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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Angelica Huston
A Story Lately Told

This memoir by Angelica Huston is an interesting glimpse at a different sort of celebrity childhood.  The daughter of celebrated director and actor John Huston and his fourth wife, former ballerina Enrica Soma, she was raised on an estate in rural Ireland.  While it would seem to be idyllic, her parents were often gone working and travelling, leaving Angelica and her brother, Tony, with nannies, tutors and servants.  Although she had every privilege, she describes it as an often lonely time.  Her parents separated when she was a teen, and her mother took her children with her to live in London.  This was the swinging '60s, the days of Flower Power and psychedelia.  After playing a role in a movie directed by her father, and the early death of her mother, Angelica decided she would rather model and headed to Paris where she was fairly successful.  However, she also began a romance with a much older photographer, a man that was very unstable; a drug user who was often violent toward her.  After four years of trying to make that work, she left for Hollywood to live with her father and his fifth wife. 

There the story ends in her early adulthood.  A second volume will be published later this year.  I enjoyed this memoir, and am looking forward to the sequel.  The descriptions of Ireland are lovely, and really evoke the beauty and loneliness of that time in Ms. Huston's life.  My only disappointment would be the lack of pictures.  There are only a few small, grainy, black and white photos at the start of each chapter.  Hopefully that will be remedied in volume two. Check our Catalog

Pat P., Tech Services

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