For most of the documentary's running time, director Kevin Macdonald brings Houston's sadly curtailed life to the screen in a manner reminiscent of Amy, Asif Kapadia's 2015 documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse: It begins with the lovely voice and the career full of promise, and then come the drugs, the bad-influence husband, the grifting family members, and finally the tragic death.
Kevin Macdonald's Whitney is having its world premiere tonight out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and Miramax and Roadside Attractions are priming the pump by unveiling the official trailer for the documentary that digs deep into the life of Whitney Houston.
And then Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones, one of the singer's most trusted confidantes, says that Houston was molested, too. "A predator is a predator is a predator.' If Cissy had known, she would have done something about it, because Cissy loves her children'".
Whitney Houston's family claim she was abused as a child by a female relative named Dee Dee Warwick.
Dee Dee died at the age of 63 in 2008. There are also allegations discussed in the film that Houston's father and accountant John Houston was stealing earnings from her. Though the possessor of an otherworldly voice, the parts of Houston's life not covered in the glitz of the stage are shown in measure; this is not limited to the scandals that surrounded her but reaches her everyday humanity.
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Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012, having accidentally drowned in a bathtub after a heart attack, brought on after years of substance abuse.
Macdonald told Vanity Fair that he was suspicious of Houston's behavior when analyzing hundreds of hours of private home footage. "She was attractive", she said, "her heart". And she said to me, "I just don't understand what happened, she was the most lovely girl, ' and this was someone who knew her really well". "I think it's when you see the film, you'll see she obviously played a big part in Whitney's life, but it's not the great key that unlocks who she is".
"There were times when I'd look up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?" she recalls in vintage footage. One source close to the Warwick family said: 'Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry.
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