Anjelica Huston Opens Up About Suicide Attempt

Actress Anjelica Huston is debuting her memoir, “A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York.” If anything, that means Huston is delving into a few personal matters that the press weren’t already privy to. While some secrets aren’t shockers, Huston has revealed a few whoppers. One that sees Anjelica in a volatile relationship that eventually lead to a suicide attempt.

The relationship in question was with photographer Bob Richardson. The two had met when she was 18 and he was 42, and the two had lived out a volatile romance. Most was due to the fact that Richardson suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. As documented in her book, this relationship was one of the causes for Angelica Huston attempting suicide.

In her memoir, she writes:

“I never felt so fragile or vulnerable as when Bob became demonic and flew into a rage, or worse, when afterward he retreated into his shell.”

Huston continued to explain the circumstance she was in as she tried to commit suicide:

“One morning, four days into one of these ordeals, I walked into the bathroom at the Chelsea [Hotel] and, in desperation, drew a razor blade across my left wrist. I ran back into the bedroom, blood spurting from the vein, crying to him, ‘Will this make you love me?'”

A memoir is not a memoir if it doesn’t have a bit of romance in it, and Angelica seems to have that in spades as she grew up in the industry with Hollywood’s biggest legends. Of Marlon Brando, she writes that the method actor was very taken by her after her father, director John Huston, introduced Marlon to Angelica in his estate in Ireland.

“I went up to the Big House one morning and found a tanned, even-featured man in a maroon velour sweatshirt standing on the upstairs landing, talking to Dad, who introduced me to him. That afternoon in the study, Marlon gave me a tortoise shell ring from Tahiti, inlaid with silver and asked me if I’d like to visit him there someday.”

Anjelica Huston’s book is out in stores today.

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