To celebrate, here are some of my favorite pictures of Ms. Price - followed by a clip that is sure to produce goosebumps.
Happy Birthday, Miss Price.
|Vintage Miss Price.|
|One of Miss Price's early TV appearances.|
|At a recording session with Maestro von Karajan|
|On the set of "Taming of the Shrew" with Elizabeth Taylor|
|Oil on Canvas by Bradley Phillips - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian|
|At home with the above portrait gracing her mantel.|
|One hell-uv-ah headshot.|
|As Aida in 1984, her final season at the Met.|
|Soprano Kathleen Battle with Miss Price at Oprah's Legends Lunch|
And for your added enjoyment - here is Ms. Price's final Aida at The Met. She has just finished "O patria mia" - and the audience thunders. You must watch the entire clip, though - Ms. Price tries her hardest to stay in character but, becomes overwhelmed by the enormity of it all and finally acknowledges the audiences appreciation.
If you'd like to see a video tribute, check out this amazing one.