Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. Huston won an Oscar for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor. She later was nominated in 1990 and 1991 for her acting in Enemies, a Love Story and The Grifters respectively. Among her roles, she starred as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), receiving Golden Globe nominations for both.
Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of film director John Huston (1906-1987) and his fourth wife, Italian American prima ballerina Enrica Soma (1930-1969). Her grandfather, Walter Huston — a stage and screen star — won an Oscar for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. One of four siblings, she was raised mainly in the Republic of Ireland and in England. She attended Kylemore Abbey, a prestigious all-girl boarding school in Connemara, Ireland as well as Holland Park School.
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Material Girls is a satirical teen comedy film starring Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff. It is based on a script written by John Quaintance and is directed by Martha Coolidge, and it also stars Anjelica Huston, Lukas Haas, and Brent Spiner. It is co-produced by Patriot Pictures and Madonna's film production company, Maverick Films.The plot centers around Marchetta sisters, Tanzie (Hilary) and Ava (Haylie), a pair of rich, spoiled socialites who enjoy material things such as shopping and dating rather than caring about their late father's cosmetics company. When a scandal involving one of the company's products turns into an investigation, the girls find their assets frozen and must adjust to life without their fortune. Ava quickly takes all her clothes while Tanzie, caring about her father more, takes her dad's TiVo and some clothes. They are tempted to listen to their advisors and sell the company to their biggest competitor (Fabiella) but decide to honor their father's memory by trying...,
Seraphim Falls is a 2007 film starring Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson and Anjelica Huston. It was written by David Von Ancken and Abby Everett Jaques and directed by Von Ancken himself, in his first feature film. The film was released for limited screenings on January 26, 2007.The film is set after the end of the American Civil War. Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) is hiding in the American Rockies, contemplating a fire. A shot pierces the silence and hits Gideon, who is then convulsed in pain and quickly runs away, followed by his pursuers. Soon the audience learn why: Gideon is a hunted man. Colonel Morsman Carver (Liam Neeson), a Confederate officer, has hired several mountain men to trap Gideon so that Carver can to avenge a terrible wrong that he once committed.From the snowy peaks, the story descends into the savannahs - full of rapacious traders, vicious railway foremen and overly-welcoming missionaries - and moves finally into the desert, where the two men challenge each other in the face...,
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is Wes Anderson's fourth feature length film and was released in the U.S. on December 25, 2004. It was written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach and was filmed in and around Naples, Rome and the Italian Riviera. The offbeat comedy stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer, who sets out to exact revenge on the "jaguar shark" that ate his partner Esteban. Murray's character is both a parody of and homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, to whom the film is dedicated.
It was released May 10, 2005, on DVD as part of The Criterion Collection.
This movie details the adventures of the once-famed oceanographer and documentarian Steve Zissou. His latest film covers the death of his best friend Esteban du Plantier (Seymour Cassel) from a "Jaguar shark" attack. For his next project he is determined to find the creature and destroy it. Steve's crew aboard his "research vessel" Belafonte includes Pelé dos Santos (Seu Jorge), safety expert and ...,
Daddy Day Care is a 2003 comedy film, starring Eddie Murphy. It was written by Geoff Rodkey and was directed by Steve Carr. It was released in theaters on May 9, 2003.
A busy working father is fired after the health division in his company was shut down. Desperate for money, he opens up a day care center with the help of two friends. As it became more populated, a nearby school became less populated; due to the fact Daddy Day Care was much cheaper. The head mistress of that school attempts to shut down Daddy Day Care but fails. The main character and his friend are offered a better job and they decide to take it. The main character soon realizes that the job isn't what he wants to do. He returns to Daddy Day Care only to learn that everybody left and went to the expensive school. He successfully convinces the children and their parents to come back, and Daddy Day Care becomes a success.
The movie was generally panned by critics, but due to its family-friendly image, it managed to...,
Blood Work is a 2002 suspenseful mystery-thriller starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesus and Anjelica Huston. Eastwood also directed.
Eastwood won the Future Film Festival Digital Award at the Venice Film Festival. It is loosely based on the 1998 novel by the same name from Edgar Award-winning writer Michael Connelly.
