Saturday evening the word began circulating that singer-actress Whitney Houston was dead at the age of 48. So young to lose someone who had been blessed with such talent.
I immediately thought of two of her movies that were my favorites. "The Preacher's Wife" was from 1996 starring Houston and Denzel Washington and was a remake of the 1947 "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant and Loretta Young.
The other was "The Bodyguard" from 1992 with Kevin Costner and featuring Houston's breathlessly beautiful I Will Always Love You.
Many on Facebook have mentioned her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl in Tampa as one of the best ever performed. Patriotic and stirring, she helped a nation at a time when we had just gone to war in the Persian Gulf. Hosting friends at a Super Bowl party at our home in North Carolina, we were moved by her rendition of our country's national anthem.
Such a talent ... such a voice. May she rest in peace....