Most Memorable Role: Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (1992)

In 1992, Whitney Houston was already known for her celestial singing voice. But when she starred in The Bodyguard, as the object of Kevin Costner’s protection, she became one to watch in Hollywood, too. Following the film’s success, Whitney went on to appear in Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, and 2012's Sparkle, released after her death.