Terry McCaleb (Eastwood) is an ailing veteran FBI agent who's been given a second chance by receiving the heart of a murder victim. Terry is visited by the murder victim's sister (De Jesus), reminding him that he is alive only because of receiving the deceased's heart, and asks him to investigate who killed her. He later finds out that someone is killing people who are registered as organ donors.
Blood Work as a movie franchise is referenced in Michael Connelly's The Narrows (2004); McCaleb, after whom a movie is supposedly modelled on (within the book's narrative), is found dead on his boat. It is also mentioned in Connelly's other book Angels Flight ...
The Royal Tenenbaums is the 2001 dramatic comedy about three genius siblings who experience great success in youth, and even greater disappointment and failure after their eccentric father leaves them in their adolescent years. A largely off-beat, ironic, absurdist sense of humor pervades the entire film. As with all of director Wes Anderson's work, the tone of the film is one of hilarious tragedy and revels in the small joys of conversation and camaraderie.
The film features an ensemble cast, including Anjelica Huston as Etheline Tenenbaum, Owen Wilson as Eli Cash, Luke Wilson as Richie Tenenbaum, Ben Stiller as Chas Tenenbaum, Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum, Danny Glover as Henry Sherman, Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum and Bill Murray as Raleigh St. Clair. Alec Baldwin narrates.
Gene Hackman won a Golden Globe for his performance and the screenplay by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson was nominated for an Academy Award.
The movie begins at the point where Royal Tenenbaum is...,
Buffalo ’66 is a 1998 film, and is writer/director Vincent Gallo's semi-autobiographical full-length motion picture debut. The retro look, do it yourself sensibility and the comic mixture of irony and sentimentality, as well as the casting and music, have caused the film to be strongly identifiable with late-1990s hipster culture. Gallo and Christina Ricci star in the lead roles and the supporting cast includes Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston. Gallo also composed and performed much of the music for the film.
This film is as much comedy as it is drama; Billy's scornful attitude and his contemptuous memories are often offset by amusing dialogue and ironic black humor. Buffalo '66 is an indie film with a dirty, minimalist look; it has a faded and discoloured visual style thanks to the use of rare 35mm reversal film and (for the flashback scenes) 16mm stock. One particular scene features the use of a tableu set to the song "Heart Of The Sunrise" by the...,
Addams Family Values (1993) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated sequel to the 1991 comedy The Addams Family. The movie was written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and many cast members from the original returned for the sequel, including Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci. Compared to the previous movie, which has a madcap approach comparable to the 1960s sitcom, Values is darker and more macabre, more like Charles Addams' original comic strips.
At the beginning of the film, Morticia gives birth to a new baby boy, Pubert Addams. When Wednesday and Pugsley jealously try to kill him, Morticia and Gomez hire a nanny named Debbie Jellinsky, who is really a fortune hunter/serial killer known as "The Black Widow". When invited to welcome her Wednesday says "Be afraid, be very afraid". Debbie is after Uncle Fester and the vast Addams Fortune. When Wednesday begins to suspect this, Debbie convinces Morticia to send both the older children to Camp...,
Manhattan Murder Mystery is a 1993 film directed by and starring Woody Allen who plays Manhattanite book editor Larry Lipton. Lipton's wife, played by Diane Keaton, becomes curious about the death of a neighbor in their apartment building and drags her reluctant husband into an amateur criminal investigation. The title was originally a generic working title of the sort Allen uses while shooting most of his films and was never changed. The movie, co-written with Marshall Brickman, features performances by Anjelica Huston and Alan Alda as friends of the couple, who also become involved in the investigation (albeit to a lesser extent). Zach Braff made his feature film debut in a one-scene role as the son of Allen and Keaton's characters; Braff later said, "When I look at that scene now, all I can see is the terror in my eyes."Shot on location in New York City like most of Allen's movies, Manhattan Murder Mystery adds to the genre of murder mystery with musings on middle age and marriage...,
The Addams Family is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated black comedy film based on the popular characters, The Addams Family, created by cartoonist Charles Addams.The movie was originally developed by Orion Pictures (which at the time owned the rights to the television series on which the movie was based). However, due to the studio's financial problems, Paramount began co-producing the film and ended up releasing the movie in the U.S., with Orion retaining the international rights.The Addamses are a family of wealthy and eccentric individuals who live together in a Second Empire mansion and share a common interest in the bizarre and the macabre. The characters first appeared in cartoons in The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s, and later gained popularity in the defunct TV series, The Addams Family. The film centers on the day to day life of the family, and the return of Gomez Addams's long-lost brother Fester, played by Christopher Lloyd. The film also stars Raúl Juliá, ...,
The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears. It is based upon The Grifters, a pulp novel by Jim Thompson.
