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.
|Spouse(s)||Robert Graham Jr. (1992–2008; his death)|
|Partner(s)||Jack Nicholson (1973–1989)|
Anjelica Huston (//; born July 8, 1951) is an American actress. 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 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 also played Mrs. Gwyneth Harrigan in Daddy Daycare (2003). 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 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 and model Enrica Soma. Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston. Huston has Scots-Irish, English and Welsh ancestry from her father.
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, who 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). 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.
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’s home went on the market for $18 million in 2010 but initially failed to sell. In late 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 2014, Huston sold the house for $11.15 million.
Huston was close friends with actor Gregory Peck, whom her father directed in Moby Dick (1956). The two of them first met on the set of the film when she was four years old as 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.
|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||Disney Theme Park Attraction|
|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 director|
|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||Voice role|
|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|
|2014||The Pirate Fairy||Queen Clarion||Voice only|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Geraldine||Episode: "An Affair to Forget"|
|1983||Laverne & Shirley||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|
|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.
- Huston 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 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."" (Video interview). Charlie Rose. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- 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.
- Huston, Anjelica (2013). A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York. Scribner. ISBN 978-1451656299.
- Huston, Anjelica (2014). Watch Me: A Memoir. Scribner. ISBN 978-1476760346.
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