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October 10, 2011
"Laura" Price played Gene Tierney's title character's oily playboy fiancé Shelby Carpenter in this 1944 noir classic. "Edward Scissorhands" Price plays a kindly scientist who created a young man with scissors for hands in Tim Burton's 1990 hit. "Theatre of Blood" In this 1973 British horror comedy, Price plays the ultimate ham actor, who murders the critics who ridiculed him.
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SPORTS
October 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Grim, dark, scary. It's not a Halloween ad for a haunted house, it's the situation the Dodgers find themselves in after losing the first two games of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers are in real trouble, having to face St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright on Monday and possibly having to play without Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier. Foreboding has found a home at Dodger Stadium. They should pipe in Vincent Price doing that eerie laugh of his as fans enter the ballpark, and layer the stadium with fake cobwebs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1993
On the way to Paramount's back lot to star in a public service announcement for the U.S. Treasury Department 20 years ago, Vincent Price was delayed in traffic. When he got out of his brown Rolls-Royce halfway up the hill, he insisted on going around to every one of the 20-odd film crew members to apologize. The Treasury paid him $136 plus "pension and welfare" (union scale at the time) for his services, and after the filming, which took all day, Price again went around to thank each crew member.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Mark Swed
Vincent Price once lived on Swallow Drive, just up the hill from the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, in a house full of art. The actor, who was both connoisseur and also the deliriously over-the-top investigator of evil as the mad Dr. Rappaccini in the 1963 horror flick“Twice-Told Tales,” needed but drive five minutes to enter into the enthralling grip of one of the most refined gardens in the county. Would Price have been right for the title character of Gotham Opera's production of “La Hija de Rappaccini,” an early opera by Daniel Catán that had an unusual outdoor performance at Greystone just before sunset Saturday?
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January 20, 1985 | Fred Rothenberg, The Associated Press
At 73, Vincent Price, "The Merchant of Menace," has found a new generation of fans because of his monologue on Michael Jackson's hit song, "Thriller," and the current film festivals and late-night TV broadcasts featuring his old horror flicks. "You really feel ancient when they start showing retrospectives of your work," said Price. "That, and when you're in a wax museum. It all makes you feel as if you've been buried."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thomas Silliman, 74, longtime art professor and director of the Vincent Price Gallery at East Los Angeles College, died April 25 of leukemia at Glendale Memorial Hospital, said his cousin Julie Silliman. In 1957, Silliman started managing the gallery that actor Vincent Price helped establish with a donation of 90 works six years earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the people in Hollywood dusting off memories of actor Vincent Price, no one was waxing more eloquently Tuesday than Kenneth Horn. "I loved his work. More than anybody else, he was responsible for my career," Horn said. That is why Horn did not waste any time when he learned that the master of the macabre had died Monday night at age 82. He hurriedly combed Price's hair, straightened his black suit and brushed the cobwebs away from the actor's arms.
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October 29, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than half of the 110 movies that the late Vincent Price made are on video--and about one-third of them are his signature horror movies. Ironically, his death Monday came just days before Halloween, when there is peak interest in those films. Since Price's passing has been such big news, some retailers will undoubtedly capitalize on the publicity by displaying even more of his movies than they would anyway at this time of year.
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July 12, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Vincent Price, who turned 79 a few weeks ago and who made his first film 52 years ago, in 1938, has been a high priest of haughty horror, a viceroy of villainy, a mogul of Mephistophelean menace, and he admits cheerfully that villains are fun to play. "The villains have all the good lines," Price said the other afternoon in his house high above the Sunset Strip. "You'll remember Jean Kerr's child's complaint that the snake has all the lines. Ah, the villainous snake."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Vincent Price began his career on the Broadway stage and appeared on film in such classic film noirs as 1944's "Laura" and comedies like 1950's "Champagne for Caesar." He was an erudite art collector and a gourmand. But his legacy is far more primal -- Price is best known as the man who scared the daylights out of audiences in such horror films as "House on Haunted Hill" and "House of Wax."
