Sunday 11 December 2016

My father wasn't terrifying, says horror icon's daughter

Published 31/10/2015 | 07:00

Horror star Vincent Price
Horror star Vincent Price

Dubbed Hollywood's 'Master of Menace', Vincent Price was known for terrorising cinema audiences throughout the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

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The urbane and erudite actor specialised in maniacal cackles and starred in an array of horror films including 'The Masque of the Red Death', 'The Fly' and 'The Abominable Mr Phibes'.

Nowadays, however, he is probably best known for the eerie voiceover on Michael Jackson's 1982 pop hit 'Thriller'.

Growing up with a horror villain as a father is an unusual upbringing, but Price's daughter Victoria says her father was a bon vivant and "lover of life" off screen.

"He couldn't have been further removed from the man in those films," she said. "People used to say 'your father is terrifying', but he was so open and loving."

Victoria admits that she doesn't "enjoy watching the horror films".

Throughout his career, there was much speculation about Price's sexuality. He had three wives - including bisexual Australian actress Coral Browne - but many thought it was a "Hollywood secret" he was a gay man.

Victoria believes her father's sexuality was "fluid".

When she 'came out' in her 20s, her father replied: "I know just how you feel, because I have had these deep, loving relationships with men in my life and all my wives were jealous."

Victoria Price will discuss her father's life and career at the Irish Film Institute on November 3.

Price will sign copies of her book, 'Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography', and a 50th anniversary edition of his cookbook, 'A Treasury of Great Recipes'.

Irish Independent

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