wow, so Whit turned it down. I was wondering how she wasn't a 'good enough' actress that she lost it to Sabrina.
I bet they thought she was crazy turning down that role.
Whitney Houston auditioned in the early eighties and after getting the job she turned it down to pursue her music career.
who directed the first three seasons of the hugely successful sitcom,
recalls a young Houston reluctant to sign her contract because she
thought it would jeopardize her not yet developed music career.
we gather in this room and there are kids from New York and Los Angeles
and they are all signing their contracts, and this girl who we brought
from New York said "I can't sign this contract."
'And I said "Why?" She said, "Well, I want to be a singer...I can't be in every show... I have to be in every tour."
says that he then asked Houston if she had a recording contract or
whether she had ever toured to which she replied "no" to both.
He suggested that if she appeared on the show that it might help her singing career, but Houston wasn't convinced.
'I said "Well who told you can sing?" and she said "My mother, my aunt."
Sandrich believes that the then teenager knew right there and then that she was going to be a huge singing star.
'Whitney Houston, she knew,' he said.