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Huston

The son of a journalist and the actor, Walter Huston, John Huston went on to become one of Hollywood’s most celebrated film directors who made such classic features as The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen while he played with the glamorous images of most of his actors such as Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner or Katharine Hepburn. Married five times - and divorced four - it was his third wife, the former ballerina, Enrica Soma, who gave birth to his two legitimate children, Tony and Anjelica. Although their upbringing within an Irish castle resembled that of a fairytale with the swashbuckling charismatic father, the beautiful delicate mother and the captivating entourage, the Huston family bore its own failures and secrets. The adventurous and unfaithful John Huston, Enrica Soma’s death in a car crash after she had left her husband and established herself with her children in the Swinging London as well as Anjelica Huston’s submissiveness to the paternal figure - falling for magnetic authoritarian elder men - made triumph and disaster mingle just as within John Huston’s films. When one knows that Anjelica Huston’s birth was announced to her father with the help of a telegram carried by a barefoot runner in the heart of the Belgian Congo, it is clear that you are dealing with a larger-than-life tribe. 

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Humphrey Bogart, John Huston and Lauren Bacall on the set of Key Largo, 1948
Humphrey Bogart, John Huston and Lauren Bacall on the set of Key Largo, 1948
John Huston and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and John Huston on the set of Key Largo, 1948
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and John Huston on the set of Key Largo, 1948
John Huston and Lauren Bacall by Richard Avedon, 1960s
John Huston and Lauren Bacall by Richard Avedon, 1960s
Humphrey Bogart, director John Huston and Edward G. Robinson on the set of Key Largo, 1948. Photo by Mac Julian
Humphrey Bogart, director John Huston and Edward G. Robinson on the set of Key Largo, 1948. Photo by Mac Julian
Humphrey Bogart with director John Huston on the set of Key Largo, 1948. Photo by Mac Julian
Humphrey Bogart with director John Huston on the set of Key Largo, 1948. Photo by Mac Julian
Tim Holt, Walter Huston and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Tim Holt, Walter Huston and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Humphrey Bogart , John Huston and Lauren Bacall by Eliot Elisofon on the set of African Queen, 1951
Humphrey Bogart , John Huston and Lauren Bacall by Eliot Elisofon on the set of African Queen, 1951
John Huston by Eliot Elisofon on the set of African Queen, 1951
John Huston by Eliot Elisofon on the set of African Queen, 1951
Ricki Soma, John Huston, Anjelica and Tony, 1956
Ricki Soma, John Huston, Anjelica and Tony, 1956
John Cassavetes and John Huston by Larry Shaw, Pinewood Studios. England. 1967
John Cassavetes and John Huston by Larry Shaw, Pinewood Studios. England. 1967
Allegra, John and Anjelica Huston, 1987
Allegra, John and Anjelica Huston, 1987
John and Anjelica Huston on the set of A Walk with Love and Death, 1969
John and Anjelica Huston on the set of A Walk with Love and Death, 1969
John Huston on the set of The Maltese Falcon, 1941
John Huston on the set of The Maltese Falcon, 1941
John Huston, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart for The Maltese Falcon, 1941
John Huston, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart for The Maltese Falcon, 1941
Ava Gardner, John Huston and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Ava Gardner, John Huston and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Elizabeth Taymor, Richard Burton and John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Elizabeth Taymor, Richard Burton and John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Richard Burton and John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Richard Burton and John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
Walter Huston and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Walter Huston and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Humphrey Bogart with Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Humphrey Bogart with Walter Huston in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Walter Huston, Tim Holt and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Walter Huston, Tim Holt and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston and Marlon Brando by Robert Penn on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes, 1967
John Huston and Marlon Brando by Robert Penn on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes, 1967
Enrica Soma by Philippe Halsman, 1940s
Enrica Soma by Philippe Halsman, 1940s
Humphrey Bogart for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Humphrey Bogart for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre directed by John Huston, 1948
Walter Huston and John Huston on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948
Walter Huston and John Huston on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948
Roman Polanski, John Huston and Jack Nicholson on the set of Chinatown, 1974
Roman Polanski, John Huston and Jack Nicholson on the set of Chinatown, 1974
John Huston, Audie Murphy and producer James Hill during filming of The Unforgiven, 1960
John Huston, Audie Murphy and producer James Hill during filming of The Unforgiven, 1960
John Huston and Ricki Soma on the San Fernando Valley location of The Red Badge of Courage, October, 1950
John Huston and Ricki Soma on the San Fernando Valley location of The Red Badge of Courage, October, 1950
Walter Huston, Tim Holt, John Huston and Jack Holt on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1947
Walter Huston, Tim Holt, John Huston and Jack Holt on the set of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1947
Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and writer-director John Huston between scenes of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1947
Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and writer-director John Huston between scenes of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1947
Marilyn Monroe for Asphalt Jungle directed by John Huston, 1950
Marilyn Monroe for Asphalt Jungle directed by John Huston, 1950
Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, John Huston, Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable  by Elliot Erwitt on the set of The Misfits directed by John Huston, 1961
Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, John Huston, Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable by Elliot Erwitt on the set of The Misfits directed by John Huston, 1961
