Since his death in 1993, Vincent Price's legacy as a Hollywood legend has only grown in stature. His lengthy and distinguished career - as the voice of The Saint on the radio; as an actor in such unforgettable horror films as House of Wax and The Fly, in classic movies such as Laura and The Song of Bernadette, and on popular TV shows such as Batman and The Brady Bunch; and as a star on the Broadway stage - spanned 65 years. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen, Price was an art historian and collector who did much to popularize the visual arts in the United States, as well as a gourmet chef and author of best-selling cookbooks. Widely revered for his elegance and erudition, this Renaissance man left his mark on many areas of American culture during the twentieth century.
Vincent Price was also a loving father to his daughter Victoria, who was born shortly before he turned 51, at the height of his popularity. Though the star's busy film schedule took him in and out of his young daughter's life, he was always a larger-than-life presence and, simply, her father. The deep bond between father and daughter managed to survive the machinations of Price's third wife, the elegant British actress Coral Browne, who resented the close relationship between Price and his children and grandchildren. After Browne's death, Price and his daughter spent over a year taping conversations that would form the basis of this compelling biography-cum-memoir.
In writing about the father she adored, Victoria Price reveals a man complex, human, and humorous. An actor of range, less than one-third of the movies in which he appeared were in the horror genre. As a pre-war anti-Nazi sympathizer, he was greylisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s until, in a desperate gesture, he signed a secret oath that saved his career.
©1999 Victoria Price, Distributed in 2014 by Open Road Distribution (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Very good Price"
Written by his daughter I was pleased and a bit surprised on the depth of her research and the very candid and insightful story she relayed. A fine biographer
What a interesting man her father was.
"Great Actor but long and sometimes boring book."
Only if they are a big fan as I am.
His marriage to Coral Brown was very interesting I hate it that she kind of turned him into a jerk. His life in school, way to much info that no one cares about, really boring part.
When the priest asked Vincent if Coral had any favorite Hymns and Vincent said "Yes, and a few hers also!"
I think it is all in here to be honest. Right down to what he wore around the house. Again, good book but way to much detail that no one cares about. Just tell me about the man not what he had for lunch.
He was a complicated man who wanted to be liked very much. I think many of us love his work and him but he also had a dark side that I am sure was very hard for his kids to live/deal with and I am sad he could not be a more loving father. It's is also very sad that he let Coral come between his children and himself.
"A wonderful surprise"
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Victoria Price did a top-notch job of research and brought out splendid bits of unknown history for all of us to enjoy. I loved Vincent for his campy and humorous portrayals of villains and his good-looking charm, but now I love him for all those other unique qualities Victoria was able to present to us through her book. Thank you, Victoria Price.
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