Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Highest Rated: 100% Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

Lowest Rated: 4% Material Girls (2006)

Birthday: Jul 08, 1951

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

If ever there lived a woman more destined for a life of glamour, sophistication, and stardom than Anjelica Huston, that fortunate soul was most certainly born into royalty. From a fairy-tale childhood in the hills of Ireland to a history-making film career that would see her become Hollywood's first-ever third generation Academy Award-winner, Huston credited much of her success with her ability to transform herself through sheer force of will and her flair for making her critics eat their words. The daughter of famed actor/writer/director John Huston and first generation Italian-American model/prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" Soma (his third wife, who earned the nickname "The Mona Lisa Girl" for her painterly beauty), Huston was born July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California. A world traveler by eight, she attended The Convent of the Sisters of Mercy until age 11, and quite took to the religion despite suspicions that her father attempted to sidestep indoctrination by claiming the family atheist. Soon after, Huston attained Irish citizenship. Her early years were spent at St. Clerans, a 110-acre Irish Georgian estate built in 1784. Nestled comfortably in western Ireland, the picturesque country manor (once the home of Merv Griffin) had been purchased by her father, who had moved to Ireland in 1952 (before renouncing his U.S. citizenship in 1964). When benevolent patriarch John was around, he was a loving yet stern presence who never suffered fools, encouraged his children to take calculated risks, and regaled the starry eyed siblings with thrilling tales of adventure and wildlife. Ricki, with her uniquely striking beauty and flair for haute couture, may have been, "an exotic fish out of water" in such a pastoral setting, yet she never appeared self-conscious. At St. Clerans, lavish picnics, fox hunts with with the Galway Blazers (of which John was Joint Master), and equestrian sports were welcomed ways of passing days. On occasion, the wanderlusting siblings would slip away to explore the ruins of a nearby castle. Novelists, socialites, ambassadors, countesses, and celebrities such as Peter O'Toole were a common site at St. Clerans. It was a botched staging of Macbeth at the family's first Christmas in the estate that Huston first caught the eye of the bedazzled "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) star. Though her parents' union was dissolving, the siblings remained largely shielded from the turmoil, so it came as quite a shock when John and Ricki separated in 1960. The following year, Huston and Tony moved to London with their mother. Neither parent ever discussed the separation with the children, and the move was done in such haste that it seemed to happen in a camera's flash. There, with the current of culture shock surging inside, Huston attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle. A pariah on the playground, she seemed as out of place in London as her mother had been in Ireland, yet more self aware and despairing about it. Meanwhile, after transferring schools, a penchant for playing hooky and shoplifting began to strain the relationship between Huston and her mother. Life in the city was vibrant; music was ubiquitous, and the revelation of seeing legends like The Kinks, Cream, The Animals, and Pink Floyd in their prime proved nearly as inspiring to Huston as the French New Wave masterworks unspooling at the local cinemas. She was acutely aware that despite being born in sunny Santa Monica, her distinctive beauty was as far from "All-American" as the films of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard were from those of Blake Edwards or Russ Meyer. Just as Huston was becoming acclimated with her new environment, however, a cutting remark made by fashion photographer Richard Avedon cast doubt on her future as a model. Some time later Avedon would photograph Huston for Vogue, just one of many instances in which she plated crow for her critics. A school search for the female lead in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" (1969) was being launched throughout London, and despite producer Dyson Lovel's request that Huston audition, a letter from her father to his Italian counterpart strictly forbade the prospect, as she was to star in his own film "A Walk with Love and Death" (1969), which was created specifically for her. Infuriated by her father's unwelcome intervention, unable to connect with the character, and acutely self-conscious in front of the film crew she had grown up around, Huston's frustrations with the film were only compounded when it was released to little fanfare, and critic John Simon dismissed her performance as "supremely inept" (perhaps his kindest words in the review). A portrait for British Vogue led to regular modeling work, and an encounter with British New Wave filmmaker Tony Richardson in an invitation to audition for the role of Ophelia his upcoming Roundhouse production of Hamlet. Though she lost the role to Marianne Faithfull, Huston remained her understudy through the play's London run. Meanwhile, Huston and her mother had begun to grow apart. Tragically, a heart-to-heart conversation concerning the prospects of reconciliation came too late, as Ricki perished in a car accident in 1969. Later, when Hamlet went on tour to New York, Francesca Annis took over the role of Ophelia, relegating Huston to a walk-on role that nevertheless served as the bridge to a new life stateside. Before the year was out, Huston was living in New York City. A tumultuous romance with schizophrenic, twice-married photographer Bob Richardson (over 20-years her senior) blossomed during a photo shoot for Harper's Baazar that plunged Huston headlong into the world of high fashion. A friendship with Penny Marshall led to walk-on roles in "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC 1976-1883), and a stint with Ford Models found Huston fulfilling her desire to become a fashion model. A stint in Europe served well to advance Huston's modeling career, but a return to New York a year later found Richardson growing dangerously erratic. Her father seemed to recognize this, offering his daughter an escape hatch in the form of a vacation to La Pax, Mexico -- which desperate Huston gladly accepted before moving to Los Angeles. A chance invitation to Jack Nicholson's birthday party resulted in a romance that endured for nearly two decades, and in 1980 Huston -- having dipped her toes back into the acting pool with appearances in "This is Spinal Tap" and "The Ice Pirates" (both 1984) -- enrolled in an acting class taught by Peggy Feury of the Loft Studio. Over the course of the next few years, the model morphed into an actress with increasing command of her body and craft. In March of 1983, an American Film Institution celebration honoring the work of John Huston was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. He was in high spirits despite his deteriorating health, and in a rush of emotion Huston bungled her part of the presentation. She longed for a chance to correct the wrong that was "A Walk with Love and Death," and she got the opportunity when John Foreman presented her with the prospect of adapting Richard Condon's book Prizzi's Honor for the screen. Huston would star as Maerose Prizzi, the estranged granddaughter of an aging mafia don, and Jack as Charlie Partana, her former lover and the man for whom she still carries a flame. The film was quickly taking form when Huston signed with the Yvette Bikoff Agency. Convinced that her critical role in shepherding the project merited pay above scale, Huston goaded her new agent into pushing the issue with the producer. His caustic response decrying his inability to drop her from the film and her perceived lack of talent was precisely the kindling she needed to burn her absolute brightest, and that year at the Academy Awards, an elated Huston became the third Huston to win an Oscar when awarded Best Supporting Actress for her mesmerizingly nuanced performance. Nominations for her turn as a presumed-dead Holocaust victim who returns to her husband unexpectedly in Paul Mazursky's "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989) and as a sociopathic con artist in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters" (1990). The model/actress enjoyed an exhilarating film run that included parts in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) and "Manhattan Murder Mysteries" (1993) and a wickedly fun turn as a hag who turns children into mice in Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches" (1990). Later, the woman who as a young girl glided around her bedroom pretending to be Morticia Addams found her force of will once again yielding fruitful results when she essayed the character in Barry Sonnenfeld's "The Addams Family" (1991), and its sequel "Addams Family Values" (1993). On occasion, Huston would return to the small screen for roles in the western "Lonesome Dove" (CBS 1988), and Roger Spottiswoode's "And The Band Played On" (HBO 1993), but her bread and butter was on the big screen, where performances in "The Player" (1992), "The Crossing Guard" (1995), and "Buffalo '66" (1988) offered impressive examples of her expanding range. In 2001, Huston appeared opposite Gene Hackman in director Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums," marking the beginnings of an ongoing  collaboration that would continue with "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004), "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007), and "Isle of Dogs" (2017). The Golden Globes grew to love Huston during the 1990s, showering her in nominations that culminated in a win for her moving depiction of Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Women Suffrage Association, and founder of the League of Women Voters, in "Iron Jawed Angels" (2004). Over the course of the following decade, Huston drifted effortlessly drifting between film and television, keeping busy with appearances in shows like "Medium" (NBC/CBS 2005-2011) and "Smash" (NBC 2012-13). Interestingly -- at least for a celebrity initially known for turning heads in fashion mags -- the veteran actress seemed to find a second life as a voice-over artist beginning in the 2000s, and the work became steady with roles on the animated Dreamworks series "Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia" and Netflix's "All Hail King Julien" (both 2016). In May, 2018, Huston joined the cast of "John Wick 3: Parabellum."

