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Vincent Price is a true Hollywood legend, whose vast and distinguished career-as the voice of The Saint on the radio, in such unforgettable films as House of Wax and The Fly, and on the Broadway stage-spanned more than a half-century. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen large and small, Price was also an avid art collector, a gourmand, a dashing and relentless Vincent Price is a true Hollywood legend, whose vast and distinguished career-as the voice of The Saint on the radio, in such unforgettable films as House of Wax and The Fly, and on the Broadway stage-spanned more than a half-century. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen large and small, Price was also an avid art collector, a gourmand, a dashing and relentless charmer, and a loving father. His daughter Victoria was born shortly before Price 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. Victoria adored him, and despite his harrowing schedule, their relationship was close. That is, until Price married his third wife, the headstrong and independent actress, Coral Browne. Victoria was a girl of twelve, and her new stepmother resented the strong relationship between father and daughter, and consequently did much to keep the two apart. Late in Price's life, however, he and his daughter were brought together again for some of their most memorable time together. In this elegant biography-cum-memoir, Victoria Price reveals a man both complex and human. An actor of range, he starred in both the film noir milestone Laura and the Biblical classic The Ten Commandments. 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. And his passion for the arts gave him a second life as an erudite columnist and collector, even as his films graced drive-ins nationwide. Victoria Price's account life of her father is full and candid; both his passionate and charismatic public persona and his conflicted inner life are treated with curiosity and understanding. Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography is, in short, the thorough-and uniquely intimate-life of a legend.


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Vincent Price is a true Hollywood legend, whose vast and distinguished career-as the voice of The Saint on the radio, in such unforgettable films as House of Wax and The Fly, and on the Broadway stage-spanned more than a half-century. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen large and small, Price was also an avid art collector, a gourmand, a dashing and relentless Vincent Price is a true Hollywood legend, whose vast and distinguished career-as the voice of The Saint on the radio, in such unforgettable films as House of Wax and The Fly, and on the Broadway stage-spanned more than a half-century. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen large and small, Price was also an avid art collector, a gourmand, a dashing and relentless charmer, and a loving father. His daughter Victoria was born shortly before Price 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. Victoria adored him, and despite his harrowing schedule, their relationship was close. That is, until Price married his third wife, the headstrong and independent actress, Coral Browne. Victoria was a girl of twelve, and her new stepmother resented the strong relationship between father and daughter, and consequently did much to keep the two apart. Late in Price's life, however, he and his daughter were brought together again for some of their most memorable time together. In this elegant biography-cum-memoir, Victoria Price reveals a man both complex and human. An actor of range, he starred in both the film noir milestone Laura and the Biblical classic The Ten Commandments. 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. And his passion for the arts gave him a second life as an erudite columnist and collector, even as his films graced drive-ins nationwide. Victoria Price's account life of her father is full and candid; both his passionate and charismatic public persona and his conflicted inner life are treated with curiosity and understanding. Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography is, in short, the thorough-and uniquely intimate-life of a legend.

30 review for Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    When I was little and went to the movies for the very first time, I went to go see Disney's Great Mouse Detective Starring Vincent Price as Rattigan, Basil Rathbone and more. It was a pretty good film and one of his final voiceover roles before he passed away in 1993. I didn't discover Vincent Price until I was much older but everyone knows him as one of the original Horror icons besides hosting the PBS show Mystery and more. Vincent Price was so much more. Reading his biography written by his d When I was little and went to the movies for the very first time, I went to go see Disney's Great Mouse Detective Starring Vincent Price as Rattigan, Basil Rathbone and more. It was a pretty good film and one of his final voiceover roles before he passed away in 1993. I didn't discover Vincent Price until I was much older but everyone knows him as one of the original Horror icons besides hosting the PBS show Mystery and more. Vincent Price was so much more. Reading his biography written by his daughter Victoria we find out about how he discovered his love for artwork, how his love for the theater made him want to become an actor, and more as well as Victoria's relationship with her father. I learned so much interesting things about Mr. Price while reading this book but if you want to know more, be sure to read this book. It is available at your local library and wherever books and ebooks are sold.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of sitting at a nearby booth to Ms. Price at World Horror Convention. She's a lovely lady and so when my husband surprised me with an autographed copy of this book for my birthday, I was thrilled. I have to confess I had a difficult time reading this while on a trip because everywhere I went, people saw the cover and wanted to talk about the book. I had to wait until I got home to really dive in. Not only is this biography about the accomplishments of the inc Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of sitting at a nearby booth to Ms. Price at World Horror Convention. She's a lovely lady and so when my husband surprised me with an autographed copy of this book for my birthday, I was thrilled. I have to confess I had a difficult time reading this while on a trip because everywhere I went, people saw the cover and wanted to talk about the book. I had to wait until I got home to really dive in. Not only is this biography about the accomplishments of the incredible actor, Vincent Price, but it tells a lot about some earlier American history. I found that fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and wish Victoria Price all the best.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Cebulski

