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Trivia / Whitney Houston

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  • Artist Existence Failure: There were plans to make a movie out of the sequel to Waiting to Exhale, and according to co-star Loretta Devine, the movie is still in the works, though it is unknown what they will do with Whitney Houston's character.
  • Development Hell: Subverted with My Love Is Your Love, which came eight years after I'm Your Baby Tonight, but because Houston had chosen to pursue recording for soundtracks. Likely played straight with the albums that followed, due to her vocal ability at the time.
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  • Follow the Leader: Pick a popstar, any popstar. When you ask who their influences are, 90% of them will say "Whitney Houston".
  • Posthumous Credit: She died 6 months before Sparkle premiered.
  • Referenced by...: On Season 5 Episode 2 of Battle of the Blades, Canadian hockey player Natalie Spooner and Canadian ice dancer Andrew Poje performed to "Higher Love."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After writing Houston's smashes "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, the songwriting/recording duo known as Boy Meets Girl, offered her a third song, "Waiting for a Star to Fall," which was rejected by Houston's management. Boy Meets Girl ended up cutting the song themselves and it became one of the biggest hits of 1988.
    • Whitney almost ended up singing the Jimmy Ruffin oldie "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?" for The Bodyguard. That idea was nixed when British singer Paul Young released the song from Fried Green Tomatoes, and co-star Kevin Costner suggested "I Will Always Love You," previously a #1 Country hit twice (but never a major pop hit) for Dolly Parton. The rest is history.


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