Anjelica Huston (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.
Anjelica Huston was born in Santa Monica, California. Huston spent most of her childhood in Ireland and England. She grew up in Saint Clerans House near Craughwell, County Galway. In 1969, she began taking a few small roles in her father’s movies. In that same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and Huston relocated to the US, where she modeled for several years. While she modeled, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson.
Deciding to focus more on movies, in the early 1980s she seriously 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 the calculating, imperious 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 Prizzis 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 an iron-willed con artist in Stephen Frears’ The Grifters (1990). That same year she starred in Nic Roeg’s The Witches.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 Crossing Guard (1995) with Jack Nicolson. She featured in three highly lauded Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and in 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited. She voiced the role of Queen Clarion in the Disney Fairies film series starring Tinkerbell. More recently she was awesome in the film adaptation of Choke (2008), from the hilariously twisted novel by Chuck Palahniuk. On January 22, 2010, Anjelica was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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). Huston is currently part of the NBC television series, Smash, portraying Broadway producer Eileen Rand.