Like the city of her birth, Anne Rice’s vampires are flawed, elegant and timeless. Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire,” celebrated the city’s rougher edges and mysterious past.
Rice grew up Catholic in New Orleans, but moved away to Texas and then lived in California for more two decades. But her memories and yearning for New Orleans shaped her books. In an interview, Rice said her writing, “had something to do with growing up in New Orleans, this strange, decadent city full of antebellum houses.”
After the publication of her first novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976 fans flocked to the Garden District and the French Quarter to see the decadent city. Even more fans came after the 1994 movie adaptation of the book, with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
New Orleans is also featured prominently in Rice’s non-vampire books, including The Witching Hour and the Feast of All Saints.
Rice returned to the city in the 1980s and purchased several properties, including St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage on Napoleon. Her primary residence, though, was at 1239 First Street, which was the setting for five of her more than 30 novels.
Shortly before Hurricane Katrina in 2005 Rice moved to California to be closer to her son and author, Christopher Rice.
Rice returns to New Orleans often, and has frequently said she wants to move back, but has not yet done so.