The daughter of director John Huston and his fourth wife, ballerina Ricki Somma, Anjelica Huston spent a privileged but troubled childhood in Ireland. Although her father didn’t really want her to be an actress, he gave her substantial roles in his films Sinful Davy and A Walk With Love and Death (both 1969). The actress did little movie work during the ’70s, choosing instead to pursue a successful, albeit short-term, career as a model before returning to films with a vengeance in the ’80s, diligently studying with famed drama coach Peggy Feury.
In 1985, Huston earned an Oscar for her performance as the vengeful girlfriend of hit man Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s Honor, making her the first third-generation Academy winner in history. Other worthwhile roles followed in her father’s final directorial effort, The Dead (1987), and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). She was also rewardingly directed by her half-brother Danny Huston in Mr. North (1988). Huston earned additional… read more