Price, Vincent, 1911-1993

Alternative names
Birth 1911-05-27
Death 1993-10-25

Biographical notes:

Price, Vincent, 1911-1993, Actor, art collector, patron of Los Angeles, Calif.; d. October 25, 1993.

From the description of Oral history interview with Vincent Price, 1992 Aug. 6-14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646400285

Actor, art collector, patron; Los Angeles, Calif.; d. October 25, 1993.

From the description of Oral history interview with Vincent Price, 1992 August 6-14 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77866325

Vincent Price was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 27, 1911. His father was president of the National Candy Company in St. Louis. Price received a B.A. in art history and English from Yale University in 1933, and studied art history at the University of London from 1934 to 1935. Price began his acting career in 1935 in a London stage production of Victoria Regina. He acted in Mercury Theatre productions (1937-1938), in Outward Bound (1939-1940), and in Angel Street (1941-1942). Price made his film debut in 1938 in Service de Luxe. He appeared in over one hundred films, achieving fame particularly in films of horror and suspense. In addition to his stage and film roles, Price performed on radio and television; authored several books; lectured on primitive and modern art; and served on committees and boards of arts organizations, including the Archives of American Art, U.S. Indian Arts and Crafts Board, the arts council of the University of California at Los Angeles, and the White House Fine Arts Commission. Price married three times: to Edith Barrett, Mary Grant, and Coral Browne. He had a son, Vincent Barrett Price, from his first marriage and a daughter, Victoria Price, from his second marriage. Price died in Los Angeles, California, on October 25, 1993.

From the description of Vincent Price papers, 1890-1990 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702121349

From the guide to the Vincent Price papers, 1890-1990, (Manuscripts and Archives)


From the description of Reminiscences of Vincent Price : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86158096

Actor, art collector, and supporter of the arts. Full name: Vincent Leonard Price, Jr.

From the description of Papers of Vincent Price, 1883-1992 (bulk 1932-1992). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71070094

Actor, art collector, and supporter of the arts; full name was Vincent Leonard Price, Jr.; d. 1993.

From the description of Papers, 1883-1992 (bulk 1932-1992). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 31605116

Biographical Note

  • 1911, May 27: Born, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1933: B.A., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1934: Teacher, Riverdale Country Day School, Riverdale, N.Y.
  • 1934 - 1935 : Attended Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, London, England
  • 1935: First professional stage appearance in Chicago, Gate Theatre, London, England
  • 1935 - 1937 : London London Londonderry Fire Rescue Department Central Station New London Hospital New London Elementary School Mount London London Crown London Grove Hilton London Kensington North Londonderry Red Roof Inn New London New London Church London Town Shopping Center New London Harbor Lighthouse Mrongondoni Township of South Londonderry Comfort Inn London - Wellington Road Londongbiang Jack London Junior High School Days Htl London South Ruislip Londonderry Road Public School London Post Office Glondong London Marsh Rivulet Broadway Broadway Broadway Branch Broadway School Broadway Hotel Shanghai Broadway Branch Broadwas Broadwater Broadwater Creek Broadwater North Broadway Park Broadway Baptist Church The Broadway Baptist Church Broadway The Broadway Broadway Professional Building The Broadwater Broadwater Hollow Tucson International Academy Broadway Campus West Broadway United Methodist Church Broadway Park South Broadway School Broadway Baptist Church Broadway Elementary School New York, N.Y. New York City Chelsea New York Appeared as Prince Albert in Victoria Regina, first on London stage, then from December 1935 to June 1937 opposite Helen Hayes on Broadway, Broadhurst Theatre, New York, N.Y.
  • 1937 - 1938 : Appeared in Mercury Theatre stage productions
  • 1938: Married Edith Barrett (divorced 1948) First motion picture role in Service de Luxe
  • 1943: Opened the Little Gallery, Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • 1947 - 1950 : Appeared on radio in "The Saint"
  • 1948: Established Modern Institute of Art, Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • 1949: Married Mary Grant (divorced 1973)
  • 1953: Appeared in motion picture House of Wax
  • 1953 - circa 1969 : Board of directors, UCLA Art Council, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.; served as president
  • 1956: Guest appearances on television quiz show "$64,000 Challenge"
  • 1957 - 1971 : Member, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Interior Department; elected chairman, 1967
  • circa 1957 - 1971 : Trustee, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • 1958: Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Established Vincent and Mary Price Gallery, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, Calif. Host television game show, "ESP"
  • 1959: Published I Like What I Know: A Visual Autobiography (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. 313 pp.)
  • 1960: Appeared in House of Usher, the first of the Edgar Allan Poe cycle of films for American International Pictures
  • 1961: Published The Book of Joe: About a Dog and His Man (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. 144 pp.)
  • circa 1960 - 1963 : Member, Fine Arts Committee for the White House
  • 1962 - 1977 : Consultant, Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • 1965: Published with Mary Grant Price A Treasury of Great Recipes (N.Y.: Ampersand Press. 465 pp.)
  • 1966 - 1967 : Television series "If These Walls Could Speak"
  • 1966 - 1970 : Syndicated newspaper column on art
  • 1971: British television series "Cooking Price-Wise"
  • 1972: Published The Vincent Price Treasury of American Art (Waukesha, Wis.: Country Beautiful Corp. 320 pp.)
  • 1974: Married Coral Browne (died 1991)
  • 1977 - 1982 : Toured as Oscar Wilde in one-man show Diversions and Delights
  • 1979: Television series, "Time Express," costarring with Coral Browne
  • 1981 - 1989 : Host of "Mystery!" series on public television
  • 1981: Published with Vincent Barrett Price Monsters (N.Y.: Grosset & Dunlap. 186 pp.)
  • 1990: Last feature film role in Edward Scissorhands
  • 1993, Oct. 25: Died, Los Angeles, Calif.

From the guide to the Vincent Price Papers, 1883-1992, (bulk 1932-1992), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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