Anyone who's ever watched The Bodyguard will remember Whitney Houston belting out the hits that would define her career, along with Kevin Costner's attempts at chemistry. But some will remember a certain few scenes in an iconic Miami Beach hotel, with Costner watching a helicopter from a sun-drenched balcony, Ms. Houston delivering 'I Have Nothing' in a ballroom while fireworks shoot off overhead, and -- it's Miami, remember? -- a swanky penthouse afterparty. These scenes were filmed at the Fontainebleau Hotel's 15th floor penthouse suite, oceanfront pool, and TROPIGALA ballroom where LIV nightclub now grooves, burning into America's pop culture landscape with the release of the 1992 film.
Though Houston negotiated to launch her final studio album I Look to You with a live national broadcast from the Fontainebleau, scheduling conflicts prevented the plans -- meaning her next most-famous South Florida appearance belonged to the televised night in July 2000 when then-husband Bobby Brown was released from a Broward prison. While comedian Chris Rock staged a mock protest outside, the superstar made headlines by wrapping her arms and legs around Brown and speeding off in a limo, possibly to Houston's condo in Aventura. (Brown, you may recall, had drunkenly wrapped his wife's Porsche around a pole on Ocean Drive in Hollywood. His parting words of wisdom: "Don't mess up in Broward County.")
"We are deeply saddened to learn of Whitney Houston's passing and send our sincere sympathies to her family and fans around the world. Fontainebleau is forever grateful to the legendary icon for allowing us to play a small part in her unforgettable legacy," said CEO Jeff Soffer. Watch Whitney Houston's most (in)famous South Florida appearances above and below.