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Overview (3)

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA
Nicknames Angel
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 to director and actor John Huston and Russian prima ballerina Enrica 'Ricki' Soma. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas, in Ireland and England, and in 1968 first dipped her toe into the world of show business, taking on the lead role of her father's movie A Walk with Love and Death (1969). However, before it was released, her mother died in a car accident, at 39, and Huston relocated to the United States, where the very tall, exotically-beautiful young woman modeled for several years.

While modeling, Huston made sporadic cameo appearances in a couple films, but decided to pursue it as a career in the early '80s. 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 had been living since 1973, 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 Venice Beach until Graham's death in 2008.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Larry-115

Family (4)

Spouse Robert Graham (23 May 1992 - 27 December 2008)  (his death)
Children None
Parents Soma, Ricki
John Huston
Relatives Danny Huston (half sibling)
Allegra Huston (half sibling)
Soma, Angelica (grandparent)
Jack Huston (niece or nephew)
Laura Huston (niece or nephew)
Matthew Huston (niece or nephew)

Trivia (59)

Cat lover -- during an appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996), she divulged that she has eight outdoor cats and three indoor cats at her Venice, California home.
Offered the role of Annie Wilkes in the horror film Misery (1990) but turned it down because she was committed to the role of Lilly Dillon in The Grifters (1990). The role went to Kathy Bates. In 2013, Huston described the Lilly Dillon as the most challenging role of her career. The performance ranked #84 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
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).
In 1992, married famous sculptor Robert Graham. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Pesci, Carrie Fisher, Lauren Hutton, Harry Dean Stanton, Lauren Bacall, Carol Kane, Michelle Phillips, Mick Jagger and Penny Marshall attended their wedding. The wedding party included Jerry Hall and Joan Juliet Buck. Graham died in 2008. Sharon Stone and Harrison Ford attended the funeral.
Member of the jury at Cannes Film Festival. [1990]
President of the International Jury at 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. [2005]
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.
Third generation of Oscar winners in the her family, after her father, Walter Huston, and her grandfather, John Huston.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival. [1996]
Listed as a potential nominee on the Razzie Award nominating ballot for Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in Material Girls (2006). She did not receive the nomination. [2007]
Contended with Cher for roles in films. Huston auditioned for the role of Alexandra Medford in The Witches of Eastwick (1987) but Cher won the part, and Huston was chosen over Cher for the roles of the Grand High Witch in The Witches (1990) and Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991).
Named one of Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People. [1991]
Born while her father was in Africa shooting The African Queen (1951).
Third generation in her family to receive the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, after her father, John Huston and grandfather, Walter Huston. [January 2010]
Named after her biological maternal grandmother Angelica Soma, who died when Anjelica's mother Ricki was a child.
Her parents separated in the early 1960s and had children by other people: Danny Huston, her father's son with Zoe Sallis; and Allegra Huston, her mother's daughter with John Julius Norwich. Despite this, they never divorced.
(March 25, 1991) Presented Myrna Loy with her honorary Oscar at the 63rd Academy Awards ceremony.
(March 24, 1986) 31st actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Prizzi's Honor (1985) at The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986). Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss presented her with the Oscar. After her speech, she exited the stage back into the audience to be her father, seated in the middle of the center row, with tears down his cheeks. Tzetzi Ganev designed her Oscar dress, a green silk, in honor of her Irish upbringing.
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).
Appeared in Lonesome Dove (1989) as Clara. Two other actresses have played that character in her younger years: Jennifer Garner and Linda Cardellini. All three of them, however, have a connection to the role of the Joker from Batman. Huston had a long-term relationship with Jack Nicholson, who played the role in Batman (1989). Garner was married to Ben Affleck, and had appeared in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) with Jared Leto. Cardelini appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005) with Heath Ledger.
Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
Aunt of Jack Huston, Laura Huston, & Matthew Huston. Great aunt of Sage Lavinia Huston & Cypress Night Huston (born to Jack Huston and his wife, Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model, Shannan Click.
She and Alicia Silverstone were originally cast in the film Heartbreakers (2001). For unknown reasons, they were replaced by Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Became Marianne Faithfull's understudy after losing the role of Ophelia to her for a production of Hamlet. Later, after Huston's mother's fatal car crash, Faithfull gave her a "long red fox coat" and drove her to the pharmacy.
When Richard Avedon, a friend of Huston's parents, first shot her, he told Ricki (Anjelica's mother) that Anjelica's shoulders were too big for her to be a model. He'd later photograph her for Vogue.
