Back to IndieWire

Watch: Anjelica Huston Bashes Sexist Hollywood and Dishes on Life With Jack Nicholson

Watch: Anjelica Huston Bashes Sexist Hollywood and Dishes on Life With Jack Nicholson

Few actresses have led a life quite like Anjelica Huston. Daughter to legendary director John Huston, the Oscar-winner was born into Hollywood royalty. She lived up to the honor by working with the likes of Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola and Stephen Frears over the course of her still-going-strong remarkable career — and maintaining a tumultuous 17-year relationship with Hollywood’s favorite ladies’ man, Jack Nicholson. She chronicles all this and more in her new book “Watch Me,” the follow-up to her debut memoir, “A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York.”

To celebrate the release of “Watch Me,” Huston sat down with comedy personality Joy Behar at 92Y in Manhattan to reflect on her films, life growing up with her father, her memories of her mother (who passed away when she was a teenager), why she left Nicholson after so many years, her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham and her close friendship with Roman Polanski, who Nicholson worked with on “Chinatown.”

READ MORE: There Aren’t Enough Women Cinematographers and That Needs to Change

However, one of the chief highlights of the night came early during the one-hour discussion, when Huston was asked about her struggle as an actress in Hollywood once she hit middle age. “Girls, you top the other side of 40, watch out,” Huston said. “It’s rocky. I keep trying to convince men that there’s room for us. I know we can change things. I remember going to one of those symposium for women in film. It was a joke then. It’s more a joke now. What women in film? I saw a fine movie called ‘Foxcatcher’ the other day — in which I think Vanessa Redgrave had less than three lines.”

Watch this highlight and more in the full talk, which you can view below:


Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: News and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox