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Photos: Whitney Houston's Brightly Burning Stardom

After years of struggling with addiction and a troubled marriage, singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel on Saturday. The pop diva's superstar career is riddled with achievements, including Grammy Awards, record sales and seven consecutive No. 1 singles.

  • Whitney Houston performs at the 2009 American Music Awards. The singer was found dead on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel. She was 48.
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    Whitney Houston performs at the 2009 American Music Awards. The singer was found dead on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel. She was 48.
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  • Houston performs in Germany in 2009. In her last years she struggled to recover from addiction and a troubled marriage.
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    Houston performs in Germany in 2009. In her last years she struggled to recover from addiction and a troubled marriage.
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  • Still a rising star in 1983, Houston sits with music producer and mentor Clive Davis, shortly after signing a contract with Arista Records.
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    Still a rising star in 1983, Houston sits with music producer and mentor Clive Davis, shortly after signing a contract with Arista Records.
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  • Houston poses with her Grammy backstage at the Grammy Awards in 1986. Houston won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
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    Houston poses with her Grammy backstage at the Grammy Awards in 1986. Houston won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
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  • Houston sits at her kitchen table with her mother, Cissy, and father, John, in 1987. Houston came from music royalty; Cissy sang backup for stars and Aretha Franklin was her godmother.
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    Houston sits at her kitchen table with her mother, Cissy, and father, John, in 1987. Houston came from music royalty; Cissy sang backup for stars and Aretha Franklin was her godmother.
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  • Houston poses with Bobby Brown during their wedding in 1992. Both ended up in court on drug charges at various times during their marriage, which ended in 2007.
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    Houston poses with Bobby Brown during their wedding in 1992. Both ended up in court on drug charges at various times during their marriage, which ended in 2007.
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  • Houston prays with chaplain Don Hughes (left) and others after her husband's court appearance in 2003. Brown had been arrested for a probation violation.
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    Houston prays with chaplain Don Hughes (left) and others after her husband's court appearance in 2003. Brown had been arrested for a probation violation.
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  • Houston performs at the 1994 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Starring in both the movie The Bodyguard and its soundtrack, the vocalist swept the awards.
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    Houston performs at the 1994 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Starring in both the movie The Bodyguard and its soundtrack, the vocalist swept the awards.
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