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An in-depth profile of the star of the movie Psycho includes interviews with his closest associates, recounts Hollywood anecdotes, and reveals the actor''s struggles to hide his secret life. 35,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

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Though played roles as diverse as a lawman of the old West in The Tin Star and Eugene Grant in the play Look Homeward Angel, he is best remembered for his performance as the maniacal son of a monstrous mother in Psycho. In Split Image, Charles Winecoff explains how Psycho pigeon-holed Perkins into similar roles and stagnated his professional life. His private life was equally vexatious--his father died when he was 5 and his mother controlled his finances until she died. He was married for 19 years but remained an active homosexual, engaging in a lifestyle that ultimately led to his death from AIDS in 1992.

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"Why Tony Perkins?" Winecoff says he was asked "ad nauseam" while writing this life of an actor renowned for a single role, the psychopath Norman Bates in Hitchcock''s Psycho. Winecoff gradually answers the question as he reveals a man who, like his greatest character, had things to hide. Perkins was homosexual at a time and in a profession that wanted homosexuality stifled. Both in college and early in his career, he saw the heavy hand of the powers that were descend on open homosexuality: first when a classmate was beaten to the point of hospitalization and then when Tab Hunter, assumed to be involved with Perkins, was barred from the set of Fear Strikes Out (1957). (Hunter denies the barring.) Perkins drove his sexuality underground and also, perhaps, into a taste for danger that may have eventuated in the AIDS from which he died. But he also finally married and had two sons. He makes a fascinating subject, fascinating enough to compensate for Winecoff''s often plodding treatment. Ray Olson

From Kirkus Reviews

This is the first book by Winecoff, a graduate of the film program at UCLA, who ``grew up around the corner'''' from his subject, Psycho star Anthony Perkins. Unfortunately for his career and his emotional balance, Perkins was quickly condemned to be thought of as just that, the star of Alfred Hitchcock''s epochal 1960 film. Although he had a not undistinguished career on stage and actually made few horror films until relatively late in his career, Perkins would be forever identified with the knife-wielding Norman Bates. However, as Winecoff''s book amply documents, that was one of his lesser problems. Perkins was the son of the famous stage actor Osgood Perkins, who died when the boy was only five. Perkins''s mother, Jane, was a cold and dominating woman. The boy was sent to boarding schools, where he was generally miserable. His life was made all the more difficult by his realization that he was gay. Winecoff assiduously traces Perkins''s career path--from summer stock to a premature Hollywood debut in Cukor''s The Actress, to Broadway success in Look Homeward, Angel, then back to Hollywood for Friendly Persuasion and stardom. Perkins had a somewhat ambiguous marriage to Berry Berenson, which produced two children, whom he doted on. His life and work after Psycho seem to constitute a nearly unbroken downward spiral, including an escalating drug problem and culminating with his death in 1992 from AIDS. The book is the product of a tremendous amount of homework; Winecoff seems to have interviewed everyone living who ever worked with Perkins. Unfortunately, the prose is gratingly melodramatic and filled with mixed metaphors and solecisms (a play ``had flopped without a trace''''). Winecoff shows little affection for most of Perkins''s work, which leads the reader to wonder why why he has produced this long and tedious book. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club selections) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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[Winecoff] has industry ... but his presentation consists of serving slabs of indirect quotes (much of it lascivious gossip). -- The New York Times Book Review,

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Laura
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Winecoff shows little affection for Perkins work.
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2018
I grew up watching Anthony Perkins movies. I remember when he died and watching his last movie In the Deep Woods on television. This book is well researched, but it tends to focus on his private life. You''ll see how hard he worked to keep the fact that he was gay hidden... See more
I grew up watching Anthony Perkins movies. I remember when he died and watching his last movie In the Deep Woods on television. This book is well researched, but it tends to focus on his private life. You''ll see how hard he worked to keep the fact that he was gay hidden from Hollywood and his fans. If you like biographies about famous celebrities and gossip about their personal lives then this is a good read. If you are looking for information about his movies you should get the book More than a Psycho. This book is also available on amazon. There is a picture of the book below my review. Split image is a well researched book about Anthony Perkins private life. The author is a homosexual who refers to Anthony Perkins as his doppelganger. A doppelganger is a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person. The author does not look like Anthony Perkins. The only thing the author has in common with the writer is they are both gay. The writer never writes another book after this book. The author doesn''t like his movies. So then, it appears to the reader that Winecoff is struggling to work out some issue with his own sexuality by writing the book.
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Judith Berg
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Norman Bates in real life?
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020
I’m not a big fan of Anthony Perkins but I am of Old Hollywood so I got this to read and was not disappointed. First I didn’t know Anthony’s father was a film star too. He died when Anthony was but a baby and this definitely affected his life. Anthony grew up ostracized in... See more
I’m not a big fan of Anthony Perkins but I am of Old Hollywood so I got this to read and was not disappointed. First I didn’t know Anthony’s father was a film star too. He died when Anthony was but a baby and this definitely affected his life. Anthony grew up ostracized in school and was as a teenager feeling sexual urges for other men which he didn’t know how to handle. He was very close with his mother but they had a life hate relationship through out his life. He lived with other older women in his life but not sexually. His mother they feel was a lesbian as well. Anthony after stage success and later film success dated Tab Hunter and hide their relationship because back then it was not accepted matter of fact it was illegal. Anthony had this fight going on inside him about his sexuality and as a result got married during counseling sessions to quote fix this problem. He stayed married right up to his death which was from complications from AIDS and had two sons. Anthony in my opinion wasn’t a very nice person he to me was Norman Bates in real life. This movie role really affected later film parts because people kept associating he with this movie. I felt Charles Winecott did an excellent job and it was a good read and old Hollywood fans will appreciate this book.
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Barry Sparks
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An uncomfortable star, both blessed and cursed
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2015
Anthony Perkins will always be remembered for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock''s Psycho. The movie turned out to be both the blessing and the curse of his career. Uncomfortable as a star, Perkins never attained the heights of stardom that many felt he would.... See more
Anthony Perkins will always be remembered for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock''s Psycho. The movie turned out to be both the blessing and the curse of his career. Uncomfortable as a star, Perkins never attained the heights of stardom that many felt he would.

