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NBC's musical-drama Smash is about the making of a Broadway musical bio of Marilyn Monroe. / Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY
NBC's Smash: Karen ('American Idol' runner-up Katharine McPhee) impresses at her audition to play Marilyn Monroe in an upcoming Broadway musical.


Anjelica Huston stars in NBC’s Broadway show series, Smash (Mondays, 10 p.m. ET.) as agent Eileen Rand. Women have “been waiting for [a show like Smash],” Huston says. “I don’t think all of these cop shows are really taking advantage of what women are about and what they can do. That’s the part that I’m enjoying about playing my character.”

The Oscar winner, 60, shares her thoughts on aging gracefully, staying relevant — and more.

Down on her farm: “It’s like an Old MacDonald farm: I have a couple of everything, goats, chickens, pigs, cats, dogs. I have about 7 horses. Everyone gets along.”

Perfect Day: Besides being at her farm, it would be “floating around in the Caribbean with friends or being on a wonderful vacation in Montana or being in England when the bluebells are blooming.”

Wish list: “There are many places and things that I would like to do but mostly I’d like to feel peace in my heart and somehow still be relevant myself,” she says. “And stay in touch with life and be a contributor.”

Family matters: When Huston’s not working she wants to spend time with her family including brother Danny and her niece, Stella. “That’s what I love to do, everything else is a bonus.”

Father’s gift: “Knowing that I wanted to do this, he was very supportive of me and dedicated in his last years, trying to make sure he did all he could to help me,” Huston says about her dad, Oscar-winning director John Huston who died in 1987.

The single life: “I wouldn’t want to waste my time. I’ll put it that way,” Huston says about dating after the death of her husband [2008], sculptor Robert Graham. “There are things about being alone that are quite revelatory. If someone’s meant to come along, they’ll come along but I’m not out there pounding doors.”

Jack Nicholson? “Jack taught me that no matter how famous you are, you can still slice through a crowd by yourself without eight bodyguards around you,” Huston says of her friend and ex-boyfriend. “He was always very welcoming with the people around him, he was very congenial and the public really loved him for that.”

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New York indulgence: “Bread in New York City, that will get the better of you fast.”

Anti-aging secrets: Stay interesting. Stay observant. “I think it’s a matter of where you place your interest, how much you have, whether you like what’s going on, just so long as you stay involved.”

Regrets: “Tons that I couldn’t even begin to count, but that was who I was at the time. I try no to be overly critical.”

Second chances: “What we need is compassionate leaders, I think we have one in Mr. Obama and I hope he gets another term. I love what he has done.”

Occupy adulation: “I think it’s good [Occupy Wall Street and the others around the country]. If people have something to say they should be able to say it and there should be a platform for that and the possibility for change.”

Memoir malaise: “It depends on the day,” says Huston about the degree of difficulty in writing her memoirs. “Some days, you kick in and six hours go by and you go ‘Wow, I missed lunch.’ And other days, it takes longer. It depends if you have a story in your head or what you want to say.”

Paperbacks over iPad: “I like tactile feel of books. They’re hard for me to stay abreast of when I’m working because I find my concentration has to splinter a bit. When I have days off, I usually have a book in hand and right now I’ve been reading a book by an author Per Petterson called Out Stealing Horses.”

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