Continuing the theme of “Halloween Fabulous,” I want to discuss/gush about one of the marvelous, incredibly talented, versatile and gorgeous ladies I admire, Ms. Anjelica Huston.
Progeny of famous Hollywood director John Huston and ballerina Enrica (Ricki) Soma, Anjelica spent most of her early life in the United Kingdom (which explains a lot about how awesome she is), and moved Stateside after her mother’s early death to pursue a modeling career and dabble in acting.
She won her first Oscar for her supporting role in Prizzi’s Honor in 1985, and looked absolutely incredible doing it.
Her tumultuous relationship with (then) rising Hollywood star, Jack Nicholson lasted nearly 20 years, and though they never lived together or married, were the “Brangelina,” or some other, less obnoxious super well known couple, of today.
While I’m an enormous fan of all the above, my favorite Halloween-type roles of hers include her delightful performances as Morticia Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family and the hilarious sequel Addams Family Values. Both of these movies do justice to the original Charles Addams cartoons with constant witty one-liners that you can almost translate into individual comic panels. I completely advocate a third installment, despite the sad loss of Raul Julia. Morticia was pretty much born to be a widow, anyway.
Obviously, she is/was not afraid of looking ugly, and much like Bette Davis, embraced the power of her appearance (good or bad) in order to bolster her performance and give depth and realness to fantastical characters. This dedication to her craft, along with her intelligence and talent, have ensured her legacy in Hollywood and her enduring status as a style icon.
Elegant, stylish, graceful, and possessing a slightly bohemian sensibility, Anjelica Huston is a unique and incredible woman. Her connections to strong, creative men only support her strength and intelligence. The acting roles she has chosen over the years (generally) have not only secured a place on the walk of fame, but (usually) come with some fabulous clothes and magnificent jewelry!
I revel in her chameleon-like ability to epitomize iconic looks from so many different eras and styles. She radiates poise, strength, vulnerable aloofness (no idea how she manages this), elegance, whimsy and incredibly sexy self confidence. My interest and obsessions may have gone too far, though, considering I’m pretty sure I know what she smells like. (You better believe it’s on my Christmas wish list, along with ALL the Vaseline glass.) Severe creepy-ness aside, she is a fabulous woman and a true style icon. You should love her (almost) as much as I do!
What is your favorite Anjelica Huston role?? Did you know she and Jack were a couple? What are your thoughts on that? Did you know she was a model before she was an Oscar winning actress? Any pictures that are favorites I forgot to add?