Whitney Houston: A Look Back at Her Life

The music legend would have turned 50 on Aug. 9. To celebrate her birthday, look back at Houston's life in photos (17 Photos)

Donna Kaufman on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:08AM

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Whitney Houston: A Look Back at Her Life

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Straight to the Top

With her second album, Whitney, Houston secured her place in music history – not to mention the Guinness Book of World Records. When the album debuted in 1987, Houston became the first female artist to enter the Billboard charts at No. 1. Then Whitney's first four singles -- "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," all soared to No. 1 -- smashing a record for consecutive No. 1 hits previously set by The Beatles and the Bee Gees. "I just don't think about it in terms of…trying to outdo what I did before," Houston (pictured in 1987) told JET magazine in July 1987. "It's a matter of just being the best you can be." 



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