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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