Look no further than Michael Jackson for proof that the estate of a superstar can continue to earn money for years after the star dies. The same is true for Whitney Houston, but insiders warn that leaving a family member in charge could be a bad idea.
"If Michael's estate had left control to a family member, it would have been a disaster. These matters need to be handled by trained professionals and lawyers, not someone that married your brother," a music manager tells me, referring to Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston.
This weekend at the Billboard Music Awards, it was Pat Houston who took the stage next to the late singer's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to accept a Millennium Award on the star's behalf. Pat is also the driving force behind and star of Lifetime's forthcoming reality show "Houston Family Chronicles."
"After years of being in the shadows, this seems to be Pat's moment in the spotlight," one family insider tells me. "But she needs to be careful about what she wishes for. As Whitney knew too well, being famous and all that it brings isn't always good."
In addition to Pat and Bobbi Kristina, the Lifetime show will also follow Pat's daughter, Rayah; Whitney’s brother, Gary; and Whitney's mother, Cissy.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson filmed scenes for the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" in Vancouver on Dec. 19.
Hilary Duff picked up some Fresh Brothers Pizza in Beverly Hills on Dec. 19.
Tessanne Chin, winner of Season 5 of "The Voice," was all smiles as she left the NBC Studios in New York City on Dec. 19.
Justin Timberlake photobombed concert-goers mid-selfie in a photo that surfaced Dec. 18.
Justin Bieber was all smiles at the World premiere of "Justin Bieber's Believe," held at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Dec. 18.
Miley Cyrus and her denim short shorts arrived via private jet to Miami, Florida, on Dec. 18.
Talk about a beautiful bunch: Lilly Ghalichi, Carmen Electra and Joanna Krupa were spotted leaving Riva Bella in Los Angeles on Dec. 17.
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt did some Christmas shopping at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 17.
Stylish Nicole Scherzinger caught a flight to Los Angeles out of Heathrow airport on Dec. 17.
Alec Baldwin braved the New York snow on Dec. 17.
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber enjoyed the day at Bondi Beach with their sons in Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 16.
Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep arrived at The Weinstein Company's Los Angeles premiere of "August: Osage County" on Dec. 16.
Abigail Breslin shone on the red carpet at the premiere of "August: Osage County" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Dec. 16.
Kim Kardashian was mobbed by the photographers while out and about with her daughter North on Dec. 16 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Amanda Seyfried took her dog Finn for a stroll in New York City on Dec. 16.
Kristen Wiig and Christina Applegate attended the "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" premiere at Beacon Theatre in New York City on Dec. 15.
Liv Tyler was seen out and about in the West Village in NYC on Dec. 15.
Pregnant actress Emily Blunt took her dog for a hike in Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 14.
Katy Perry attended the 15th NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France on Dec. 14.
50 Cent supported Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria and dropped by the Global Gift Foundation & Noor Dubai Foundation charity event in Dubai on Dec. 14. The rapper helped raise funds by auctioning off a pair of his SMS Audio Headphones.
Sofia Vergara was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Dec. 12.
A newly brunette Courtney Stodden attended the World of Wonder's 1st Annual WOWie Awards at The Globe Theatre on Dec. 12 in Universal City, Calif.
Julia Roberts looked beaming outside the "Late Show with David Letterman" studio in NYC on Dec. 12.
Hilary Duff did some shopping at James Perse in West Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 12.
Pregnant Emily Blunt was seen out and about in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 12.
Josh Duhamel and Fergie took their baby boy Axl to his Baptism at a church in Brentwood, Calif. on Dec. 12.
Zoe Saldana, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde announced the nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 12 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were spotted holiday shopping at the Nespresso Beverly Hills Boutique in L.A. on Dec. 12.
Khloe Kardashian arrived at The Hollywood Reporter's 22nd Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Dec. 11.
Christina Applegate attended the premiere of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" at the Vue West End Cinema in London on Dec. 11.
Paris Hilton, in full leopard print, enjoyed a night out at Mastros Restaurant in Beverly Hills with boyfriend River Viiperi on Dec. 11.
Reese Witherspoon channeled her inner Elle Woods while on a grocery run at Whole Foods in Brentwood, Calif. on Dec. 11.
Well, she <em>is</em> Ozzy's wife: Sharon Osbourne covered up in all black while out and about in New York on Dec. 11.
Kim Kardashian did some Christmas shopping with fiance Kanye West and her mom Kris Jenner at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Dec. 11.
Miranda Kerr braved the New York cold by herself on Dec. 11.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum filmed scenes on the beach for "22 Jump Street" in Puerto Rico on Dec. 11.
Olivia Palermo got her christmas shopping started at the Old Navy Holiday Bazaar in NYC on Dec. 11.
LeAnn Rimes posed in the press room during the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on in Las Vegas on Dec. 10.
Rita Ora posed for a photo shoot on the back seat of a Chrysler convertible on the streets of Miami on Dec. 10.
Josh Duhamel was spotted taking pictures of the perfect Christmas tree on his red Moto X in Los Angeles on Dec. 10.
Jay Z hung out at Hollywood's Lure Nightclub for his concert after party on Dec. 9.
Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke attended the U.S. premiere of Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," the untold story of how the classic film "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen, at the Walt Disney Studios on Dec. 9.
Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth went shopping together at APC in Paris, France on Dec. 9.
Lady Gaga looked all dolled up as she left the Langham Hotel in London, England on Dec. 9.
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner attend the "American Hustle" cast photocall at Crosby Street Hotel on Dec. 8 in New York City.
Josh Duhamel and Fergie at the 15th Annual Trevor Project Benefit at the Hollywood Paladium in Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 8.
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi soaked up the sun in a bright orange bikini on Miami Beach, Fla., on Dec. 8.
Rose McGowan rocked a printed one-piece on the beach in Miami on Dec. 7.
Amanda Bynes headed to outpatient rehab with her mom on Dec. 6 in L.A.
Adrian Grenier soaked up the sun on the beach in Miami on Dec. 6.
Lady Gaga left The Langham Hotel in London, England, on Dec. 6 looking like a Picasso painting.