A Story Lately Told: A Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York
With her dark hair, brooding eyes and exceptional pedigree, Anjelica Huston has always projected a cool yet sharp acting style. Her father, director John Huston, was Hollywood royalty; her mother, more than 20 years her husband's junior, was a model and prima ballerina. A Story Lately Told is an intriguing read that details an unusual upbringing split among her father's country estate in Ireland, New York City and London. While there are no mean-spirited bombshells, she details both the loneliness and perks of having a world-famous father (who sometimes walked around the house naked).
Huston offers a fascinating account of her charmed childhood (peppered with celebrities coming to dinner) and her rebellious stage. But all is not easy. She is devastated when she meets a half-brother she had no idea existed. Although she overhears her parents discuss their fear she "was not a beauty," she goes on to become a successful model. When her mother is killed in a car accident, Huston's anguish is deep--and here she conveys it in a compelling way.
The memoir ends when Huston is in her early 20s--so it doesn't touch on her formidable acting career or her relationship with Jack Nicholson. (A sequel, Watch Me, is in the works.) Like any great actress, Huston knows how to leave her audience yearning for more. --Natalie Papailiou, author of blog MILF: Mother I'd Like to Friend