Earlier in the week, several colleagues and friends of late Whitney Houston gathered on Tuesday night to screen her Biopic “Whitney,” which tells a story of the famous entertainer’s career, troubled life and tragic death.
Surprisingly, Whitney Houston’s family members were conspicuously absent at the event, which took place at the Paley Center for Media, a few blocks away from The Beverly Hilton hotel, where the 48-year-old Houston drowned in her guest room in February 2012.
Angela Bassett, the Oscar-nominated actress explained that Houston’s relatives were invited to participate in the “Whitney” project from the start, which debuts Janary 17 on the Lifetime cable network. “And it was the family’s choice and decision, because of what they want to do and whatever their desires or their plans are, not to be involved in this one,” Bassett said. “But they didn’t have anything negative to say about it. You know, sometimes to be silent is the greatest gift.”
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