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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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Titles At Your Library

Laughing Through the Tears
ISBN: 1939654025

Life To Legacy,LLC. 2013

Christine Houston was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She is an award winning playwright, actor and director. Her stage Play, "Two Twenty-Seven" was adapted to television and became NBC's hit sitcom "227". "Laughing Through The Tears," is based on a true story that allows the reader to experience the anger, fear, anguish, and denial, that engulfed and consumed Crystal Haywood after she learned that her beloved husband of thirty-five years, has the life-changing disease, dementia. She refuses to believe that all the years, loving one another, surviving the ups and downs, accepting the good with the bad, raising their four children, together, will soon be erased from Eric's mind. There just wasn't no way Crystal could accept it. Although she had often been reminded that laughter was the best medicine Crystal thought she would never ever be able to laugh and cry at the same time.

Speaking Engagements

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