Saturday, 28 May 2011
Vincent Price 100 yrs old R.I.P.
While in New York, Price joined Orson Welles's prestigious Mercury Theatre ensemble of radio actors and performed leading roles in several Mercury productions. In 1938 he traveled to Hollywood and made his screen debut in Service de Luxe, and he eventually landed lead and character roles in such popular films as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), The House of the Seven Gables (1940), Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), and Champagne for Caesar (1950). He portrayed romantic leads and classical characters during this period but was at his best when playing evil men for dramatic or comedic effect, as in the low-budget Shock (1946). By the 1950s Price had accumulated an impressively diverse résumé but had yet to establish himself as a major star.
His big break came with House of Wax (1953), one of the first films shot in 3D, in which he played a murderous, but seemingly kindly, sculptor who uses human victims to populate his eerily lifelike wax museum. With this film he established himself as America's master of horror, and he was instrumental in reestablishing the genre's popularity, performing in such films as The Fly (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1958), Return of the Fly (1959), and The Tingler (1959). Price, however, did not limit himself to horror films, and he demonstrated his range with memorable performances in such fare as the Bob Hope comedy Casanova's Big Night (1954), the newspaper drama While the City Sleeps (1956), and Cecil B. DeMille's biblical epic The Ten Commandments (1956).
Price's popularity continued into the 1970s, and such movies as The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Theatre of Blood (1973) remain fan favourites. Shortly thereafter Price cut back substantially on his acting to devote himself to his other passions in life: fine art and gourmet cooking. In 1951 he established the Vincent Price Gallery and Art Foundation on the campus of East Los Angeles Community College, to which he donated much of his prestigious private collection. He donated generously to museums and art foundations throughout his life, and in 1972 he wrote the best-selling coffee-table book A Treasury of American Art. With his second wife, Mary, he coauthored several cookbooks and cohosted several television cooking shows throughout the 1960s and early '70s. Their A Treasury of Great Recipes (1965) is well regarded.
During his life, he was married three times, and fathered a son, Vincent Barret Price with is first wife, and a daughter, Mary Victoria Price with his second wife. His third wife, the Australian actress, Coral Browne starred with him in “Theatre of Blood“, and became an American citizen to marry him, while he converted to Catholicism for her.
Vincent Price was quite outspoken politically- going so far as to end an episode of “The Saint” by denouncing racial and religious prejudice- declaring it a poison, and calling for Americans to fight against it since such prejudice only serves to support the country’s enemies.
Emphysema and Parkinson’s disease resulted in Price’s role in “Edward Scissorhands” to be briefer than it had originally been planned, as well as led to him retiring from the TV series, “Mystery!“.
On October 25, 1993, Vincent Price passed away from cancer. His ashes were spread off Point Dume in Malibu, California. Shortly after his death, A&E aired an episode of “Biography” honoring his horror career- but due to copyright problems, the episode has never been aired again. Below Ive posted I pretty awsome fan based tribute, and a Kool interview I found with Vincent Price Enjoy........