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[anjelica huston jack nicholson]Anjelica Huston turns 70: Everything you need to know about the Hollywood icon

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  The ‘Grifters’ actress celebrates 70 years on July 8, 2021. When it comes to female Hollywood icons, Anjelica Huston is one of the longest-standing and most-respected. The outspoken actress won an Oscar for her performance in ‘Prizzi’s Honor’ but she is equally well known in ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Crimes and Misdemeanor’. Here we look into her rocky relationship with Jack Nicholson, how she snubbed Oprah and her famous family…

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  Huston grew up in a family of Hollywood royalty, as her father, John Huston is an award-winning director, with credits including ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’, and her mother Enrica Soma was a prima ballerina. The famous family was friends with American author John Steinbeck, who visited them once for Christmas while they were living in Ireland and reportedly dressed up as Santa for a young Huston.

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  Huston got her first acting credit in her father John Huston’s film ‘A Walk with Love and Death’ in 1969, but the father and daughter has a fractious relationship on set. The actress said of the time: “He came down really hard on me when I lost my lines in a scene. He let me have it so bad in front of the crew.” The father-daughter duo reunited much more successfully for ‘Prizzi’s Honor’ in 1985 and received eight nominations at the 58th Academy Awards.

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  When Huston won her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in ‘Prizzi’s Honor’ in 1986, she became the third generation in the Huston family to take home an Oscar. Her father John Huston won two, for writing and directing 1948’s ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’, and her grandfather Walter Huston won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the same film.

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  As a break from acting, 5 foot 10 Huston signed to Ford Models in the early 1970s and worked as a model in Europe. As well as walking the runway for brands like Armani and Valentino, she became one of fashion designer Halston’s troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes.

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  In 1980, Huston’s life nearly came to a tragic end, when she got into an accident driving her car in Los Angeles County. Her face was smashed into the steering wheel or the windshield and doctors had to work around the clock to reconstruct her face. Her mother died in a similar way, when she was involved in a car accident in Dijon, France. At the time, Huston was only 17 years old. Her accident inspired her to work harder on her dream to become a successful actress. She said: “What I remember most was this incredible surge of positive energy, something that said, ‘You’ve made it through this. This is a new beginning.’ … I sought out an acting teacher and started to deepen my knowledge. Soon I was making strides in my work and bringing in my own paycheck.”

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  When Huston won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Prizzi’s Honor’ she snubbed Oprah who was also nominated for her role in ‘The Color Purple’. Since that day, the ‘Crimes and Misdemeanor’ actress claims Oprah has refused to speak to her and has never received the actress on her infamous show. She told New York Magazine: “The only encounter I’ve had with Oprah was when I was at a party for the Academy Awards, a private residence. I was talking to Clint Eastwood, and she literally came between us with her back to me. So, all of the sudden I was confronted with the back of Oprah’s head.”

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  Huston earned her third Academy Award nomination — this time for Best Actress — for her role in 1990 neo-noir film ‘The Grifters’. The actress was reluctant to accept the role from director Stephen Frears due to a particularly violent scene, but she ultimately agreed and took on the part of veteran con artist Lilly Dillon.

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  Huston was happily married to sculptor Robert Graham for 16 years, before he died in 2008, but her 17-year on-off relationship with Jack Nicholson prior to that remains her most infamous. Their rocky relationship ended for good in 1990 after he matter-of-factly confessed to her that he was having a baby with actress Rebecca Broussard over dinner. The former couple reunited five years later on the set of 1995 film ‘The Crossing Guard’, in which Huston was set to play the ex-wife of Nicholson’s character.

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  Perhaps Huston’s most mainstream role is her portrayal of Morticia Addams in ‘The Addams Family. During production of the 1991 film, not only did she have to wear an uncomfortable metal corset, she also underwent a daily routine of eye lifts, a neck tuck, and fake nails. She said: “Come afternoon, I could be prone to a really good headache from my various bondages, and because I couldn’t lie down (in the corset) or rest.”

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  Speaking of ‘The Addams Family’, her height and nose have led to Huston almost being typecast in witchy roles throughout her five decade-long career. Five of her films have involved these sorts of roles, including ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘The Witches’.

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