Selected other credits
- Kinsey (2004)
- Let It Be Me (1995)
- Ethan Frome (1993)
- Mr. North (1988)
- The Eyes of the Amaryllis (1982)
- Garden of Death (1974)
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Houghton is best known for her role as Joanna "Joey" Drayton, the European-American ingénue who brings home an African-American fiancé to meet her parents, in the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. She was chosen for the role due to her striking resemblance to the actress playing her on-screen mother, Katharine Hepburn. This comparison was no coincidence, as she was Hepburn's real-life niece.
In 2004, she portrayed Mrs. Spaulding, one of the trustees of Indiana University, in the feature film Kinsey.
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