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Also Known As: Angelica Huston Died:
Born: July 8, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, model

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As the daughter of legendary director John Huston and granddaughter of Oscar-winning actor Walter Huston, it was no surprise that actress Anjelica Huston found success and acclaim in Hollywood. Representing the third generation of Hustons to win an Academy Award, the actress emerged from the long shadow cast by her father with an Oscar-winning turn in "Prizzi's Honor" (1985). Prior to her triumph, Huston struggled to make her way as a model and actress, while her biggest claim to fame up to that point was being in a longtime romantic relationship with Jack Nicholson. After "Prizzi's Honor," however, Huston came into her own and embarked on a long, vibrant career full of sterling performances. Just a few years later, she found herself back in Oscar contention with "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989) and the excellent crime noir, "The Grifters" (1990). Having also turned in a dynamic performance as a spurned mistress in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989), Huston had established herself as one of Hollywood's top actresses. While she occasionally stepped into lighter roles like Morticia Addams in "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Addams Family Values" (1993), she earned critical appreciation for her...

As the daughter of legendary director John Huston and granddaughter of Oscar-winning actor Walter Huston, it was no surprise that actress Anjelica Huston found success and acclaim in Hollywood. Representing the third generation of Hustons to win an Academy Award, the actress emerged from the long shadow cast by her father with an Oscar-winning turn in "Prizzi's Honor" (1985). Prior to her triumph, Huston struggled to make her way as a model and actress, while her biggest claim to fame up to that point was being in a longtime romantic relationship with Jack Nicholson. After "Prizzi's Honor," however, Huston came into her own and embarked on a long, vibrant career full of sterling performances. Just a few years later, she found herself back in Oscar contention with "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989) and the excellent crime noir, "The Grifters" (1990). Having also turned in a dynamic performance as a spurned mistress in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989), Huston had established herself as one of Hollywood's top actresses. While she occasionally stepped into lighter roles like Morticia Addams in "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Addams Family Values" (1993), she earned critical appreciation for her performances in "Agnes Browne" (1999) and "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004), which no doubt would have made her father proud.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Agnes Browne (1999) Director
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  Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Cat in Paris, A (2012)
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 50/50 (2011)
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 Big Year, The (2011)
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 When in Rome (2010)
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 Tinker Bell (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to Ireland as a young child and lived in an estate in Galway
1961:
Moved to London at age ten
1967:
Auditioned for the role of Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's film version of "Romeo and Juliet"
1969:
Made feature acting debut with an uncredited appearance in her father, John Huston's "Sinful Davey"
1969:
First starring role, "A Walk with Love and Death"; directed by her father (who also co-starred as her uncle)
1969:
Moved to NYC after mother's death and was an understudy for Marianne Faithful in the Broadway production of "Hamlet"
1971:
Modeled for photographer (an old friend of Huston's mother) Richard Avedon in a 30-page fashion shoot for <i>Vogue</i> magazine
1973:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA to live with off-screen love Jack Nicholson
1976:
Returned to the screen in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon"; first film with Jack Nicholson
1981:
Second film with Nicholson, Bob Rafelson's remake of "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
1982:
Acted on episodes of "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC)
1984:
Appeared in Rob Reiner's feature directing debut "This Is Spinal Tap"
1984:
Career received a boost when she was cast as an Amazon with guns in "The Ice Pirates"
1984:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Cowboy and the Ballerina" (CBS)
1985:
Landed breakthrough screen role as the Mafia princess in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor"; third onscreen collaboration with Nicholson
1985:
Played title role in the Los Angeles stage production of "Tamara"
1986:
Joined Michael Jackson and Dick Shawn in Francis Ford Coppola's 17-minute, 3-D musical "Captain Eo" (produced for the Disney theme parks)
1987:
Re-teamed with Coppola in her first leading role, "Gardens of Stone"
1987:
Played a woman in a loveless marriage in John Huston's final film, "The Dead"; screenplay was adapted by brother, Tony from the short story of the same name by James Joyce
1988:
Acted in half-brother Danny Huston's "Mr. North"; co-adapted by father, John Huston
1989:
Received a Best Supporting Oscar nomination as a Nazi concentration camp survivor in Paul Mazursky's "Enemies, a Love Story"
1989:
Acted in first film with director Woody Allen, "Crimes and Misdemeanors," playing the desperate mistress of Martin Landau
1989:
Cast as as Clara Allen in the CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove" (adapted from Larry McMurtry's novel); received an Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Miniseries
1990:
Received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Lily Dillon in "The Grifters"
1990:
Acted the part of the Grand High Witch in Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches"
1991:
Portrayed gothic matriarch Morticia Addams in "The Addams Family"
1992:
Appeared as herself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Reprised role of Morticia for "Addams Family Values"
1993:
Re-teamed with Woody Allen for "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
1993:
Offered a strong performance as the mother of an autistic child in the ABC miniseries "Family Pictures"
1993:
Portrayed Doctor Betsy Reisz in the acclaimed HBO movie "And the Band Played On" that followed the course of the AIDS crisis
1995:
Re-teamed with Nicholson to play an estranged couple in Sean Penn's "The Crossing Guard"
1995:
Portrayed Calamity Jane in the CBS miniseries "Buffalo Girls" (adapted from Larry McMurtry's novel); received an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries
1996:
Made directorial debut with "Bastard Out of Carolina" (originally filmed for TNT, but they would not air it due to its content; later aired on Showtime); received an Emmy nomination for Directing
1998:
Played Vincent Gallo's Buffalo Bills-crazed mom in Gallo's "Buffalo 66"
1998:
Portrayed the evil stepmother in Andy Tennant's take on the Cinderella story "Ever After"
1998:
Acted in Danny Cannon's mediocre crime film "Phoenix" (HBO), portraying Ray Liotta's love interest
1999:
Directed, co-produced and starred in "Agnes Browne" as a widowed mother of seven in 1960s Ireland
2000:
Appeared in James Ivory's "The Golden Bowl" (based on the Henry James novel)
2001:
Portrayed the Lady in the Lake in the TNT retelling of the Arthurian legend "The Mists of Avalon"
2001:
Played the matriarch in a family of failed geniuses in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"
2002:
Starred opposite Clint Eastwood in "Blood Work"
2003:
Co-starred with Hilary Swank in the HBO movie "Iron Jawed Angels," about the American women's suffrage movement during the early 1900s; received an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actress
2004:
Co-starred with Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" as Zissou's (Murray) estranged wife
2005:
Directed Rosie O'Donnell and Andie MacDowell in the CBS movie "Riding the Bus With My Sister"
2006:
Guest starred as an unorthodox psychiatrist in a four episode stint on the Showtime series "Huff"
2006:
Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"
2007:
Co-starred with Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan in the western "Seraphim Falls"
2008:
Played a missing persons investigator in a six-episode story arc on "Medium" (NBC); received an Emmy nomination for Guest Actress in a Drama
2008:
Cast as Sam Rockwell's mother in the film "Choke," based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
2010:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2010:
Played the curator of the Guggenheim and Kristen Bell's boss in the comedy "When in Rome"
2011:
Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in "50/50"
2011:
Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin
2012:
Cast as the tenacious producer of a Broadway musical on NBC's "Smash"
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Education

Kylemore Abbey: -
Holland Park School: -
Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle: -

Notes

Remembering her father: "He was 6-foot-3; his voice was big. He was devestatingly attractive--even to his daughter as a child. I remember watching him get dressed sometimes.

"He would ask me about his ties--rows of ties. I would pick out something, and he would never follow my advice. He had a sort of contempt for vanity, but he knew exactly the kind of impact he had . . .

