Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flint Portraits: Frank Price

Flint Expatriate Frank Price, the former Columbia Pictures and Universal TV chief, recently bought an ocean-view condo in Santa Monica for $3.1 million. At Columbia, he was involved in the creation of Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, and Ghandi.

Before he made a name for himself in the entertainment world, Price stood out at Central High School, where he was editor of the school paper, president of the drama club, and president of the junior class. He worked as a copy boy at The Flint Journal, and eventually worked his way up to police and fire reporting. After a stint in the Navy, he worked summers at Chevy in the Hole to pay his way through Michigan State. He transferred to Columbia University, but he left early when to work for the CBS story department.

Lauren Beale of The Los Angeles Times reports:

The 3,165-square-foot third-floor unit shares no walls with neighbors. Features include terraces, marble floors, a built-in aquarium and two fireplaces. There are two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The complex, which has 24-hour security, a gym and a rooftop swimming pool and deck, was built in 1997.

My mom remembers Price from her days at Central. And you can get more of his story here.


  1. You never know what kind of feedback you will get when you post a story on here it seems. This one is kind of surprising to me that it didn't generate more comments, because he was someone of of a specific kind of fame. Maybe it's a touch too dusty for reaction. What's your Mom's memory of him? He was in my Brother's class also.but he has passed on. Sounds to me that he was quite the mover and shaker when he went to Central. He would be a good interview Gordie.

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