The two were filming the movie, “Sparkle,” and the singer/actress decided to see what Houston thought about her new songs “I’ll Hold On” and “All to Thee.”
“I asked her, ‘Would you listen to something?’ And she’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ She invited me to her trailer,” Mann said of the late singer, who died Feb. 11, 2012. “She was like, ‘This is great.’ She really liked ‘I’ll Hold On.’ And she’s like, ‘When you get to the chorus, just ride it. Just take them there.’ For her to take out the time with me, I was just really happy about it.”
In “Sparkle,” a remake, currently in theaters, of the 1976 film of the same name about a 1950s girl group, Tamela Mann protrays Houston’s best friend Sara Waters. She described the experience as ‘a bit intimidating’ at first but Houston made it easy, she said.
“We talked about family, we talked about God,” Mann told CBSNews.com, adding, “She came in and was wonderful. She was very pleasant to work with. Very easygoing and very helpful to everybody just around her. Very inviting.”
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