    Price was high-class as shit in the worst ways (basically none of the achievements and experiences of his early life would have been possible without lots and lots of financial backing from family, the sections on art appreciation are the most tedious of the whole book, and his constantly complaining about money while buying huge houses and expensive art is infuriating), but this book is at its best when it works as a means to tell significant pieces of Hollywood history. You get bits from the g Price was high-class as shit in the worst ways (basically none of the achievements and experiences of his early life would have been possible without lots and lots of financial backing from family, the sections on art appreciation are the most tedious of the whole book, and his constantly complaining about money while buying huge houses and expensive art is infuriating), but this book is at its best when it works as a means to tell significant pieces of Hollywood history. You get bits from the golden age of the studio system, from the Blacklist era, from the Roger Corman-fueled schlock horror boom, even some insights into the Western stage theater scene, etc., with Price acting as a sort of anchor to the array of interesting context. Very good writing altogether--reads basically like a real life F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. With all the good and bad connotations that come with it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    This book is better than I was expecting, even if it skirts around a few things. (Who was that hunky gardener living over the garage?!) Price lived a pretty interesting life, and was behind some novel cultural enterprises such as The Vincent Price Collection (which brought art to the masses via Sears Roebuck) and "A Treasury of Great Recipes" (an early example of the celebrity cookbook).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    This is a wonderful biography! I loved watching Vincent Price movies as I grew up and picked this book up at the library out of nostalgia more than anything. But this has now become one of my all-time favorite biographies. Four and a half stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris McMillan

    A dense, exhaustive and fascinating biography. If you want to know about the life, films and passions of Vincent Price, this is the book to read. Written by his daughter, this is an unflinching look at Price's life, with numerous quotes from those close to him and exhaustive details from his personal papers. It's a great book, one that does justice to an iconic actor.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    I found this a very engrossing read of the life of actor Vincent Price.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Lynch

