Renée Houston

Place of birth:
Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK:
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.


Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
as Chou-Chou
Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)
as Agatha Spanner
The Comic (1969)
as Olive
River Rivals (1967)
as Mrs. Fredericks
Cul-de-sac (1966)
as Christopher's Mother
The Idol (1966)
as 1st Woman at Party
Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966)
Repulsion (1965)
as Mme Balch
Carry On Spying (1964)
as Funhouse Madame
Carry On Cabby (1963)
as Molly
Nurse on Wheels (1963)
as Mrs. Beacon
The Rescue Squad (1963)
Tomorrow at Ten (1962)
as Masie Maddox
Out of the Fog (1962)
as Ma
The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
as Mrs. Tucker
Twice Round the Daffodils (1962)
as Matron
No, My Darling Daughter (1961)
as Miss Yardley
Three on a Spree (1961)
The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)
as Helen Burke
And the Same to You (1960)
as Mildred Pomphret
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
as Sara Monday
The Big Money (1958)
as Bobbie
Time Without Pity (1957)
as Mrs. Harker
A Town Like Alice (1956)
as Ebbey
Track the Man Down (1955)
as Pat Sherwood
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
as Miss Brimmer
Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)
as Beattie
Two Thousand Women (1944)
as Maud Wright
The Peterville Diamond (1943)
as Lady Margaret
Old Bill and Son (1941)
as Stella Malloy
A Girl Must Live (1939)
as Gloria Lind
Happy Days Are Here Again (1936)
as Kitty Seymour
Lost In The Legion (1934)
as Mary McFee
Mister Cinders (1934)
as Mrs. Phipps
Radio Parade (1933)
Their Night Out (1933)
as Maggie Oliphant
Come Into My Parlour (1932)
as Jenny MacDonald © 2021

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