Anjelica Huston’s Life in Books

Anjelica Huston shares the books that have informed her life and career

Not only is Anjelica Huston a supremely talented actor, but she’s also a gifted author who has written two memoirs: A Story Lately Told and Watch Me. We turn the tables and ask Huston a series of quick-fire questions about her life in literature.

Which writers have most significantly shaped your life?

Yukio Mishima, Ernest Hemingway, Isak Dinesen, Elizabeth Bowen, Leo Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Larry McMurtry, Joan Didion, Jim Harrison, James Joyce, Dostoyevsky, Thomas Mann, Colette, Gabriel García Márquez, Willa Cather, William Faulkner and Edith Wharton.

Was there a book that had a particular impact on you as a child?

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys and An Old-Fashioned Girl.

Many of your best film roles were adapted from books. Do you have a favorite adaptation?

Gone with the Wind, Dr. Zhivago and The Dead – the latter for obvious reasons.

What five books do you consider your favorite books of all time?

One Hundred Years of Solitude, The House of Mirth, Love in the Time of Cholera, Spring Snow and The Great Gatsby.

This feature was first published in Mastermind 10, November 2021. Purchase the issue here.

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