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

Anjelica Huston
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19 Nov 2013
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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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (19 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857207423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857207425
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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' --Lewis Jones, Spectator

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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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 For any Anjelica Huston fan! 20 Jun 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable read 19 Mar 2014
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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. This is a book you pick up and won't put it down until you finish it (and it won't take long).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a gift 23 Feb 2014
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Very well received gift. Tells a fascinating story of behind some of the more iconic film stars of the 1960s onwards
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story 6 Feb 2014
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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 biography (this one only covers her earl life).
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3.0 out of 5 stars A story lately told 30 Jan 2014
By Jen
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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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