July 8, 1951 |
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Graham Jr. (1992–2008; his death)|
Anjelica Huston // (born July 8, 1951) is an American actress. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She later was nominated in 1989 and 1990 for her acting in Enemies, a Love Story and The Grifters respectively. Among her roles, she starred as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), receiving Golden Globe nominations for both. Huston also played the Grand High Witch in the children's movie Witches, TheThe Witches in 1990 and is, more recently, known for her frequent collaborations with director Wes Anderson. She is also the author of the book A Story Lately Told.
Anjelica Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, and is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and Italian–American prima ballerina Enrica (née Soma). Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston.
She spent much of her childhood in Ireland, particularly near Craughwell, County Galway, and England, where she attended Holland Park School. In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She started very small indeed, substituting her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring, for example, 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 Anjelica 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.
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 adoptive older brother, Pablo. She is the aunt of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston.
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.
Huston earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters (1990). The Witches (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. Anjelica 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.
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).
In 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 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. Later the animal rights organization named her their Person of the Year 2012.
While working as a model in her teens during the late 1960s, Huston had a relationship with photographer Bob Richardson, who was 23 years her senior. Her on-and-off relationship with actor Jack Nicholson spanned from 1973 to 1989.
|1967||Casino Royale||Agent Mimi's Hands||Uncredited|
|1969||Walk with Love and Death, AA Walk with Love and Death||Claudia|
|1975||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Woman in Crowd on Pier||Uncredited|
|1976||Swashbuckler||Woman of Dark Visage|
|1976||Last Tycoon, TheThe Last Tycoon||Edna|
|1981||Postman Always Rings Twice, TheThe Postman Always Rings Twice||Madge|
|1982||Rose for Emily||Miss Emily Grierson|
|1982||Comic Book Kids, TheThe Comic Book Kids||The Princess|
|1984||This Is Spinal Tap||Polly Deutsch||credited as Angelica Huston|
|1984||Ice Pirates, TheThe Ice Pirates||Maida|
|1985||Prizzi's Honor||Maerose Prizzi|
|1986||Captain EO||The Supreme Leader|
|1986||Good to Go||Unknown|
|1987||Gardens of Stone||Samantha Davis|
|1987||Dead, TheThe Dead||Gretta Conroy|
|1988||Mr. North||Persis Bosworth-Tennyson|
|1988||Handful of Dust, AA Handful of Dust||Mrs. Rattery|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||Dolores Paley|
|1989||Enemies, a Love Story||Tamara Broder|
|1990||Witches, TheThe Witches||Miss Eva Ernst/The Grand High Witch|
|1990||Grifters, TheThe Grifters||Lilly Dillon|
|1991||Addams Family, TheThe Addams Family||Morticia Addams|
|1993||Family Pictures||Lainey Eberlin||Television movie|
|1993||Manhattan Murder Mystery||Marcia Fox|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Morticia Addams|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Dr. Betsy Reisz||Television movie|
|1995||Perez Family, TheThe Perez Family||Carmela Perez|
|1995||Buffalo Girls||Calamity Jane||Television film|
|1995||Crossing Guard, TheThe Crossing Guard||Mary|
|1998||Ever After||Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent|
|1998||Buffalo '66||Billy Brown's Mother|
|1999||Agnes Browne||Agnes Browne||Also directed|
|1999||Golden Bowl, TheThe Golden Bowl||Fanny Assingham|
|2001||Royal Tenenbaums, TheThe Royal Tenenbaums||Etheline Tenenbaum|
|2001||Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of Avalon||Viviane, Lady of Lake||Television movie|
|2002||Blood Work||Dr. Bonnie Fox|
|2002||Barbie as Rapunzel||Madame Gothel|
|2003||Daddy Day Care||Ms. Harridan|
|2003||Kaena: The Prophecy||Queen of the Selenites||voice: English version|
|2004||Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Eleanor Zissou|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Carrie Chapman Catt||Television movie|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Art History Teacher|
|2006||Covert One: The Hades Factor||President Castilla|
|2006||These Foolish Things||Lottie Osgood|
|2007||Seraphim Falls||Madame Louise Fair/Lucifer|
|2007||Darjeeling Limited, TheThe Darjeeling Limited||Patricia Whitman|
|2008||Tinker Bell||Queen Clarion||voice only|
|2008||Spirit of the Forest||Mrs. D'Abondo|
|2009||Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure||Queen Clarion||voice only|
|2010||When in Rome||Celeste|
|2011||Horrid Henry: The Movie||Miss Battle-Axe|
|2011||The Big Year||Annie Auklet|
|2011||Pixie Hollow Games||Queen Clarion||voice only|
|2012||Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings||Queen Clarion||voice only|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Geraldine||Episode: "An Affair to Forget"|
|1983||Laverne & Shirley||Miss Paris||Episode: "Miss Paris"|
|1988||Lonesome Dove||Clara Allen||4 episodes|
|2006||Huff||Dr. Lena Markova||4 episodes|
|2008-2009||Medium||Cynthia Keener||8 episodes|
|2011||American Dad!||Superintendent Ellen Riggs||2 episodes|
|2012-2013||Smash||Eileen Rand||32 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- Oppelt, Phylicia (October 19, 1998). "Ciao Time; Italian Americans Toast Fallen Heroes". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- Moorhead, Joanna (June 27, 2011). "Holland Park comprehensive to become an academy". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
- "Jack Huston Interview, Details Magazine".
- Breaking News: NBC Picks Up Broadway-themed SMASH
- United States Campaign for Burma. Hollywood: UN Should Act on Burma. United States Campaign for Burma's homepage, September 6, 2007. Received November 6, 2007.
- Ken Wheaton, "PETA, Angelica 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 Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. July 8, 1951. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
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