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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 July 1951Santa Monica, California, USA
Nicknames Angel
Anjel
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas, in Ireland and England, and in 1969 first dipped her toe into the acting profession, taking a few small roles in her father's movies. However, in that year her mother died in a car accident, at 39, and Huston relocated to the United States, where the tall, exotically beautiful young woman modeled for several years.

While modeling, Huston had a few more small film roles, but decided to focus more on movies in the early 1980s. She prepared herself by reaching out to acting coach Peggy Feury and began to get roles. The first notable part was in Bob Rafelson's remake of the classic noir movie The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) (in which Jack Nicholson, with whom Huston was living at the time, was the star). After a few more years of on-again, off-again supporting work, her father perfectly cast her as calculating, imperious Maerose, the daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man (Nicholson again) in his 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 (her father and grandfather Walter Huston) had also won one.

Huston thereafter worked prolifically, including notable roles in Francis Ford Coppola's -Gardens of Stone (1987), Barry Sonnenfeld's film versions of the Charles Addams cartoons The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), in which she portrayed Addams matriarch Morticia, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Probably her finest performance on-screen, however, was as Lilly, the veteran, iron-willed con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters (1990), for which she received another Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress. A sentimental favorite is her performance as the lead in her father's final film, an adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead (1987) -- with her many years of residence in Ireland, Huston's Irish accent in the film is authentic.

Endowed with her father's great height and personal boldness, and her mother's beauty and aristocratic nose, Huston certainly cuts an imposing figure, and brings great confidence and authority to her performances. She clearly takes her craft seriously and has come into her own as a strong actress, emerging from under the shadow of her father, who passed away in 1987. Huston married the sculptor Robert Graham in 1992, The couple lived in the Los Angeles area before Graham's death in 2008.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Larry-115

Spouse (1)

Robert Graham (23 May 1992 - 27 December 2008) (his death)

Trivia (39)

Daughter of John Huston and Ricki Soma.
Lived in Ireland when young.
Younger sister of Tony Huston.
She had a brief career as a model.
She currently lives in Venice, California.
Third generation of Oscar winners.
Her on-and-off relationship with Jack Nicholson spanned 16 years, from 1973 to 1989.
Attended Kylemore Abbey High School in Connemara, Ireland.
Granddaughter of Walter Huston.
Cat lover -- during an appearance on the The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996), she divulged that she has 8 outdoor cats and 3 indoor cats at her Venice, California, home.
Was offered the role of Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990), but turned it down. The role went to Kathy Bates.
In Blood Work (2002), she works with Clint Eastwood. In White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Eastwood plays a movie director based on her father, John Huston, in a story about his experiences making The African Queen (1951).
Her husband Robert Graham was a famous sculptor.
Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.
Sister-in-law of Pat Delaney.
Former sister-in-law of Virginia Madsen.
Older half-sister of Danny Huston and Allegra Huston.
Was President of the International Jury of the 53rd San Sebastian Film Festival (2005). Other members of the jury were actress 'Verónica Forqué', actor Enrico Lo Verso, directors Lone Scherfig and Claude Miller, production designer Dean Tavoularis and writer Antonio Skármeta.
September 2005: President of the Jury at San Sebastián International Film Festival. She decided the Silver Shell for the Best Actor: Juan José Ballesta.
Her father, John Huston, directed The African Queen (1951) with Katharine Hepburn and played Gandalf in The Return of the King (1980). Anjelica herself later worked with her father's successor, Ian McKellen, in And the Band Played On (1993) and with Cate Blanchett, who appeared in the trilogy, as well as playing Hepburn in The Aviator (2004), in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Also appearing in The Aviator (2004) was her brother, Danny Huston.
In Addams Family Values (1993), Wednesday and Pugsley are forced to watch children's videos. Among them is Annie (1982), which was directed by her father, John Huston.
There are three generations of Oscar winners in the Huston family: Anjelica, her grandfather Walter Huston and her father John Huston. They are the first family to do so, the second family were the Coppolas - Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage and Carmine Coppola.
Her performance as Lilly Dillon in The Grifters (1990) is ranked #84 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Was a member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in Material Girls (2006); however, she failed to receive a nomination.
She is an avid reader and will read anything she can get her hands on.
Was chosen for the role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) (1991) above singer-actress Cher.
Was named one of Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People of 1991.
Speaks French fluently.
Born at 6:29 PM (PDT).
Was born while her father was in Africa shooting The African Queen (1951).
When she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22, 2010, she became the third in the Huston family to do so after her father, John Huston, and her grandfather, Walter Huston.
Named after her biological maternal grandmother Angelica Soma, who died when Anjelicas mother Ricki was a child.
Her mother was 19 and her father was 43 when they married. They separated when Anjelica was ten. Afterwards, her father had a son, Danny Huston, from his relationship with Zoe Sallis; and her mother had a daughter, Allegra Huston, from her relationship with John Julius Norwich. However, Anjelica's parents never divorced and remained legally married until her mother died in a car accident when Anjelica was 18.
Quit smoking in 2006. By her own estimation, she smoked for about 40 years.
Presented Myrna Loy with her honorary Oscar on March 25, 1991 at the 63rd Academy Awards ceremony.
Her father had English, Scottish, Northern Irish, and very remote Portuguese, ancestry. Her mother was of Italian descent.
Was the 91st actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Prizzi's Honor (1985) at The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) on March 24, 1986.
She appeared in five films directed by John Huston: Casino Royale (1967), _A Walk with Love and Death (1969), Sinful Davey (1969), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Dead (1987).

