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Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model.

Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Oscar for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her director father, John, and actor grandfather, Walter. 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.


Early life

Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of film director John Huston (1906-1987) and his fourth wife, 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, 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 Ireland and England. She attended Kylemore Abbey, a prestigious all-girl boarding school in Connemara, Ireland as well as Holland Park School.

Acting career

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. With Anjelica's win, she became the first third-generation Academy Award winner, having been preceded by her father and by her grandfather, actor Walter Huston.

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 (2007).

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 employs the psychic abilities of Allison DuBois. Her performance earned her a sixth Emmy nomination.


After a handful of 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.

Personal life

Huston lived with Jack Nicholson from 1973 to 1989. She married sculptor Robert Graham Jr. in 1992. She has never had children and states that she does not regret it. She also has a ranch in Three Rivers Ca, just east of Visalia Ca. She visits often.


Year Film Role Other notes
1967 Casino Royale Agent Mimi's Hands uncredited
1969 Hamlet Court Lady
A Walk with Love and Death Claudia
Sinful Davey uncredited
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Woman in Crowd on Pier uncredited
1976 Swashbuckler Woman of Dark Visage
The Last Tycoon Edna
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Madge
1982 Rose for Emily Miss Emily Grierson
The Comic Book Kids The Princess
Frances An extra Huston was a mental patient rocking back and forth on a bed
under a blanket. View DVD, Frances (2001), chapter 23.
1984 This is Spinal Tap Polly Deutsch
The Ice Pirates Maida
1985 Prizzi's Honor Maerose Prizzi Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; Nominated - BAFTA Award; Nominated - Golden Globe
1986 Captain EO The Supreme Leader
Good to Go
1987 Gardens of Stone Samantha Davis
The Dead Gretta Conroy Independent Spirit Award
1988 Mr. North Persis Bosworth-Tennyson
Lonesome Dove Clara
A Handful of Dust Mrs. Rattery
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Dolores Paley Nominated - BAFTA Award
Enemies, a Love Story Tamara Broder Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990 The Witches Eve Ernst/ The Grand High Witch
The Grifters Lilly Dillon Independent Spirit Award; Nominated - Golden Globe;
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress;
1991 The Addams Family Morticia Addams Nominated - Golden Globe
1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery Marcia Fox Nominated - BAFTA Award
Addams Family Values Morticia Addams Nominated - Golden Globe
1995 The Perez Family Carmela Perez
The Crossing Guard Mary Nominated - Golden Globe
1998 Phoenix Leila
1998 Ever After Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent
Buffalo '66 Billy Brown's Mother
1999 Agnes Browne Agnes Browne
The Golden Bowl Fanny Assingham
2001 The Royal Tenenbaums Etheline Tenenbaum
The Mists of Avalon Viviane, Lady of Lake
2002 Blood Work Dr. Bonnie Fox Rapunzel Dame Gothel voice: English version
2003 Daddy Day Care Ms. Harridan
Kaena: La prophétie Queen of the Selenites voice: English version
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Eleanor Zissou
Iron Jawed Angels Carrie Chapman Catt
2006 Art School Confidential Art History Teacher
Material Girls Fabiella
These Foolish Things Lottie Osgood
2007 Seraphim Falls Madame Louise Fair
The Darjeeling Limited Patricia Whitman
Martian Child Crass Publisher
2008 Choke Ida Mancini
Tinker Bell Queen Clarion awaiting release
Spirit of the Forest Mrs. D'Abondo post-production
2009 When in Rome Guggenheim Curator post-production
The Fantastic Mr. Fox TBA post-production

Other awards

Emmy Award Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

Golden Globe television nominations


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