Anjelica Huston

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Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston Met Opera 2010 Shankbone.jpg
Huston at the Metropolitan Opera opening night of Das Rheingold
Born(1951-07-08) July 8, 1951 (age 62)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Robert Graham Jr. (1992–2008; his death)
 
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Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston Met Opera 2010 Shankbone.jpg
Huston at the Metropolitan Opera opening night of Das Rheingold
Born(1951-07-08) July 8, 1951 (age 62)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Robert 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 The Witches in 1990 and is, more recently, known for her frequent collaborations with director Wes Anderson. She is also the author of the book A Story Lately Told.

Early life[edit]

Anjelica Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, and is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and Italian–American prima ballerina Enrica (née Soma).[1] Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston.

She spent much of her childhood in Ireland, particularly near Craughwell, County Galway, and England, where she attended Holland Park School.[2] In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She started very small indeed, substituting her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring, for example, in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the 16 year old French noblewoman Claudia. In the same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and Anjelica relocated to the U.S., where she modeled for several years. While she modeled, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson.[citation needed]

Huston has an older brother, Tony, a younger maternal half-sister named Allegra, who she called "Legs", a younger paternal half-brother, actor Danny Huston, and an adoptive older brother, Pablo. She is the aunt of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

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 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 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 a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters (1990). The Witches (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 Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), as well as appearing in a minor role 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, Huston was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2011, Huston was in the film Horrid Henry: The Movie. Huston later appeared on the NBC television series, Smash, portraying Broadway producer Eileen Rand.[4]

Directing career[edit]

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[edit]

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.[5]

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

Huston's biggest donation has been a yearly commitment to TLC for over a decade. TLC has a growing number of locations throughout California.

In 2012, Huston recorded a public service announcement for PETA, urging her colleagues in Hollywood to refrain from using great apes in television, movies and advertisements.[6] Later the animal rights organization named her their Person of the Year 2012.[7]

Personal life[edit]

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.[8] 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 did not have any children.


Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1967Casino RoyaleAgent Mimi's HandsUncredited
1969HamletCourt Lady
1969Walk with Love and Death, AA Walk with Love and DeathClaudia
1969Sinful DaveyUnknownUncredited
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
1982FrancesMental Patient
1984This Is Spinal TapPolly DeutschCredited as Angelica Huston
1984Ice Pirates, TheThe Ice PiratesMaida
1985Prizzi's HonorMaerose Prizzi
1986Captain EOThe Supreme LeaderDisney Theme Park Attraction
1986Good to GoUnknown
1987Gardens of StoneSamantha Davis
1987Dead, TheThe DeadGretta Conroy
1988Mr. NorthPersis Bosworth-Tennyson
1988Handful of Dust, AA Handful of DustMrs. Rattery
1989Crimes and MisdemeanorsDolores Paley
1989Enemies, a Love StoryTamara Broder
1990Witches, TheThe WitchesMiss Eva Ernst/The Grand High Witch
1990Grifters, TheThe GriftersLilly Dillon
1991Addams Family, TheThe Addams FamilyMorticia Addams
1993Family PicturesLainey EberlinTelevision movie
1993Manhattan Murder MysteryMarcia Fox
1993Addams Family ValuesMorticia Addams
1993And the Band Played OnDr. Betsy ReiszTelevision movie
1995Perez Family, TheThe Perez FamilyCarmela Perez
1995Buffalo GirlsCalamity JaneTelevision film
1995Crossing Guard, TheThe Crossing GuardMary
1998PhoenixLeila
1998Ever AfterBaroness Rodmilla de Ghent
1998Buffalo '66Billy Brown's Mother
1999Agnes BrowneAgnes BrowneAlso director
1999Golden Bowl, TheThe Golden BowlFanny Assingham
2001Royal Tenenbaums, TheThe Royal TenenbaumsEtheline Tenenbaum
2001Mists of Avalon, TheThe Mists of AvalonViviane, Lady of LakeTelevision movie
2002Blood WorkDr. Bonnie Fox
2002Barbie as RapunzelMadame GothelVoice role
2003Daddy Day CareMs. Harridan
2003Kaena: The ProphecyQueen of the SelenitesVoice: English version
2004Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouEleanor Zissou
2004Iron Jawed AngelsCarrie Chapman CattTelevision movie
2006Art School ConfidentialArt History Teacher
2006Covert One: The Hades FactorPresident Castilla
2006Material GirlsFabiella
2006These Foolish ThingsLottie Osgood
2007Seraphim FallsMadame Louise Fair/Lucifer
2007Darjeeling Limited, TheThe Darjeeling LimitedPatricia Whitman
2007Martian ChildMimi
2008ChokeIda Mancini
2008Tinker BellQueen ClarionVoice only
2008Spirit of the ForestMrs. D'Abondo
2009Tinker Bell and the Lost TreasureQueen ClarionVoice only
2010When in RomeCeleste
201150/50Diane
2011Horrid Henry: The MovieMiss Battle-Axe
2011The Big YearAnnie Auklet
2011Pixie Hollow GamesQueen ClarionVoice only
2012Tinker Bell: Secret of the WingsQueen ClarionVoice only
2014UnityNarrator

