Anjelica Huston was born in Santa Monica, California, and is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and Italian–American prima ballerina Enrica 'Ricki' (née Soma), from New York. Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston. Huston spent most of her childhood in Ireland and England. She grew up in Saint Clerans House near Craughwell, County Galway. In the late 1960's, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She started very small indeed, substituting her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale (1967 film) and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring, for example, in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the unbelievably beautiful Claudia. In the same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and Anjelica relocated to the US, where she modeled for several years. While she modeled, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson.