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Watch Me: A Memoir Audiobook

Watch Me: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Following her "extraordinary" (Vanity Fair), "evocative" (The New York Times), "magically beautiful" (The Boston Globe), "gorgeously written" (O, The Oprah Magazine) coming-of-age memoir, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson, her rise to stardom, her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood, her love affair with her husband, and much more.

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.

©2014 Anjelica Huston. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Kate M. 05-20-15
    Kate M. 05-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Could she be any less engaged in her own story?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anjelica Huston’s performances?

    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.


    Could you see Watch Me: A Memoir being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, her life is not that interesting.


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    Evie O'Reilly 03-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect"

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Lane California 07-15-17
    Catherine Lane California 07-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Portrait Of The Last Great Hollywood Generation "

    Written in vignettes, both guarded and wise. Anjelica isn't so much introspective as a great observer of life around her, and fills the memoir with lovely imagery and observations that can only come from Irish Storyteller blood. There is much heartbreak and loss as the generations pass, but also hope in the family's children. The memories of Robert Graham are especially moving and brought me to tears on several occasions. Here is a time capsule of the Hollywood Elite of the 70s and 80s, as well as a portrait of an insecure but privileged girl who finally finds her voice, strength, beauty and gratitude.

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    karenpacemaker 03-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "what a life!"
    Would you listen to Watch Me: A Memoir again? Why?

    Yes, to keep track of all the celebrity hoi-paloi that Ms Huston references!


    What other book might you compare Watch Me: A Memoir to and why?

    Her first autobiography, A Story Lately Told.


    Which character – as performed by Anjelica Huston – was your favorite?

    Herself... duh!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The glamourous life and acquaintances of an actress born with a silver spoon and great talent.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    songbird4jc 02-16-17
    songbird4jc 02-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "extravagant"

    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.









    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CheshireCat55 Atlanta, GA United States 03-03-16
    CheshireCat55 Atlanta, GA United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Uninspiring"
    What disappointed you about Watch Me: A Memoir?

    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.


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    Heather Thornton 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    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.

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    Anne 10-13-15
    Anne 10-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Do not waste your time"
    What disappointed you about Watch Me: A Memoir?

    the boring story, and the narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anjelica Huston again?

    NO


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anjelica Huston?

    maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Watch Me: A Memoir?

    to be honest, I do not think the book was worthy of being a book


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New Bern, NC 06-16-15
    Amazon Customer New Bern, NC 06-16-15 Member Since 2006

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    "wonderful memoir"

    Such a wonderful memoir filled with Hollywood anecdotes and poignant personal stories. Angelica Huston is just a lovely person.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    allinoneword Toronto, ON CANADA 06-12-15
    allinoneword Toronto, ON CANADA 06-12-15 Member Since 2017

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    "More than I imagined"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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