While this long-awaited Lifetime feature drama about the legendary Whitney Houston does include plenty of scenes with her rumored to be lesbian lover Robyn Crawford (portrayed by out lesbian actress Yolanda Ross) the movie stops short of portraying the two as anything more than just close friends. AfterEllen.com sums it up this way: “So enjoy Lifetime’s depiction (which includes YaYa DeCosta doing larger than life impersonations of the legend) and a lot of cocaine. At least the lesbian character comes out looking like a really great friend, even if, at any point in Whitney’s life and career, she happened to be more.” Of course Whitney remains a perennial gay icon as well, and as The Backlot proclaimed on the film’s release: “We will always love you, Whitney.”
Whitney chronicles the headline-making relationship between iconic singer, actress, producer, model Whitney Houston and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown, from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. This biopic is a testament to love, triumph, and the overwhelming rewards and deadly cost of fame and fortune. Golden Globe(R) winner and Academy Award(R) nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut in this special two-hour movie featuring Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”) in the lead role and Arlen Escarpeta (“Final Destination 5”) as Bobby Brown. Music includes Brown’s “Every Little Step,” as well as Houston hits “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Will Always Love You,” sung by Grammy(R)-nominated, multi-platinum entertainer Deborah Cox.
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