Anjelica Huston

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Anjelica Huston

Huston at the Metropolitan Opera opening night of Das Rheingold
Born(1951-07-08) July 8, 1951 (age 61)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
SpouseRobert Graham Jr. (1992–2008; his death)
 
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Anjelica Huston

Huston at the Metropolitan Opera opening night of Das Rheingold
Born(1951-07-08) July 8, 1951 (age 61)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
SpouseRobert Graham Jr. (1992–2008; his death)

Anjelica Huston /ˈhjuːstən/ (born July 8, 1951) is an American actress. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She later was nominated in 1989 and 1990 for her acting in Enemies, a Love Story and The Grifters respectively. Among her roles, she starred as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), receiving Golden Globe nominations for both. Huston also played the Grand High Witch in the children's movie Witches, TheThe Witches in 1990 and is, more recently, known for her frequent collaborations with director Wes Anderson. She currently stars on the NBC musical drama Smash.

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Early life

Anjelica Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, and is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and Italian–American prima ballerina Enrica 'Ricki' (née Soma), from New York.[1] Huston spent most of her childhood in Ireland and England. She grew up in Saint Clerans House near Craughwell, County Galway. In 1969, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. In that same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and Huston relocated to the US, where she modeled for several years. While she modeled, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson.

Huston has an older brother, Tony, a younger maternal half-sister named Allegra, whom she called "Legs", and a younger paternal half-brother, actor Danny Huston. She is the aunt of "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston.[2]

Career

Acting career

Anjelica Huston with her brother Danny Huston at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in 1990

Deciding to focus more on movies, in the early 1980s she seriously studied acting. Her first notable role was in Bob Rafelson's remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). Later, her father cast her as the calculating, imperious 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.

Huston earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an iron-willed con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters (1990). She also starred as the lead in her father's final directorial film, The Dead (1987), an adaptation of a James Joyce story.

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. Anjelica 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 highly lauded Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), as well as in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited. She voiced the role of Queen Clarion in the Disney Fairies film series starring Tinker Bell. On January 22, 2010, Anjelica was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2011, Huston was in the film: Horrid Henry- the movie. Huston is currently part of the NBC television series, Smash, portraying Broadway producer Eileen Rand.[3]

Directing career

Huston has recently expanded her horizons, following 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).

Political activism

Huston in 2005.

In 2007, Huston led a letter campaign organized by the U.S. Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center. 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.[4]

Huston has donated $2,000 to Democratic political candidates John Kerry and Dick Gephardt.

Huston recorded a public service announcement for PETA, urging her colleagues in Hollywood to refrain from using great apes in television, movies and advertisements.[5]


Personal life

While working as a model in her teens during the late 1960s, Huston had a relationship with photographer Bob Richardson, who was 23 years her senior.[6] Her on-and-off relationship with actor Jack Nicholson spanned from 1973 to 1989.

On May 23, 1992, she married sculptor Robert Graham. The couple lived in Venice, California, until his death on December 27, 2008. They had no children.

She owns a ranch in Three Rivers, California, just east of Visalia, which she visits often.


Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1967Casino RoyaleAgent Mimi's Handsuncredited
1969HamletCourt Lady
1969Walk with Love and Death, AA Walk with Love and DeathClaudia
1969Sinful Daveyuncredited
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestWoman in Crowd on Pieruncredited
1976SwashbucklerWoman of Dark Visage
1976Last Tycoon, TheThe Last TycoonEdna
1981Postman Always Rings Twice, TheThe Postman Always Rings TwiceMadge
1982Rose for EmilyMiss Emily Grierson
1982Comic Book Kids, TheThe Comic Book KidsThe Princess
1982FrancesAn extraHuston was a mental patient rocking back and forth on a bed
under a blanket. View DVD, Frances (2001), chapter 23.
1984This Is Spinal TapPolly Deutschcredited as Angelica Huston
1984Ice Pirates, TheThe Ice PiratesMaida
1985Prizzi's HonorMaerose PrizziAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1986Captain EOThe Supreme Leader
1986Good to Go
1987Gardens of StoneSamantha Davis
1987Dead, TheThe DeadGretta ConroyIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1988Mr. NorthPersis Bosworth-Tennyson
1988Lonesome DoveClara AllenNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1988Handful of Dust, AA Handful of DustMrs. Rattery
1989Crimes and MisdemeanorsDolores PaleyNominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1989Enemies, a Love StoryTamara BroderKansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990Witches, TheThe WitchesMiss Eva Ernst/The Grand High WitchBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1990Grifters, TheThe GriftersLilly DillonBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1991Addams Family, TheThe Addams FamilyMorticia AddamsNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1993Family PicturesLainey EberlinNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1993Manhattan Murder MysteryMarcia FoxNominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1993Addams Family ValuesMorticia AddamsNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1993And the Band Played OnDr. Betsy Reisz
1995Perez Family, TheThe Perez FamilyCarmela Perez
1995Buffalo GirlsCalamity JaneTelevision film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1995Crossing Guard, TheThe Crossing GuardMaryNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
1998PhoenixLeila
1998Ever AfterBaroness Rodmilla de GhentBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Drama/Romance
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998Buffalo '66Billy Brown's Mother
1999Agnes BrowneAgnes Brownealso directed
1999Golden Bowl, TheThe Golden BowlFanny Assingham
2001Royal Tenenbaums, TheThe Royal TenenbaumsEtheline TenenbaumNominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2001Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of AvalonViviane, Lady of LakeNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2002Blood WorkDr. Bonnie Fox
2002Barbie as RapunzelMadame Gothelvoice: English version
2003Daddy Day CareMs. Harridan
2003Kaena: The ProphecyQueen of the Selenitesvoice: English version
2004Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouEleanor ZissouNominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2004Iron Jawed AngelsCarrie Chapman CattGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2006Art School ConfidentialArt History Teacher
2006Covert One: The Hades FactorPresident Castilla
2006Material GirlsFabiella
2006These Foolish ThingsLottie Osgood
2006HuffDr. Lena Markova
2007Seraphim FallsMadame Louise Fair/Lucifer
2007Darjeeling Limited, TheThe Darjeeling LimitedPatricia Whitman
2007Martian ChildMimi
2008MediumCynthia Keener7 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series
2008ChokeIda ManciniNominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2008Tinker BellQueen Clarionvoice only
2008Spirit of the ForestMrs. D'Abondo
2009Tinker Bell and the Lost TreasureQueen Clarionvoice only
2010When in RomeCeleste
201150/50DianeNominated — Independent Spirit Awards - for Best Supporting Female
2011Horrid Henry: The MovieMiss Battle-Axe
2011The Big YearDebi Shearwater
2011Pixie Hollow GamesQueen Clarionvoice only
2012SmashEileen RandSeries Regular — Filming
2012Tinker Bell: Secret of the WingsQueen Clarionvoice only

Television and other awards

Emmy Award nominations

Golden Globes

Other

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