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An Evening with Anjelica Huston

In conversation with Colm Tóibín
Special musical performance by The Americans
Monday, December 9, 2013
Episode Summary

Robert Capa photographed her as a toddler; she chatted with Brando and Steinbeck in her living room. Academy Award-winning actress/director Anjelica Huston shares from A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York with Colm Tóibín, one of Ireland’s greatest living writers. Huston’s memoir illuminates the unconventional life of the daughter of director John Huston and prima ballerina Enrica Soma. She recounts her childhood, early romances, and the successful modeling career that helped launch her acting career. A Story Lately Told follows Anjelica from the Irish estate where she spent her childhood to the dynamic cultural scenes of London in the ‘60s and New York in the ‘70s where she spent her teens and early adulthood. The evening also celebrates Huston’s Irish upbringing through readings, song, and rare footage of the Huston clan in County Galway.


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Participant(s) Bio

Academy Award-winning actress and director, Anjelica Huston continues her renowned family’s legacy in film, which began with her grandfather, Walter Huston, and her father, John Huston. Huston has received a multitude of awards for her work, including many honors from the National Society of Film Critics, two Independent Spirit Awards, and the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Awards. Huston received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar® as well as a Golden Globe Award®. She recently starred as Broadway producer Eileen Rand in the musical drama television series Smash on NBC. A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York is the first installment of her two part memoir. The second part of her story—Watch Me—picks up  in Los Angeles in 1973 and will be published in fall 2014.

Colm Tóibín’s many novels include The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the  Dublin IMPAC Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award. His work has been translated into thirty languages and he has been twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  His most recent novel is The Testament of Mary, first performed as a solo show in Dublin, and lauded in the New York Times as “a beautiful and daring work.”  Toibin, who lives in Dublin and New York, has also published extensively as a journalist and travel writer.

The Americans perform original rock & roll rooted in traditional American music. Formed in Los Angeles in 2010, The Americans have toured all over the United States, twice accompanying GRAMMY and Oscar award winner Ryan Bingham. The band’s newest album Home Recordings was released January 2013.