Has stated that she was "desperate" to read for Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968), but her father had her cast in A Walk with Love and Death (1969)' instead.
Turned down the role of Madison in Splash (1984), the role went to Daryl Hannah.
She and legendary writer Joan Juliet Buck have been close friends since childhood.
Offered the role of Jennifer in Backdraft (1991), but she was committed to The Addams Family (1991). The role went to Jennifer Jason Leigh.
To study the character Maerose Prizzi, to master the accent and characterization of a mafia daughter, she went to a Brooklyn church.
Auditioned for the role of Alexandra Medford in The Witches of Eastwick (1987), but Cher won the part.
John Steinbeck, a family friend, visited the Hustons in Ireland for Christmas one year and was appointed the role of Santa Claus for Anjelica and her brother, Tony.
Her hair briefly caught fire when she was filming a scene for the The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
While filming The Addams Family (1991) turned Raul Julia's frightening medical issue into a laughing matter after Julia's eyeball suddenly fell out of his head. Julia was able to go to set the next day despite his shocking injury. Huston pulled a prank on her beloved co-star; she bought out a novelty shop of fake dangling eyeballs. The next day, everyone on set had these fake eyeballs coming out of their head.
Has worn the fragrance Jean Patou's "1000" since 1986.
As a child she wanted to be a nun because the idea of wearing a veil was aesthetically pleasing to her.
Was to direct Julia Roberts in A Time to be Born for Revolution Studios, but for unknown reasons the film never released.
Although the Grand High Witch is one of Huston's most memorable performances, Roald Dahl (author of the book) originally wanted Cher, but she was unavailable filming Mermaids (1990). Frances Conroy, Liza Minnelli, Eartha Kitt, Olivia Hussey, Geneviève Bujold, Sigourney Weaver, Starr Andreeff, Linda Blair, Fiona Fullerton, Faye Dunaway, Jodie Foster, and Vanessa Redgrave were all considered for the role before it went to Huston. Ultimately, Dahl was pleased with the outcome.
Wanted Rosie O'Donnell to play the title part in Agnes Browne (1999) (Huston's second directorial), but after O'Donnell turned it down, Huston decided to play the part. O'Donnell would later star opposite Andie MacDowell in Huston's third directorial, the made-for-TV film, Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005).
Survived a near-fatal car accident. She was driving down Coldwater Canyon at dusk when a BMW came very, very fast from up ahead and clipped the bumper of the car in front of her. Huston's face smashed into the windshield and she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai, where she had a long operation to remove bone shards from her forehead and skull, and reconstruct her nose. When she woke up Jack Nicholson was there with flowers. In interview, Huston shared that the accident was a life changing. [1980]
Jena Malone made her film debut in Huston's directorial debut Bastard Out of Carolina (1996).
Worked with Christina Ricci in four different films: The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) (Huston's directorial debut), and Buffalo '66 (1998).
Was to direct Million Dollar Baby (2004) but when producer Albert S. Ruddy acquired the 'Rope Burns' rights, Hustin was busy on another project and Clint Eastwood took the job.
Offered but declined the role of the female lead in Mac and Me (1988).
It took eight hours of make up time to transform into "The Grand High Witch".
launched The Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway. [2013]
PETA awarded her 'Person of the Year', for her volunteer work with helping the great apes and appealing to the New York City Council in support of a bill that would phase out the city's archaic horse-drawn carriage industry. She also sent a letter to the Irish government urging the country to honor its commitment to banning fur farms. [2012]
Played a witch in four films: Captain EO (1986), The Witches (1990), The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993) and The Mists of Avalon (2001).
Andy Warhol captured her in one of his famous Polaroids.
In 2015, shared with BlackBook that Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Boy and the Bridge (1959), Bambi (1942), The African Queen (1951), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Soft Skin (1964), La Dolce Vita (1960), Privilege (1967) Ju Dou (1990), and Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) are the 'top 10 movies that change her life'.
At the end of her 17 year relationship with Jack Nicholson, Nicholson gifted her a pearl and diamond bracelet which had once been a gift from Frank Sinatra to Ava Gardner. It was Nicholson's way of concluding their relationship. Huston appeared with Nicholson in five films: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Crossing Guard (1995).
Was considered for the role of "Catherine Tramell" in Basic Instinct (1992), which went to Sharon Stone.
Lived with photographer Bob Richardson (Terry Richardson's dad) from 1969 to 1973. When they started their relationship, he was 41 and she was not yet 18.
Born at 6:29 PM (PDT).
Contrary to what many people assume, her childfree status is not voluntary. In a Lifetime Intimate Portrait (1990) episode, she stated that she's tried to have children on several occasions.
Revealed in her memoir "Watch Me" (2014) that she had an affair during the shooting of Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998), with a married man known simply as Dolyn in the book.
On an episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012), Anjelica discovered she's a distant relative of Bernie Sanders and Larry David.

Personal Quotes (25)

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.
I think people become more watchable after 30, when they have something between their ears.
[Academy Award acceptance speech] I'd like to thank the members of the Academy for honoring my fellow nominees and myself. This means a lot to me since it comes from a role in which I was directed by my father, and I know it means a lot to him. I'd also like to thank the entire cast and crew of "Prizzi's Honor;" I don't want to mention any names, you know who you are. And to my friends, for their love and support, and to my guardian angels, particularly Bruce Weintraub and my late teacher Miss Peggy Feury. Thank you.
[on Oprah Winfrey] She never had me on her show, ever. She won't talk to me. The only encounter I've had with Oprah was when I was at a party for the Academy Awards, a private residence. I was talking to Clint Eastwood, and she literally came between us with her back to me. So all of the sudden I was confronted with the back of Oprah's head.
I smoke weed, but I don't consider that a danger to my health.
I do think in this work we have to feel freedom. We have to feel as though we can say and do things that are not necessarily judged, particularly by the other people in the cast or crew.
Bad cocaine makes you feel shitty. Probably makes you run for the loo because it's laced with laxatives. Pure cocaine gives you a very light, airy, clear, and extremely pleasant feeling. But really, there's no such thing as good cocaine. I don't believe that people should take it recreationally.
Frankly, a lot of male movie stars behave in an offhand manner, like they're just more important than you are.
[on Bill Murray] He was a shit to me on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). The first week I was there, we were all in this little hotel, and he invited the entire cast to go and have dinner, except me.
Every woman should be married once.
[on Ryan O'Neal] He head-butted me. He took my head in his hands and hit it with full force against his head because he couldn't find me at a party. He's a deeply disturbed - or at least was then; I can't vouch for now, but I think he was - deeply disturbed person.
I can imagine lots of things, but I could never imagine carrying a baby.
Al Pacino does some schlock. But in some way he's forgiven, because he always goes out on a limb and does Salomé (2013) all by himself. Pacino is more experimental, I think. But Bobby (Robert De Niro), I don't know the last thing that I've seen him in that I thought, Wow, he's really cracking it.
I don't want to see Jack Nicholson doing Meet the Fockers (2004). I already get depressed if I see him in perfectly good Nancy Meyers movies. I like to see Jack in full rebellious feather, and that's how I love him best on film.

Salary (3)

Prizzi's Honor (1985) $14,000
The Addams Family (1991) $1,000,000
Buffalo '66 (1998) $300,000

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