Laughing Through the Tears

Laughing Through the Tears

by Christine Houston


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781939654021
Publisher: Life To Legacy,LLC
Publication date: 06/28/2013
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Christine Houston is a native Chicagoan and graduate of Parker high School. In 1954, she received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. After years of marriage and motherhood, Christine attempted to reinvent herself by utilizing her G.I. Bill benefits to enroll in Kennedy-King College to study Theater Technology. However, when a curious, much-younger student, asked Mrs. Houston “What is your major?” Christine replied, “Journalism.” This impromptu declaration turned out to be a pivotal moment in her life. By faith, Christine entered a writing contest and submitted a play titled “Two Twenty-Seven,” about her childhood growing up at 227 E. 48th on the South-side of Chicago. After “Two Twenty-Seven” won several awards including the prestigious Norman Lear Play-writing Contest, Christine was off to Hollywood. Christine wrote for the sitcom 227, the Jeffersons, and Punky Brewster. After achieving great success, Christine was forced to return to Chicago to care for her ailing mother. Shortly after that, her husband was stricken with Dementia. It was this experience that became the subject matter of her new novel Laughing through the Tears. Today, Christine Houston teaches Screen Writing and Writing for Television at Chicago State University, and she continues to write, perform, and direct theatrical productions.

NAACP Image Award, The Norman Lear Play-writing Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Play-writing Award, Chicago State Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, and other prestigious awards.

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