Whitney Houston was and remains one of the most accomplished artists of all time. From hit songs that span generations (everyone gets on their feet when “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” comes on) countless TV appearances, and of course her role as the Fairy Godmother in The Wonderful World of Disney’s 1997 production of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”. Though primarily known for her music, she is also Disney royalty.
The 1997 Cinderella (also referred to as “Brandy’s Cinderella”) goes down in history as one of the most, if not the most, iconic versions of the beloved fairytale. With the trend of Disney’s Live-Action remakes of classic titles such as “Mulan”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King” and even “Cinderella” again, Brandy’s Cinderella remains one of the most well-known live-action remake of Disney’s classic fairytales. Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother is the quintessential of Disney Royalty. However, this beloved production of Cinderella is not Houston’s only experience with the royals.
Whitney and The Princess Diaries
Another beloved film that jump-started Anne Hathaway’s career and features literal Dame, Julie Andrews, was made possible by Houston. Whitney was a producer on Disney’s “The Princess Diaries” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” While the kingdom of Genovia may not *actually* be a real kingdom, or country for that matter, this Disney film is a staple. From transforming Cinderella’s dress from rags to riches and a pumpkin to a carriage to the transformation of Mia Thermopolis from school girl to princess, Whitney sure does know how to do a makeover scene.
The Cheetah Girls
In addition to being a producing force behind “The Princess Diaries” series, Whitney Houston was also an executive producer on “The Cheetah Girls” and it’s sequel. While there are seldom ties to royalty through the Cheetah Girls franchise, you can not say that those movies were not elite.
Thank you, Whitney
We have Whitney Houston to thank for many things in life. Of course, Whitney is known for her production of some universally loved music. She also produced stories that helped make up my own (and many others’) childhoods. All in all, from playing Fairy Godmother to the country of Genovia to the Cheetah Sisters, Houston has created work that has defined generations.
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