Watch Me, by Anjelica Huston

 

‘Watch Me’ is Anjelica Huston’s second autobiography. Whereas her first book, ‘A Story Lately Told’, describes her early life and modelling career, ‘Watch Me’ delves deeper into her career in films, and her famous relationship with Jack Nicholson.

‘Watch Me’ is divided into three sections: Love, Fame and Fortune. In the first segment, Anjelica unveils the truth behind her tumultuous relationship with the actor Jack Nicholson. Although to the public eye, their relationship may have seemed perfect, in reality it was quite the opposite. She reveals that their love affair started well, but she never really knew where she stood with Nicholson. They had an on-off relationship which spanned a total of 16 years, although they never married. They eventually ended in a dramatic break up in 1989, after Nicholson told Anjelica that he had gotten another woman pregnant. In this section of her book, Anjelica also takes a look at her relationship with her father, John Huston. Huston is, in his own right, an incredibly successful and well known director and actor. His health was failing during the time Anjelica writes about, but he was determined to continue working as long as his health would allow. From the way in which Anjelica writes about her father, it is clear that their love for each other was strong and unwavering.

Anjelica has won numerous accolades for her work in the entertainment business, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film Prizzi’s Honor (a film directed by her father). The second section of her book, Fame, details the beginning of her career in films, including this milestone achievement.  She does deviate from discussing her career to tell the reader about an event which had a devastating effect on her personal life. After a long battle with numerous lung related diseases, her father died in August 1987, at the age of 81. Anjelica took time to be with her family and recover from the loss of her father, then threw herself back into her work. She signed a contract with MGM and then went on to star in what would be a very successful movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

The third section of the book, Fortune, mainly describes Anjelica’s relationship with her husband, Bob Graham. They met in 1990, and began a steady relationship. It was at this time that Anjelica was asked to play Morticia Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family. This was to become the role that she is perhaps most well-known for, as well as earning her a Golden Globe nomination. Not long after filming wrapped on The Addams Family, Graham proposed to Anjelica, and they were married in 1992. Graham was a sculptor, so he and Anjelica designed and built a house together. However, their marriage was not to last long, as Bob’s health began to deteriorate. One night he suffered a stroke which led to him spending seven weeks in intensive care. After several more admittances to hospital, he died on 27th December 2008. It’s clear that Anjelica has had her fair share of grievances in her life. The passion with which she writes about the people she has lost (especially her father and her husband) prove the depth her love and admiration of them.

Anjelica ends her autobiography by describing her experience of working on the television show Smash. The show tells the story of the development of the fictional musical Bombshell, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. She explains that she is grateful for the experience of Smash, but she is glad to be back at home.

Anjelica has since gone on to guest star in Amazon’s hit television series Transparent, as well as voicing characters in several animated films. We are sure to see more of Anjelica soon, as the newest season of Transparent is to be released next month.

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