Whitney Houston spent years trying to secure the rights and release a remake of the 1976 musical drama Sparkle, which was inspired by the Motown group The Supremes, and she finally got her wish in 2012. Houston would never get to see the finished product or Jordan Sparks’ inspirational performance as Sparkle Anderson as the film was released six months after the iconic singer’s February 2012 death. In the film, which was dedicated to the memory of the late artist, Houston plays Emma Anderson, Sparkle’s overbearing mother who turned to her church after her own musical career fizzled out.
And even though Sparkle may not be remembered for being the best movie of its kind, it does feature some outstanding performances by Whitney Houston, Jordan Sparks, and the rest of the star-studded and extremely talented cast of actors and singers. Loaded with plenty of drama and even more musical numbers, Sparkle has enough to make it be remembered for more than just being Houston’s final on-screen appearance.