Nancy Huston was born in Calgary in 1953. Her mother left suddenly when Huston was six years and her subsequent decision to abandon her mother tongue is, according to her, related to this. Her family moved to New England when she was in her teens and she attended Sarah Lawrence College near New York.
New Hollywood was a movement of American filmmakers, influenced by foreign art cinema (especially the French New Wave), who rose to prominence in the late 1960s both within and outside of the Hollywood studio system. The movement was brought upon as a reaction to the declining interest in epics, musicals, and other standard Hollywood fanfare of the time.