    This is a loving memoir of the actor's life written be a daughter after some years of separation caused by his third marriage. Very detailed in exploring all aspects of his life, from ancestors through childhood, education and eventual interests in theater, film, art and fine cuisine. The focus is not on the horror films, but they are certainly an important part of his fame. This is for people who want to know the man, too. I've met both Vincent and Victoria, and found them both friendly and fasc This is a loving memoir of the actor's life written be a daughter after some years of separation caused by his third marriage. Very detailed in exploring all aspects of his life, from ancestors through childhood, education and eventual interests in theater, film, art and fine cuisine. The focus is not on the horror films, but they are certainly an important part of his fame. This is for people who want to know the man, too. I've met both Vincent and Victoria, and found them both friendly and fascinating. There's, naturally, a lot of name dropping, because he moved in the highest circles of arts and culture, both here and abroad. But it's never overly effusive. We'll likely never see another book as thorough, understanding or loving about this fine actor. Very highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    There are several other excellent biographies on Price, but this masterful book will be THE definative biography that current and future fans will go back to to understand and appreciate the man. Price's daughter is a wonderful writer and superb historian. With access to two nearly-completed (but never published) memoirs penned by her father, her book brings her father's eloquent voice alive with his own words. But she also talks to numerous contemporaries so the book is an objective biography a There are several other excellent biographies on Price, but this masterful book will be THE definative biography that current and future fans will go back to to understand and appreciate the man. Price's daughter is a wonderful writer and superb historian. With access to two nearly-completed (but never published) memoirs penned by her father, her book brings her father's eloquent voice alive with his own words. But she also talks to numerous contemporaries so the book is an objective biography and not just one by an adoring daughter. Certainly one of the best biographies of the year. A legendary screen villain, Vincent Price (1911- 1993) was also a gourmet chef, a bestselling author, an enthusiastic art expert and collector and a general all-around good guy, according to this vivid biography. Written by his daughter Victoria, the book takes us from Price's early acting career, where one of his first jobs was as Helen Hayes's leading man on Broadway, to his days, starting in 1938, under a Hollywood contract, beginning with supporting film roles (Laura; Song of Bernadette). By the 1950s, he had patented his suavely villainous screen persona in The Fly, House of Wax and The Ten Commandments. By the time Victoria was born to Price and his second wife, Mary, in 1962, he was enjoying his greatest success in film, his low-budget but highly profitable collaborations with Roger Corman (The Pit & the Pendulum, Masque of Red Death). Victoria Price explores her father's life as if unraveling a mystery, never ignoring his failings (his secret signing of a loyalty oath during the blacklisting era; an affair that destroyed his 24-year marriage) or secrets (including his bisexuality). Definitive, exhaustively researched and superbly written, the book contains none of the sentimentality the subtitle may suggest--in part because of the vast material the author had access to, including over 200 pages of transcribed conversations during her father's final years, two nearly completed memoirs by him, a lifetime of preserved correspondence and the firsthand recollections of dozens of contemporaries. Victoria Price tells Vincent's tale with such clear-eyed pride that the reader cannot help being won over.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marsmannix

    this exquisitely detailed book floats on the undercurrent of a daughter's love and grief for her famous father's amazing life and mistakes. Any fan of Vincent Price must read this. I marvel that Mr Price made such an egregious error in mid-life, having an affair with and marrying the greedy grasping Coral Browne.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Quick

    I'm a fan of Vincent Price's horror movies (and some of his earlier performances, like the heel in Laura) so I was looking forward to this book. My parents were from St. Louis, like he was, and my mother's family experienced similar financial downturns despite having a good "name", similar to what he experienced, so I almost felt like I was reading about a cousin. This is a comprehensive, thoroughly detailed (maybe too detailed ) book, but I had a hard time finishing because I was so disappointe I'm a fan of Vincent Price's horror movies (and some of his earlier performances, like the heel in Laura) so I was looking forward to this book. My parents were from St. Louis, like he was, and my mother's family experienced similar financial downturns despite having a good "name", similar to what he experienced, so I almost felt like I was reading about a cousin. This is a comprehensive, thoroughly detailed (maybe too detailed ) book, but I had a hard time finishing because I was so disappointed in him as a person for dumping his wife for a hag and abandoning his child. Also, I took a point off because the font was so miniscule it was literally hard to read, and I don't have vision problems.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Becker

