A Vincent Price anecdote that I mention because it’s the only Vincent Price anecdote I have: I was a huge fan of his from childhood on and when his (third) wife, Coral Brown (probably best known as the lush stage-star best friend Vera Charles in Auntie Mame) died (1991) I sent him a short sympathy card just stating that I loved his work and was sorry for his loss. A few weeks later I received a notecard from him an extremely moving thank you card; it was a tent style notecard that read simply “Thank you for your sentiments at the time of our loss, Vincent Price”, but what was moving about it was the front, which was this painting.
Titian’s Expulsion from Paradise- I’ve always wondered if it was coincidence or if he saw the death of his wife as his expulsion from Eden.
Some trivia about Price: he was the subject of the first episode of Biography ever dedicated to a living person. (Before him they always stuck with Lincoln, Stalin, Curie and other long-dead folk.) The irony is that it was scheduled to air on Halloween, 1993, and he died the week it aired (so he wasn’t the first living person after all- River Phoenix died the night it aired, incidentally, but I’m reasonably sure it wasn’t connected to Vincent’s death.)
Speaking of Coral Brown, I read Vincent’s daughter’s book and while she seemed to idolize him (it’s not at all a Mommy Dearest “my celebrity parent was a scuzz-bucket who cut me out the will” tell-all- in fact she dispels rumors that Price was gay as “maybe, but I seriously doubt it” [she herself is openly gay]) all of her venom was reserved for Coral, whom she hated with a House of Bloody passion.