Anjelica Huston (//; born July 8, 1951) is an American actress, director, producer, author, and former fashion model. Huston became the third generation of her family to receive 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 received further Academy Award nominations for her performances in Enemies: A Love Story (1989) and The Grifters (1990), for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively.
Huston in March 2014
|Born||July 8, 1951|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Holland Park School
(m. 1992; died 2008)
Huston earned BAFTA nominations for her work in two Woody Allen films: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). She received acclaim for her portrayal of the Grand High Witch in the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, and earned two Golden Globe nominations for starring as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993). Subsequent film credits have included Buffalo '66 (1998), Ever After (1998), Blood Work (2002), Daddy Day Care (2003), Seraphim Falls (2006), Choke (2008), 50/50 (2011), and The Cleanse (2016). She frequently works with director Wes Anderson; their collaborations have included The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and The Darjeeling Limited (2007).
Huston made her directorial debut with the 1996 film Bastard Out of Carolina. This was followed by Agnes Browne (1999), in which she also starred. She has written 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, and Italian from her mother. Her father was also an Irish citizen. 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 opposite Assi Dayan. Huston had also been in the running to play Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, but her father declined the opportunity for her when he decided to cast her in A Walk with Love and Death, which she was reluctant to film. On set she clashed with her father, and her performance was met with derision by critics upon the film's release. In the same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and she relocated to the United States, where she modeled for several years. While modeling, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson. In the early 1970s, Huston, with Pat Cleveland, Pat Ast, Elsa Peretti, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, and others, became one of fashion designer Halston's favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes.
Huston studied acting in the early 1980s after deciding to focus more on films. 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 starred as the lead in her father's final directorial film, The Dead (1987), an adaptation of a James Joyce story.
Anjelica was cast as the evil Grand High Witch in the movie The Witches, which was adapted from the children's book of the same title by British author Roald Dahl. This role gave Huston three awards as Best Actress.
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, and also played Lainey Eberlin, a mother struggling to parent her autistic child, in the ABC miniseries Family Pictures. Both roles garnered her Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and Miniseries or Television Film, respectively. Huston collaborated twice with director Woody Allen on his films Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), both of which earned her BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
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. Huston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22, 2010. In 2011, Huston was in the film Horrid Henry: The Movie. Huston later appeared on the NBC television series Smash as Broadway producer Eileen Rand. In 2015 and 2016 Huston appeared in the second and third seasons of the Amazon Video series Transparent. In 2019, she appeared in a supporting role as the Director in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum."
Huston has followed 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.
Huston led a letter campaign organized by the U.S. Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center in November 2007. 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.
Huston currently sits on the advisory council of Save the Chimps, the largest chimp sanctuary and rescue in history. Houston has narrated the educational video Save the Chimps History exposing the cruelty of chimpanzee abuse by laboratories, entertainment and the NASA program Monkeys and apes in space, which sent primates into space often resulting in death by impact and explosion.
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. During a split with Nicholson in the late 1970s, Huston dated Ryan O'Neal who allegedly assaulted her.
Huston was an inadvertent witness in the Roman Polanski sexual abuse case in March 1977, when she encountered Polanski and his 13-year old victim by chance in the home of her then-boyfriend Jack Nicholson. When authorities searched the house in connection to the accusations against Polanski, Huston was arrested for cocaine possession, but she was never charged because the search and seizure of her handbag had been illegal. Although she had witnessed no abuse, Huston was subsequently embroiled in the publicity surrounding Polanski's trial as a rumored witness for the prosecution, though she was not ultimately called.
On May 23, 1992, Huston married sculptor Robert Graham. The couple lived in a three-story house, designed by Graham, at 69 Windward Avenue in Venice, California, until his death on December 27, 2008. She does not have any children.
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||A Walk with Love and Death||Claudia|
|1976||The Last Tycoon||Edna|
|1981||The Postman Always Rings Twice||Madge Gorland|
|1982||Rose for Emily||Miss Emily Grierson|
|1984||This Is Spinal Tap||Polly Deutsch|
|The Ice Pirates||Maida|
|1985||Prizzi's Honor||Maerose Prizzi|
|1986||Captain EO||The Supreme Leader|
|1987||Gardens of Stone||Samantha Davis|
|The Dead||Gretta Conroy|
|1988||Mr. North||Persis Bosworth-Tennyson|
|A Handful of Dust||Mrs. Rattery|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||Dolores Paley|
|Enemies, A Love Story||Tamara Broder|
|1990||The Witches||Miss Eva Ernst/The Grand High Witch|
|The Grifters||Lilly Dillon|
|1991||The Addams Family||Morticia Addams|
|1993||Manhattan Murder Mystery||Marcia Fox|
|Addams Family Values||Morticia Addams|
|1995||The Perez Family||Carmela Perez|
|The 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||The Golden Bowl||Fanny Assingham|
|2001||The Man from Elysian Fields||Jennifer Adler|
|The 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||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Eleanor Zissou|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Art History Teacher|
|Covert One: The Hades Factor||President Castilla|
|Material Girls||Fabiella Du Mont|
|Seraphim Falls||Madame Louise|
|These Foolish Things||Lottie Osgood|
|2007||The 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|
|Trouble||Maggie||Also executive producer|
|2018||Isle of Dogs||(Mute) Poodle||Credit only|
|2019||John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum||The Director|
|Arctic Dogs||Magda||Voice; post-production|
|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||The 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|
|2016–2018||Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia||Queen Usurna (voice)||15 episodes|
|2017||The Watcher in the Woods||Mrs. Aylwood||Television film|
|2018||Angie Tribeca||Anna Summour||Episode: "Just the Fat, Ma'am"|
- 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 biography
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Awards and nominations
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- Reilly, Jerome (June 28, 2009). "Sad Farewell to 'Fairy-Tale' Girls School". Irish Independent. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
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- "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.
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- 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.
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- "69 Windward Ave". 69 Windward Ave.
- Galanes, Philip (February 20, 2015). "For Sofia Coppola and Anjelica Huston, Oscar's a Family Friend". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
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- Lauren Beale (April 2, 2014), Anjelica Huston parts with her longtime Venice home Los Angeles Times.
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