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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451656297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451656299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Actress Huston achieves some moments of ringing clarity in this memoir of her youth, especially as regards her famous director father, John Huston, whom she was both terrified and in awe of (people considered him a lion, a leader, the pirate they wished they had the audacity to be). The daughter of his fourth wife, the dancer Ricki Soma (who was much younger than him), Anjelica Huston and her older brother, Tony, were raised in a remote 110-acre estate in West Country, Ireland, called St. Clerans, where being homeschooled; being visited by famous, quirky people; riding horses amid wildly romantic scenery; and playing dress-up filled her youth. Her father was frequently absent on far-flung shoots, and her exotic mother was out of her element. With her parents' separation, Anjelica moved between Ireland and London, where her mother lived and where Anjelica went to school in the 1960s. She gradually embraced an acting career, appearing in her father's A Walk with Love and Death, though without confidence. After the death of her mother in 1969, Huston slipped into a more comfortable role of modeling and serving as the muse for the troubled, brilliant (and much older) fashion photographer Bob Richardson over four tortured years. Huston ends her brave account by describing her complex relationship with her father. (Nov.)

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With her high cheekbones and piercing dark eyes, Huston was fated for success as a fashion model. As the daughter and granddaughter of film and stage royalty, she was also assured a career as an actress. How she fulfilled those dual destinies is the subject of the first in a planned two-volume memoir in which Huston delves into her past in stunning detail. Growing up on a sprawling Irish estate, Huston was in thrall to her famous director father John Huston’s larger-than-life escapades and demands. As a teenager coming of age in London in the late 1960s, Huston fell under the spell of her passionately artistic prima-ballerina mother, Enrica Soma, who died just as Huston was coming into her own. Following that tragedy, the peripatetic Huston moved to New York where she captured the eye and captivated the attention of the day’s leading fashion photographers, including the famously mercurial Bob Richardson. As a multitalented contributor to her family’s theatrical legacy, Huston candidly reveals the heady and heartbreaking realities of life in that misconceived stratosphere. --Carol Haggas

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It was well written but I found the subject matter mostly boring.
debbie beaver
I wanted to know how she FELT about these people, not just what happened.
Kathryn C. Pruiett
I couldn't put the book down and I cant wait for the next installment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn C. Pruiett on February 11, 2014
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I found the telling very tedious and this is a person I looked forward to learning more about! The story was a series of places and names and events, one after the other....as if it was told simply chronologically with little creative color. I wanted to know how she FELT about these people, not just what happened. I wanted her to stay with a particular event and add more flesh to it. I'm sorry to say, it was a disappointment to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shari on January 6, 2014
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I just finished this book and found it very enjoyable. Most of my buddies are in line to read it. I read John Huston's autobiography years ago and it was so full of wit, fun and great stories- the family definitely lived a classy life in Ireland at their estate called St. Clerans. Anjelica weaves a story full of rich prose and beautiful description. She was a privileged teenager in London during the swinging 60's - great fodder! She definitely skips over some painful areas of her life including her relationship with her brother Tony which she hardly delves into - but that is ok with me, I believe the author should be able to choose what she wants to disclose. I recommend this book if you are a fan of the Huston family and Anjelica in particular. Looking very forward to the second book - and stories of her romance with Jack Nicholson.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C.R. Hurst on November 25, 2013
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Walter Huston is probably best known for his wonderful performance as the old-timer in the 1948 classic, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, directed and written by his son, John Huston. That movie went on to win the father a best supporting actor Oscar and the son two Oscars for best screenplay and best director. Thirty-seven years later Walter Huston's granddaughter, Anjelica, would go on to win a best supporting actress Oscar for her fierce performance as a mob boss's daughter in Prizzi's Honor, a film directed by her father, John Huston. Clearly this astonishingly talented and creative family's story needed to be told, and Anjelica Huston does just that in her exquisitely written, though often meandering memoir, A Story Lately Told.

The book covers the childhood and adolescence of Anjelica in Ireland, London, and New York (the second part of the memoir will be published in 2014). Her recollections of Ireland present a kaleidoscope of images: a charmed childhood filled with doting servants, a beautiful and loving mother, a menagerie of animals, and days spent roaming the green Irish countryside with her brother. The only imperfection in this idyllic life is the strained relationship between her mother, who sacrificed a career as a prima ballerina to marry and have children, and her father, a demanding, flamboyant, and charming womanizer. The remainder of the book recounts her less idyllic life in London and New York--including her parent's divorce, her mother's sudden death, her modeling career, and her rocky love affair with photographer, Bob Richardson.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jill Middleton on November 22, 2013
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I was a little disappointed with this book. It seemed the only interesting parts were when her father, John Huston was the subject. I ended up skipping through parts because so much time was spent describing in detail what she ate, what others ate, what she smelled, what she was wearing, etc. It's hard to believe that after 40+ years she can remember all of this down to the smallest detail. I started to wonder if she had run out of material. I believe Angelica Huston is a very interesting woman, but this book dragged.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quizo Reviews on January 8, 2014
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Though I enjoyed the book for sheer information about her parents and lifestyle, I was surprised that a mature woman whom I consider intelligent and, up till now, thoughtful, could simply make a list of happenings without pausing to reflect on them. As the daughter of one of America's most fascinating artists I would have thought Anjelica would have had, and shared with her readers, some views about his character and motivations. Ditto her also fascinating mother. The tone of the book read as though she were still a kind of clueless teenager (maybe she viewed it as an acting role instead of that of auteur) and I kept waiting for the part where she broke into adulthood and gave us some real grit. The book was also too short. She ought to have waited till she finished the second part and released them both as one piece. In short, the subtitle is what throws one off - there seemingly IS no coming of age; just a recitation of what she wore, her hairstyle, where she went, and whom she dated while this potentially great story took place coincidentally around her! Still, if the reader is just interested in what went on (on the surface), it's worth picking up. In fact, I may actually buy the second installment just to learn about her relationship with Nicholson. If I do, I won't expect anything deeper than the logistics and an occasional aside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgeanne Wood on January 3, 2014
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The story is beautifully written and generously shared with delightful details tucked in to make the reader feel like an intimate friend. I have always admired Angelica Huston as an artist and as a woman who has lived life courageously in spite of heartbreak and devastating loss. She is a truly beautiful human being who radiates joy and strength. I voraciously look forward to the next installment of her saga.
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