Here’s What You Missed, If You Didn’t Catch Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’ Biopic

Golden Globe® Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett made her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie Whitney featuring Yaya DaCosta in the lead role with Arlen Escarpeta alongside her as Bobby Brown. The movie premiered Jan. 17 on Lifetime.



Yaya DaCosta as a young Whitney Houston. Photo courtesy of Lifetime.


Even before the movie was written, Houston’s family stood vehemently against the project.

In a statement last year, Cissy Houston said, “Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby.”

On Friday, Pat Houston posted a scathing statement on behalf of the Houston family about the TV movie.

When the movie re-airs tonight at 8pm ET, here are 8 things to expect:

  • Expect impeccable vocals by Grammy®-nominated and multiplatinum-selling entertainer Deborah Cox as the singing voice of Houston.
  • Expect a sad attempt at directing and attention grabbing by alleged friend and first-time director Angela Bassett. Let’s get real, Bassett only worked with Houston while filming Waiting to Exhale. Stick to acting, Ms. Bassett.
  • Expect a stellar performance by Yaya DaCosta as the “Queen of the Night.”
  • Expect a movie that should have been called Whitney and Bobby. The film only revolves around their headline-making relationship. Didn’t we see all of this before? Oh yea – it was called Being Bobby Brown, that terrible pseudo reality show that aired on Bravo.
  • Though Shem Bitterman, who wrote the 2013 Lifetime double-biopic Betty and Coretta is listed as the screenwriter, expect a movie that was clearly ghost-written by the Brown family.
  • Expect a movie that hints at Houston having a lesbian relationship with longtime friend Robyn Crawford.
  • Expect a movie that depicts Houston as a longtime drug user and the catalyst that started Bobby Brown on his drug addiction.
  • Expect a Lifetime movie.