Whitney Houston

Singer, Actor, Model
A gifted R&B-pop-gospel singer possessing the most astonishing vocal range since Barbara Streisand, the model-turned-songstress Whitney Houston hit the scene in a big way in 1985, successfully alternating danceable ... Read more »
Born: 08/09/1963 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (112)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebration of Gospel 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Swarovski Style Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Being Bobby Brown: Christmas with the Browns 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Being Bobby Brown 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Primetime Special Edition: Whitney Houston 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Making the Video 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Everybody Talk About... Pop Music! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Grammy Countdown 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Brit Awards '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Classic Whitney Live From Washington, D.C. 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Essence Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Magic Hour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Sixth Annual Trumpet Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Music in Movies '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Scratch the Surface 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1995 MTV Video Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Julia Biggs (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 8th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (09/20/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Mickey Mouse Club 1988 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Savannah Jackson (Actor)

Whitney -- The Concert For a New South Africa 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Music in Movies '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 1994 World Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/09/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

Rachel Marron (Actor)

The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Whitney Houston: This Is My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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1987 Power Hits New Year's Eve Countdown 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Superstars & Their Moms 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

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Music (16)

This Is The End 2013 (Movie)

("I Will Always Love You") (Song Performer)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("His Eye Is On The Sparrow") (Song Performer)

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins 2008 (Movie)

("Saving All My Love For You") (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

("Family First") (Song Performer)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)") (Song Performer)

The 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

("When You Believe (from 'The Prince of Egypt')") (Song Performer)

Music in Movies '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

("Hold on Help Is on the Way" "Lay Aside Every Weight" "Who Would Imagine a King" "My Heart Is Calling" "I Believe in You and Me" "I Love the Lord" "Joy to the World" "Step by Step" "Somebody Bigger Than You and I" "You Were Loved") (Song Performer)

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

executive album producer (Music Producer)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

("I Have Nothing" "Run to You" "I Will Always Love You" "Queen of the Night" "I'm Every Woman" "Jesus Loves Me") (Song Performer)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

song co-producer("Queen of the Night") (Song)

Disney's D-TV Valentine 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

("Shock Me") (Song Performer)

School For Vandals 1985 (Movie)

("The Greatest Love of All") (Song Performer)
Producer (5)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Cheetah Girls 2 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Princess Diaries 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cheetah Girls (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A gifted R&B-pop-gospel singer possessing the most astonishing vocal range since Barbara Streisand, the model-turned-songstress Whitney Houston hit the scene in a big way in 1985, successfully alternating danceable mainstream pop with plush ballads on her self-titled debut album. Over a short period, she became one of the most successful female solo artists in the history of recorded music. No slouch in the acting department, Houston had the looks and talent for the big screen as well. Without question, she made her biggest onscreen splash as the damsel-in-distress in the iconic romantic-drama, "The Bodyguard" (1992) opposite Kevin Costner. She would later draw favorable reviews for other memorable films, including "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) and the "Preacher's Wife" (1996), but it was impossible to top the success of her freshman film effort and its seemingly omnipresent song, "I Will Always Love You." Unfortunately, a decade later, things began going downhill for Houston, with rumors of drug abuse, cancelled stage appearances and overall chaos reigning between the singer and her husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown. Following her divorce from Brown and a period of seclusion, she attempted a comeback with a new album in 2009 and world tour in 2010. Houston's return to outpatient rehab a year later suggested the struggling diva had more work to do on herself. Despite setbacks, fans remained devoted to Houston and waited for a comeback that never came. On Feb. 11, 2012, the beloved singer passed away at age 48, shocking the public and the music industry who were gathered that weekend to celebrate the Grammy Awards.

Relationships

Ray J Actor

Companion
Rumored to be dating 2007 until Houston's death Feb. 11, 2012

Bobbi Kristina Brown Actor

Daughter
Born March 4 1993; father Bobby Brown Appeared with family on the Bravo reality series "Being Bobby Brown" (2005)

Bobby Brown Actor

Husband
Met in 1989; part of the teen singing group New Edition; had three children born out of wedlock to two other women prior to marrying Houston Married July 18, 1992 Reportedly separated in June 1998 before reuniting Featured on the reality series "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo) Houston filed for legal separation in September 2006 after 14 years of marriage, following years of allegations regarding marital discord and drug abuse Divorce finalized April 24, 2007