    I wish I could relate how this all began, but for the life of me I can't remember. I only know the author's entertaining and inspirational messages began showing up in my Gmail. Through them I became aware of Price's touching biography of her celebrated father. Vincent Price was infinitely more complex than the actor whose portrayal of creepy Dr Phibes kept adolescent me awake. Readers will learn of his diverse acting career, which included live theatre, multiple film genres, and voice acting cr I wish I could relate how this all began, but for the life of me I can't remember. I only know the author's entertaining and inspirational messages began showing up in my Gmail. Through them I became aware of Price's touching biography of her celebrated father. Vincent Price was infinitely more complex than the actor whose portrayal of creepy Dr Phibes kept adolescent me awake. Readers will learn of his diverse acting career, which included live theatre, multiple film genres, and voice acting credits going back to the golden age of radio. But as the author points out, there was the "Vincent Price" persona and the man who was her father. Reading about the latter can be difficult at times, but necessary for a full understanding of his life. Price does succeed in balancing the two, and reading her account is a precious gift.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    I bought this biography really not knowing much about Vincent Price, apart from his horror/gothic films, a few other films and his work with Alice Cooper. Reading this I realise that I didn't know him at all. He was a fascinating and erudite gentleman, with a deep love for the arts. Married three times. Liked by virtually everyone who met him. I love how he almost stumbled into the world of acting. Would have liked an index of his TV and film appearances. Found it amusing that Victoria Price, a I bought this biography really not knowing much about Vincent Price, apart from his horror/gothic films, a few other films and his work with Alice Cooper. Reading this I realise that I didn't know him at all. He was a fascinating and erudite gentleman, with a deep love for the arts. Married three times. Liked by virtually everyone who met him. I love how he almost stumbled into the world of acting. Would have liked an index of his TV and film appearances. Found it amusing that Victoria Price, a grown woman, never really watched his horror films as she still gets scared. I love horror films. My favourite Vincent Price film? Theatre of Blood. Ray Smillie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    I learned a lot from this book, but there were definite issues. What was with all the name dropping? Vincent Price was famous, so he's going to hang out with famous people; we don't need to see the same names listed over and over again in extensive list. I appreciated that Victoria mentioned his bisexuality a couple of times, even if she didn't go into it. But then, and I can't remember who she was talking about, but she said that someone was homosexual until he got married. I really don't think I learned a lot from this book, but there were definite issues. What was with all the name dropping? Vincent Price was famous, so he's going to hang out with famous people; we don't need to see the same names listed over and over again in extensive list. I appreciated that Victoria mentioned his bisexuality a couple of times, even if she didn't go into it. But then, and I can't remember who she was talking about, but she said that someone was homosexual until he got married. I really don't think that's how it works.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    I was very curious about this for many reasons. I respected Vincent as an actor, and have enjoyed his films, and yes, scared when I was a kid and older, laughed at the camp,and the humor. And because he was a St. Louis boy, as I am. His love for the city is my love as well. I enjoyed read this book about this very diverse, intelligent,and complicated man. He certainly has a large wealth of interests, as do I,and I enjoyed reading about his life. If you enjoy Price's work, at all ,this is certainl I was very curious about this for many reasons. I respected Vincent as an actor, and have enjoyed his films, and yes, scared when I was a kid and older, laughed at the camp,and the humor. And because he was a St. Louis boy, as I am. His love for the city is my love as well. I enjoyed read this book about this very diverse, intelligent,and complicated man. He certainly has a large wealth of interests, as do I,and I enjoyed reading about his life. If you enjoy Price's work, at all ,this is certainly worth your time to read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lance Grabmiller

    A pretty fascinating and incredibly detailed portrait of this extraordinary man. The first two thirds, up until about the mid-1960s is mostly chronological. The last third is a bit more scattered as it tackles all the various strands of Vincent's life in ways that can't be worked through in a chronology.

  17. 5 out of 5

    wonderwomand

    Wonderfully written. I learned more about Vincent Price. I remembered him as an actor from horror films and as a host of Masterpiece Mystery. I received an advanced copy from Edeleweiss for an honest review. This biography is written by his daughter, Victoria Price.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Read this book in my teens. Would love to read again soon. I generally remember things well, but I don’t recall much of the content in this one. Always enjoyed Price’s movies as I was growing up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Foust

    Beautifully rendered memoir by Victoria Price and a special treat during Halloween when I and millions of other fans can watch some of her father's "horror" favorites.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Can't figure out what star rating to give this one. Sometimes I enjoyed it, sometimes I didn't.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Bourne

    What was up with the font? It was like a 5pt. Very small. Great info on the man and life. Would've like to have read more about his films but I suspect that would be another book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alaine

