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The Official Whitney Houston Aging Timeline

Here's a detailed look back at Whitney Houston's life. RIP. It's all so tragic.

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Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey

1965

Whitney is the daughter gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of Dionne Warwick, and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Whitney is the daughter gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of Dionne Warwick, and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Late 1960s

Early 1970s

Late 1970s

Whitney at prom.

Whitney at prom.

Early 1980s

Whitney is discovered by Clive Davis.

Whitney is discovered by Clive Davis.

Whitney appears in various modeling campaigns.

Whitney appears in various modeling campaigns.

1981

Whitney Houston's high school yearbook picture. She graduated from Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell NJ.

Whitney Houston's high school yearbook picture. She graduated from Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell NJ.

Whitney covers Seventeen Magazine. She is one of the first African Americans to ever make the cover.

Whitney covers Seventeen Magazine. She is one of the first African Americans to ever make the cover.

1984

Performing in NYC.

Performing in NYC.

1985

Whitney's debut album is released.

Whitney's debut album is released.

1986

Grammys.

Grammys.

American Music Awards.

American Music Awards.

1987

The "Whitney album is released. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" was on this record.

The "Whitney album is released. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" was on this record.

With her mother.

With her mother.

1988

Whitney poses with her Grammy after she was named Best Pop Vocal Performer.

Whitney poses with her Grammy after she was named Best Pop Vocal Performer.

1990

With Bobby Brown.

With Bobby Brown.

1991

Whitney performs the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Whitney performs the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Billboard Music Awards.

Billboard Music Awards.

1992

The Bodyguard is released.

The Bodyguard is released.

Whitney marries Bobby Brown.

Whitney marries Bobby Brown.

1993

Whitney gives birth to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Whitney gives birth to her only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Whitney wins 11 Billboard Music Awards.

Whitney wins 11 Billboard Music Awards.

1994

Whitney shows off the seven awards she won at the 21st American Music Awards.

Whitney shows off the seven awards she won at the 21st American Music Awards.

With Nelson Mandela.

With Nelson Mandela.

1995

At the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack release party in L.A.

At the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack release party in L.A.

1996

The Preachers Wife is released.

The Preachers Wife is released.

1997

At the east coast premiere of "Cinderella."

At the east coast premiere of "Cinderella."

1998

At the VMAs.

At the VMAs.

Performing "Heartbreak Hotel" at the Billboard Awards.

Performing "Heartbreak Hotel" at the Billboard Awards.

1999

At the European MTV Video Music Awards.

At the European MTV Video Music Awards.

At Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party.

At Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party.

2000

With Bobby Brown at the VMAs.

With Bobby Brown at the VMAs.

Whitney Houston greets Bobby Brown after he was released from jail after serving a 65 days of a 75-day sentence for repeatedly violating his parole on a 1996 drunk driving conviction.

Whitney Houston greets Bobby Brown after he was released from jail after serving a 65 days of a 75-day sentence for repeatedly violating his parole on a 1996 drunk driving conviction.

2001

A very skinny Whitney performs during a Michael Jackson tribute concert.

A very skinny Whitney performs during a Michael Jackson tribute concert.

2002

With Diane Sawyer.

With Diane Sawyer.

Whitney joins Bobby in court.

Whitney joins Bobby in court.

2003

Whitney performs the song "Try It On My Own" during the "VH1 Divas Duets" concert in Vegas.

Whitney performs the song "Try It On My Own" during the "VH1 Divas Duets" concert in Vegas.

2004

Whitney appears in Bobby's reality TV show, "Being Bobby Brown."

Whitney appears in Bobby's reality TV show, "Being Bobby Brown."

2005

2006

2007

With her daughter.

With her daughter.

2008

With her daughter.

With her daughter.

2009

Whitney does a tell-all interview with Oprah saying she's clean. This launches another comeback.

Whitney does a tell-all interview with Oprah saying she's clean. This launches another comeback.

Whitney accepts the International Artist of the Year award at the 2009 American Music Awards.

Whitney accepts the International Artist of the Year award at the 2009 American Music Awards.

2010

Whitney tours Europe. The tour is widely panned by critics who claim Whitney has lost her voice.

Whitney tours Europe. The tour is widely panned by critics who claim Whitney has lost her voice.

2011

At Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala.

At Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala.

Performing at Clive Davis' Grammy party.

Performing at Clive Davis' Grammy party.

With her daughter.

With her daughter.

On set of her new movie "Sparkle."

On set of her new movie "Sparkle."

Another picture from "Sparkle."

Another picture from "Sparkle."

February 9, 2012

Whitney looked disheveled as she left a Hollywood nightclub.

Whitney looked disheveled as she left a Hollywood nightclub.

February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston is found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the age of 48.

Whitney Houston is found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the age of 48.

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