Whitney Houston, who died Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, will make one final appearance on the big screen when Sony Pictures releases "Sparkle" on Aug. 17.
Jordin Sparks, "American Idol" season six winner, is playing the title role in the movie about three sisters, who start singing in a church choir, become a successful girl group and then must contend with a series of personal problems. Houston's role is that of the sisters' not-so-encouraging mother. Mike Epps also is appearing in the film as a stand-up comedian who marries one of the sisters and gets her hooked on drugs.
Mara Brock Akil, who created and executive produces BET's hit comedy "The Game," wrote the script, and her husband Salim Akil, who has helmed every episode of "The Game" and many episodes of the UPN hit "Girlfriends," is directing.
Houston made her screen debut in 1992's "The Bodyguard," starring opposite Kevin Costner. The Warners release, in which she plays a pop star, grossed $411 million worldwide, and included her famous rendition of the Dolly Parton-written "I Will Always Love You."
She followed up that overnight film success with a role in the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale," based on Terry McMillan's novel, in 1995, in which she played a TV producer in love with a married man. Grossing $81.4 million worldwide, the movie was considered a success with particular appeal to African-American women.
In 1996, she played the title role in "The Preacher's Wife," opposite Denzel Washington, an inspirational drama that was a remake of the 1947 film "The Bishop's Wife." The film took in just $48 million domestically.
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Born into a musical family, the singer's stunning voice wowed many, but drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage ravaged her image.