    The beginning 5% or so is kind of interesting but on the dry side. I'm not the world's biggest Vincent Price fan. I may feel differently if I was. As it is, I have a stack of books to get through and life's too short.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This is definitely a very comprehensive biography of Vincent Price. His daughter has done a ton of research into finding out more about her father and there are lots of details in the book, such as heartfelt letters between him and his parents or women he was hooking up with. Price really lived an extraordinary life and not only because he was an incredible actor in the golden era of Hollywood. As the grandson of the guy that invented baking soda and the son of the candy king of St. Louis, he li This is definitely a very comprehensive biography of Vincent Price. His daughter has done a ton of research into finding out more about her father and there are lots of details in the book, such as heartfelt letters between him and his parents or women he was hooking up with. Price really lived an extraordinary life and not only because he was an incredible actor in the golden era of Hollywood. As the grandson of the guy that invented baking soda and the son of the candy king of St. Louis, he lived a privilege life. He took advantage of this by going to Europe on his own at age 17 and pursuing various other cultural and educational experiences. He went to school for art history and really had a crazy eye for art. I mean he saved money and bought a Rembrandt sketch at age 12 and a Goya sketch in college! He did much more for the art community that I ever knew. Additionally, the excerpts of his letters and writings in the book show he was skilled in that arena too. Just a simple note about his love of baseball and hot dogs was some serious prose. He kind of stumbled upon acting and took to it with great excitement. Reading about his schedule and level of energy just made me tired. The book seems an honest view on Price since you see the good and the bad of him. He definitely had his flaws like everyone else. I'm only giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because it gets a little boring in the middle. Price acts a lot, socializes a lot, travels a lot, and collects a lot of art....so it going on about this for every year of his life in detial can be a bit much (the book is 350 pages with like 8-pt font).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Singer

    I always liked Vincent Price, and picked up this biography by his daughter Victoria shortly after it was published. Price was a complex man, who despite his long acting career never lost his initial love for art (he was an Art History major at Yale) and became an advocate for art education. Although the author shows his life, warts and all, it's not a "Daddy Dearest" expose but a balanced biography of a horror movie icon. Although typecast in his later years as a horror film actor, Price never f I always liked Vincent Price, and picked up this biography by his daughter Victoria shortly after it was published. Price was a complex man, who despite his long acting career never lost his initial love for art (he was an Art History major at Yale) and became an advocate for art education. Although the author shows his life, warts and all, it's not a "Daddy Dearest" expose but a balanced biography of a horror movie icon. Although typecast in his later years as a horror film actor, Price never forgot about the fleeting nature of fame in the movie industry and continued to work up until his late 70's when illness slowed him down. In addition to his movies, he made many television appearances, wrote books on art and gourmet cooking, recorded poetry, acted on the stage for many years, and traveled extensively around the world.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Vincent Price's daughter, Victoria has written a touching and warm biography her father, Vincent Price, the Hollywood icon and acting legend. in a career that spanned from the 1930s through the 1990s, Mr. Price showed style and total commitment to his craft. He was also an incredible gourmet, an artist and a renown collector of art (mainly Meso-American). Ms. Price puts an emphasis on the emotion and passion that her father had for life and his career. This is a beautifully-inspired and written Vincent Price's daughter, Victoria has written a touching and warm biography her father, Vincent Price, the Hollywood icon and acting legend. in a career that spanned from the 1930s through the 1990s, Mr. Price showed style and total commitment to his craft. He was also an incredible gourmet, an artist and a renown collector of art (mainly Meso-American). Ms. Price puts an emphasis on the emotion and passion that her father had for life and his career. This is a beautifully-inspired and written biography. Yes, there are other biographies but this one has heart for the man.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alohatiki

    Who doesn't love Vincent Price? He is a great cult figure but beyond that a very interesting man. A serious art collector, cook, actor and author, it is kinda of amazing of all the things he did. The book is great for reading about old Hollywood and it is kinda stunning all the famous people he knew. The small type makes for slow reading but still worth it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leelan

    So far it's a good read. Sometimes I can even hear Vincent's voice when his daughter quotes him. Very sad that he left his wife for a controlling [email protected]#$ at 51. He lost many friends and almost lost his family because of her jealousy. Thankfully he had a few years left after she died to try to make amends.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I was never a huge fan of Vincent Price. But, I had heard an interview or review about this book on KMOX and decided to give the book a read. The author made me care about Mr. Price. I was honored to share in his life story with his daughter, the author. Very, very good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    D.c.

    Excellent and comprehensive bio. Surprisingly objective view from a family member. If you love Vincent, this book will give you reason to love his memory all the more, despite his flaws and shortcomings. GREAT Summer read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Very thorough but rightfully so; Price lead a full and incredibly fascinating life. This was so awesome to read as a Price fan. Truly one of the more informative bio's I've read. I applaud Victoria for being able to write as a biographer and a daughter. A must read!

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