While the family of Whitney Houston chose not to attend the première of the late singer's biopic, the cast and various celebrities were seen in attendance.
It would probably be an understatement to say that Whitney Houston was a beloved musician. The singer, actress and model has been often hailed as the most awarded musician of all time, and whether you listen to her songs as part of the soundtrack for a critically-polarising movie or while dancing the year away on 31st December each year, Houston is still the only artist to have seven consecutive top charting singles.
In the upcoming Lifetime biopic, 'Whitney', the life of the performer and her relationship with husband Bobby Brown, is charted from the days of her humble church choir beginnings up until her tragic death from a combination of heart failure and drowning at the guest room of The Beverly Hilton. Coincidently, just a few blocks away from the site of her death stands The Paley Centre for Media - the site of the premiere for 'Whitney'.
Angela Bassett and Yaya DaCosta at the 'Whitney' premiere (credit Valerie Macon - Getty Images)
The film, which stars Yaya DaCosta in the title role, was directed by Angela Bassett in her directorial debut. For the film's premiere, both the star and director were seen on the red carpet, as were other cast members like Yolanda Ross, Deborah Cox, Suzzanne Douglas and Arlen Escarpeta. Also in attendance was David Foster (one of Houston's producers), producer Berry Gordy, actress and comedian Niecy Nash and former basketball player Magic Johnson.
Angela Bassett, Deborah Cox and Berry Gordy at the 'Whitney' premiere (credit Angela Weiss - Getty Images)
The family of Houston chose not to be affiliated with the project, and similarly chose to not make an appearance at the premiere. The biopic was filmed in and around California, with a script written by Shem Bitterman ('Halloween 5'). 'Whitney' is set to debut on television on 17th January 2015 on the Lifetime channel. The chances are that it'll be received better that Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic from 2014, which was panned by audiences and critics alike.
David Foster at the 'Whitney' premiere (credit Angela Weiss - Getty Images)
Magic Johnson at the 'Whitney' premiere (credit Angela Weiss - Getty Images)
Niecy Nash at the 'Whitney' premiere (credit Angela Weiss - Getty Images)
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