Renée Houston

 

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Renee Houston was a Scottish comedy actress and revue artist who appeared in television and film roles. Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, as Katherina Valarita Veronica Murphey Gribbin [Houston was her stage name], she toured music halls and revue with her sister Billie Houston as the "Houston Sisters". In 1926, the sisters made a short musical film, the script of which Renee had written. It was produced by Lee De Forest, whose process, Phonofilm, enabled a soundtrack to be played alongside the film. Houston married three times, the second was to the actor Patrick Aherne, the brother of Brian Aherne. They had four children: Patrick Anthony and Alan Brian, and Teri and Trevor. Her third husband was the actor Donald Stewart. In her later years, she specialised in "battleaxe" roles, notably as shop steward Vic Spanner's formidable mother in Carry On at Your Convenience. She published her autobiography in 1974 which was entitled Don't Fence Me In

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Renée Houston

Born 1902-07-24 (121 years ago) in Johnstone. Dead 1980-02-09 (77 years).

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Name From To Relationship type
Jack Poulter(Gifta) Gifta
Donald Stewart(Gifta) Gifta
Pat Aherne(Gifta) Gifta
Children

Alan Poulter, Jean Poulter

Parents

James Gribbon, Elizabeth Houston

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Renee Houston was a Scottish comedy actress and revue artist who appeared in television and film roles.

Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, as Katherina Valarita Veronica Murphey Gribbin [Houston was her stage name], she toured music halls and revue with her sister Billie Houston as the "Houston Sisters".

In 1926, the sisters made a short musical film, the script of which Renee had written. It was produced by Lee De Forest, whose process, Phonofilm, enabled a soundtrack to be played alongside the film.

Houston married three times, the second was to the actor Patrick Aherne, the brother of Brian Aherne. They had four children: Patrick Anthony and Alan Brian, and Teri and Trevor. Her third husband was the actor Donald Stewart.

In her later years, she specialised in "battleaxe" roles, notably as shop steward Vic Spanner's formidable mother in Carry On at Your Convenience. 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.

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