January 19, 1907
Roxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||February 22, 1977 (aged 70)|
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
(m. 1938; div. 1948)
|Children||Vincent Barrett Price|
|Relatives||Lawrence Barrett (grandfather)|
Edith Williams was a granddaughter of 19th-century American actor Lawrence Barrett. She entered the entertainment industry at age 16 in a staging of Walter Hampden's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. At age 19, in 1926, she appeared with Hampden in Caponsacchi. During the 1930s, she performed with Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre troupe.
While appearing in the Mercury Theatre 1937 production of The Shoemaker's Holiday, she married leading man Vincent Price in 1938. The marriage ended in 1948. She and Price had one son, author/poet and environmental activist Vincent Barrett Price (born 1940). Her biggest Broadway success was as star of the now-obscure production Mrs. Moonlight.
In her first film, Ladies in Retirement (1941), she played one of the two half-witted half-sisters of Ida Lupino's homicidal character. Her best remembered movie role is possibly Mrs. Holland's mother-in-law in I Walked with a Zombie (1943). a movie sometimes described as "Jane Eyre" in the West Indies. She was almost three years younger than her "son" in that film (played by Tom Conway). She appeared briefly onscreen with Price in Keys of the Kingdom (1944). The following year she was seen as Mrs. Fairfax in 20th Century-Fox's adaptation of the real Jane Eyre (1944). She retired from films after essaying a minor role in The Swan (1956).
- Lady for a Night (1942)
- Give Out, Sisters (1942)
- I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
- The Ghost Ship (1943)
- The Song of Bernadette (1943)
- Jane Eyre (1943)
- The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
- That's the Spirit (1945)
- Ruthless (1948)
- The Lady Gambles (1949)
- The Swan (1956)
- Charles Brackett, The New Yorker, November 6, 1926, page 34.
- Edith Barrett on IMDb
- Edith Barrett at the Internet Broadway Database
- Edith Barrett at AllMovie
- Edith Barrett at Find a Grave
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