Anjelica Houston Biography
Anjelicas first films were the Sinful Davey and A Walk With Love and Death which were both released in 1969 and were both directed by Anjelicas father, the famous John Houston. Her performance in both the films had negative reviews from the critics. That same year her mother died of car accident prompting her to permanently move to Los Angeles. Her stay in Los Angeles resulted in many acting appearances for the following decade and a very successful modeling career.
The following year proved to be very fruitful for Anjelica. She appeared in the acclaimed The Postman Always Rings Twince by Bob Rafelson in 1981 with Jessica Lang and Jack Nicholson. The following year both she and Jessica appeared in the 1982 hit Frances. Television producers soon offered her roles and she was then offered appearances in the TV series Laverne and Shirley and the series Faerie Tale Theather, both she accepted.
Then in 1985 her role as Maerose Prizzi opposite Kathleen Turner and her onscreen partner Jack Nicholson in Prizzis Honor won her the Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actress. John, Anjelicas father also won the Academy Awards for Best Director for directing the film.
Then before her father died she appeared in his last film The Dead for which she won the Independent Spirit Award.
Then in 1989, she would once again be nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Academy Awards for her role in Enemies, A Love Story. This would again be repeated the following year for her role in The Grifters. Then in 1990 she played one of her most memorable roles in The Witches. Her role as The Grand High Witch even earned her Saturn Award nomination. The following year, 1991 she played the role of Morticia Adams in the film version of Adams Family, the Adams Family Values.
Anjelica has also earned several Emmy Awards, BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe Awards. Following the footsteps of her father, she directed several films including Bastard Out of Carolina, Agnes Browne and Riding the Bus with My Sister, where she also acted.