Thursday, 26 May 2011

Vincentennial: Day Five | Meeting Victoria Price

Back in 1987, LA journalist and film historian David Del Valle sat down with Vincent to record an hour-long interview that has since become available on DVD as Vincent Price; The Sinister Image.

Filmed just after Price had made The Whales of August, the interview was Price at his most candid as he discussed his long and varied career. During the course of the interview Price observes that three days hence would be Boris Karloff's 100th birthday. Two decades later, Vincentennial organiser Tom Stockman has flown David Del Valle into St Louis to recreate the interview. His guest is Victoria Price, Vincent's daughter to his second wife, Mary Grant.

For me and all those Price fans who attended last night's discussion (despite a tornado warning that almost shut down St Louis earlier in the day), this was a very personal affair as Victoria is a living link to our idol.

Like her dad did back in 1987, Victoria's answers to David's questions were witty, sharp and very heartfelt. Victoria also went on to tell us why she now holds the torch to his legacy, which was a real taster to the multi-media event that she plans to conduct at the Missouri History Museum this Friday.

Afterwards, I got the chance to chat with Victoria myself, and with David Del Valle, whose new book Lost Horizons: Beneath the Hollywood Sign is a damn-fine compulsive read about the many actors and actresses he has befriended during his years in Tinseltown. It really is the Hollywood Babylon for the 21st century.

Here's a snippet from the discussion, in which Victoria talks about one of her greatest memories of her dad, which took place at the Pere Lachaise Cemetary in Paris, France.

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