Aretha Franklin Song Performer

Godparent

John Houston

Father
Houston's business manager and CEO of her company, Nippy Inc. (named for Whitney's childhood nickname) Died on Feb. 2, 2003 from diabetes and heart disease

Gary Houston

Brother
Arrested for possession of drugs in March 1996

Michael Houston

Brother
Arrested on drug charges in August 2001

Cissy Houston Actor

Mother
Born Sept. 20, 1933; gospel singer

Donna Houston

Sister-In-Law
Ran The Whitney Houston Foundation for Children

Dionne Warwick Actor

Cousin
Born Dec. 12, 1940; sang the hits "I Say a Little Prayer" (1967) and "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (1979)

Milestones

2012

Final film appearance, a remake of the 1976 drama "Sparkle" opposite Jordan Sparks; released posthumously

2009

Released comeback album I Look to You; entered Billboard albums chart at No. 1

2009

Gave first interview in seven years on season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

2005

Under orders from Fulton County probate court, was taken to Crossroads, a drug rehabilitation clinic in Antigua, West Indies founded by Eric Clapton

2005

Appeared alongside husband Bobby Brown and family on the Bravo reality series "Being Bobby Brown"; couple filed for divorce the following year

2004

Checked into a drug rehab center, but checked out within a week

2002

Admitted to Diane Sawyer on the ABC news program "Primetime Live" that she abused marijuana, cocaine and alcohol

2002

Sued for $100 million by her father's entertainment company for breach of contract; lawsuit later thrown out by a superior court judge

2001

Served as a producer of the Disney film "The Princess Diaries"

2001

Signed exclusive long-term contract with Arista Records worth a reported $100 million

2000

Released the two-disc compilation Greatest Hits, which featured one disc of hits and one of remixes; included duets with Enrique Iglesias, George Michael, and Deborah Cox

2000

Arrested in Hawaii when airline authorities reportedly found marijuana in her luggage (charges later dismissed)

2000

Dropped from the Academy Awards telecast officially because of a sore throat, but reportedly due to poor rehearsals

1998

Collaborated with Mariah Carey on the single "When You Believe" for the animated film "The Prince of Egypt"

1998

Released first album in eight years My Love Is Your Love; collaborated with Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip

1997

Co-executive produced and starred in an updated TV remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (ABC); played the Fairy Godmother to Brandy's Cinderella

1996

Houston Productions signed two-year, non-exclusive first look deal with Touchstone Pictures

1995

Starred alongside Denzel Washington in "The Preacher's Wife" and received Grammy Award nominations for the album's soundtrack, which featured traditional and contemporary gospel songs

1995

Co-starred in the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale" and contributed the single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" to the soundtrack

1992

Made feature film acting debut in "The Bodyguard," a romantic drama with Kevin Costner; re-recorded the Dolly Parton song "I Will Always Love You" for the soundtrack

1987

Second album Whitney debuted at the top of the pop charts, the first time ever for a female solo act

1986

Performed the song "The Greatest Love of All" for the film "School for Vandals"

1985

Performed the song "Shock Me," for the film "Perfect"

1985

Made professional solo performance debut at the New York nightclub "Sweetwater's"

1985

Released debut album Whitney Houston; sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut ever by a female artist

1983

Signed to a recording contract by Clive Davis of Arista Records at age 19

1981

Appeared on the cover of several magazines at age 18; also sang a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Hold Me" (date approximate)

1978

Worked as a background vocalist for singers Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls, beginning at age 15 (date approximate)

1974

Began singing at age 11 in her mother's choir (date approximate)

Formed Houston Productions

Bonus Trivia

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Houston received an honorary doctorate degree in humanities from Grambling University.

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In October 2002, Houston's father's company sued her for $100 million. John Houston Entertainment claimed the singer owed management fees for helping sort out her legal troubles during her pot bust and helping negotiate her nine-figure record contract.

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In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired in December 2002, Houston admitted to abusing drugs in her past, including marijuana, alcohol, cocaine and pills, but claimed she had beaten her addictions through prayer.

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In December 2003, police considered whether to pursue charges against singer Bobby Brown after officers responded to a domestic abuse call by Houston. When officers arrived at the couple's home, they found Houston with a cut upper lip and a bruised cheek.

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Houston entered a drug rehab clinic at an undisclosed facility on March 15, 2003.

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On March 23, 2005, it was reported that Houston again checked into a rehabilitation facility.

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In May 2011, Houston entered an out-patient treatment program for drug and alcohol treatment.

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