Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ex Mix: Jack Nicholson Helps Anjelica Huston Celebrate Her Book Launch in Hollywood


Isn’t it great when exes can be friends? Last night in Beverly Hills. superstars convened to help one of our faves, Oscar winning movie star Anjelica Huston, celebrate publication of her memoir. And who showed up but Jack Nicholson, Anjelica’s long time love before her great marriage to the late artist Robert Graham.

The party, hosted by producer Mike Medavoy and his wife Irena, was wall to wall A list: Jane Fonda and Richard Perry. Joni Mitchell. Helen Mirren. Suzanne de Passe. Tony Bill. The great artist Ed Moses. Wolfgang Puck himself and his wife Gelila. Jon Lovitz. Cheryl Tiegs. Lauren Hutton. Eric Idle. That’s just to name a few.

The party was hosted by Town and Country magazine’s Jay Fielden and publisher Jennifer Levene Bruno.

Anjelica’s wise, witty, and wonderful autobiography is called “A Story Lately Told, A Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York.” (Get it on amazon.) It’s the first volume of maybe two (or three) in which she recounts her take on life as the daughter of truly legendary and famed director John Huston, and granddaughter of Walter Huston. It follows her sister Allegra’s fascinating 2010 book, “Love Child,” which reads like a modern “Great Expectations.” Anjelica’s account of her childhood is just as riveting, if not more so.

I tell you all this because the Hustons in this generation turn out to be great characters themselves, smart, funny, and very talented. They’re all incredibly personable, the kind of people you’re happy to run into on the Hollywood circuit, so to speak. Anjelica and Allegra’s brother Danny is a lovely guy, a famous actor, an established leading man. Their nephew, Jack, a charmer, just received not one but two Golden Globe nominations and is starring in London’s West End production of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train.” He’s probably headed to Broadway. Not bad!


photo c2013 Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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