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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christine Houston  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Christine Houston on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Houston is a native Chicagoan. She grew up on the south-side of Chicago and is a graduate of Parker high School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Houston is an award winning playwright, actor and director. Her stage play, ''Two Twenty-Seven'' is about her childhood growing up at 227 E. 48th Street in Chicago - located in what is now known as Bronzeville. It was adapted to television and became NBC's hit sitcom ''227''. She was also a staff writer for ''Punky Brewster'', and ''The Jeffersons''. Her debut novel, ''Laughing Through The Tears'', is a poignant yet comical parody of the struggle Houston faced while living with her spouse who was stricken with Alzheimer’s. She uses fictitious animated characters and real life circumstances to tell her own touching story. This novel will inspire anyone that is caring for a loved one that suffers from dementia.Houston currently teaches Screen Writing and Writing for Television at Chicago State University, and continues to write, perform, and direct theatrical productions.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Laughing through the tears :
ISBN: 9781939654021. OCLC Number: 859296916

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This story is based on experiences in the life of the author, remembering her struggles with her late husband's dementia onset and subsequent decline.