🎃 October 25 🎃
Another howlin’en megastar, Vincent Price, has an October connection: he died today in 1993, aged 82.
Born near St. Louis, Missouri in 1911, Price appeared in more than 100 films spanning genres: film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, sci fi and, of course, horror. Price also worked in radio, on stage, and in television.
Price, from a family with ties to the food industry, also embarked on a culinary career. He gained a reputation as a gourmet cook, authoring several books, and hosting his own cooking television show, “Cooking Price-Wise.” When on a publicity tour for a cookbook based on the show, he famously demonstrated on Johnny Carson’s tv show how to poach a fish in a dishwasher.
Perhaps you didn’t know:
Price graduated from Yale with a degree in English with a minor in Art History. He intended to study for a Master’s degree in fine arts at the University of London. However, he was drawn to the theatre and decided to take up acting instead.
There is a museum in East Los Angeles named after Price. With his fine arts background, and his lucrative career, Price positioned himself as an art collector and consultant. In 1957, after donating 90 pieces of art to the East Los Angeles College to fulfill ELAC hopes to give students “first-hand experiences with art.” This initial donation became the core of the art museum named in his honour; Price ultimately donated 2,000 pieces.
Our permanent collection originated in the early 1950s when actor and long-time Los Angeles arts advocate, Vincent Price, began to donate artworks from his own collection to what was then the on-campus art gallery at East Los Angeles College. Price collected pre-Columbian art in the mid-20th century as international interest in these early civilizations grew. He was among many other cultural dignitaries around the world, such as Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who collected these works. Vincent Price Art Museum.
Vincent worked as an art consultant for Sears [-Roebuck] from 1962 to 1971. The “Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art” sold at least 50,000 fine art prints which ranged in price from $10 to $3,000. An installment plan allowed Sears customers to purchase a fine art print for $5 a month. Price’s participation was due to his belief that public access to art was essential to people’s total wellbeing.
In 1982, Price provided the spoken-word sequence to the end of the Michael Jackson song “Thriller.”
And . . . Price loved rollercoasters. [And I think, never took himself too seriously!]
I sometimes feel that I’m impersonating the dark unconscious of the whole human race. I know this sounds sick, but I love it.
It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.
I don’t play monsters. I play men besieged by fate and out for revenge.
And, a howlin’en way to finish this post: