Anjelica Huston (//; born July 8, 1951) is an American actress, director, and former fashion model. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She also received Academy Award nominations for Enemies, A Love Story (1989) and The Grifters (1990).
Huston at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's An Evening of Environmental Excellence in March 2014
July 8, 1951 |
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Education||Holland Park School|
(m. 1992; d. 2008)
Huston received British Academy Award nominations for her work in the Woody Allen films Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Among her other roles, she starred as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), receiving Golden Globe nominations for both, and played the Grand High Witch in the children's movie The Witches (1990). She has frequently collaborated with director Wes Anderson, including The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). She is also the author of two memoirs: A Story Lately Told and Watch Me.
Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, and is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and prima ballerina and model Enrica Soma. Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston. Huston has Scottish, Scotch-Irish, English and Welsh ancestry from her father who is also an Irish Citizen, and Italian from her mother. She spent much of her childhood in Ireland which she still considers home, particularly near Craughwell, County Galway, and attended school at Kylemore Abbey. Huston has an older brother, Tony, a younger maternal half-sister named Allegra, whom she called "Legs", a younger paternal half-brother, actor Danny Huston, and an adopted older brother, Pablo. She is the aunt of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston. She later lived in England, where she attended Holland Park School.
In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She began other small roles too, substituting, for example, her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the 16-year-old French noblewoman Claudia. In the same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and she relocated to the U.S., where she modeled for several years. While she modeled, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson.
Deciding to focus more on movies, in the early 1980s she studied acting. Her first notable role was in Bob Rafelson's remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). Later, her father cast her as Maerose, daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man (Jack Nicholson) in the film adaptation of Richard Condon's Mafia-satire novel Prizzi's Honor (1985). Huston won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, making her the first person in Academy Award history to win an Oscar when a parent and a grandparent had also won one. She also earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters (1990). She also starred as the lead in her father's final directorial film, The Dead (1987), an adaptation of a James Joyce story.
She was then cast as Morticia Addams, in the hugely successful 1991 movie adaptation of The Addams Family. In 1993, she reprised the role for the sequel Addams Family Values. She also starred in the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster, Ever After: A Cinderella Story alongside Drew Barrymore and Melanie Lynskey as the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent. She starred in two Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), as well as appearing in a minor role in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited. She voiced the role of Queen Clarion in the Disney Fairies film series starring Tinker Bell. On January 22, 2010, Huston was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2011, Huston was in the film Horrid Henry: The Movie. Huston later appeared on the NBC television series, Smash, portraying Broadway producer Eileen Rand. In 2015 and 2016 Huston appeared in the second and third seasons of the Amazon Video series Transparent.
Huston has recently expanded her horizons, following in her father's footsteps in the director's chair. Her first directorial credit was Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), followed by Agnes Browne (1999), in which she both directed and starred, and then Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005). For over 20 years, Huston has been developing a film project on Maud Gonne and William Butler Yeats. During a visit to the National Library of Ireland in 2010 to look through the Yeats collection, Huston said that she was still developing the project.
In November 2007, Huston led a letter campaign organized by the U.S. Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center. The letter, signed by over twenty five high-profile individuals from the entertainment business, was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to "personally intervene" to secure the release of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma.
In December 2012, Huston recorded a public service announcement for PETA, urging her colleagues in Hollywood to refrain from using great apes in television, movies and advertisements. The animal rights organization subsequently named her their Person of the Year 2012. In 2018, she donated her fur coats to the homeless and animal shelters.
In her 2014 book A Story Lately Told, Huston refers to a sexual relationship with actor James Fox when she was a teenager. In 1969, at age 18, Huston began dating photographer Bob Richardson, who was 23 years her senior. Their relationship lasted almost four years. She met Jack Nicholson in 1973 and they lived together, on and off, from that year until 1990, when the media reported he had fathered a child with Rebecca Broussard. She was briefly involved in a relationship with Ryan O'Neal during one of her separations from Nicholson in the late 1970s. On May 23, 1992, Huston married sculptor Robert Graham. The couple lived in a five-story house designed by Graham at 69 Windward Avenue in Venice, California, until his death on December 27, 2008. They did not have any children.