"He had a cruel streak--made him interesting. He liked his fun. It was certainly sometimes at the expense of others. I think he was sometimes reckless, and at worst thoughtless, but I don't think he was ever a man of bad intent. I think that he regretted things later, after he'd had time to consider. But I think if there were sin there, it was that he was very much preoccupied with what he wanted to do, which didn't necessarily coincide with his having a wife, or having children." --Anjelica Huston to James Kaplan in The New York Times, February 12, 1989

"I bought it when I was told beauty came from the inside. When you become older, it's an act of faith to believe beauty is inside. Do I like my looks? Sometimes . . . I'd say I'm one of those people who's handsome rather than beautiful. I have the same duality my father had. He could look wrinkled or child-like within hours. Feature-wise I'm more like him than [my mother]. I think I'm like a tall Englishwoman." --Huston quoted in Los Angeles Times, February 4, 1990

On her first directing experience, helming the controversial "Bastard Out of Carolina": "I was surprised that a television network would embark on this. But since the script had been sent to me directly by TNT, I assumed they knew what they were getting into.

"As we made the film, I was left blissfully alone, and I received only good reports when I sent back my dailies. By the time I handed in my director's cut, I was feeling quite in the clover." --Huston to Warren Berger in The New York Times, December 15, 1996

About acting in and directing "Agnes Browne": "I'm more terrified by technology than I should be, but I'm pretty good with people, and certainly still better in front of the camera than behind it . . .

"I've been on sets a long time, so there's not a lot people can tell me about what goes on. I basically do what's honest to me, and rely on my cameraman [Anthony B. Richmond] to keep it on the right side of the line and to watch over me when I get so far into the acting discipline that I can't be objective." --Huston quoted in Premiere: Women in Hollywood 1999

"My father was extremely loving to me and funny and wise and understanding, and at other times extremely demanding, critical, calculating, exacting. When you're a young woman, I think you want to please a lot, so maybe you accept more of the criticism than you would as an older person. But criticism can be very wounding. It certainly was to me."---Anjelica Huston to Graham Fuller in Interview, FEBRUARY 2000.

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companion:
Bob Richardson. Fashion photographer. Met on a fashion shoot when Huston was still in her teens; according to Richardson, maintained a relationship until the early 1980s.
companion:
Jack Nicholson. Actor, director. Together from c. 1973; lived together until c. 1983 when she moved out and bought a place nearby; relationship continued until c. 1989 when she learned Nicholson was having a child with another woman.
husband:
Robert Graham. Sculptor. Born c. 1938; married in May 1992.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Walter Huston. Actor. Born on April 6, 1884; died on April 6, 1950; played leading roles in many important American films of the 1930s and 40s, including "American Madness" (1932), "Dodsworth" (1936), "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1941), "And Then There Were None" (1945) and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), directed by his son John and for which he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.
father:
John Huston. Director, screenwriter, actor. Born on August 5, 1906; died on August 28, 1987; worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter before directing "The Maltese Falcon" (1941); subsequently made "The African Queen" (1951), "Moby Dick" (1956), "The Night of the Iguana" (1964), "Fat City" (1972), and "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975), among others; earned Oscars for directing and scripting "The Treasure of Sierra Madre".
mother:
Enrica Soma. Ballerina. Born in 1930; Huston's fourth wife; married to Huston from 1950 until her death at age 39 in an auto accident in 1969; lived apart after 1962; had child, Allegra, with titled Englishman; Huston raised her as his daughter.
brother:
Tony Huston. Attorney, screenwriter, actor. Born on April 15, 1950; mother, Enrica Soma; wrote screenplay for "The Dead" (1987), directed by father and starring sister Anjelica; married to actress Pat Delaney.
half-brother:
Danny Huston. Director. Born on May 14, 1962; mother, Zoe Sallis; formerly married to Virginia Madsen; directed "Mr. North" (1987), John Huston's final film (as executive producer and co-screenwriter; was to have acted in it), which also starred Anjelica.
half-sister:
Allegra Huston. Producer, former book editor. Born c. 1963; mother, Enrica Soma; father was a titled Englishman; adopted by John Huston and raised by him after his wife's tragic death.
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