Enrica Georgia "Ricki" Soma

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Enrica Georgia Huston (Soma)

Also Known As: "Ricki", "Dancer."
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death: January 29, 1969 (39)
Dijon, Côte-d'Or, Burgundy, France ( She died in a car accident. )
Place of Burial: Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Antonio Angelo Soma and Angelica Soma
Ex-wife of John Huston
Mother of Walter Antony Huston; Anjelica Huston; Living Houghston and Private

Occupation: Ballerina
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About Enrica Georgia "Ricki" Soma



Enrica Soma

Enrica Soma, Life, 1947.

Enrica Soma (1930-1969), sometimes known as "Ricki" or "Ricky", was an Italian-American ballerina who came to prominence in modeling during the late 1940s. In July, 1947 she was brought to the attention of the entire nation by appearing on the cover of Life magazine, but she had also been the subject of other photographers, such as Philippe Halsman. Her daughter, actress Anjelica Houston, described Soma as very Madonna-like, hauntingly beautiful, with big grey eyes, very graceful, very sensitive, funny - very much a lady...[1]

Her public exposure as a young prima ballerina brought her to the attention of veteran filmmaker John Houston, who wooed Soma until she became his fourth wife in 1949[2]. Soma had two children soon after the marriage, Tony (named after Ricki's father, a restauranteur) and Anjelica Houston, and moved the family to an estate known as "St Clerans", in County Galway, Ireland.

Soma and the two children remained living on the grounds of St Clerans in the "Little House", the steward's residence a kilometer from the "Big House"[3]. In 1960, Soma left Houston and moved to London with the two children[4].

"Ricki encouraged us to be fantastical, said Joan Juliet Buck, childhood friend of Anjelica Houston. She was the kind of mother who didn't care if you used real potter's clay on the kitchen table — even when we discovered you could make it frizzy by putting it through the tea strainer."[5]

Ricki Soma passed away unexpectedly in 1969 due to a car accident in France[6].




Birth: May 9, 1929 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA Death: Jan. 29, 1969 Dijon Departement de la Côte-d'Or Bourgogne, France

Dancer. She died in a car accident.

Family links:

 John Huston (1906 - 1987)

Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.

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Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni Record added: May 31, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 111564996


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Enrica Georgia "Ricki" Soma's Timeline

May 9, 1929
New York, New York County, New York, United States
April 16, 1950
Age 20
Los Angeles, CA, United States
July 8, 1951
Age 22
Santa Monica, CA, United States
January 29, 1969
Age 39
Dijon, Côte-d'Or, Burgundy, France
January 29, 1969
Age 39
Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.