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Whitney Houston’s final movie, “Sparkle,” opened in the fifth spot this weekend at the box office bringing in $12 million dollars. Houston plays the overprotective mom of a girl group, with dreams of a singing career of her own. The movie also stars “American Idol” season six winner Jordin Sparks, and Tamela Mann who plays the role of Whitney’s best friend. Mann has also appeared in several Tyler Perry films including “Madea Goes to Jail” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and played the role of Cora Simmons in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” on TBS.

This morning on “Starting Point,” Mann discussed her role and what it was like working with Houston on her final film.

“It was wonderful,” Mann says. “I mean it was nothing like I’ve heard. She didn’t come in acting like a diva. She was very professional, very pleasant to work with. I mean we had a lot of fun. We’d sit and talked about God a lot on the set and kids of course and singing.”

Mann who is also an award winning gospel singer talked about sharing some of her songs with Houston before they debuted on her new album “Best Days”. “She was actually like one of the first persons to hear a couple of my songs before they came out… I asked her ‘do you mind?’ and she was like ‘yea!’ So she was singing and she was like ‘yea baby get to this part and just ride it.’ But it was really wonderful working with her.”

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