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Vincent Price, Renaissance man and horror film star

7/10
Author: kevin olzak (kevinolzak@yahoo.com) from Youngstown, Ohio
16 January 2015

This Mar 18 1973 broadcast featured horror film star and Renaissance man Vincent Price, 61 years old at the time, with brief appearances from wife Mary Grant, their daughter Victoria, and his son Barrett. Among the famous faces in the studio audience are Jane Wyatt, Dorothy McGuire, Kay Medford, Anne Seymour, and Mary Wickes, with high praise from the folks back in his hometown of St. Louis. Hans Conreid gets things started, as Vincent talks about the early days of 'silent television!' We see one longtime friend from St. Louis (sponging rides off of Vinnie, the first to own a drivers license), his roommate at Yale, a tribute from his Broadway co-star Helen Hayes, and testimonials from artists who knew Vincent from his days with Sears, such as Oliver Howe and Donna Whitewing. The most amusing stories are supplied by Samuel Z. Arkoff, the president of American International Pictures, who featured Price in 24 films over 14 years. He begins by proclaiming that Vincent "is an unusual star in that his pictures usually make money," then goes on to share the tale of how Price would up his salary working overseas, leading Arkoff to believe that his star was living the exotic life of an 'Oriental potentate,' when he was really living quite modestly, spending the extra money on art. Vincent Price's sense of humor is showcased throughout, his work in films taking a back seat to his lifelong interest in art, his philosophy shared by the legendary Helen Hayes: "the man who limits his interests limits his life."

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