The story of the man behind the man behind the mask
Oct 2, 2011
Shelby fooled us all. We thought we had Shelby Carpenter pegged and we were wrong. I met him in college years ago. He was one of the arty types, all cultured and as phony as a vampire's bite. Pretended he knew all about art. All Shelby knew about was finding women with money and then moving in on them.
Nobody ever thought of Shelby Carpenter as a tough guy, but he was tough in another way. He knew what he wanted, money. He didn’t mind being some old woman’s squeeze toy if she'd pay his bills. You’d have to be tough to get into bed with some of these bags. A lot of the guys thought Shelby really went for men, but they were dead wrong. He just wasn’t much good dealing with guys. He almost met his match with Ann Treadwell. What a piece of work she was. She’d grovel and beg for Shelby just to look at her. And she wouldn’t let go. Finally even Shelby had had enough. He made a play for a young advertising writer...Laura or Laurie...who was doing to Waldo Lydecker what Shelby had been doing to Ann: Taking the money and smiling, always gracious with a little hand action on the side. Ann begged him to stay with her. Shelby ignored her. I never realized how tough he could be on a woman until I saw how he treated Ann.
But things happened. There was a murder and Laura wound up getting married to the dumb, gum-chewing cop who solved the case. Now she lives in a brick two-flat in Queens, cooking corned beef for their dinner and having babies.
When Shelby lost out with Laura he knew his days were numbered with Ann. Shelby cashed in some of Ann’s jewels and left for the West Coast. Didn’t even say goodbye to Ann. I guess she’s still waiting for him to call.
Shelby parlayed that languid manner and his so-called knowledge of art into a minor career of being a culture advisor to Hollywood producers. Then out of the blue he’s offered a movie role. No one liked that New York-sounding Shelby Carpenter name so he changed it...I can’t remember...maybe Vincent something. At any rate the movie’s a smash and he keeps getting more movie roles. They’re all crap if you ask me. Vampires and ghouls. Not the stuff the Shelby I knew would do. But he takes the money, buys paintings and gets married. If I can remember his last name I’ll look him up the next time I’m in La-la-land.
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Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American film actor, remembered for his distinctive voice, his 6-foot 4-inch stature and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career.
Vincent Leonard Price II (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an Americanactor, well known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career.