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A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in London, Ireland and New York [Kindle Edition]

Anjelica Huston
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Anjelica Huston's life, once she turned 15 and moved to London, is a who's who of popular culture from the Rolling Stones in late '60s London to the Chelsea Hotel in New York when she was modelling in the early '70s, to Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty in '70s and '80s Los Angeles, to Hunter Thompson in Aspen.
She is a force who has won every possible acting award, working with some of the greatest directors of her time, and a friend to many of the greatest artists, writers, 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.

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'Huston combines an extraordinary life with a real gift for storytelling. Her dry wit, eloquent understatement and her vivid memory for the places, people and feelings of her childhood and early adulthood make this one of those very rare celebrity memoirs that you ll want to read and re-read for the sheer beauty of its writing' Daily Mail

'Her descriptions of her childhood in Ireland sparkle with delight (she has a wonderful eye), but there are undertows of unease almost from the start... haunting mixture of bright, sensuous description and dark emotional undercurrents... Heady stuff' Lynn Barber, Sunday Times

'You'd expect Anjelica Huston's memoir to be rich in stories from the golden days of cinema, but what's particularly enjoyable about her story is the rhapsodic way that she beautifully describes that bygone world. A second volume of the book promises to continue the story from 1974 onwards; on this evidence, it should be beguiling stuff' Alexander Larman, Observer

'An extraordinarily vividly evoked account. Here is a tough tale told straight and wonderfully well' Sam Leith, Guardian

'Unlike many celebrity memoirs, Anjelica Huston's is worth reading. Instead of the usual ghosted drivel, she offers as she does in her acting a quirky charm and a reckless honesty. Her story is an interesting one, and is generally well written, sometimes even beautifully so'Spectator

'Clinically observed, bittersweet and unsentimental, this memoir condenses anecdotes that in other books would last pages into a paragraph; a good omen for the next volume, which takes up the baton in 1973'

'This is a fascinating account of an unusual life'
Independent on Sunday

'It is a beautifully crafted account packed with glamour and tragedy' Julia Richardson, Daily Mail

'Heady stuff' --Sunday Times

About the Author

An award-winning actress and director, Anjelica Huston has received multiple Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy nominations. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting actress in Prizzi's Honour, making the Huston family - beginning with her grandfather, Walter, and father, John - the first to include three generations of Oscar winners.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857207423
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K73DMQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too nonchalant to be really engaging 25 Aug. 2014
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually avoid celebrity biographies but this looked promising: you'd expect the actress/model daughter of legendary film director John Huston to have some colourful tales to tell, and it's had good reviews.
It's the first book in what looks like a series, and deals with the philandering, self-obsessed lifestyles of her extraordinary parents and their wealthy and arty friends, which resulted in a childhood of benign neglect for Anjelica in a grand house in rural Ireland. When they split up she moved to London, and it ends with her going to L.A. in 1973 after her mother's death.
It's an easy read and she can certainly write, but I was disappointed: it's not one of those tell-all, gossipy memoirs that sets out to entertain, yet it's not particularly thoughtful or revealing, either. She relates all the facts, there's a lot of description of meals eaten, horses ridden, rooms decorated and outfits worn, and there's all the name-dropping you'd expect - by the end of the sixties she was mixing with the likes of Mick Jagger and David Bailey in swinging London.
But it's all too superficial to be very engaging, and I didn't feel I'd got to know her by the end. When it comes to emotion, she seems determined to be nonchalant, and you wonder whether she's afraid to let her guard down. There's very little analysis of why her parents acted as they did and of what she really felt about it. And if she ever wondered whether the modelling career and the famous friends she came by so easily were down to her surname and connections, she never lets on. (Though, to be fair, she was very striking in her day, nothing like the Dame Edna Everage lookalike of the recent tv series Smash).
Two minor quibbles: she must have thousands of photographs, and it's a shame that there aren't more in this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanquish The Dragons 22 Nov. 2013
Anjelica Huston gives us the first half of her life in this book. The title comes from a nursery tale about magpies.

'One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a wedding
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a story lately told'

It seems her life contains all seven. She was born in Los Angeles, and her father,the actor/director John Huston was across the world in Africa making a film 'The African Queen'. Her mother, Enrica Soma, 23 years younger than her husband, gave up her life as a ballerina for the love of John. However, Enrica was John's fourth wife, and he was known as a womanizer. The love of women, drink, adventure and his profession kept him separated from his family most of their lives.

Anjelica tells us of her homes, St. Cleans in Ireland, where her father lived in the big house when he was home, and the family lived in the little house, all the time. She and her brother, Tony, had many wonderful times most of them lonely. They lived in the country, had a nanny or a tutor, and depended upon visits from friends of the family. They did have glorious times with their father when he returned, but he was a stickler for good behavior and manners. He believed in taking chances and competition. Many stories of horse racing and chances taken. Much was expected of Tony and Anjelica, and to live up to their father's needs and wants took a great deal of strength. At some point, Enrica and John separated, but no one told the children. Anjelica and Tony moved to London with Enrica. They entered private school where Anjelica was very unhappy. Soon, Enrica was pregnant with another man's child. He did not want the child, and when Allegra was born she became part of the Huston family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Her early years 16 Feb. 2015
By Wingate
For me this book really came to life firstly when she lived in London and secondly when she sees her father John.So much of what she says about London is quite accurate.She uses a lot of English slang words.
when she meets her famous father you never know whether she is going to laugh or cry.
However I have to say I was totally disinterested in her tales of her career as a model or this infuriating habit of describing every room she had ever lived in.Also there was rather too much detail about her dysfunctional lover whom she finally leaves at the end of the book.It is as if she is seeking our pity when all you can think is why she put up with him so long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars autobiographical marvel 4 Jan. 2014
By aon
I am not often compelled to write reviews however , this book is marvelous !!
A perfect insight into a bygone era .A terrific mix of rural life and glamour of fashion and film.
It is well written and yes I acknowledge that there might be many names dropped but it gives you a insight as to what it would have been like being brought up in the same house as the most celebrated director of his day John Huston.
A personal perspective and a must for any film fan!! Just cannot wait for the second part of her life story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story lately told 30 Jan. 2014
By Jen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was expecting a really interesting read but found this a muddled account of her life. Interesting to a point but not very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She lead a very interesting life 18 Feb. 2014
By Zelda
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. She is a great writer and her descriptions of places is excellent as is her memory. I found myself saying I will just read one more chapter but that proved impossible so I just kept reading. When she wrote about her mother’s death is was heartbreaking in it’s honesty. I am looking forward to the continuation of her story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars She writes well
I'm enjoying the way Anjelica Huston writes and look forward to reading the next book.
Published 1 month ago by UjWestmacott
2.0 out of 5 stars Found the book very broken - no flow and only ...
Found the book very broken - no flow and only continued to read as have interest in St. Clerans house.
Published 2 months ago by Aine Coleman
3.0 out of 5 stars For any Anjelica Huston fan!
I highly recommend this book especially if you are a big fan of Anjelica Huston. Even if you are not, it makes an interesting read.
Published 8 months ago by Stella Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable read
What a life Angelica has led and not all good. There was a bit of behign neglect I would say although her parents sound like real characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Whitefish
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a gift
Very well received gift. Tells a fascinating story of behind some of the more iconic film stars of the 1960s onwards
Published 12 months ago by M. J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story
I really only picked this up because it had had a good review in my copy of The Week but I have to say it was thoroughly engrossing and I look forward to reading her next... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Susan M Hazelwood
3.0 out of 5 stars biography
It was ok not what I thought mostley about her life in ireland, not about people she met or fell in love with or about her film s she made alot about her dad
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Cynthia M. Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for her follow up
Angelica has had an amazing life.this is the first half of her story.her amazing memory for places and people she has met on her journey is told in an easy reading fashion.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by cazza
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