ANJELICA HUSTON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Anjelica Huston                                                                     
Born: 8 July 1951 Santa Monica, California                                                 
Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning   
American actress and former fashion model. Huston won an Oscar for her                     
performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor. She later was nominated in 1990 and 1991             
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 was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of film director John           
Huston (1906-1987) and his fourth wife, a prima ballerina Enrica Soma (1930-1969).         
Her grandfather, Walter Huston, a stage and screen star, won an Oscar for The             
Treasure of the Sierra Madre. She has Scots-Irish, Scottish, Canadian, English,           
and Welsh ancestry on her father's side, and Italian on her mother's side. One             
of four siblings, she was raised mainly in the Republic of Ireland and in                 
England. She attended Kylemore Abbey, a prestigious all-girl boarding school in           
Connemara, Ireland as well as Holland Park School.                                         
Two of Huston's first movies, Sinful Davey (1969) and A Walk with Love and Death           
(1969) were directed by her father. Although he disapproved of her ambitions to           
act, Anjelica received crucial but hurtful reviews for her performances.                   
She would lose her mother in a car accident the same year; her father remarried           
Celeste Shane three years later. She appeared in only a few films over the next           
decade, moving to United States and pursuing a successful career in modeling.             
Huston would again retreat to familiar roots, taking on small roles in films in           
the early 1980s; one in which she would star alongside Jack Nicholson and                 
Jessica Lange in Bob Rafelson's The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) and                 
Frances (1982) which would also star Jessica Lange. Huston would also appear in           
television series, Laverne & Shirley and Faerie Tale Theatre.                             
After taking on several small but prominent roles in both film and in television,         
Huston landed her big role, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress           
for her role as Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi's Honor (1985), a film directed by her           
father, John Huston and starring opposite Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner.             
Huston collaborated with her father again in The Dead, a film for which she was           
awarded an Independent Spirit Award. It was John Huston's final film before               
passing away from emphysema in 1987.                                                       
Huston was nominated for another Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for             
her role as Tamara Broder in Enemies, a Love Story (1989) and another for Best             
Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Lily Dillon in The Grifters (1990).             
She received three Saturn Award nominations for one of her most memorable roles,           
The Grand High Witch in The Witches (1990). Later she received nominations for             
her role as Morticia Addams in Addams Family Values (1993) and for her role as             
Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent in Ever After (1998).                                           
Over the years, Huston received five Emmy Award nominations for her television             
work. She won a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actress in a TV Program for             
Iron Jawed Angels (2004). It was her first win after eight nominations. She               
appeared in several films by Wes Anderson, starting with The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)       
and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004), as well as The Darjeeling Limited           
In January 2008, Huston joined the cast of Medium at the start of its fourth               
season for a six-episode story arc. Her character is a missing persons                     
investigator who apparently shares the psychic abilities of Allison DuBois.               
After a handful prominent roles in both television and in film, Huston stepped             
away from acting, following in her father’s footsteps in the Director’s chair.         
The first film she directed was Bastard Out of Carolina (1996); another was               
Agnes Browne (1999), in which she both directed and starred, and Riding the Bus           
with My Sister (2005).                                                                     
In 2007, Huston led a letter campaign organized by the US Campaign for Burma and           
Human Rights Action Center. The letter, signed by over 25 other Hollywood                 
profiles, 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.