May: Vincent Price Month–Day Twenty-Three

Today, I thought I’d post a few fun facts.

  • Vincent Price was an Honorary Board Member of the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. The museum features life-sized wax replicas of The Fly, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and The Masque of the Red Death.
  • A black box theater at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School is named after Vincent.
  • Vincent created a scholarship for aspiring artists/ actors in Missouri.

May: Vincent Price Month–Day Nineteen

Vincent Price’s Dark and Handsome Mousse for Dark and Handsome Men

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate 

1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons rum, 3 tablespoons brandy or 3 tablespoons very strong coffee

4 eggs, separated

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

4 -6 sprigs mint (optional)

Put chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler and stir over hot water until smooth. Blend in liquor and remove from heat.
In a bowl, beat egg whites until foamy.
Add salt, cream of tartar, and beat until soft peaks form.
Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, and continue beating until mixture holds a stiff peak.
In another bowl beat egg yolks until thick and pale, and then beat in remaining sugar.
Gently stir egg yolk and sugar into the chocolate, then add the vanilla.
Carefully fold in egg whites.
Pour chocolate mixture into individual moulds or ramekins and chill.
Garnish each ramekin with a sprig of mint, if desired.

 

May: Vincent Price Month–Day Eighteen

Today, I wanted to do a post that would also be a memory of my Mother-in-law. In Vincent Price A Daughter’s Biography, the last paragraph (specifically the last sentence) is very fitting, especially for this occasion.

I was in New York when my father started to drift away, and I caught the last place home out of the city. As we taxied to the runway at Kennedy, I watched huge jets from all over the world lumbering around us; suddenly I heard the thrust of engines and saw a plane ascend into the night–Alitalia– and I imagined my father, free from his failing body, taking one last swing over Rome before heading on to his next adventure. He died while I was flying home. Reg told me that my dad’s immense will to live made it hard for him to go, but I knew he couldn’t have gone while I was in the house any more than Coral could have while he was there. I knew that I would miss him forever, but I was glad he was finally free.

To Mom: Toward the end,  you were in pain. You were on morphine, thankfully though, because it helped. And like Victoria says in the last paragraph, we know that will miss you forever, but we are glad you are finally free to just rest.

May: Vincent Price Month–Day Fifteen

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The above picture is of Vincent with his daughter, Victoria. Although she says that he was in and out of her life, you can see in this photo that Vincent truly loved her. In Vincent Price A Daughter’s Biography, she recalls riding roller (or as he called them, “rolly”) coasters and eating so much food that they would almost get sick. They were always going on road trips, and just doing things together. When Vincent married Coral Browne, Coral didn’t want him seeing his children, which caused problems. Victoria says that Vincent felt he had to sneak around just to see his own kids. When Coral died, Victoria and Vincent renewed their relationship as father and daughter and got to spend a few years talking about a mutual love: art.