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John Russell Houston


Facts of John Russell Houston

Full NameJohn Russell Houston
First NameJohn
Middle NameRussell
Last NameHouston
ProfessionArmy serviceman and entertainment executive
Birth CityTrenton, Mercer Country, New Jersey
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameJohn Russell Houston Sr.
Mother NameSarah Elizabeth Collins Houston
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
No Of Children5
Date of BirthSeptember 13,1920
Age102 years

John Russell Houston was an Army serviceman and entertainment executive.  

He is recognized as former husband of singer late Cissy Houston and father of singer and actress late Whitney Houston.

His Married Life And Children

He was married thrice in his life. The name of his first wife is not available on wiki sites.

He got married to Cissy Houston in 1959. They had two children, a son, and a daughter. 

His son's name is Michael Houston, and he is a singer

Their married life was going well, but after spending more than three decades together, they decided to separate

They got divorced in 1990. 

Afterward, he got married to Barbara Peggy Houston. The couple was together till the last breath of John

They had one daughter together named Alana Houston

He had one more son with a relationship with Elsie Hamilton. His name is John Russell Houston III

John Russell Houston former wife Cissy Houston and their children Whitney Houston and Michael Houston.
John Russell Houston former wife Cissy Houston and their children Whitney Houston and Michael Houston. Source: New York Times

His Former Wife, Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston's birth name Emily Drinkard is best known for her singing backup for famous singers such as Roy Hamilton, Aretha Franklin, and many more. 

She has won two Grammy Awards for her work.

She was born on 30 September 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, United States

Her parents are late Nitcholas and late Delia Mae Drinkard. She was raised with her seven siblings

She began her career in singing in 1938 with her older siblings group. 

She is one of the versatile artist and one of the most successful artist also. 

She was married to Freddie Garland in 1955 for the first time. They had one son together. 

Their married life lasted only two years. 

Currently, she is 86 years old and battling from dementia.

John Russell Houston's former wife, Cissy Houston with her daughter Whitney Houston.
John Russell Houston's former wife, Cissy Houston with her daughter Whitney Houston. Source: Pinterest

Daughter, Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston full name Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on 9 August 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, United States

She had one older brother named Michael Houston and one half -brother Gary Garland who is a famous formal professional basketball player from her mother's side. 

Her mother taught her how to sing when she was young. 

She started singing in the choir of The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark at the age of eleven. 

She is best known for her song 'I Will Always Love You.' 

She was married to singer Bobby Brown in 1992. They had one daughter together. They got divorced in 2007

She was found unconscious in her hotel room submerged in the bathtub on 11 February 2012

She was pronounced death at 3:55 pm of that day. 

The cause of death was not known immediately, and later in the report, the cause of death was drowning, and the effect of heart disease and cocaine use

John Russell Houston with his daughter.
John Russell Houston with his daughter. Source: Pinterest


He died at the age of 82 on 2 February 2003 in Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States

He was battling from diabetes and heart disease for a long time, and his health condition was not good for a long time. 

He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in New Jersey, United States

His daughter admitted to taking drugs?

Whitney back then shared how she was sweet while a child, and she did sing. Other than that, she confessed that she couldn’t even date her date in her 20s

She confronted it for being so much rough. She thinks that she kind of reverted back as she got older and thought that she was now going to party. 

She acclaims that there was a rebel in her. Continuing the conversation, the actress said that crack is cheap and said that she doesn’t do that crack. 

The biggest devil for Whitney is her, her designing, and it’s her heart that’s what she wants. Further, Whitney said that she doesn’t want anyone to make her do anything. 

The actress said that her biggest devil is herself. 

Recalling Whitney’s older days

The artist Whitney went to Mount Saint Dominic Academy. Basically, it was a Catholic all-girls school situated in Caldwell, New Jersey

It’s been told that her favorite class to attend was history, whereas her all-time favorite color was lavender. 

At Mount Saint Dominic, the actress got to meet her closest friend named Robyn Crawford, who later portrayed the role of a sister she never had. 

Other than that, back in the year 1980s, Whitney was found by a great photographer while she was performing at Carnegie Hall with her mom. 

She got an opportunity to be on the cover of Seventeen magazine and also posed for Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and Glamour too. 

She is considered to be the first young African American woman to be on that cover. Well, her girl next door charm and personality were liked. 

Moreover, the lady also was captured in the advertisement for Canada Dry ginger ale. Also, Whitney’s popularity has allowed institutions to be named in her honor. 

In 1997, the school named Franklin in her hometown was renamed the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts

Not only this, Boston, Massachusetts’ National Birth Disorder Center was also renamed the Whitney Houston Hearing and Language Disorder Clinic later.

Net Worth

His former wife, Cissy Houston, has a net worth of 7 million dollars

She manages to earn that sum of income from her long career in singing.

She has released several albums and singles throughout her career. 

His daughter Whitney had negative net worth at the time of her death. 

She had 20 million dollars' debt to her record label Sony when she passed away. 

She had sold 200 million albums in her life. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time. 

She had released seven studio albums in her lifetime. They are shown below.

Year Album
1985Whitney Houston
1990I'm Your Baby Tonight
1998My Love Is Your Love
2002Just Whitney
2009I Look To You


  1. He was born on 13 September 1920 in Trenton, Mercer Country, New Jersey, United States.
  2. He was American by nationality.
  3. His parents were late John Russell Houston Sr. and late Sarah Elizabeth Collins Houston.
  4. He was African- American by descent.
  5. His granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died at the age of 22.

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Updated On Wed Jun 08 2022 Published On Sat Jun 13 2020 By paper-boat

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