Huston wrote her memoirs as one 900-page book; she split it into two books at her publisher's urging. She was a close friend of actor Gregory Peck, whom her father directed in Moby Dick (1956). The two first met on the set of the film when she was four years old while Peck was in costume as Captain Ahab. Decades later, after her father's death, Huston reunited with Peck and maintained a friendship that lasted until his death.
Huston's home went on the market for $18 million in 2010, but initially failed to sell. In September 2012, the New York Post reported that Huston was planning to transform her house into a private social club; the actress was said to have accepted $12 million for the property and to serve on the advisory board for a new private club to be based there. In April 2014, Huston sold the house for $11.15 million.
|1969||Walk with Love and Death, AA Walk with Love and Death||Claudia|
|1976||Last Tycoon, TheThe Last Tycoon||Edna|
|1981||Postman Always Rings Twice, TheThe Postman Always Rings Twice||Madge Gorland|
|1982||Rose for Emily||Miss Emily Grierson|
|1984||This Is Spinal Tap||Polly Deutsch|
|Ice Pirates, TheThe Ice Pirates||Maida|
|1985||Prizzi's Honor||Maerose Prizzi|
|1986||Captain EO||The Supreme Leader|
|1987||Gardens of Stone||Samantha Davis|
|Dead, TheThe Dead||Gretta Conroy|
|1988||Mr. North||Persis Bosworth-Tennyson|
|Handful of Dust, AA Handful of Dust||Mrs. Rattery|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||Dolores Paley|
|Enemies, A Love Story||Tamara Broder|
|1990||Witches, TheThe Witches||Miss Eva Ernst/The Grand High Witch|
|Grifters, TheThe Grifters||Lilly Dillon|
|1991||Addams Family, TheThe Addams Family||Morticia Addams|
|1993||Manhattan Murder Mystery||Marcia Fox|
|Addams Family Values||Morticia Addams|
|1995||Perez Family, TheThe Perez Family||Carmela Perez|
|Crossing Guard, TheThe Crossing Guard||Mary|
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Director|
|Ever After||Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent|
|Buffalo '66||Jan Brown|
|1999||Agnes Browne||Agnes Browne||Also director and producer|
|2000||Golden Bowl, TheThe Golden Bowl||Fanny Assingham|
|2001||Man from Elysian Fields, TheThe Man from Elysian Fields||Jennifer Adler|
|Royal Tenenbaums, TheThe Royal Tenenbaums||Etheline Tenenbaum|
|2002||Barbie as Rapunzel||Gothel||Voice|
|Blood Work||Dr Bonnie Fox|
|2003||Daddy Day Care||Miss Harridan|
|Kaena: The Prophecy||Queen of the Selenites||English dub|
|2004||Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Eleanor Zissou|
|2006||Covert One: The Hades Factor||President Castilla|
|Material Girls||Fabiella Du Mont|
|Seraphim Falls||Madame Louise|
|These Foolish Things||Lottie Osgood|
|2007||Darjeeling Limited, TheThe Darjeeling Limited||Patricia Whitman|
|Tinker Bell||Queen Clarion||Voice|
|2009||Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure||Queen Clarion||Voice|
|The Big Year||Annie Auklet|
|Horrid Henry: The Movie||Miss Battle-Axe|
|Pixie Hollow Games||Queen Clarion||Voice|
|2012||Secret of the Wings||Queen Clarion||Voice|
|2014||The Pirate Fairy||Queen Clarion||Voice|
|2015||Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast||Queen Clarion||Voice|
|2016||The Master Cleanse||Lily|
|Trouble||Maggie||Also executive producer|
|The Watcher in the Woods||Mrs. Alywood|
|2018||Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad||Maureen||Voice|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Geraldine||Episode: "An Affair to Forget"|
|1983||Miss Paris||Episode: "Miss Paris"|
|1986||Saturday Night Live||Co-host||Episode: "Anjelica Huston & Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic"|
|1988||Lonesome Dove||Clara Allen||4 episodes|
|1993||Family Pictures||Lainey Eberlin||Television movie|
|1995||Buffalo Girls||Calamity Jane||Television movie|
|2001||Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of Avalon||Viviane, Lady of the Lake||Television movie|
|2002||Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star||Narrator||TCM special honoring the legendary movie actress, Joan Crawford|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Carrie Chapman Catt||Television movie|
|2005||Riding the Bus with My Sister||Television movie; director|
|2006||Huff||Dr. Lena Markova||4 episodes|
|2008–2009||Medium||Cynthia Keener||8 episodes|
|2011||American Dad!||Superintendent Ellen Riggs (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012–2013||Smash||Eileen Rand||32 episodes|
|2014||BoJack Horseman||Angela Diaz (voice)||Episode: "The Telescope"|
|2016||All Hail King Julien||Julienne (voice)||5 episodes|
|2016–2017||Trollhunters||Queen Usurna (voice)||6 episodes|
- Huston, Anjelica (2013). A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York. New York: Scribner. Also published in London by Simon & Schuster.