The Grifters tells the story of Lilly Dillon, a long-time female con artist who begins to rethink her life when her son Roy, also a grifter, suffers an almost-fatal injury due to a failed scam. Lilly works for a bookmaker, Bobo, handling playback at the tracks, that is, betting money to lower the odds of longshots. While driving to the La Jolla races, she stops at Los Angeles to visit Roy, whom she hasn't seen in eight years. She finds him in a miserable state: he has been hit with a baseball bat trying to con a bartender, and has internal bleeding. When medical assistance finally comes, Lilly confronts the doctor involved. In stone cold fashion, she threatens to have the man killed if her son dies. This only indicates the amoral personality that Lilly has possessed her entire life.
At the hospital, Lilly meets and despises Myra, Roy's girlfriend, who also...,
The Witches is a 1990 film based on the book of the same name by British author, Roald Dahl.Tagline:Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they've turned into a mouse!Witches are a well-connected organization with one goal: the elimination of as many children as possible, ideally all of them; children smell unpleasant to them, which is the only real motive given, apart from that they are just evil. Tired of the witches' habit of concocting elaborate schemes resulting in the removal of perhaps one child at a time, the Grand High Witch (alias Eva Ernst) comes up with a new plan: to buy up sweet shops across England and give away chocolate made with a magic potion called Formula 86 that will turn the children into mice in exactly two hours. However, more than five doses can cause instant transformation.Unfortunately for her, an old Norwegian witch expert named Helga and her grandson Luke are staying at the hotel where the congregation of witches at which she makes the...
Enemies, a Love Story is a 1989 film directed by Paul Mazursky, based on the novel Enemies, a Love Story (Yiddish: Sonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe) by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Set in New York City in 1949, the story follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived in a hayloft, taken care of by his gentile Polish servant, Yadwiga, whom he later takes as his wife in America. Meanwhile, he has an affair with another Holocaust survivor, Masha. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman despite the fact he is simply a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when his first wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to be killed in the Holocaust, comes to New York.
Crimes and Misdemeanors is a film written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Woody Allen (as Cliff), Martin Landau (as Judah), Mia Farrow (as Halley), Anjelica Huston (as Dolores), Jerry Orbach as Jack, Alan Alda (as Lester), and Joanna Gleason (as Wendy). The film was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for the following Academy Awards:
Due to the film's serious and realistic treatment of its plot and characters, it is considered by many to be Allen's most mature film.
The film is set in 1980s New York and follows two main characters: Judah, a successful ophthalmologist, and Cliff, a failed documentary filmmaker. The two men are each confronted, respectively, with different moral crises.
Judah's crisis concerns the affair he had with an airline stewardess named Dolores. After Judah unceremoniously ends their relationship, Dolores, scorned, blackmails Judah, threatening to tell his wife about their affair. Frustrated and desperate, Judah has her killed, and subsequently...
The Dead is a 1987 film directed by John Huston, starring his daughter Anjelica Huston. The Dead was the last film that Huston directed, and it was released posthumously.It was adapted from the short story of the same name by James Joyce (from his book Dubliners), and nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design.The film takes place in early twentieth century Dublin at an Epiphany party held by two elderly sisters. The story focuses our attention on the academic Gabriel Conroy (Donal McCann), and his discovery of his wife Gretta's (Anjelica Huston) memory of a deceased lover.The film adaptation is largely faithful to Joyce's short story, with minor concessions made to alter the dialogue to aid the narrative for cinema audiences.The most significant change to the story was scriptwriter Tony Huston's inclusion of a new character, a Mr Grace, who recites an eighth-century Irish poem, "Donal Og": .The effect...
Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 black comedy film that tells the story of a mob hit man and hit woman who fall in love with each other, even though they have been hired to kill each other. It stars Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, William Hickey, Anjelica Huston, Lawrence Tierney and CCH Pounder.
The movie was adapted by Richard Condon and Janet Roach from Condon's novel. It was directed by John Huston.
It won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston), and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William Hickey), Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
Anjelica Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, Los Angeles County