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 Patrick Aherne, the brother of Brian Aherne. Her third husband was the actor Donald Stewart. With a Jack Poulter from Surrey she also had 2 children, Jean and Alan, who had few meetings with their mother.
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.
She died in London at the age of 77 on 9 February 1980.
- Blighty (1927)
- No Monkey Business (1935)
- Happy Days are Here Again (1936)
- Fine Feathers (1937)
- Old Bill & Son (1941)
- The Peterville Diamond (1942)
- Two Thousand Women (1944)
- Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)
- The Belles of St Trinian's (1954)
- Track the Man Down (1955)
- A Town Like Alice (1956)
- Time Without Pity (1957)
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958)
- "The Big Money" (1958)
- The Horse's Mouth (1958)
- And the Same to You (1960)
- No My Darling Daughter (1961)
- Twice Round the Daffodils (1962)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
- Nurse on Wheels (1963)
- Carry On Cabby (1963), Molly
- Carry On Spying (1964), Madame
- Tomorrow at Ten (1964)
- Carry On at Your Convenience (1971), Agatha Spanner
- Legend of the Werewolf (1975)