Anjelica Huston

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Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston March 21, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Huston at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's An Evening of Environmental Excellence in March 2014
Born (1951-07-08) July 8, 1951 (age 63)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Robert Graham Jr. (1992–2008; his death)
Partner(s) Jack Nicholson (1973–1989)
Parents John Huston
Enrica Soma
Relatives

Anjelica Huston (/ˈhjuːstən/; 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Anjelica Huston with her brother Danny Huston at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in 1990

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.[5]

Directing career[edit]

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).

Political activism[edit]

Huston in 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.[6]

Huston has donated $2,000 to Democratic political candidates John Kerry and Dick Gephardt.[citation needed]

Huston's biggest donation has been a yearly commitment to TLC for over a decade. TLC has a growing number of locations throughout California.[citation needed]

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.[7] Later the animal rights organization named her their Person of the Year 2012.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Huston began dating photographer Bob Richardson in 1969 when she was 18 and he was 41; their relationship lasted almost four years.[9]

Huston lived with actor Jack Nicholson, on and off, from 1973 until 1990.[10] During one of their separations, in the late 1970s, she was involved in a relationship with Ryan O'Neal.

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;[11] 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.[12] In 2014, Huston sold the house for $11.15 million.[13]

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.[14][15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 Casino Royale Agent Mimi's Hands Uncredited
1969 Hamlet Court Lady
1969 Walk with Love and Death, AA Walk with Love and Death Claudia
1969 Sinful Davey Unknown Uncredited
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
1982 Frances Mental Patient
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 Phoenix Leila
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 Material Girls Fabiella
2006 These Foolish Things Lottie Osgood
2007 Seraphim Falls Madame Louise Fair/Lucifer
2007 Darjeeling Limited, TheThe Darjeeling Limited Patricia Whitman
2007 Martian Child Mimi
2008 Choke Ida Mancini
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 50/50 Diane
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 Unity Narrator
2014 The Pirate Fairy Queen Clarion Voice only

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1985 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1985 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1986 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Prizzi's Honor Nominated
1986 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1986 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Prizzi's Honor Nominated
1986 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1986 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Prizzi's Honor Won
1987 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Dead Nominated
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female The Dead Won
1988 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress The Dead Nominated
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Enemies: A Love Story Nominated
1989 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Lonesome Dove Nominated
1990 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Enemies: A Love Story Nominated
1990 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Lonesome Dove Nominated
1990 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Enemies: A Love Story Won
1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Grifters Won
1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Witches Won
1990 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Enemies: A Love Story Won
1990 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress The Grifters Nominated
1991 Academy Awards Best Actress The Grifters Nominated
1991 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Crimes and Misdemeanors Nominated
1991 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Grifters Won
1991 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Witches Won
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Grifters Nominated
1991 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama The Grifters Nominated
1991 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead The Grifters Won
1991 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Grifters Won
1991 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Witches Won
1991 Saturn Awards Best Actress The Witches Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Addams Family Nominated
1992 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Raúl Juliá) The Addams Family Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Family Pictures Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Addams Family Values Nominated
1994 Saturn Awards Best Actress The Addams Family Values Nominated
1995 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Manhattan Murder Mystery Nominated
1995 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Buffalo Girls Nominated
1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Crossing Guard Nominated
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Buffalo Girls Nominated
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role The Crossing Guard Nominated
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama/Romance EverAfter Won
1999 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Sleazebag EverAfter Nominated
1999 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress EverAfter Nominated
2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast The Royal Tenenbaums Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie The Mists of Avalon Nominated
2002 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture The Royal Tenenbaums Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Mists of Avalon Nominated
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cast The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Iron Jawed Angels Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Nominated
2005 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Iron Jawed Angels Won
2005 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Iron Jawed Angels Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Medium Nominated
2008 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Choke Nominated
2012 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female 50/50 Nominated
2013 Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Smash Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oppelt, Phylicia (October 19, 1998). "Ciao Time; Italian Americans Toast Fallen Heroes". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Moorhead, Joanna (June 27, 2011). "Holland Park comprehensive to become an academy". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Huston 2013
  4. ^ "Jack Huston Interview". Details Magazine. 
  5. ^ Breaking News: NBC Picks Up Broadway-themed SMASH
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Ken Wheaton, "PETA, Anjelica Huston Go After CareerBuilder for Chimp Ad," AdAge.com, 27 January 2012.
  8. ^ Marc Malkin, "Smash's Anjelica Huston Named PETA's 2012 Person of the Year," eonline.com, 28 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Anjelica Huston to write memoir". The Guardian. March 2, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Rose, Charlie (26 November 2013). "Anjelica Huston: Anjelica Huston on her memoir "A Story Lately Told."" (Video interview). Charlie Rose. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Anjelica Huston to turn home into private club New York Post, September 24, 2012.
  12. ^ Brandon Kirby (September 24, 2012), Anjelica Huston Planning to Turn Venice House Into Private Social Club The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Lauren Beale (April 2, 2014), Anjelica Huston parts with her longtime Venice home Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/film/2006/dec/11/guardianinterviewsatbfisouthbank
  15. ^ http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0306/13/lkl.00.html

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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