Monday, October 10, 2016

Review of "A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York" by Anjelica Huston




In this first book of her autobiography Anjelica Huston tells tales starting with her childhood in Ireland and England up to her young womanhood in New York City. Born in 1951, Huston had colorful parents - the former beautiful ballerina Enrica Soma and the larger than life director John Huston - and met large numbers of the rich and famous. In fact Huston mentions so many people - friends, acquaintances, neighbors, nannies, teachers, crushes, models, photographers, actors, actresses, directors, etc. - that they become blended together in a confusing swirl of names.

The book also seems more like a detailed list of activities - fox hunting, partying, skiving off school, moving, modeling - than a comprehensive life story. We do get a feel for the love Huston's mother bestowed on her children and for the fun and hardships that come with having John Huston - a hard-drinking womanizer and gambler who was often away directing films - for a dad.

The story gets more interesting when Anjelica becomes a fashion model in her late teens and hooks up with the mentally ill photographer Bob Richardson for a four year romance. I'm hoping the second volume of the biography, when Huston becomes a famous actress and has a long-term romance with Jack Nicholson, is more of a comprehensive biography.

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