Anjelica Huston Reveals Why Oprah Winfrey Has Held a Grudge Against Her for Over 30 Years
Anjelica Huston, the iconic actor famed for movies like The Addams Family and The Royal Tenenbaums, has never appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show despite being active for over 50 years in the entertainment industry. The 71-year-old actor believes that the show's host has been holding a grudge against her since the '80s. In this article, we explore the details of their unspoken feud that has lasted for more than three decades.
The Academy Awards Night that Set the Tone
It all began in 1986 when five actresses were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Winfrey was also one of the nominees for her performance as Sofia in The Color Purple, but Huston walked away with the Oscar for her part in Prizzi's Honor, directed by her father, John Huston, and co-starring her then-boyfriend Jack Nicholson. This win sowed the seeds of discord between the two women.
The Fallout and an Encounter
In a 2019 interview with Vulture, Huston lamented that her winning the Oscar had a negative impact on her relationship with Winfrey. “She never had me on her show, ever. She won't talk to me,” Huston said. Despite being at the same Oscars party with Winfrey in attendance, Huston received no warm greeting from the media mogul. Instead, “she literally came between us with her back to me,” Huston explained. She noticed it was just her who was getting snubbed and felt it was personal.
Huston's Candid List of Unsavory Male Stars
Huston didn't hold back during the Vulture interview, also sharing details about other actor's behavior that she wasn't impressed with. Her list included her Daddy Day Care co-star Eddie Murphy, who she claimed demanded that everyone be on the set before he arrived, even on hot summer days. Huston also called Bill Murray “a [expletive]” during the filming of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou since he invited everyone out to dinner but her. Surprisingly, Murray later attended the funeral of her husband, sculptor Robert Graham, in 2008.
Despite the Grudge, Huston Has Admiration for Winfrey
The animosity between Oprah Winfrey and Anjelica Huston has never simmered down after all these years. But Huston admitted in the Vulture interview that she still admires Winfrey despite the tiff. She said, “But I admire Oprah. God knows, she's made some big steps.”
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