Personal Quotes (12)

There were many times when my father [John Huston] and I didn't agree, but we always became close again because I tended not to stand up to him for long. I seem to have been drawn to dominating men, like my father and Jack [Jack Nicholson].
Age is not enviable in America. It's not applauded all that strongly. You have to take it all with a grain of salt.
I have a very full life and I am very happy with where I am now. I don't want to change anything. I once wanted to have children and it was not my choice not to have children but it hasn't broken my heart that I haven't. I think unless you're truly, wholeheartedly prepared to make a full-time commitment, you have to really think about it. I certainly wouldn't adopt children just because everybody in show business seems to be doing it.
I like to dance. I probably would have been a dancer. I love music, it's good for the soul and dancing is good for people. I dance on my own, I go to classes, I have that sort of energy. I need to dance. People only need to dance to make them feel happy.

What do I think of the Yankees? I'm sorry, I don't follow football.
I can't help feeling the world is on this terrible roller coaster where nobody can get it up since the atom bomb.
Of course, drugs were fun. And that's what's so stupid about anti-drug campaigns - they don't admit that.
I was never happily hedonistic. There's no hedonism without a downside.
There were times when I hated my nose. But you grow up and you start to recognize that maybe it wasn't a bad thing that you weren't born Barbie.
I've never been the kind of actress whose sole interest was sex appeal, so I think that earns you some longevity. And I like character parts. It's a lot more fun and you don't have to rely on being the taste of the moment. That level of fame is probably very difficult to deal with. People screaming your name in the streets, quite honestly, isn't an audience I'm desperate to capture. I'm lucky. The people who tell me they like my work tend to be the kind of people I might be friends with anyway. I have a really nice audience.
It was difficult directing myself. For a woman it's extra-hard because you have to spend an hour and a half in hair and make-up and you're late to set up shots and you're changing clothes in the street and there's no time to recover.
I think I'm basically a gypsy. You know, from modeling.
[on working with her father John Huston on Prizzi's Honor (1985)] We had a great time on "Prizzi's Honor". My father is extremely easy to work with. He chooses his actors, places his confidence in them and lets you get on with it. He is living proof that a director doesn't have to run all over the place.

Salary (1)

The Addams Family (1991) $1,000,000

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