Despite suffering quite heavily from emphysema and Parkinson’s disease during his final years, horror legend Vincent Price still kept up with his correspondence. Below are three postcards written by Price in the early-’90s to friend Bob Miller. Each touch on the declining health of both himself and his wife, Coral, who died in May of 1991 after a battle with breast cancer. Vincent passed away in October of 1993.
On a slightly more upbeat note, today marks the 100th anniversary of Vincent Price’s birth. In celebration, tonight sees Vincent Price’s daughter, Victoria Price, presenting a remembrance of her father at Missouri History Museum; tomorrow (the 28th) she will introduce an outdoor screening of Edward Scissorhands, the movie containing his last screen performance, at Forest Park, St. Louis. Admission is free at both events.
Transcripts follow each image, all of which are courtesy of the Movie Monster Museum.
24 MAY 1991
Dear Bob —
It’s good to hear from you after so long and good to know you like your new location — I love Oregon and think you must have tired of Hawaii beautiful as it is. I’m 80 on Monday and in fairly frail condition after 4 years of something like Parkinsons disease and a year and a half housebound by Coral’s cancer and chemotherapy treatments — I don’t expect her to survive the Summer —
Do keep in touch — Thanks!
5 JUL 1991
Your invitation to visit sounds so tempting but I’m bewildered by the complications of death duties etc and utterly exhausted — not at all well for 4 years but determined to put my house in order before I give up!
All love —
30 JUN 1993
Somewhat limited writing so this is to say thanks for your newsy letter — sounds a little as if you have plenty of places to go but don’t know which to choose. So keep in touch. I too remember great times in St Louis — miss travel as much as anything — I’m 82 and hate it!