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
36% 61% Waiting for Anya Horcada (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 100% Breaking the Chain Executive Producer - 2020
90% 86% John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum The Director (Character) $171M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies Narrator - 2019
13% 60% Arctic Dogs Magda (Voice) $5.8M 2019
58% 62% Always at the Carlyle Herself (Character) $174.3K 2018
No Score Yet 45% The Watcher in the Woods Mrs. Aylwood (Character) - 2017
50% 30% Trouble Maggie (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
75% 60% Thirst Street Narrator - 2017
83% 38% The Cleanse Lily (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 59% Unity Narrator - 2015
81% 70% The Pirate Fairy Queen Clarion (Voice) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Queen Clarion (Voice) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret of the Wings Queen Clarion (Voice) - 2012
93% 88% 50/50 Diane (Character) $35M 2011
42% 40% The Big Year Annie Auklet (Character) $7.2M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burma: A Human Tragedy Narrator - 2011
9% 39% Horrid Henry: The Movie Miss Battleaxe (Character) - 2011
83% 72% A Cat in Paris Claudine (Voice) - 2010
33% 40% Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston Unknown (Character) $4K 2010
17% 41% When in Rome Celeste (Character) $32.7M 2010
100% 73% Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Queen Clarion (Voice) - 2009
No Score Yet 30% Spirit of the Forest Mrs. D'Abondo (Voice) - 2008
56% 44% The Kreutzer Sonata Elinore (Character) - 2008
90% 73% Tinker Bell Queen Clarion (Voice) - 2008
55% 52% Choke Ida (Character) $2.9M 2008
69% 78% The Darjeeling Limited Patricia (Character) $11.9M 2007
4% 44% Material Girls Fabiella (Character) $11.4M 2006
36% 48% Art School Confidential Sophie (Character) $3.3M 2006
55% 53% Seraphim Falls Madame Louise (Character) $413.9K 2006
No Score Yet 46% These Foolish Things Lottie Osgood (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 53% Riding the Bus With My Sister Director - 2005
No Score Yet 89% Iron Jawed Angels Carrie Chapman Catt (Character) - 2004
56% 82% The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Eleanor Zissou (Character) $24M 2004
27% 48% Daddy Day Care Miss Gwyneth Harridan (Character) $104.1M 2003
7% 44% Kaena: The Prophecy Queen of the Selenites (Voice) $7.7K 2003
No Score Yet 66% Barbie Rapunzel Gothel (Voice) - 2002
53% 40% Blood Work Dr. Bonnie Fox (Character) - 2002
80% 89% The Royal Tenenbaums Etheline Tenenbaum (Character) $52.4M 2001
51% 54% The Man From Elysian Fields Jennifer Adler (Character) $1.4M 2001
53% 39% The Golden Bowl Fanny Assingham (Character) $3M 2000
41% 71% Agnes Browne Agnes Browne (Character),
Director,
Producer
$140.4K 1999
91% 84% Ever After: A Cinderella Story Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent (Character) $65.7M 1998
50% 52% Phoenix Leila (Character) $31.6K 1998
76% 88% Buffalo 66 Jan (Character) $2.4M 1998
100% 84% Bastard Out of Carolina Director - 1996
No Score Yet 67% Buffalo Girls Calamity Jane (Character) - 1995
65% 59% The Perez Family Carmela Perez (Character) $2.8M 1995
75% 53% The Crossing Guard Mary (Character) $771.7K 1995
100% 88% And the Band Played On Dr. Betsy Reisz (Character) - 1993
77% 63% Addams Family Values Morticia Addams (Character) $45.7M 1993
93% 84% Manhattan Murder Mystery Marcia Fox (Character) $10.5M 1993
64% 66% The Addams Family Morticia Addams (Character) $111.3M 1991
93% 70% The Witches Miss Eva Ernst/Grand High Witch (Character) $8.7M 1990
91% 70% The Grifters Lilly Dillon (Character) $10.1M 1990
85% 52% Enemies, a Love Story Tamara Broder (Character) $7.8M 1989
94% 91% Crimes and Misdemeanors Dolores Paley (Character) $17.6M 1989
No Score Yet 46% A Handful of Dust Mrs. Rattery (Character) $1.6M 1988
50% 41% Mr. North Persis Bosworth-Tennyson (Character) $1.1M 1988
47% 55% Gardens of Stone Samantha Davis (Character) $4.4M 1987
93% 78% The Dead Gretta Conroy (Character) $766.4K 1987
86% 62% Prizzi's Honor Maerose Prizzi (Character) $26.6M 1985
9% 49% The Ice Pirates Maida (Character) - 1984
79% 59% The Postman Always Rings Twice Madge (Character) - 1981
44% 57% Swashbuckler Woman of Dark Visage (Character) - 1976
43% 40% The Last Tycoon Edna (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 67% A Walk With Love and Death Claudia (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 70% Hamlet Court Lady (Character) - 1969
43% 29% Sinful Davey Unknown (Character) - 1968

