New Jersey, Feb 24: She might have been battling personal demons. However nobody but Whitney Houston is likely to really know what happened the night before the Grammy Awards, when the 48-year-old singer was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room.
But one thing is certain: Her last days had at least some moments of joy.
Both the producer and star of the ‘70s-musical remake “Sparkle” said Houston couldn't have been in better spirits on the set. “She just, she loved every minute of it,” recalled Debra Martin Chase, one of the film's producers.
“She loved the cast. She loves Selim (Akil), our director. She had the best time and it's reflected in her performance. It is a tour de force, and it will become her legacy.”
One of the film's leads, former “American Idol” contestant Jordin Sparks noted, “I am excited for everybody to see her, to see Whitney at her best,” Sparks said of the film.
“Like she was just lit up. She lights up the screen and she was so happy and I didn't know her for very long, I knew her for two-months. Like I got to know her for two months, 12 hours a day. We got really close. I really, really admired her prior to that. So, for it to go through that transition, it was, it was amazing”, She added.
Chase and Sparks attended the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon Thursday in Beverly Hills, where Sparks offered a musical tribute to Houston.
“I am singing, ‘Look Into Your Heart,' and Whitney did a version on a Curtis Mayfield tribute album. So, I wanted to do something that she did, but do my own version and honor her with that as well. So, I'll be singing that song and I hope all the ‘Sparkle' fans that are here get to sing along with me.”