A STORY LATELY TOLD ~ Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
Book review and technical detail A STORY LATELY TOLD ~ Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York Anjelica Huston
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|Title||A STORY LATELY TOLD ~ Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An Oscar-winning extra from a acclaimed ball ancestors recalls her ambulant boyhood and adolescence, her assorted awakenings and epiphanies. The granddaughter of Oscar champ Walter Huston (1949, for The Treasure of Sierra Madre) and babe of Oscar-winning amateur and administrator John Huston (1949, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, for administering and screenwriting) writes that she “was a abandoned child.” However, so abounding personalities and celebrities agitate through the adventure that we activate to admiration about bareness in a crowd. Born in 1951, she anon became a allotment of her father’s world, admitting he was generally absent, off filming. She adored her mother (John’s fourth wife) but would anon apprentice that her father’s animal needs were immense. He would ally a fifth time but additionally backpack on assorted diplomacy with—it seems—just about any woman who would yield. The ancient sections of Huston’s account are the strongest: agitating capacity about her boyhood affections, the men and women who formed on the Irish acreage purchased with her father’s blur profits (his accepted bank anytime endangered all), the circadian routines of girlhood. But as time progresses, the account sags. Soon, her alternative assumption seems to be “I bethink this, so I’m including it,” and a buzz book of names assails readers, arduous both anamnesis and interest. However, there are some agreeable anecdotes—e.g., a even ride with the Monkees, an actualization with an abnormally alone Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. The afterlife of her mother (car crash) was acutely traumatizing, as was a longtime activity with columnist Bob Richardson, an activity that veered against calumniating afore its end. This aboriginal installment—to be followed abutting year with the additional volume—concludes as the columnist active to Los Angeles. Banality claws the argument tightly, too rarely absolution its wings.
Writing with an exuberant love of language and detail, Anjelica Huston shares her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming of age as a model and nascent actress in New York.Writing with an exuberant love of language and detail, Anjelica Huston shares her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming-of-age as a model and nascent actress in New York. Living with her glamorous and artistic mother, educated by tutors and nuns, intrepid on a horse, Huston was raised on an Irish estate to which—between movies—her father brought his array of extraordinary friends, from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck to Peter O’Toole and Marlon Brando. Every morning, Anjelica and her brother visited their father while he took his breakfast in bed. “What news?” he’d ask. “I’d seen him the night before,” Anjelica recalls. “There wasn’t much to report.” So she became a storyteller. In London, where she lives with her mother and brother in the early sixties when her parents separate, Huston encounters the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She understudies Marianne Faithfull in Hamlet. Seventeen, striking, precocious, but still young and vulnerable, she is devastated when her mother dies in a car crash. Months later she moves to New York, falls in love with the much older, brilliant but disturbed photographer Bob Richardson, and becomes a model. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, working with Richard Avedon and other photographers, she navigates a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the seventies. A Story Lately Told ends as Huston launches her Hollywood life. The second part of her story—Watch Me—opens in Los Angeles in 1973 and will be published in Fall 2014. Beguiling and beautifully written, Huston’s memoir is a treasure.
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