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Saturday 9: I Will Always Love You

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1) The Bodyguard is the best-selling movie soundtrack ever, and this is the song most often associated with Whitney Houston. Is it on your iPod/mp3 player?

Really, better than the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack? That one kicked ass. But no, I don't have IWALY on my iPod because all my damn music got deleted from iTunes, and I've no clue how to get it back! Anyone? Anyone?? (Yes, this has caused me much consternation.)

 2) In the movie, Rachel (Whitney) sings "I Will Always Love You" after she realizes she can never see Frank (Kevin Costner) again. What song reminds you of a past love?

I used to sing "When I See You Smile," by Bad English, to my high school boyfriend Ben on the phone. It's one of our songs. When I hear it now, it's usually on store muzak, and it always brings a nostalgic smile to my lips.

3) Despite the movie's and the song's overwhelming popularity, Whitney Houston was awarded a Razzie Award as the worst actress of 1992. What's the most recent criticism you received?

My friend Erica called me a lush and said I'm drinking a lot lately. I don't feel like I am - though I am drinking a lot more than usual - and it's really NOT a problem (I know, I know, they always say that), but it's true. I don't have an addictive personality and, hey, I can stop anytime I want! ;) (Please, I'm not making fun of alcoholics, so don't get your panties in a wad.)

4) On the bright side, share the last compliment you received.

My husband tells me I'm beautiful on the regular. It would be nice if I could accept the compliment, but I can't. Oh, and my friend Carlos, with whom I spoke on the phone last night for really the first time, told me I had a nice voice. Maybe it's the first time he paid attention to it?
5) In the 1980s, when Whitney first burst onto the scene, a trendy woman wore big hair, big bows and big shoulder pads. Can you think of anything you wore that was fashionable at the time, but looking back, makes you cringe? (An embarrassing photo to accompany your answer would be nice!)

High hair, with the front bang curling downward over the forehead and the rest of the bangs hairsprayed sky-high behind them, was all the rage in my middle school years. I don't have a picture of me like this, which is complete bullshit because of course I do, but I'm too lazy to get up and find that photo album right now!

6) When this song was popular, cell phones were uncommon and Facebook was unheard of. Which has had a bigger impact on your life -- smart phones or social networking? 

Oh, absolutely, it's my iPhone. I adore it. Of all my material possessions, it's my most important. Between that and my ubiquitous crossbody satchel, my whole life is in there. Please don't steal it!!

7) Whitney's marriage to Bobby Brown left many people shaking their heads. Whitney and Bobby's daughter recently married the young man who was raised as her brother. Have you ever been in a relationship your friends/family didn't approve of?

Pfft. Yeah, more than one. My first fiancé was black, as was my second. (I married the third, to my father's utmost relief.) My dad, on the other hand, thoroughly racist. It wouldn't shock me to find a white hood in his closet, if you're picking up what I'm putting down. When he first found out about my particular predilections in this regard, well, he hit the roof and made a LOT of threats. Guess what? It changed nothing. I'm still color-blind in matters of the heart.

8) Whitney Houston's grave marker reads, "I Will Always Love You," so obviously her family is very proud of the success of this recording. How would you like to be remembered?

If my children can look back over their childhoods and say to themselves, "Yeah, I had a good mom, and my upbringing was a happy one," I'll be ecstatic. If the rest of the world can say I made it a better place for having been in it, that will be icing on the cake.

9) Whitney was born in Newark, the largest city in New Jersey. It's a major air, rail and shipping hub, and it's in the Eastern Time zone. Have you ever been to Newark ... or any town in New Jersey? 

Oh, hells yes. My grandparents lived in Leonia, NJ, and I flew in and out of Newark - usually from Syracuse, where I lived - countless times to visit them. Other than New York and Florida, I probably spent most of my time in the Garden State. My mother and her parents are buried there, so I'll be back. I'll be back...