Whitney Houston's Early TV Commercials: She Could Really Sell It

Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston wasn’t just the best-selling R&B artist of the 20th Century.She also used her compelling screen presence for a string of TV commercials for brands such as AT&T, Diet Coke and Sanyo.

At a very early stage of her career, before she was famous, she appeared in a 1983 campaign for Canada Dry.

And like a lot of American stars who need money but who don’t want to damage their artistic credibility in the West, she made a couple of Japanese commercials that weren’t seen in the U.S.

This, then, is her commercial back catalogue.

Canada Dry - 1983

She was 19 years old in this commercial.

Diet Coke - 1986

Willard Scott and Brooke Shields also starred in this spot.

Sanyo - 1990

Sanyo also sponsored a 1990 concert special, 'Live in Yokohama.'

AT&T - 1994

Houston was signed by AT&T during a phase in the telco war when companies competed to sign the biggest stars to endorse their brands. (Sprint had Candice Bergen and MCI used David Spade.)

Nishi - Unknown

We have no idea what this commercial is for. Possibly some sort of consumer finance product? Send us an email if you know more about it so we can update this post: [email protected]

Heroes of Hope brain tumour charity - 2011

This was one of the last commercials she did, and it's for a charity.

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