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January 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
As an eye-catching theme for an exhibition, cannibalism surely ranks right up there. At East Los Angeles College's Vincent Price Art Museum, cannibalism is the motif driving the third MexiCali Biennial, a show that packs the work of 26 artists and collectives from the U.S. and Mexico into relatively small quarters. Given the venue, which is named for an erudite actor who was both Yale-trained in art history and popular for ghoulish turns in horror movies, the cannibalism theme also exudes a wry, site-specific cheekiness.
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February 14, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The street date of Scotty Bowers' "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars," written with Lionel Friedberg, is Valentine's Day, but the eagerly anticipated memoir has been generating buzz for several weeks, and will most likely encounter a firestorm of criticism from some segments of the Hollywood set. It offers the former Marine paratrooper, pump jockey and bartender's accounts of three decades of having...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011
"Laura" Price played Gene Tierney's title character's oily playboy fiancé Shelby Carpenter in this 1944 noir classic. "Edward Scissorhands" Price plays a kindly scientist who created a young man with scissors for hands in Tim Burton's 1990 hit. "Theatre of Blood" In this 1973 British horror comedy, Price plays the ultimate ham actor, who murders the critics who ridiculed him.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are celebrating the centenary of actor Vincent Price with showings of some of his best-known horror films, including "House of Wax," "House on Haunted Hill," "The Raven" and "The Pit and the Pendulum. " (The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre's "The Price Is Fright: Vincent Price Centennial" runs Oct. 21 through 23; LACMA's "Price-a-Thon 100!" is Oct. 30.) But Price, who died 18 years ago, didn't make that many horror films during his 50- plus-year film career.
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June 5, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"For me, living on the border of Montebello and East L.A.," says artist Patssi Valdez, "this was the local school everybody went to. You first came here and then went on to other colleges. " She is sitting on the corner of the campus she attended nearly 40 years ago, in front of the new Vincent Price Art Museum, where she's featured in "Round Trip: Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists" (through Aug. 19). "I'd always wanted to be an artist. " Valdez later got a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, but she vividly recalls the teachers, students and her roots in this part of the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thomas Silliman, 74, longtime art professor and director of the Vincent Price Gallery at East Los Angeles College, died April 25 of leukemia at Glendale Memorial Hospital, said his cousin Julie Silliman. In 1957, Silliman started managing the gallery that actor Vincent Price helped establish with a donation of 90 works six years earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1991 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Coral Browne, who died last week at 77 after a long illness, met Vincent Price while they were making a wonderfully campy melodrama, "Theatre of Blood," in London in 1972. Price was playing a hammy Shakespearean actor driven round the bend by bad reviews and taking his revenge by bumping off the critics in fine Shakespearean fashion, abetted by Diana Rigg as his daughter. Coral Browne was one of the victims, but she and Price fell in love, were married soon after and had 17 vivid years together.
NEWS
March 24, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Like Boris Karloff, Vincent Price could be memorably menacing on the screen, but off-screen he was a delightful man -- witty, sophisticated, and passionate and knowledgeable about art. He had no patience with actors who felt horror pictures were beneath them, believed that the acting required to make an effective horror picture was often unappreciated, and was grateful that horror gave him a career for life.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2005
Having grown up in the '60s when Vincent Price was ubiquitous in movies, on TV, even touring the college lecture circuit, I rejoice that the actor is still very much with us ("The Sinister Style of Vincent Price," March 20). While the American Cinematheque's mini-Vinnie festival emphasizes Price's mastery of menace, I hope it will inspire audiences to seek out other aspects of this Renaissance man's cinematic oeuvre. A perusal of Lucy Chase Williams' compendium, "The Complete Films of Vincent Price," will guide the way, and there could be no better movie to start with than the long-awaited DVD release this month of Otto Preminger's classic "Laura" (a disc whose extras include A&E's "Biography" of Price)
NEWS
March 24, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Like Boris Karloff, Vincent Price could be memorably menacing on the screen, but off-screen he was a delightful man -- witty, sophisticated, and passionate and knowledgeable about art. He had no patience with actors who felt horror pictures were beneath them, believed that the acting required to make an effective horror picture was often unappreciated, and was grateful that horror gave him a career for life.
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