But a documentary on Houston's life is coming this summer, and at the premier midnight screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, no less. 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.
Born in 1945, American soul singer Dee Dee Warwick (real name- Delia Mae Warrick) was Houston's mother Cissy Houston's niece.More news: The troubled history of the East Coast rail franchise
The first film being Nick Broomfield's Whitney: Can I Be Me released last fall. A coroner's report into her death cited heart disease and drug use as contributing factors. Dee Dee died four years before Houston, in 2008. Macdonald conducted around 70 interviews, from Clive Davis to Houston's Bodyguard costar Kevin Costner. Whitney also explores Houston's complicated relationship with her mother and highly publicized yoyo romance with Bobby Brown. One notable aspect of the documentary is the discussion of allegations that Houston was sexually abused as a child by her cousin and musician Dee Dee Warwick. Garland even appeared in the documentary and shared his story.
Macdonald told Vanity Fair that he was suspicious of Houston's behavior when analyzing hundreds of hours of private home footage. "There was something very disturbed about her, because she was never comfortable in her own skin", he told the publication. She seemed kind of asexual in a odd way. "She was attractive", she said, "her heart". Then it hit him that she reminded him on another movie of his, about child sexual abuse. "She was the one person who loved her who really wanted to take part but didn't", Macdonald told to EW of Crawford.More news: North Carolina Teachers Rally Over Wages, Education Funding
"Then I (interviewed) Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant. and she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it".
EW has reached out to reps for Dionne Warwick and the filmmaker for further comment.More news: Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite sparks internet debates
Get all your Whitney-related questions answered when the film hits theaters July 6.
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