After Fear Strikes Out and Psycho, Perkins seemed to be on his way to stardom. The 28-year-old Perkins, however, didn''t make another film in the United States for the next eight years. Although he enjoyed working in Europe, he was poorly managed and the result was a string of unmemorable movies.

The handsome Perkins, who was a homosexual, was shy, awkward, insecure, intense and uncomfortable around women. He was, however, also intelligent, witty and sensitive. Perkins didn''t have his first sexual encounter with a woman until he was 39. Shortly afterwards, he surprised many people by marrying actress Berry Berenson, by whom he had two sons. Although married, Perkins continued his homosexual activities.

Author Charles Winecoff says Perkins spent his life "trying to defend his false image." During the 1950s and 1960s, Hollywood stars had to hide their homosexuality, or risk their careers. Perkins and Tab Hunter had a serious relationship.

Perkins'' later years were marked by drug use and roles in small-budget and little seen horror films, including three sequels of Psycho. Much of the time, he was unlikable and difficult to be around.

On March 27, 1990, the National Enquirer revealed that Anthony Perkins had AIDS. He died Sept. 12, 1992, at age 60.

Through extensive interviews with Perkins'' friends and associates, Winecoff helps readers to better know and understand the star and his struggles.
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Stella Jones
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Excellent gift for fans of Anthony Perkins
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2015
My sister is a big fan of Anthony Perkins, so I purchased this book for her birthday. She loved it! She said, "It has great insight into his life that I had no idea about!"
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Beatriz Rajacic
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Awesome Seller & Great Read!
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018
The book arrived a day earlier and in immaculate condition. It was so nice of the seller to write a little note to me as well. I love the book! I love Anthony Perkins! A wonderful addition to my book collection. Thank you so much Mike!
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Norman Freed
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almost a good read
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
Perkins lead an interesting life: this book is over written and gossipy!
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West Coast Craig
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All about Anthony Perkins
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2016
Excellent biography with a balanced look at Perkins complicated life and relationships. Thoughtfully written, read it in two days!
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2016
Good read.
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Wingate
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Eccentric Actor haunted By Norman Bates
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2012
There are some actors who are type cast by just one role.Two that come to mind are Bela Lugosi for Dracula and Basil Rathbone for Sherlock Holmes.Anthony Perkins was typecast as Norman Bates.his subsequent performances all teneded to remind one of that memorable...See more
There are some actors who are type cast by just one role.Two that come to mind are Bela Lugosi for Dracula and Basil Rathbone for Sherlock Holmes.Anthony Perkins was typecast as Norman Bates.his subsequent performances all teneded to remind one of that memorable character.Some 20 years after he appeared in 3 sequels to Psycho.He often found it difficult to find work.Mind you he comes over as a rather odd person,which presumably didnt help.The author has done a very good job of researching his life.It is not easy to fill 460 pages on an actor such as Perkins.However by dint of a large number of interviews the author has managed to make this a most engrossing book about a rather sad man whose life was a mass of contradictions.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 4, 2018
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Todd Imrie
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Excellent Biography !
Reviewed in Canada on September 15, 2021
I read this book last year as a library borrow. I loved it. I thought it was one of my favourite books of the year. Thus I was so glad to have this chance to buy a copy of it. I think it will be a great add to my celebrity bio collection. I am grateful to Russell-books for...See more
I read this book last year as a library borrow. I loved it. I thought it was one of my favourite books of the year. Thus I was so glad to have this chance to buy a copy of it. I think it will be a great add to my celebrity bio collection. I am grateful to Russell-books for sending it along so quickly.
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Samuel Barber
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Joan Fontaine was not Anthony Perkins'' kind of actress.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2014
Not much to commend this book other than the fact that Anthony Perkins didn''t get on with Joan Fontaine. ''She was full of vile language'', and they ''had no rapport at all.''
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