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Laverne & ShirleyGeraldineEpisode: "An Affair to Forget"
1983Laverne & ShirleyMiss ParisEpisode: "Miss Paris"
1988Lonesome DoveClara Allen4 episodes
2006HuffDr. Lena Markova4 episodes
2008-2009MediumCynthia Keener8 episodes
2011American Dad!Superintendent Ellen Riggs2 episodes
2012-2013SmashEileen Rand32 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1985Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1985National Board of ReviewBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1985New York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1986Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1986BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RolePrizzi's HonorNominated
1986Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1986Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PicturePrizzi's HonorNominated
1986Kansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1986National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrizzi's HonorWon
1987New York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe DeadNominated
1988Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleThe DeadWon
1988National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe DeadNominated
1989Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressEnemies: A Love StoryNominated
1989Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieLonesome DoveNominated
1990Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressEnemies: A Love StoryNominated
1990Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmLonesome DoveNominated
1990Kansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressEnemies: A Love StoryWon
1990Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe GriftersWon
1990Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe WitchesWon
1990National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressEnemies: A Love StoryWon
1990New York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe GriftersNominated
1991Academy AwardsBest ActressThe GriftersNominated
1991BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleCrimes and MisdemeanorsNominated
1991Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressThe GriftersWon
1991Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressThe WitchesWon
1991Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe GriftersNominated
1991Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaThe GriftersNominated
1991Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadThe GriftersWon
1991National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressThe GriftersWon
1991National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressThe WitchesWon
1991Saturn AwardsBest ActressThe WitchesNominated
1992Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyThe Addams FamilyNominated
1992MTV Movie AwardsBest Kiss (shared with Raúl Juliá)The Addams FamilyNominated
1994Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmFamily PicturesNominated
1994Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyThe Addams Family ValuesNominated
1994Saturn AwardsBest ActressThe Addams Family ValuesNominated
1995BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleManhattan Murder MysteryNominated
1995Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieBuffalo GirlsNominated
1996Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureThe Crossing GuardNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieBuffalo GirlsNominated
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Crossing GuardNominated
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress – Drama/RomanceEverAfterWon
1999Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie SleazebagEverAfterNominated
1999Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressEverAfterNominated
2002Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastThe Royal TenenbaumsNominated
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Mists of AvalonNominated
2002Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureThe Royal TenenbaumsNominated
2002Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieThe Mists of AvalonNominated
2004Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest CastThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouNominated
2004Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieIron Jawed AngelsNominated
2005Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouNominated
2005Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmIron Jawed AngelsWon
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmIron Jawed AngelsWon
2008Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesMediumNominated
2008Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureChokeNominated
2012Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting Female50/50Nominated
2013Gracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSmashWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oppelt, Phylicia (October 19, 1998). "Ciao Time; Italian Americans Toast Fallen Heroes". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Moorhead, Joanna (June 27, 2011). "Holland Park comprehensive to become an academy". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jack Huston Interview, Details Magazine". 
  4. ^ Breaking News: NBC Picks Up Broadway-themed SMASH
  5. ^ United States Campaign for Burma. Hollywood: UN Should Act on Burma. United States Campaign for Burma's homepage, September 6, 2007. Received November 6, 2007.
  6. ^ Ken Wheaton, "PETA, Angelica Huston Go After CareerBuilder for Chimp Ad," AdAge.com, 27 January 2012.
  7. ^ Marc Malkin, "Smash's Anjelica Huston Named PETA's 2012 Person of the Year," eonline.com, 28 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Anjelica Huston Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. July 8, 1951. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 

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