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2017-2019 2012-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet 96% Trollhunters: Tales Of Arcadia Queen Ursurna (Voice) 2017-2018
90% 77% Transparent Vicki (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2013
67% 78% Smash Eileen Rand (Character) 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
No Score Yet 90% American Dad Superintendent Ellen Riggs (Guest Voice) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Calamity Jane (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lonesome Dove Clara Allen (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983

QUOTES FROM Anjelica Huston CHARACTERS

Danielle says: I have done all you ever asked me to, and you denied me the only thing I ever wanted.

Rodmilla says: And what was that?

Danielle says: What do you think? You are the only mother I have ever known. Was there a time, in its smallest measurement, that you loved me at all?

Rodmilla says: How can anyone love a pebble in his shoe?

Charlie Hinton says: If you put your kids through this they're gonna be miserable in four languages...

Miss Gwyneth Harridan says: Five, we start Portugese in the fall.

Miss Gwyneth Harridan says: My dear Jennifer... In life, there are winners and there are losers; and to win, you have to play dirty!

Lilly Dillon says: Lilly: My son will be all right. If he isn't, I'll have you killed.

Prince Henry says: I'm afraid I might have scared the wits out of your servant. Say a young lady with a.... quite a goof arm, actually.

Rodmilla says: She's mute my lord.

Prince Henry says: Really? She spoke quite forcefully.

Chas Tenenbaum says: Why did you try to kill yourself?

Etheline Tenenbaum says: Don't press him right now.

Richie Tenenbaum says: I wrote a suicide note.

Chas Tenenbaum says: You did?

Richie Tenenbaum says: Yeah. Right after I regained consciousness.

Morticia Addams says: "I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny."

Morticia Addams says: I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny.

Morticia Addams says: "But we can have lots of good fun... that is funny."

Morticia Addams says: But we can have lots of good fun... that is funny.

Morticia Addams says: Oh no, he lives.

Gabriel Conroy says: "What was it he died from so young? Consumption was it?"

Gabriel Conroy says: What was it he died from so young? Consumption was it?

Gretta Conroy says: "I think he died for me."

Gretta Conroy says: I think he died for me.

