1902 b. Rio de Janeiro was a Brazilian singer. She was the descendent of confederados, southern plantation owners that had come to Brazil after the American Civil War. Elsie's father was James Frank Houston, a prominent Rio dentist and her mother, Arinda Galdo, was a native of Rio de Janeiro with Portuguese roots in the island of Madeira.
She then studied with the soprano Ninon Vallin ->, first in Argentina and then in Paris. In addition to Mario de Andrade -> and Patricia Galvao (Pagu ->), she was friends with the painters Flavio de Carvalho -> , Anita Malfatti ->, ->, and the leader of Brazilian modernism Oswald de Andrade -> and Tarsila do Amaral. 1920´s Returned to Europe with her fellow Brazilian modernists, joining the surrealists in Paris and participating in their games. 1922 Moved to Germany and studied with Lilli Lehmann -> a voice teacher. 1927 Houston was a soloist at the concerts of Heitor Villa Lobos -> in Paris. Her relationship with him had began in her teens. First meets Benjamin Peret, the French surrealist poet 1928 m. Peret. 1929 published in Belgian magazine Varietes in Surrealism. Surrealist Games with Suzanne Muzard and Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy, Returned to Brazil. 1930 Recorded Morena cor de canela ->. 1931 Son, Geyser, was born in Rio de Janeiro. Peret was expelled from Brazil because of his communist activism and his son was left with the maternal family. 1934 - 1935 Pagu (Patricia Galvao) is living with Elsie in Paris. . By the late 1930s, Elsie Houston had moved to New York. 1936 Peret leaves for Spain where he becomes involved with Remedios Varo. 1937 Elsie moves to New York. 1939 Visits Pagu in Prison in Brazil. 1940 Affair with Marcel Courbon; a supposed Belgian “Count”. 1942 Houston and Courbon were apparently arrested in Charleston, South Carolina. She had appeared at benefits for Russian causes, such as “The Women’s Division of the Russian War Relief Society.” Affair with Marcus Blechman. 1943 d. New York. Listed as an apparent suicide. (See). She left a note for her sister and one for Courbon, who disappeared. Mario de Andrade -> writes an obituary for her. See wiki -> and wiki Pt.->. See Biography -> and Fanpage -> and also in Pt. -> See Timeline