- — (2014). A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York. Paperback reprint. New York: Scribner.
- — (2014). Watch Me: A Memoir. New York: Scribner.
Critical studies, reviews and biographyEdit
- Jones, Lewis (4 January 2014). "Blazing saddles". Books. The Spectator. 324 (9671): 24–25. Review of A Story Lately Told.
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Oppelt, Phylicia (October 19, 1998). "Ciao Time; Italian Americans Toast Fallen Heroes". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- "John Huston Becomes Irish Citizen".
- ""Smash" star Anjelica Huston thrilled to be back home in the west of Ireland". April 21, 2012.
- "Sad Farewell to 'Fairy-Tale' Girls School." Independent.ie, http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sad-farewell-to-fairytale-girls-school-26546852.html. Accessed 8 Feb. 2017.
- "Jack Huston Interview". Details Magazine.
- Moorhead, Joanna (June 27, 2011). "Holland Park comprehensive to become an academy". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
- Huston, Anjelica (2013). A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York. Scribner. ISBN 978-1451656299.
- "Breaking News: NBC Picks Up Broadway-themed SMASH!".
- Huston, Anjelica, and Hilton Als. “The Player.” Grand Street, no. 58, 1996, pp. 158–167.
- “Huston Keen to Make Film about ‘Dysfunctional’ Yeats and Maud.” Independent.ie, http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/huston-keen-to-make-film-about-dysfunctional-yeats-and-maud-26658937.html. Accessed 8 Feb. 2017.
- United States Campaign for Burma. Hollywood: UN Should Act on Burma Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. United States Campaign for Burma's homepage, September 6, 2007. Received November
- Ken Wheaton, "PETA, Anjelica Huston Go After CareerBuilder for Chimp Ad," AdAge.com, 27 January 2012.
- Marc Malkin, "Smash's Anjelica Huston Named PETA's 2012 Person of the Year," eonline.com, 28 December 2012.
- "Anjelica Huston cuts up fur coats for Peta," MalayMail Online, 1 February 2018.
- "Anjelica Huston to write memoir". The Guardian. March 2, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- Rose, Charlie (26 November 2013). "Anjelica Huston: Anjelica Huston on her memoir "A Story Lately Told."". Charlie Rose. Archived from the original (Video interview) on August 11, 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Galanes, Philip (2015-02-20). "For Sofia Coppola and Anjelica Huston, Oscar's a Family Friend". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
- "Tribute to Gregory Peck". CNN.com. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Adrian, Wootton (11 December 2006). "Anjelica Huston". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Anjelica Huston to turn home into private club New York Post, September 24, 2012.
- Brandon Kirby (September 24, 2012), Anjelica Huston Planning to Turn Venice House Into Private Social Club The Hollywood Reporter.
- Lauren Beale (April 2, 2014), Anjelica Huston parts with her longtime Venice home Los Angeles Times.