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February 8, 2013

Video: Madame Tussauds unveils four Whitney Houston figures, celebrating her life

Lucire staff/12.13

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Almost a year after the passing of Whitney Houston, Madame Tussauds has unveiled four wax figures of the late singer, in the presence of her family, in New York.
   Her sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston did the unveiling.
   The four figures represent different points of Houston’s life, spanning three decades, from her 1988 music video for ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, which earned her a Grammy award, in a tight purple–pink tank dress; her 1991 Super Bowl national anthem performance, considered a defining moment in her career; her lead role in The Bodyguard in 1992, wearing her Queen of the Night dress which Warner Bros. had lent to Madame Tussauds for the creation of the waxwork; and her photo shoot for her final studio album, I Look to You, in 2009, wearing a gold, sequinned floor-length gown.
   Each figure is going to a different Madame Tussauds museum in the US: Las Vegas, Washington, DC, Hollywood, and New York respectively.
   The figures were crafted in London over a four-month period and cost $1.2 million.
   Madame Tussauds says it is the first time in 200 years that it has simultaneously created so many versions of the same person representing different stages in their life.
   In the video below, Pat Houston describes some of the figures. Her favourite, she says, is The Bodyguard one.

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