Anjelica Huston was 29 years old and trying to create a place for herself as an actress in Hollywood when the director Tony Richardson said to her: "Poor little you. So much talent and so little to show for it. You’re never going to do anything with your life." Tony had a singsong voice, like one of his own parrots, but there was no mistaking the edge. "Perhaps you’re right,” I answered. Inside I was thinking, Watch me."
In A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London. That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood. In Watch Me, Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited 17-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends. She writes about learning the art and craft of acting, about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi’s Honor, about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films, Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters, and about her collaborations with many great directors, including Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bob Rafelson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Stephen Frears. She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father, the legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. She is candid, mischievous, warm, passionate, funny, and a superb storyteller.
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While I did listen to the entire book I cannot say that had I known what it would be like, I might have passed on it.
Her relationship with Jack Nicholson, which I knew existed but did not know the details. Her relationship with her husband, who died, was interesting only in that if he had not died, she probably would have divorced him.
No, this was terrible. She was reading a book, not telling me a story about her life. I was very disappointed in how she delivered her message. She sounded bored with her own life, and made me bored with it, too.
No, her life is not that interesting.
She is a fantastic actress, but if you want a story about someone who had every available advantage in life paved ahead of her - this is the book for you.
It was a beautiful memoir. Moving and exciting and lovely and classy and smart full of wisdom. Angelica Houston thank you thank you for sharing your life.
the boring story, and the narrator
to be honest, I do not think the book was worthy of being a book
Even though it treads more familiar ground for her fans (who already know her career), it's as enjoyable and moving as the first one (particularly as she deals with more loss in this one). Outstanding, and so beneficial given that we get to hear the woman herself reading it.
Such a wonderful memoir filled with Hollywood anecdotes and poignant personal stories. Angelica Huston is just a lovely person.
I loved Angelica's narration, very emotive and you could tell she meant it. Fascinating stories and history. Sure there's lots of name dropping but it helps paint a brilliant scene of how both glamorous and filled with lose her life has been.
Thank you, Angelica Huston, for sharing your life with such exceptional dignity. I have loved every minute of listening to your reading of your life story.
Having lived in and around the places frequented by Angelica Houston, I have always been curious about her. Her memories & reflections on her life are honest, entertaining & intelligent. Great listening during a rainy Rocky Mountain Spring.
Superb! She is the daughter of one of the world's brilliant directors but,she's a talent all on her own. Beautiful inside and out. open,honest and not pretentious. Surrounded by the most famous in Hollywood but,not a snob. Beset with heartbreak and loss. But handled it all with grace and dignity. A must read! She's a true "survivor " I love her.
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