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.
Yes, to keep track of all the celebrity hoi-paloi that Ms Huston references!
Her first autobiography, A Story Lately Told.
The glamourous life and acquaintances of an actress born with a silver spoon and great talent.
Loved hearing Angelica's life story. Didn't know most of this stuff! Makes a big difference hearing it in her own voice, than reading it on the page.
Between her amazing voice and amazing life, tenderly and thoughtfully remembered my heart was both uplifted and broken many times over reading this book. Although I don't want to suggest it isn't also raucously funny and full of adventure too, indeed I laughed a huge deal. Highly recommend!!
i liked it. i was always curious about her life and what she's done.
most memorable moment was the time she fell in love with Bob.
The narration was excellent, you felt what she felt.
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
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.
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