Queen Marie says: Baroness de Ghent, you are forthwith striped of your title. And you and your horrible daughter are to be shipped to the Americas on the first available boat, unless by some miracle, someone here will speak for you. [Rodmilla backs up looking at everyone]

Rodmilla says: There seems to be quite a few people out of town.

Danielle says: I will speak for her. [Rodmilla is shocked, as everyone bows] She is after all my step-mother.

Rodmilla says: Your Highness. [she bows, disdainfully]

Rodmilla says: Yes, but I'm management.

Marguerite says: Like hell you are! You're just the same as me you big nobody!

Rodmilla says: How dare you speak to me that way, I am of noble blood!

Jacqueline says: Where did you get this?

Rodmilla says: They're Danielle's dowry. For her wedding.

Marguerite says: Cinderella, married? To who, the chimney sweep?

Rodmilla says: Jacqueline, go and biol some water.

Jacqueline says: Me, boil water? Oh, I knew it! I just knew it!

Jacqueline says: Marguerite gets to do everything.

Marguerite says: Oh, don't be daft, Jacqueline. The queen doesn't even know you exist.

Rodmilla says: What Marguerite does is for all of us, my dear. We are counting on you to help her get ready.

Jacqueline says: Lovely! Next thing you know I shall be cleaning out the fireplace with Danielle!

Rodmilla says: Marguerite, Jacqueline, gather everything that would fetch a price. We're going to town first thing in the morning.

Jacqueline says: Mother, it's only a ball.

Rodmilla says: Yes, and you're only going for food.

Rodmilla says: Of all the insidious jokes turning your mother into a countess. Why it's almost as absurd as a prince, who spends his days with a servant who sleeps with pugs.

Danielle says: What bothers you more, step mother? That I am common or that I am competition?

Rodmilla says: Jacqueline, darling, I;d hate to think you had anything to do with this.

Rodmilla says: Jacqueline, darling, I'd hate to think you had anything to do with this.

Jacqueline says: Course not, mother, I'm only here for the food.

Adam says: what are you doin' ?

Adam says: What are you doin' ?

Diane says: I'm gonna make you some green tea

Diane says: I'm gonna make you some green tea.

Adam says: Can you just ... come back come sit down

Adam says: Can you just... come back come sit down.

Diane says: I heard on the 'Today' show that they said it reduces your risk of cancer by 15%

Adam says: well.. I've already had cancer... so can you just please come sit down.

Adam says: Well.. I've already had cancer... so can you just please come sit down.

Diane says: I'm making you a glass of green tea because I heard on the news that it reduces your chance of getting cancer by 15%

Royal Tenenbaum says: You can't raise boys to be scared of life. You got to brew some recklessness into them.

Etheline Tenenbaum says: I think that's terrible advice.

Diane says: I want you to know that I smothered him because I love him.

Diane says: Adam I'm your mother!

Diane says: I'm your mother, Adam.

Marcia Fox says: You're taking me to dinner, right?

Marcia Fox says: You're taking me to dinner, right?

Ted says: Yeah, right. Absolutely. Only we can't sleep together.

Ted says: Right, absolutely! Only we can't sleep together, not tonight.

Marcia Fox says: Why not?

Marcia Fox says: Why not?

Ted says: Not... not tonight.

Ted says: Well, because I already slept with Helen Moss once today, and I'm not young and active like I used to be.

Marcia Fox says: You'll do anything to catch a murderer, won't you?

Ted says: Well, I already slept with Helen Moss once today, and I'm not young and active like I used to be.

Ted says: Mmm-hmm.

Marcia Fox says: You'll do anything to catch a murderer, won't you?

Henry Sherman says: I just wanted to apologize for the other day, when I proposed to you.

Etheline Tenenbaum says: Why? I thought it was very sweet.

Etheline Tenenbaum says: How long have you been a smoker?

Margot Tenenbaum says: 22 years.

Etheline Tenenbaum says: Well I think you should quit.

Madame Louise says: Spoken like a true sinner.