Vincent Price is a true Hollywood legend, whose vast and distinguished career – as the voice of The Saint on radio, in such unforgettable films as House of Wax and The Fly, and on the Broadway stage – spanned more than half a century. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen large and small, Price was also an avid art collector, a gourmand, a suspected leftist in the McCarthy era, a dashing and relentless charmer, and a loving father.
“How well can any child know the truth of a parent’s life?” asks Victoria Price. Yet her rare perspective as Price’s daughter, and with access to materials and papers no other biographer will have, makes for a masterfully told tale. Born at the height of Price’s popularity when he was fifty-one, Victoria adored him and his larger-than-life presence. However, when Victoria was twelve Price married his third wife, the vivacious Australian actress Coral Browne, who resented the strong relationship between father and daughter, and consequently did much to keep them apart. Victoria’s account of their reconciliation for the best years of his life, at its close, is this book’s deeply moving climax.
Victoria Price is a designer, art consultant, author, and public speaker. She has written for the New York Times, A&E’s Biography, and many other national and local magazines and newspapers, and has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR’s Fresh Air, and others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.