Huston discusses her new memoir, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York, detailing her early years growing up in a famous family in this interview for PBS.
I think – and that’s any help that I can get that may be people outside my family. I was always reticent about taking offerings from my father, and I think it was maybe because I felt the caveat was that I had to give something back, and I didn’t like that position.
Huston plays Diane, Adam’s mother, in this autobiographical dramedy directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Will Reiser, about whom the movie is based. When Adam informs Diane of his cancer diagnosis, she wants to move in to his home to care for him, though she is already caring for an Alzheimer’s stricken husband. Co-starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anna Kendrick. On making the film right after her own husband passed:
I thought I looked very fraught during shooting but what’s a girl to do under the circumstances?
Huston is presented with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in the category of Motion Pictures.
The beauty of this award is that it’s as permanent as anything in life these days. It can’t be misplaced or left in the ladies’ room by accident and I always get the same billing. From here on, I’ll always know where to find myself and so will other people.
Huston plays Morticia Addams, matriarch of the Addams family, in this comic fantasy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld based on characters created by Charles Addams. In this second installment, Morticia gives birth to Pubert Addams. She and Gomez (Raul Julia) hire a nanny, Debbie Jellinsky (Joan Cusack), only to have her seduce Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). Co-starring Christina Ricci.
I like Morticia, I like playing witches. But I also like to do something different after I’ve taken on an emotionally demanding role.
Huston plays Marcia Fox, a friend and client of the Liptons, in this comic mystery written, directed by, and co-starring Woody Allen. When the Liptons (Diane Keaton, Woody Allen) come to her with their theory of what happened to their neighbor, she concocts a plan to help them get to the bottom of the mystery. Co-starring Jerry Adler and Lynn Cohen. Allen on casting her in the part:
She not only has to be attractive and sexy, she has to project intelligence. And Anjelica has that. More than me.
Huston plays Morticia Addams, matriarch of the Addams family, in this fantasy comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Morticia and husband Gomez Addams (Raul Julia) welcome long lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) back home, not knowing that they are the victims of a con artist. Co-starring Christina Ricci. On the character:
I see her as a perfect Norman Rockwell mother. Just taken to a very dark degree.
Huston plays Dolores Paley, a flight attendant having an affair with a married ophthalmologist, in this drama written, directed by, and co-starring Woody Allen. After Paley threatens to reveal herself to his wife, he hires a hitman to have her killed. Co-starring Martin Landau, Claire Bloom, and Alan Alda.
No one in the world would ever conclude that I was the best person to play that part in Crimes and Misdemeanors, which was why I so appreciated it. I’m seen as this threatening woman—or as some kind of cold mortician, or many other things. But I’m not usually seen as this whining, grasping, weak, impossible flight attendant!
Huston plays Maerose Prizzi, daughter of Don Corrado Prizzi, in this comic crime drama directed by John Huston and written by Richard Condon, who also wrote the novel. Maerose is still in love with Charley (Jack Nicholson) a hit man for the mob who has fallen for Irene (Kathleen Turner), herself a hitwoman. When Irene is suspected of doublecrossing the mob, Maerose follows her and Charley to see for herself. On working with her father:
I can’t say I didn’t go in with trepidation, but everyone was in a good mood for that movie. There’s a lot to be said for playing comedy. Foreman had a genius for putting people together, and my father loved me to be happy. You forget that sometimes. He wasn’t well, and a lot of it was about making things joyful and simple. I was enjoying him and learning from him.