John Huston, 1950s
John Huston, 1950s
Evelyn Keyes & John Huston, 1949
Evelyn Keyes & John Huston, 1949
Humphrey Bogart, John Huston, Mary Astor and Walter Huston on the set of The Maltese Falcon, 1941
Humphrey Bogart, John Huston, Mary Astor and Walter Huston on the set of The Maltese Falcon, 1941
Frank Borzage and Jean Hersholt and winners John and Walter Huston backstage at the Academy Awards. March, 1949
Frank Borzage and Jean Hersholt and winners John and Walter Huston backstage at the Academy Awards. March, 1949
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe  by Bruce Davidson on on the set of The Misfits directed by John Huston, 1961
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Bruce Davidson on on the set of The Misfits directed by John Huston, 1961
John Huston, Arthur Miller and Clark Gable by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston, Arthur Miller and Clark Gable by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston, Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston, Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston by Henri-Cartier Bresson on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston and Ray Bradbury, screenplay of Moby Dick, 1956
John Huston and Ray Bradbury, screenplay of Moby Dick, 1956
Burt Lancaster, soundman Lambert Day, John Huston, John Garfield and associate producer Jules Buck on the set of We Were Strangers, 1949
Burt Lancaster, soundman Lambert Day, John Huston, John Garfield and associate producer Jules Buck on the set of We Were Strangers, 1949
Elizabeth Taylor by Loomis Dean on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes directed by John Huston, 1967
Elizabeth Taylor by Loomis Dean on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes directed by John Huston, 1967
John and Tony Huston on the set of The List of Adrian Messenger, 1963
John and Tony Huston on the set of The List of Adrian Messenger, 1963
John Garfield and John Huston at the Stork Club, 1949
John Garfield and John Huston at the Stork Club, 1949
John Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Louis Calhern and cinematographer Harold Rosson on the set of The Asphalt Jungle, 1950
John Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Louis Calhern and cinematographer Harold Rosson on the set of The Asphalt Jungle, 1950
John Huston and George Sanders in drag for a scene of The Kremlin Letter, 1970
John Huston and George Sanders in drag for a scene of The Kremlin Letter, 1970
José Ferrer visits John Huston and Gregory Peck on the set of Moby Dick, 1956
José Ferrer visits John Huston and Gregory Peck on the set of Moby Dick, 1956
Elizabeth Taylor by Loomis Dean on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes directed by John Huston, 1967
Elizabeth Taylor by Loomis Dean on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes directed by John Huston, 1967
John Huston and Brian Keith on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes, 1967
John Huston and Brian Keith on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes, 1967
John Huston and Robert Foster on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes, 1967
John Huston and Robert Foster on the set of Reflection in a Golden Eyes, 1967
John and Anjelica Huston on the set of A Walk with Love and Death, 1969
John and Anjelica Huston on the set of A Walk with Love and Death, 1969
Kirk Douglas and John Huston on the set of The List of Adrian Messenger, 1963
Kirk Douglas and John Huston on the set of The List of Adrian Messenger, 1963
John Huston and Arthur Miller by Elliott Erwitt on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston and Arthur Miller by Elliott Erwitt on the set of The Misfits, 1961
John Huston by Robert Capa, London, 1953
John Huston by Robert Capa, London, 1953
John Huston by Henri-Cartier Bresson, New York, 1947
John Huston by Henri-Cartier Bresson, New York, 1947
John Huston and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston and Richard Burton on the set of The Night of the Iguana, 1964
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold, 1960
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold, 1960
John Huston, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller by Eve Arnold on the set of The Misfits, 1960
John Huston, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller by Eve Arnold on the set of The Misfits, 1960
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Ernst Haas on the set of The Misfits, 1960
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Ernst Haas on the set of The Misfits, 1960
John Huston on the set of The Misfits, 1960
John Huston on the set of The Misfits, 1960
John Huston and Jack Nicholson on the set of Chinatown, 1974
John Huston and Jack Nicholson on the set of Chinatown, 1974
John Huston, 1970s
John Huston, 1970s
Gregory Peck by Erich Lessing in Moby Dick directed by John Huston, 1956
Gregory Peck by Erich Lessing in Moby Dick directed by John Huston, 1956
John Huston and Evelyn Keyes, 1949
John Huston and Evelyn Keyes, 1949
John Huston on the set of Asphalt Jungle, 1950
John Huston on the set of Asphalt Jungle, 1950
John Huston and Paul Newman on the set of The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, 1972
John Huston and Paul Newman on the set of The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, 1972
John Huston by Herb Ritts, 1987
John Huston by Herb Ritts, 1987
John Huston and Evelyn Keyes, 1949
John Huston and Evelyn Keyes, 1949
Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr on the set of The Night of the Iguana directed by John Huston, 1964
Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr on the set of The Night of the Iguana directed by John Huston, 1964
Richard Burton , Sue Lyon, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner in The Night of the Iguana directed by John Huston, 1964
Richard Burton , Sue Lyon, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner in The Night of the Iguana directed by John Huston, 1964
John Huston and Evelyn Keyes, 1949
John Huston and Evelyn Keyes, 1949
John Huston on the set of Asphalt Jungle, 1950
John Huston on the set of Asphalt Jungle, 1950
Ava Gardner and Paul Newman on the set of The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean directed by John Huston, 1972
Ava Gardner and Paul Newman on the set of The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean directed by John Huston, 1972
John Huston by Irving Penn, 1980
John Huston by Irving Penn, 1980
Humphrey Bogart and John Huston on the set of African Queen, 1951
Humphrey Bogart and John Huston on the set of African Queen, 1951
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