Renée Houston

Renée Houston

  • Born on
    • July 24th, 1902
  • Died on
    • February 9th, 1980
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Renée Houston (24 July 1902 - 9 February 1980) was a Scottish comedy actress and revue artist who appeared in television and film roles. Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, as Katherina Houston Gribbin she toured music halls and revues with her sister Billie Houston as the "Houston Sisters". In 1926, the sisters made a short musical film, the script of which Renée had written. It was produced by Lee De Forest, whose process, Phonofilm, enabled a soundtrack to be played alongside the film (a year before The Jazz Singer). Houston married three times, the second was to the actor Pat Aherne, the brother of Brian Aherne. Her third husband was the actor Donald Stewart. In her later years, she specialised in "battleaxe" roles, notably as shop steward Vic Spanner's (Kenneth Cope) formidable mother in Carry On at Your Convenience (1971). She published her autobiography in 1974 which was entitled Don't Fence Me In. Houston was also in the early episodes of radio's The Clitheroe Kid and a regular guest on radio panel show The Petticoat Line chaired by Anona Winn. She died in London at the age of 77 on 9 February 1980.

Starring Renée Houston on Plex


Acting (12 Credits)

1975Legend of the Werewolf as Chou-Chou
1971Carry on at Your Convenience as Agatha Spanner
1966Cul-de-sac as Christopher's Mother
1965Repulsion as Mme BalchWatch Free
1964Carry on Spying as Funhouse Madame
1963Carry on Cabby as Molly
1962The Phantom of the Opera as Mrs. Tucker
1960The Flesh and the Fiends as Helen Burke
1958The Horse's Mouth as Sara Monday
1957Time Without Pity as Mrs. Harker
1956A Town Like Alice as Ebbey
1954The Belles of St. Trinian's as Miss Brimmer

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