The film producer and studio exec behind hits such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Godfather began a new career as a memoirist in 1994 with The Kid Stays in the Picture. Now on his second book, The Fat Lady Sang, he compares his journey to Don Quixote’s.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I can’t tell you—it could be illegal. What is your greatest fear? Myself.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Don Quixote. We have both spent our lives searching for that impossible dream.
On what occasion do you lie?
If omission isn’t lying … never.
Illustration by Risko.
John Huston and daughter Anjelica at home in St. Clarens, Ireland 1968.
Anjelica Houston speaks to Fresh Air about her view of her father changed after working with him on Prizzi’s Honor:
He was tough on everybody, and particularly as a director he was no pushover. [When I was young] I think I personalized everything, particularly at that age. I thought it was all about me, [that] he had it in for me. But I saw him get tough on other people too and although that doesn’t really diminish the effect that it has on one when one’s talent or one’s behavior is called into question, at the same time there was something vaguely comforting about knowing that I wasn’t the only one to suffer criticism.
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