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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: www.humanite.fr/culture/whitney-hou...

Whitney Houston’s Stormy Course in France

Translated Tuesday 14 February 2012, by Marvin Vann and reviewed by Henry Crapo

Whitney Houston died on Saturday at the age of 48. The singer with the five-octave voice passed away from unknown causes at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the site of the gala organized every year the evening before the Grammy Awards by her mentor, record magnate Clive Davis.

Whitney Houston died on Saturday at the age of 48. The singer with the five-octave voice passed away from unknown causes at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the site of the gala organized every year the evening before the Grammy Awards by her mentor, record magnate Clive Davis.

“Whitney Houston will leave her mark on the history of soul and pop. She will be missed by the French public, who always gave her a very warm welcome,” French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterand declared in a press release.

‘The Voice’ will be remembered in France for her renditions of “Saving All My Love for You”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and, above all, for her role in The Body Guard, the film in which she shared the lead role with Kevin Costner. It was her voice that caused the success of the film’s original soundtrack, which in 1994 won the Grammy for best album of the year.

The movie was the high point in a career begun ten years before. The pop singer, who by then had already won the majority of her six Grammys and twenty-two American Music Awards, remains tied in French memory to the scandal caused by her meeting (reluctant, for her part) with Serge Gainsbourg on the Champs-Elysees broadcast hosted by Michel Drucker in 1986.

As a pop star, she inspired a long line of ‘clone’ singers, both American (Mariah Carey, Cristina Aguilera, Rihanna, etc.) and Francophone (Celine Dion, Lara Fabian...), upon whom the health of the record industry is based. In 2009, the American star attempted an international come back tour, including a kick-off concert in Paris for the European leg of the tour. This come-back ended up with Houston’s emergency admission to a hospital in Paris’ Ile-de-France neighborhood and the cancellation of all her concert dates in Europe. Since 2002, Whitney Houston is known to have consumed marijuana and cocaine along with various prescription drugs.


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