Thursday, Patrick interviews Victoria Price & Sara Karloff about growing up with their famous fathers and their lasting legacy.
About The Guests:
Victoria Price brings is a designer, art consultant, author, and public speaker. Growing up in Hollywood as the daughter of actor and art collector Vincent Price and designer Mary Grant Price, Victoria developed her own vibrant contemporary design aesthetic, which she fuses with her extensive knowledge of the visual arts–seamlessly blending modern and historic, regional and international, ethnographic and urban styles to create unique living and working environments.
Price is also a popular public speaker on topics ranging from industrial design to art collecting to making peace with our past stories in order to expand our creative futures–as well as the life of her famous father. She has been privileged to speak all over the United States and Europe–at design conferences, colleges, conventions, and on behalf of private companies.
Her critically acclaimed biography of her father, Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography, was published in 1999 by St Martin’s Press. She has also written for the New York Times, A&E’s Biography, and many other national, regional, and local magazines, newspapers, and television programs. Price has also appeared on Good Morning America, A&E’s Biography, NPR’s Fresh Air, and many other national, regional, and local TV and radio programs. Articles about Price and her work have appeared in such national and international publications as USA Today, People, Travel & Leisure, Art & Auction, Sunset, Western Interiors, Santa Fean Magazine, and Santa Fe Trend.
She has taught at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, and the Philos School–an alternative arts-and-humanities school in Santa Fe that she helped to found. Price earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and theatre from Williams College, which has one of the most prestigious art history programs in the country. And she has completed the doctoral program in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Price also serves on museum boards in New Mexico and California.
Sara Jane Karloff is the only child of Hollywood horror legend, Boris Karloff, and was born while he was working on “Son of Frankenstein”. Surprisingly, he was not an overnight success with “Frankenstein” coming in as his 81st film. Sara quickly reminded me with a laugh “…and nobody saw the first 80.”
So what was this master of horror like as a husband and father out of the makeup and away from the lights of Hollywood? According to Sara, he “was quite literally the antithesis of the roles he played.” Karloff admits she didn’t actually see her father’s most popular film until she was 19, where she saw it in her living room on television for the first time.
While many still fondly call Karloff’s monster “Frankenstein”, it was actually the name of the doctor, “Victor Frankenstein” and when asked why Boris didn’t continue to portray the creature after the third film… Sara recalls “My father made the decision himself, that after the third Frankenstein film, which was “Son of Frankenstein”, he wouldn’t play the role anymore… He felt that the scripts had gone as far as they could without making the creature the brunt of bad scripts and bad jokes…”
For more information and a brief biography of Boris Karloff visit the official website!