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Cissy Houston
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Houston in 1975
Emily Drinkard

September 30, 1933 (1933-09-30) (age 87)
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active 1938–present
Freddie Garland
(m. 1955; div. 1957)

John Houston Jr.
(m. 1964; div. 1991)
Children 3; including Gary and Whitney
Musical career
Instruments Vocals (soprano)
Associated acts

Emily "Cissy" Houston (née Drinkard; born September 30, 1933) is an American soul and gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for such artists as Roy Hamilton, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin, Houston embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work. Houston is the mother of singer Whitney Houston, grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, aunt of singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price.

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