In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She began other small roles too, substituting, for example, her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the 16-year-old French noblewoman Claudia opposite Assi Dayan. Huston had also been in the running to play Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, but her father declined the opportunity for her when he decided to cast her in A Walk with Love and Death, which she was reluctant to film. On set she clashed with her father, and her performance was met with derision by critics. In the same year, her mother, who was 39 years old, died in a car accident, and she relocated to the United States, where she modeled for several years. While modeling, she worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bob Richardson. In the early 1970s, Huston, with Pat Cleveland, Pat Ast, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, and others, became one of fashion designer Halston's favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes.