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The world is still mourning the loss of American songstress Whitney Elizabeth Houston. In honor of her birthday, August 9th, check out these 5 interesting facts you may NOT have known about the icon! 

•Whitney Houston can actually also be called Dr, Whitney Houston. The legendary songstress holds a doctorate in human letters for her distinguished excellence, from the Grambling State University.

•Whitney’s 2000 released collaboration with George Michael ‘If I Told You That’ was originally meant to be recorded as a duet between her and Michael Jackson. As much as it hurts to believe, the same could not come to fruition because the two couldn’t work out their schedules. Check it out…

Whitney Houston, George Michael - If I Told You That (Official Video)

Whitney Houston's official music video for 'If I Told You That' ft. George Michael. Click to listen to Whitney Houston on Spotify:

•Whitney’s favorite food was – Sushi, Tomato Soup, Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Pie and ‘Pop-Tarts’. Her favorite cereal was Fruity Pebbles!

•She denied starring on The Cosby Show as Sondra Huxtable because she wanted to be a singer. She couldn’t sign the contract because she wanted to have time to tour. At the time, she didn’t have a record deal.

•Believe it or not,Whitney’s FIRST acting role was as the star of the film The Bodyguard, which was released in 1992.

Relax, grab a drink, and listen to amazing sounds of the soundtrack, below…

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (Official Video)

Watch the official music video for "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston Listen to Whitney Houston: Subscribe to...

With 10+ years in the radio industry, Tracy Marie has worked in marketing, promotions, digital, programming and production. She is currently Digital Program Director with Beasley Media Group, and can be heard on-air, Sundays 10-3pm. Follow her on Instagram @ItsTracyMarie