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Anjelica Huston's memoir touches on early years

MIAMI — When Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951, in a hospital in Los Angeles, her renowned father, John Huston, was deep in the heart of the Belgian Congo filming "The African Queen" with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

The famously intrepid director was sent a note announcing the birth of his daughter. In her memoir "A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York" (Scribner, $25), the author recounts her dad's typically no-nonsense reaction.

"When the messenger handed the telegram to my father, he glanced at it, then put it in his pocket. Katie Hepburn exclaimed &‘For God's sakes, John, what does it say?' and Dad replied &‘It's a girl. Her name is Anjelica.'"

And then production resumed.

A lot of Huston's book, which recounts the first 22 years of her life, centers on her legendary father, who received 15 Oscar nominations (and won two) for such films as "The Treasure of Sierra Madre," "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Night of the Iguana."


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