Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Houston ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Baker Michael Baker ... Self - Musical Director
Wayne Lindsey Wayne Lindsey ... Self - Piano
Sharlotte Gibson Sharlotte Gibson ... Self - Vocalist
Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum ... Self - Whitney's Saxophonist
Pattie Howard Pattie Howard ... Self - Whitney's Bass Singer
Gary Houston ... Self - Whitney's Brother
Cissy Houston ... Self - Whitney's Mother
Toni Gregory Toni Gregory ... Self - Whitney's Childhood Friend (voice)
John Russell Houston Jr. John Russell Houston Jr. ... Self (archive footage) (as John Houston)
Ellin Lavar Ellin Lavar ... Self - Friend and Stylist (voice) (archive footage)
Frances Grill Frances Grill ... Self - Whitney's Modelling Agent (voice)
Michael Houston Michael Houston ... Self - Whitney's Brother
Robyn Crawford Robyn Crawford ... Self - Whitney's Closest Confidant (archive footage)
Kenneth Reynolds Kenneth Reynolds ... Self - Marketing Executive, Arista Records


By the time Whitney Elizabeth Houston was 15, she was singing background vocals for Chaka Khan, Lou Rawls, and Jermaine Jackson. In 1983 Whitney signed a worldwide recording contract with Clive Davis's Arista Records. However her success came with its fair share of drug use, love affairs, and scandals.

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An incredible and poignant life story.


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This beat Kevin Macdonald's similar documentary, Whitney (2018), to theaters by a year. See more »


Whitney Houston: I want people to remember me just being a real nice person.
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Referenced in The Andrew Klavan Show: Is MAGA Over? (2017) See more »

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So Cissy Houston I Blame You
9 October 2017 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

There is not much new that is revealed in this documentary. What is new is the fact its brought to our attention that Cissy Houston was a terrible mother!

Cissy, you & Whitney would perform at Gay Bars (When Whitney Was Young) and yet you despised gay people because "Against God". So is divorce yet you had one. Drx before marriage BINGO that's against God as well. What troll you are Miss Cissy. Gay dollars were fine but we "Are going against God". Your foolish belief cost you not only your daughter but your grand daughter. It also seems no matter who "Whitney Loved" you were always against it. I think you were mad every time Whitney sold another record.

Long before Whitney Married Bobby she was rumored to have a girlfriend and her new name is front and center in this documentary. Sad that Whitney felt forced to be straight because of her jealous mother made her life hell.

I said years ago "Stop Blaming Bobby". Whitney's problems started long before he came along.

Its just too to know what happened not only to Whitney but her daughter as well!

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English | French

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whitney: Can I Be Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »


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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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