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Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography (1999)

by Victoria Price

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Vincent Price was an intelligent, talented, and charismatic individual. He wasn't just a horror film star, he was a cultured man. Vincent's acting career began on the London stage and then he moved into serious film rolls in movies like "Laura" and Dragonwyke." His love for art started in his teens and he studied art in college. He championed the visual arts in America with talks, television appearances, art donations to a community college in East LA and the Vincent Price Collection at Sears. The most important thing to Vincent was that people liked him, so he charmed them with his intellect and wit. Maybe that is why his horror film rolls are so appealing, his characters may be vile and evil, but his charm always showed through.

I have always enjoyed watching Vincent Price in movies and on television so I wanted to read a book about him that I knew was honest and sincere. What better author for a book about a persons life than that persons own daughter? Victoria Price researched her father's past through letters, interviews with family and friends, and Vincent's own writing. This book is a loving tribute to a sweet, smart, talented man. ( )
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Those who only think of Vincent Price as the deliciously evil star of numerous horror films are in for an enjoyable surprise with Victoria Price's Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography. The younger Price, through a dedicated search of clippings, letters, and her father's old journals, paints a beautifully rich portrait of a man with personal grace, intellectual fire, and a kind heart. Price reveals everything from odd little tidbits--Vincent was cast in his first London stage production due to his gum-chewing abilities--to profound depths, such as his lifelong love of art and his serious reputation as a student and collector. Price also had a surprisingly good sense of humor, indulging in genially self-deprecating jokes about his own occasionally abysmal movies.

Though this is definitely a loving memoir of her father, Victoria Price is not blinded by her affection for him. She gives an earnest attempt at presenting the whole man--fact-checking and debunking a few cherished family legends and unflinchingly reporting her father's youthful anti-Semitism. (As Price grew more worldly and met some actual Jews, he reversed his position and became an active supporter of B'nai Brith and the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.) But A Daughter's Autobiography's may best value may be as a handbook for actors: through the numerous ups and downs of his career, Price remained a consummate professional. He never stopped working to improve his skills, deliberately sidestepping romantic-lead parts to take on more challenging roles, and was unfailingly generous to his costars. A truly engrossing look at the noble character of one of the silver screen's greatest villains. --Ali Davis

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