Anne Rice Comes Home. To Richardson.


In 1958, per the novelist's biography, her family moved from New Orleans to Richardson, where she attended high school. After which she attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, before moving to San Francisco and then international renown as the author of, among other things, Interview With the Vampire and the rest of The Vampire Chronicles. But she has returned today, and not for a book-signing but "to celebrate with my beloved mother in law who will be ninety years old tomorrow, and to visit the beloved Rice kin," per her Facebook page.

Brother Bill Holston directs our attention this evening to two videos shot today in which Rice visits the Math/Science/Technology Magnet on Abrams and her former home. "This was America, the suburbs," she says in the clip above. "It was like I had entered the shows you saw on television where American kids lived in clean, wonderful suburbs and all spoke perfect English. It was great." The other short follows.


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human
human

When Anne went to Richardson High School it was not at it's current location, it was on Highland Blvd. The school on Highland became a Jr High for years and is now a Magnet Elementary School.

Bailey2405
Bailey2405

I blame Anne Rice for all the current gay vampire movies. Lestat, what a girly-vampire he was.

CR
CR

Maybe it'll stir up a little goth scene in Richardson.

WesW
WesW

There is already a Goth scene in Richardson. And both of those kids are very nice people.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Sometimes I get the Iranians and Somalis confused with the Goths

Worthyworthy_
Worthyworthy_

hey "scottindallas" thanks for demonstrating classic Dallas racism at it's "finest"....

Paula
Paula

Through the '90s, we did a TON of special ordering for her at the Preston-Royal Borders.

Cindy Chaffin
Cindy Chaffin

WOW, really???

Anne Rice made me want to read more and watch less TV in the 80's. As an American Airlines flight attendant, I used to bid for the galley position on the DC-10 (which included an elevator ride down into the belly of the plane and lots of privacy) so I could soak up every word of every one of her books.

I stood in line to meet her with my daughter who was 5-6 months old at the time, just to be able to hand my daughter a signed copy of Queen of the Damned at some point in her adult life...which reminds me, she's there now, I need to find that book.

Richardson? I "grew up there" from 6th grade to graduation, Richardson High School. Back in "58-'59," there couldn't have been ANYTHING out there but fields and farms. Back in the late 70's, there wasn't much else.

Nice blog post as always, Robert. And yet again, I thank you my dear Bill Holston...

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