Renee Houston (I) (1902–1980)

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Renee Houston was born on July 24, 1902 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland as Caterina Rita Murphy Gribbin. She was an actress and writer, known for Repulsion (1965), A Girl Must Live (1939) and Carry On at Your Convenience (1971). She was married to Donald Stewart, Patrick Aherne and George Balharrie. She died on February 9, 1980 in Chertsey, ... See full bio »

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Repulsion Miss Balch
A Girl Must Live Gloria Lind


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (73 credits)
 1975 Legend of the Werewolf
Chou-Chou (as Renée Houston)
 1973 Special Branch (TV Series)
- You Won't Remember Me (1973) ... Scotswoman
 1971 Carry On at Your Convenience
Agatha Spanner
 1970 No, That's Me Over Here! (TV Series)
- Wedding (1970) ... Gwen
 1969 The Undertakers (Short)
Short Sighted Lady
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Comic (1969) ... Olive
 1969 Doctor in the House (TV Series)
Mrs. Muir
- If in Doubt - Cut It Out! (1969) ... Mrs. Muir
- Peace and Quiet (1969) ... Mrs. Muir
 1969 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
"Frank" Hickson
- The Three Fat Women of Antibes (1969) ... "Frank" Hickson
 1968 The Sex Game (TV Series)
- Hippy-Hippy-Who-Cares (1968) ... Polly
 1967 River Rivals (TV Series)
Mrs. Fredericks
- The Night Raiders (1967) ... Mrs. Fredericks
- The Golden Dragon (1967) ... Mrs. Fredericks
- The Dragon's Secret (1967) ... Mrs. Fredericks
- The Blockade Runners (1967) ... Mrs. Fredericks
- Shipwreck (1967) ... Mrs. Fredericks
 1967 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
 1967 Trapped (TV Series)
- Goodnight Mrs Dill (1967) ... Ivy
 1964-1967 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnston / Mrs. Bright
- Over My Dead Body (1967) ... Mrs. Johnston
- My Late Dear Husband (1964) ... Mrs. Bright
 1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose
Lady Blanchflower (uncredited)
 1966 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Marion Scoullar
- The Dear Ones (1966) ... Marion Scoullar
 1966 Cul-de-sac
Christopher's Mother
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mother Brinicombe
- The First Thunder (1966) ... Mother Brinicombe
 1966 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Mrs. Loman
- Death of a Donkeyman (1966) ... Mrs. Loman
 1966 The Idol
1st Woman at Party
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Madame Remy
- Doctor Knock (1966) ... Madame Remy
 1965 Repulsion
Miss Balch
 1964 Carry On Spying
 1963-1964 The Saint (TV Series)
Mrs. McAlister / Ida Warshed
- The Wonderful War (1964) ... Mrs. McAlister
- The Gentle Ladies (1963) ... Ida Warshed
 1963 Carry on Cabby
 1963 Taxi! (TV Series)
Gig Lambert
- Barricades in Bailey Street (1963) ... Gig Lambert (as Renée Houston)
 1963 Tomorrow at Ten
Dorothy 'Maisie' Maddox
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Big Rosie
- Scare (1963) ... Big Rosie
 1963 The Rescue Squad
Mrs. Manse
 1963 Nurse on Wheels
Mrs. Beacon
 1962 Man of the World (TV Series)
Mrs. Van Kempson
- The Runaways (1962) ... Mrs. Van Kempson
 1962 Fog for a Killer
Ma Johnson
 1962 The Phantom of the Opera
Mrs. Tucker
 1962 A Matter of Conscience (TV Movie)
 1962 Twice Round the Daffodils
Matron (as Renée Houston)
 1962 Dinner with the Family (TV Movie)
Madame de Montrachet, an actress
 1961 No, My Darling Daughter
Miss Yardley
 1961 Watch It, Sailor!
Mrs. Mottram (guest appearance)
 1961 Three on a Spree
Mrs. Gray
 1961 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series)
Bertha Jones
- Tall, Dark Stranger (1961) ... Bertha Jones
 1960-1961 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Mrs. Lacey / Grannie Weedon
- Fever (1961) ... Mrs. Lacey
- Footsteps on the Ceiling (1960) ... Grannie Weedon
 1961 Doctor Knock (TV Series)
Madame Remy
- Act 3 (1961) ... Madame Remy
 1956-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Bridges / Marthy / Mrs. MacDonald
- Not Many Mansions (1961) ... Mrs. Bridges
- Anna Christie (1957) ... Marthy
- The Blood Is Strong (1956) ... Mrs. MacDonald
 1960 Maigret (TV Series)
Madame Ja Ja
- Liberty Bar (1960) ... Madame Ja Ja
 1960 And the Same to You
 1960 The Flesh and the Fiends
Helen Burke
 1957-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Bessie / Vi Vining
- A Nest of Robins (1959) ... Bessie
- The Day's Mischief (1957) ... Vi Vining
 1958 Them Nice Americans
Mrs. Adams
 1958 The Horse's Mouth
Sara Monday
 1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Little John's Mother
- Little Mother (1958) ... Little John's Mother
 1958 The Key
Canteen Worker (uncredited)
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ethel Watts
- Rappaport Always Pays (1957) ... Ethel Watts
 1957 Time Without Pity
Mrs. Harker
 1957 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Bridie
- Take the High Road (1957) ... Mrs. Bridie
 1956 The Big Money
 1956 It's a Wonderful World
New Neighbour (uncredited)
 1956 A Town Like Alice
 1955 Track the Man Down
Pat Sherwood
 1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's
Miss Brimmer (as Renée Houston)
 1951 Bikini Baby
 1949 Sauce Tartare (TV Movie)
 1944 Two Thousand Women
Maud Wright
 1943 The Peterville Diamond
Lady Margaret
 1941 Old Bill and Son
Stella Malloy
 1939 A Girl Must Live
Gloria Lind
 1937 Fine Feathers
Teenie McPherson
 1936 Happy Days Revue
Kitty Seymour
 1935 No Monkey Business
 1934 Mister Cinders
Mrs. Phipps
 1934 Lost in the Legion
Mary McFee
 1933 Their Night Out
Maggie Oliphant (as Renée Houston)
 1932 Come Into My Parlour
Jenny MacDonald
 1927 Blighty
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Self (16 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Other Works:

She and Donald Stewart performed in the show, "Twice Nightly Variety," at the Holborn Empire Theatre in Holborn, London, England with Tom Arnold, Will Fyffe, Jack Stanford, Clifford & Rhode, Shirley Houston & the Sherman Fisher Girls, the Edmondo Khayyam Troupe, and Freddy Dosh in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Houston Sisters | Renée Houston | Houston Sisters

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Daughter of a liquor salesman, who, with his wife, later formed a variety song-and-dance act. On stage from 1914, with the Fyfe and Fyfe Company near Glasgow. Formed her own music hall double act with her sister Billie, as the 'Houston Sisters', her comedy based on sibling rivalry and Scottish working-class life. On screen after World War II in middle-aged roles as tough mothers and assorted ... See more »

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