The tragic passing of Whitney Houston is expected to be devastating news for many generations of music lovers. As 2012 was unfolding, the pop singer was poised to make a comeback in cinema. Film production had just completed in the remake of Sparkle, and this musical is sure to help place Houston back on the pop charts. She also owned the movie rights and served as Executive Producer on the project, which is based on the 1976 story that mirrored the early career of The Supremes.
Primarily a singer, Whitney Houston had a sparse motion picture career. It included co-starring roles in The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner; and Waiting to Exhale with Angela Bassett and Gregory Hines.
I prefer to remember The Preachers Wife with Denzel Washington. This movie was a remake of the 1947 classic, The Bishop’s Wife, which starred Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young. The original also had a stellar supporting cast, including James Gleason, Elsa Lanchester, Monty Woolley, and Gladys Cooper. A Christmas-themed fantasy, Denzel and Whitney provided audiences with a rare delight that rivaled the original, five decades before.
Though we can count the number of films Whitney Houston made on one hand… it’s true proof to her wonderful talent that she could act almost as well as she could sing (at the peak of her career). I’m sure Sparkle will offer one more positive notch to her legacy.
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