PRICE, JR., VINCENT LEONARD (1911-93)
American actor perhaps best known in recent times for his performances in horror films, although his career spanned other genres. He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television. Thrice married, his longest relationship was with Mary Grant Price (1949-73). That was followed by 17 years with actress Coral Browne.
SB – Signed Book: I Like What I Know: A Visual Autobiography. Doubleday & Company, 1959. Hardbound with original dust jacket in good condition. Dedicated and signed by the author.
Sadly, perhaps, Vincent Price is known to younger generations as the ultimate master of the macabre for his lead role in many horror-genre films. He first appeared on screen in the 1938 comedy Service de Luxe. Five years later he co-starred in The Song of Bernadette. He went on to star in Laura, the Keys of the Kingdom, Dragonwyck, and The Ten Commandments. He established himself in the horror genre with roles in House of Wax, William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill, The Fly, The Tingler, Witchfinder General, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and the over-the-top horror-satire Theatre of Blood. Mr. Price collaborated with Roger Corman in House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Haunted Palace and The Masque of the Red Death (all adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe works). He also appeared in the TV series Batman as Egghead.
Mr. Price voiced the villainous Professor Ratigan in Disney’s animated film The Great Mouse Detective, and appeared in the drama The Whales of August, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male nomination. His final film was Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
Price was an avid art collector and art consultant for Sears, Roebuck & Co. He lectured and authored books about art (see elsewhere in this catalogue). Owing to a major bequeathal from his estate, the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College was created. Mr. Cook also was an epicurean and authored books on food. Vincent Price was a true Renaissance man.