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Overview (3)

Born in Santa 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) ( 1 child)

Trivia (73)

Daughter of John Huston and Ricki Soma.
She had a brief career as a model.
Is the third generation of Oscar winners.
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.
Was offered the role of Annie Wilkes in the horror film Misery (1990), which she turned 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 deceased (died in 2008) husband, Robert Graham, was a famous sculptor.
Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.
Former sister-in-law of Virginia Madsen. Sister-in-law of Pat Delaney.
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.
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.
Is an avid reader.
Was chosen for the role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) above singer-actress Cher.
Was named one of Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People of 1991.
Speaks French fluently.
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 Anjelica's mother Ricki was a child.
Parents had an age difference of 23 years and both had children from affairs with other people during their marriage (her father's son, Danny Huston with Zoe Sallis and her mother's daughter, Allegra Huston with John Julius Norwich). Despite this, they never divorced and remained legally married until her mother died in a car accident when Anjelica was age 18.
Was in a relationship with Jack Nicholson (late April 1973 - early January 1990).
Presented Myrna Loy with her honorary Oscar on March 25, 1991 at the 63rd Academy Awards ceremony.
Was the 31st actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and 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).
Appeared in 'Lonesome Dove (1989)(TV)' 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.
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.
Professed 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.
Director Mike Nichols and Jack Nicholson (Huston's then boyfriend) considered her for the role of Freddie Biggars in The Fortune (1975), and asked her to audition. Huston refused. Stockard Channing got the part.
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.
Was offered the role of Jennifer in Backdraft (1991), but she was committed to The Addams Family (1991). The role went to Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Initially turned down the role of Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), but reconsidered when Wes Anderson became involved with the project and added scenes specifically to make her role more enticing.
Turned down the role of Delia in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988), the role went to Catherine O'Hara.
Based her portrayal of Morticia Addams not from Carolyn Jones from the series, but Huston's longtime friend, supermodel Jerry Hall. She also drew inspiration from watching Grey Gardens (1975), David Maysles, and Albert Maysles's documentary about two eccentric old women found living in a decaying mansion. The women, Edith Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, are, respectively, the aunt and cousin of the late Jacqueline Kennedy.
For her portrayal of Maerose Prizzi, to master the accent and characterization of a mafia daughter, Huston went to a Brooklyn church.
Auditioned for the role of Alexandra Medford in The Witches of Eastwick (1987), but Cher won the part.
Offered the part of Iona, Andie's (Molly Ringwald) cool girl mentor, in Pretty in Pink (1986) but opted not to take it. In the end, John Hughes decided the part should go to Annie Potts, whom he enjoyed as Janine in Ghostbusters (1984).
Auditioned for the role of Betsy in Taxi Driver (1976), but the role went to Cybill Shepherd.
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).
Tzetzi Ganev designed her Oscar dress, a green silk, in honor of her Irish upbringing.
Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss presented her with the Oscar. After her speech, she ran off the front of the stage back into the audience to see her father in the middle of the center row, with tears down his cheeks.
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.
Appeared with Jack 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 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 satisfied with Huston's casting.
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).
In 1980 she was in 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. Her face smashed into the windshield; she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai, where she had a long operation to remove the bone shards from her forehead and skull and reconstruct her nose. When she woke up Jack Nicholson was there with flowers. She has shared that the accident made her re-examine her goals, and she threw herself back into acting.
Sharon Stone and Harrison Ford attended the funeral of her late husband, Robert Graham.
Jena Malone made her film debut in Huston's directorial debut Bastard Out of Carolina (1996).
Has worked with Christina Ricci on four different occasions: The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) and Buffalo '66 (1998).
Was to direct Million Dollar Baby (2004) but when producer Albert S. Ruddy acquired the "Rope Burns" rights she was busy on another project and Clint Eastwood took the director's chair.
Was directed by eight Academy Award winners: Clint Eastwood, John Huston, Woody Allen, James Ivory, Sean Penn, Francis Ford Coppola, Milos Forman and Tony Richardson.
On a late 2013 interview, described the role of Lily Dillon as the most challenging one of her career.
Offered, but declined the role of the female lead in Mac and Me (1988).
It took her eight hours of make up time to transform into "The Grand High Witch".
In 2013 launched The Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway.
PETA named her its '2012 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.
Recycled the wigs she wore in Family Pictures (1993) for her roles in the The Perez Family (1995) and Choke (2008).
Appeared as a witch in four films: Captain EO (1986), The Witches (1990), The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993).
Andy Warhol captured her in one of his famous Polaroids.

Personal Quotes (14)

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.

Salary (2)

The Addams Family (1991) $1,000,000
Buffalo '66 (1998) $300,000

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