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

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

by Anjelica Huston


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Anjelica Huston’s “gorgeously written” (O, The Oprah Magazine) memoir is “an elegant, funny, and frequently haunting reminiscence of the first two decades of her life…A classic” (Vanity Fair).

In her first, dazzling memoir, Anjelica Huston shares the story of her deeply unconventional early life—her enchanted childhood in Ireland, living with her glamorous and artistic mother, educated by tutors and nuns, intrepid on a horse. Huston was raised on an Irish estate to which—between movies—her father, director John Huston, brought his array of extraordinary friends, from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck to Peter O’Toole and Marlon Brando.

In London, where she lived with her mother and brother in the early sixties when her parents separated, Huston encountered the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She understudied Marianne Faithfull in Hamlet. Seventeen, striking, precocious, but still young and vulnerable, she was devastated when her mother died in a car crash. Months later she moved to New York, fell in love with the much older, brilliant but disturbed photographer, Bob Richardson, and became a model. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, working with Richard Avedon and other photographers, she navigated a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the seventies.

A Story Lately Told is an “evocative” (The New York Times), “magically beautiful” (The Boston Globe) memoir. Huston’s second memoir, Watch Me, will be published in November 2014.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594561286
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 589,444
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston has received honors from the National Society of Film Critics; the Independent Spirit Awards; and the Golden Globe Awards; as well as multiple Oscar, BAFTA, and Emmy awards or nominations. Huston most recently starred on the hit TV show Smash. She is the author of the memoirs A Story Lately Told and Watch Me.

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A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ANGELRICHIE More than 1 year ago
Anjelica Huston is one of the great actresses of her time. This books tells her story ranging from her childhood in Ireland to her teen years in London to her acting career in New York. She led a very unconventional life and this book does her story justice. I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm puzzled by reviews claiming "bad writing" ... really? I read the excerpts in Vanity Fair and was pleased. Huston tells her story from her own point of view; how could she do otherwise? Her life was filled with luminaries of that time, so why not name them? This reads the way Huston speaks...honestly and with much detail.
LaFilleDuVall More than 1 year ago
The narrative reads like a "Vanity Fair" article, which is a compliment, not a deprecation. We are offered a peek into the artsy, intellectual and privileged life of a member of the Hollywood dynasty, the very talented Huston family, although that tinsel town remains in the background of the canvas painted here. The autobiography describes her childhood years in Ireland where she lived primarily with her mother and brother in a cozy cottage while the sprawling mansion on the Irish estate was constantly under repair and packed with art and her father's trove of acquisitions collected while he traveled the world making movies. The author comes across as self-deprecating, witty, dreamy and as delicate as a fawn. We are shown that despite all the exposure to envy inducing sophistication, the author was as vulnerable to random tragedy, mishaps, and poor choices in lovers as less intelligent and less beautiful young girls. The narrative takes us through her early years as a model and her first acting experience, where she meets some of the biggest names in fashion at the time as well as some celebrities like Mick Jagger, who must hold a record for memoir appearances. Her next volume promises to take up where the first left off, which leaves anticipation for some juicy morsels. The prose is superb so well done, Ms. Huston, well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anjelica Huston is a classic, elegant lady. Her biography "A Story Lately Told" is no different. The most intriguing aspect of this book are the mini-memoirs and how A. Huston wrote them. She would begin a story then finish almost when the reader is asking, "More, please." As the book carries on, it becomes evident A. Huston simply tells a story to the extent she believes the stories about her life should be told. Enchanting and hilarious. I cannot wait until the second installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too did not find this "poorly written". I believe she wrote it in a conversational style, meaning how you would orally tell the story. I look forward to reading the second part, "Watch Me". ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this one for pure entertainment value. Not a "must read" because I don't see the book as advancing humanity, but served its purpose for me.Ms. Huston certainly has led a different and interesting life, but at the same time it gets tedious when yet another celebrity discusses their naughty, spoilt if not criminal behavior.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anjelica , is a truly gifted individual who is multi Talented & gifted beyond comprehension!! she is a great actress & an Extraordinary director who had the ,grea good fortune to be blessed with so many gifts from her mother & father so have both of her brothers!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disappointment. What should have been an interesting read was made one dimensional by bad writing. I really hope that Angelica is not as narsistic as she comes across. I started skimming early on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
215 pages of name-dropping. Her self-absorption is fascinating on some level but hardly sustains this poorly-written memoir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been an interesting autobiography, however it is so poorly written that it is not enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's too bad this autobiography is so poorly written. I looked forward to reading it. Given how interesting her life,  family and career were , the flat atonal descriptions were disappointing and left what could have been fascinating,  infuriatingly dull.  Even a hint more color, texture, insight and detail of her family, guests, fashion photographers she worked with and a bit of self awareness revealed could have made it a great read.