Miss Houghton has played leading roles in over sixty productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in Regional Theatres. In 2011, she had the honor of creating a Tennessee Williams gem, the part of Amanda in his heretofore unknown play, The Pretty Trap, which premiered Off-Broadway at Theatre Row. Her classical roles have included Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), Nina (The Seagull), Yelena (Uncle Vanya), Nora (A Doll’s House), Barbara (Major Barbara), Laura (The Glass Menagerie), and Catherine (Suddenly, Last Summer). On Broadway she was in Our Town, The Front Page, with Robert Ryan, and A Very Rich Woman, directed by Garson Kanin. She won the Theatre World award for her performance in A Scent of Flowers Off-Broadway in 1969.
She’s been in ten films, most recently The Last Airbender (2010), directed by M. Night Shyamalan. She’s best known for playing the ingenue in GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967), directed by Stanley Kramer. Other films include Kinsey (2004), Ethan Frome (1993), Mr. North (1988), The Night We Never Met (1993), Billy Bathgate (1991), The Garden of Death (1974) and Let it Be Me (1995).
On television she was Nabby Adams in the award-winning Adams’ Chronicles, recently reissued on DVD. She has appeared in both featured and guest roles in several series and soap operas, including All My Children and One Life to Live.
From 1983-1985 she performed in NYC her one-woman show To Heaven in a Swing, The Last Day in the Life of Louisa May Alcott
at the American Place Theatre, the York Theatre and at Barnard College, as well as in Houston, Amherst, Ivoryton Playhouse, CT, Orchard House in Concord and various other regional theatres.
Eleven of her plays have been produced. Her play Buddha, was published in Best Short Plays of 1988. Her musical, Bookends, premiered at NJ Rep Co. summer of 2007, received rave notices and garnered the highest box-office sales for the theatre in their eleven year history.
She has presented lectures at venues across the country including the 2001 Fall Concert & Lectures Series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at The Cosmopolitan Club. Her lecture called “The Secret Life of Louisa May Alcott” was presented at The Small Press Center in N.Y.C. in 1998 and was presented again in 2002 in Lenox, Massachusettes. at Edith Wharton’s famous home “The Mount” as part of their “Women of Achievement” lecture series. In 2008, she presented another lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called “Saucy Gamine, Reluctant Penitent, and Glorious Victor.” It concerns her aunt’s roller coaster ride in Hollywood as reflected in three of her films.