ANJELiCA HUSTON’S rare beauty lies deeper than her jet black hair or her regal nose; she is a far more complex beauty than most of the young lovelies who now grace our screens. In the ’70s, HUSTON was the ultimate it-girl, dashing from party to party with her famous lover, JACK NiCHOLSON and posing on the cover of VOGUE in HALSTON; today, she is one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood (PRiZZi’S HONOR,THE GRiFTERS, WiTCHES, BUFFALO 66, etc), a subtle, wise, and yes, breathtaking actress. Here are of the most beautiful pictures of ANJELiCA HUSTON, style icon.
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was this Stockholm-born babe a vision of red hair and glitter, but a major triple threat: she could act, sing – and dance. ANN MARGRET was inspiration in movement – proof of this comes from a 1963 ELViS PRESLEY movie called ViVA LAS VEGAS. In what many argue is his best film – the success of ViVA LAS VEGAS had as much to do with the on and off screen chemistry between PRESLEY and ANN MARGRET as anything.
ANN MARGRET is a two-time Oscar nominee, five-time Golden Globe winner and superstar in her own right – and in our current day and age when many of our great Hollywood figures are whittling away in the face of ‘New Hollywood’ I like to look back in appreciation to the more simpler times now and again.
It was the summer of 1994 when ANN MARGRET: MY STORY came out and I was 15, but it didn’t stop me from spending my teenage savings on her life story. I can remember sitting in the back seat of the car on some family trek from Winnipeg – my nose stuffed in between the pages. A self-professed nerd, I loved reading stories of classic Hollywood stars and hers delivered all sorts of details of her long-time relationship with ELViS and other costars like BETTE DAViS, GEORGE BURNS, JOHN WAYNE, JACK NiCHOLSON and STEVE McQUEEN. From what I can actually remember it painted a picture of a multi-talented woman who also embodied the essence of someone ever so self-destructive.
I sort of fancied ANN MARGRET as the example of what MARiLYN MONROE could have been. MONROE’S dramatic impact in film falls so short of her potential and like MONROE there was a time when ANN MARGRET struggled to get beyond the confines of being a ‘sexpot’ in cinema as well. There is no shortage of bad ANN MARGRET films yet she did begin to resist those confines in effort to showcase her ability to handle roles with considerable more depth and substance. Roles that required more than relying on her curves and youthful disposition alone. MONROE only gave us the tip of the ice berg of what she could accomplish as a serious actress, whereas I was intrigued at the contrast of how there was then ANN MARGET, similar yet eventually breaking free to provide her audience more. While ANN MARGRET may never leave the iconic impact that is the legacy of MONROE, she has without a doubt left an impressive bunch of films to her credit nonetheless.
One of her greatest achievements in my opinion was 1971’s CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, directed by MiKE NiCHOLS. Finally she won good reviews for the first time in her career and had LiFE MAGAZiNE raving “It was like watching Minnie Mouse play Ophelia – brilliantly”. Even then I found it an intriguing comment. In a role fit for MONROE herself – ANN MARGRET owns it and proves that beneath the boobs and cascading red hair there was a woman with dimension and bristling nerves.
ANN MARGRET was undeniably talented and full of fire in her day. In addition to staring in a string of other hits and flops throughout the 1960’s and 70’s (BYE BYE BiRDIE, TOMMY, GRUMPY OLD MEN) she reigned as a LAS VEGAS nightclub star, shaking her groove thing on television variety shows with the likes of CHER and TiNA TURNER. Also, it was fun to sift through the plethora of ANN MARGRET images available online. Check them out below, along with a selection of youtube vids.
CARNAL KNOWLEDGE – 1971
Watch this movie and you’ll never, ever want to get married. Especially if you recall that screaming scene between Ann-Margret and Jack Nicholson: “You want a job? I got a job for you. Fix up this pigsty! You get a pretty Goddammed good salary for testing out this bed all day! You want an extra fifty dollars a week, try vacuuming! You want an extra hundred; make this Goddammed bed! Try opening some Goddammed windows! That’s why you can’t stand up in here, the Goddammed place smells like a coffin!” The topper? “Why don’t you leave me? For God’s sake, I’d almost marry you if you’d leave me.” May be one of the most searing examples of “the excitement is gone” ever made. Dear Lord.
1971’s Carnal Knowledge is arguably Mike Nichols’ best film aside from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf. An acerbic, unforgiving, frank look at male sexual arrogance and frustration, it is also full of cinematic style. Detailing the travails of a generation giving up on old-world ideals, Nichols uses a subtle sparseness, which mixes well with an otherwise bleak and heavy outlook on relationships. I can recall having a great appreciation for how the film LOOKED. Sure, Jack Nicholson was a burgeoning bastard – but boy did he look swell beside Art Garfunkel in his duffel coat. Ann-Margret and Candice Bergen also sport all sorts of chic early 1970’s garments and hairstyles well worth imitating. Carnal Knowledge stands out to me as a film that not only caused a lot of stir (in 1971 the general public was not very receptive to the films frank discussions of sexual issues), but served a lot of gritty and stylish eye candy – weather covered in divine furs or textiles, or stripped bare and vulnerable.
Ann-Margret also turns out one of my favorite supporting actress roles in early 1970′s cinema as Bobbie Templeton – Jack Nicholson’s “Ballbuster”. Of her role, Time Magazine raved: “It was like watching Minnie Mouse play Ophelia – brilliantly.”