Monday, October 20, 2008
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951, to director and actor John Huston and Russian prima ballerina Enrica (Ricki) Soma. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas, in Ireland and England, and in 1969 first dipped her toe into the acting profession, taking a few small roles in her father’s movies. She was a very successful fashion model, she was David Bailey's muse in the early 1970's. In 1973, Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston were Hollywood's hottest couple, dating from 1973 until 1989. Anjelica became something of a fashion muse during the decade, and was closely associated with Halston, often wearing his glamorous designs. Anjelica pursued acting, after she quit modeling. After, a few more years of on-again, off-again supporting work, her father perfectly cast her as calculating, imperious Maerose, the daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man (Nicholson again) in his film adaptation of Richard Condon’s Mafia-satire novel Prizzi’s 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 (her father and grandfather Walter Huston) had also won one.