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Whitney Houston: A filmography

The upcoming remake ”Sparkle” will mark Houston’s final big-screen performance. Here’s a look back at the pop diva’s forays into acting

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The Bodyguard
Release Date Nov. 25, 1992
Directed By Mick Jackson
Role Rachel Marron, an A-list singer in peril
Costarring Kevin Costner, Michele Lamar Richards
Box Office $410.9 million
EW Grade D
What We Said ”Houston, the Olympian pop-soul diva, has moments of quickness and humor; she shows more thespian flair than many musicians.”

Waiting To Exhale
Release Date Dec. 22, 1995
Directed By Forest Whitaker
Role Savannah, a tough-as-nails TV producer
Costarring Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine
Box Office $81.5 million
EW Grade B
What We Said ”Devoted fans of the book will heave a sigh of relief for this Exhale, since, despite its flaws, it remains an exhilarating blast.”

The Preacher’s Wife
Release Date Dec. 13, 1996
Directed By Penny Marshall
Role Choir mistress Julia Biggs
Costarring Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance
Box Office $48.1 million
EW Grade C+
What We Said ”Whitney Houston is to die for primarily when she sings. And there’s not nearly enough opportunity for her to let loose, Bodyguard style, in The Preacher’s Wife.”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Release Date Nov. 2, 1997, on ABC
Directed By Robert Iscove
Role Fairy Godmother
Costarring Brandy, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg
Audience 34.3 million viewers
EW Grade B
What We Said ”Three cheers for a television musical with soaring melodies, witty lyrics, and real actors instead of Muzak, rhyming drivel, and animated blobs!”

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