Soap Star Remembers Whitney Houston

Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) fondly recalls when the late superstar appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS (where he then played Kirk) with Jermaine Jackson in 1984. "They sang 'Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,' at Kirk's high school prom," smiles LeBlanc. "Marisa Tomei was there too because she played Marcy. I was actually older than Whitney but had to play younger. She had a short haircut and was so pretty. I was more in awe of Jermaine because one of The Jackson 5 was there, but as soon as Whitney opened her mouth, you knew she was going to be a star. I wish I could've gotten to know her more that day, but the scene was really technical, so there wasn't a lot of time for chatting. I do remember she was such a sweetheart and wasn't surprised that she became so popular."