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Cissy Houston

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Gospel vocalist sang back-up for artists such as for example Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. Houston was the receiver of multiple honors, including two Grammy Honours. She is at a gospel group with her cousin Dionne Warwick known as The Drinkard Performers. She performed back-up on Vehicle Morrison’s solitary “Dark brown Eyed Lady.” She was wedded to her second spouse John Russell Houston from 1959 until 1990. Her child was the fantastic Whitney Houston. She performed the part of Mrs. Havergal within the film The Preacher’s Wife with Denzel Washington.

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Full Name Cissy Houston
Date Of Birth September 30, 1933
Place Of Birth Newark, NJ
Profession Gospel Singer
Education Mount Saint Dominic Academy
Nationality American
Spouse John Russell Houston, Freddie Garland
Children Whitney Houston, Gary Garland, Michael Houston
Parents Nitcholas Drinkard, Delia Mae Drinkard
Siblings Nicky Houston, Lee Warwick, Ann Moss, Larry Houston, Judy Clay, William Houston, Hansom Houston, Marie Epps
Awards Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups The Drinkard Singers
Movies The Preacher's Wife, The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story
TV Shows The Houstons: On Our Own
Star Sign Libra

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1Minister of music at New Hope Baptist Church on Sussex Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. [December 2010]
2Mother-in-law of Patricia Houston.
3Grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown and Rayah Houston.
4Godmother to her daughter Whitney Houston is Aretha Franklin.
5Was one time a background singer for Elvis Presley.
6Ex-mother-in-law of Bobby Brown.
7Grand-aunt of David Elliott and Damon Elliott.
8Aunt of Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick.
9Member of the gospel group "The Drinkard Singers". Formed the The Gospelaires, with Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick. Lead singer of The Sweet Inspirations from 1967-1970. Veteran session singer.
10Mother of Whitney Houston and Gary Houston.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dreams of a Life2011Documentary performer: "Midnight Train To Georgia"
Daddy's Little Girls2007performer: "Family First"
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Preacher's Wife1996performer: "The Lord Is My Shepherd"
A Time to Kill1996"Take My Hand Precious Lord"
Hoodlums1980performer: "Stand Up", "Bluer Than Blue"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Preacher's Wife1996Mrs. Havergal
The Vernon Johns Story1994TV MovieRose
Taking My Turn1984TV MovieHelen
The Wiz1978The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice, uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angels1976arranger: vocals / performer: vocals

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whitney Houston: This is My Life1992TV Movie producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bang! The Bert Berns Story2016DocumentaryHerself
Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story2014TV MovieHerself
Daybreak2013TV SeriesHerself
Oprah's Next Chapter2013TV SeriesHerself
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHerself
Whitney Houston & Her Family: Voices of Love2012DocumentaryHerself
The Houstons: On Our Own2012TV Series documentaryHerself
BET Awards 20122012TV SpecialHerself
This Time2008DocumentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV SeriesHerself
Classic Whitney1997TV MovieHerself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
Whitney Houston: This is My Life1992TV MovieHerself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHerself
Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration1988DocumentaryHerself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show1987TV MovieHerself
Superstars and Their Moms1987TV MovieHerself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1983TV SpecialHerself
Hoodlums1980Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Dateline NBC2012TV Series documentaryHerself

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