109 years ago, Vincent Price was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
I have to admit that I’m always somewhat surprised to be reminded that Vincent Price was born in Missouri. It seems like such a …. normal place to be born, especially for someone who was as wonderfully and cheerfully eccentric as Vincent Price.
Vincent Price is best-known for his horror roles, though he actually appeared in all sorts of films during his career. He started out as a romantic lead and then he became a character actor, showing up in acclaimed films like The Song of Bernadette, Wilson, and Laura. Early on his career, Price was even considered for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind. Later, he would be listed by Frank Capra as a possibility for the role of Mr. Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life.
That said, Price was always be best-known for his horror work and, because of the films that he made with Roger Corman, he will also always be associated with Edgar Allen Poe. With today being his birthday, it seems like the perfect time to share this video of Vincent Price reading The Raven.
Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly when this was filmed. But no matter! It’s Vincent Price reading Edgar Allen Poe!