Flashback Friday: Whitney Houston – “Run to You” + 10 Little Known Whitney Facts

Since Whitney Houston's death, stories of the final days of her life as well as the early days of her career have filled the media.  People feel more and more intrigued to know more about her.  ABC put together a bevy of trivia that should give you more detail on what type of person Whitney really was.

The next page lists 10 little know facts about Whitney.  As well as old pictures.  Don't worry, it isn't a attempt to have you clicking your time away.  I hate that too.  Everything is on one page

  1. Whitney’s nick name was Nippy.

Houston's nickname, given to her when she was a baby by her father John Houston, was Nippy. The story goes, Houston was a fussy baby who kept kicking off her winter blanket at night. Her father, who repeatedly covered her up, would affectionately say to her, "Nippy, seldom right." Nippy was also the name of a cartoon character who constantly got into trouble. When the singer formed her own management company, once run by her father, she named it Nippy Inc.


  1. Modeling was her first niche

As a teenager, Whitney had more interest in modeling than in making music. The 5'8'' naturally slender beauty with girl-next-door looks became one of the first African-Americans to grace the cover of Seventeen magazine. She also appeared in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Young Miss, and was featured in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial.


  1. How Whitney me Bobby Brown


Houston met ex-husband Bobby Brown, a former member of New Edition, backstage at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. According to Ebony magazine, "romantic sparks ignited immediately" and Brown received an invitation to Houston's 26th birthday party at her New Jersey estate. At the time, the singer was seeing Eddie Murphy. But he would soon be forgotten as the two singers, seemingly opposites, began dating in earnest and were married July 18, 1992, before 800 guests at Houston's estate.


  1. Whitney was a homebody.

Despite her mega-celebrity, Houston loved nothing more than hanging at home with her husband. A former employee told ABCNews.com that Houston loved to vacuum -- because she like immediate results -- and Brown loved to cook. Left to themselves, they wanted to be a fully functioning family. "Whitney was someone who wanted to be normal and just go for a slice of pizza at a place she liked near her home in New Jersey, but she wound up eating it in her car. The eyes on her were too much," the former associate said.


  1. Whitney employed her family when ever possible.

Houston's family worked for her and with her. Her brother Gary Houston, also a singer, once sang the duet "My Endless Love" with her on the concert stage. Her other brother, Michael Houston, penned several songs with her for the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack. Gary's wife, Patricia Houston, was her manager. And her longtime bodyguard was Patricia's brother Ray Watson.


  1. Whitney appeared on a soap opera.

In August 1984, Houston appeared on "As the World Turns" with Jermaine Jackson. They sang two duets, "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" and "If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful," from his album.<>

Watch Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson on "As The World Turns"

7.  Michael Jackson pursued a duet with Whitney

Another Jackson had his eye on Houston. None other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, wanted Houston to record his duet "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in 1987. By then, Houston was burning up the Billboard chart with her first album, "Whitney" and her record label, Arista, declined Jackson's offer, fearing she'd be overexposed. Jackson was also unable to get his second choice, Barbra Streisand, and had to settle for Quincy Jones' protege Siedah Garrett.


  1. Whitney turned down a role in the Cosby Show.

Houston auditioned for and got the role of Sondra Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." But she turned it down. According to the UK's Daily Mail, she told director Jay Sandrich that she couldn't sign the contract because she was going to be a singer and had to be free to tour, even though she didn't even have a record deal. "I said 'Well, who told you you can sing?'" recalled Sandrich, "and she said 'My mother, my aunt.'" "The Cosby Show" became the biggest hit of the 80s and Houston became an international pop star.


  1. Whitney wanted to be a teacher

Houston's first career aspiration as a child was to be a teacher. "I wanted to be a teacher. I love children, so I wanted to deal with children. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian. But by the age of 10 or 11, when I opened my mouth and said, 'Oh, God, what's this?' I kind of knew teaching and being a veterinarian were gonna have to wait. What's in your soul is in your soul," she told Rolling Stone in 1993. Read 20 memorable quotes from Whitney Houston here.


  1. Where She thought she’d be in 2012

In her 2002 interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Houston was asked to paint a picture of her perfect life 10 years in the future. The world famous singer envisioned a slower pace of life filled with family. "Retired. Sitting, looking at my daughter grow up, become a great woman of God, grandchildren," she said.



Watch "One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston," a two-hour "20/20" special, Friday at 9 p.m. ET.  TONIGHT!!!!