Exclusively in this issue of People Magaine, Whitney Houston, was a singing sensation who influenced generations and shattered sales records in the music industry, Houston was from Newark, New Jersey and known to be very shy.
“She was everyone’s dream daughter. She was sweet. She sang in church,” photographer Bette Marshall, who shot Whitney as a teenager, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, which chronicles the life of the troubled singer. Houston died at 48 on Feb. 11. “And you knew she’d be a superstar.”
How her success came along with struggles with the public eye and her fans, to keep up with being America’s singing sensation.
“She was in pain from living almost a double life,” says a record exec who worked with Houston for many years. “She wanted to be down with her community. That’s who she really was. But because of her career, she also had to portray this pure pop princess in gorgeous gowns, singing songs the white community adored.”
For much more on the life and tragic early death of Whitney Houston, including her marriage to Bobby Brown and her erratic final days, pick up this week’s PEOPLE.