A Story Lately Told
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Date: November 2013
Duration: 7 hours 28 minutes
John Huston was filming African Queen-in Africa-when he got a telegram on the set. "What news?" asked Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. "Born today, Baby Anjelica, 8.2 pounds, healthy." Every morning when John Huston was home in the Irish manor house where his children were raised, he insisted that they greet him, while he breakfasted in bed, with a "report." Anjelica Huston recalls: "I'd seen him the night before. There wasn't much to report." So she had to become a storyteller.
Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston's life, once she turned fifteen and moved to London, is a who's who of popular culture from the Rolling Stones in late 60s London (she understudied Marianne Faithful in hamlet when Marianne was living with Mick), to Viva and Avedon and the Chelsea Hotel when she was modeling in early 70s New York.
This memoir will take her up to her early twenties, immediately before she moved to Hollywood. Book Two (Fall 2014) will begin with her life with Jack Nicholson and will focus on love, Hollywood culture and the craft of acting. Clearly Huston was a force, even as a child, and is a force. She's known many of the greatest artists, writers (Steinbeck and Carson McCullers visited in Ireland), actors, and musicians. One could say it was a charmed life, an enviable life, and she would agree.
But it is a life also full of so much tragedy and sadness, and Huston writes about both triumph and hardship with extraordinary eloquence and depth. A stunning achievement, her memoir ranks among the best in the genre.