make other films.

In several of these films, such as “The Preacher’s Wife” in 1996, the soundtrack goes on to be an outstanding hit. In the case of The Preacher’s Wife” the soundtrack became the biggest-selling gospel album in history.

With so much going for her, it sad to see that her personal problems took a toll not only on her personal life, but had a negative impact on her career.

I will leave it up to others to chronicle her later years. As I mentioned above, I prefer to retain the memory of the vivacious, talented singer that practically hypnotized her audiences with that sweet singing voice.

It is an understatement to say that she will be sorely missed by millions around the world. Her fans were everywhere.


Street Talk

Once in a while I bust out the old school Whitney and dance around the house! She will be missed.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for your comment Erin. Whitney really had an amazing voice, and wonderful personality; that's how I remember her.

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  about 1 decade ago
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