Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Split Image: the Life of Anthony Perkins” as Want to Read:
Split Image: the Life of Anthony Perkins
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Split Image: the Life of Anthony Perkins

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Compelling and surprising, here is the first in-depth look at the double life of one of the world's most recognizable film stars. Split Image insightfully and comprehensively documents the life of Anthony Perkins, who was forced to act the part of a sexy ladies' man while privately struggling with his own homosexuality. Years of careful research and more than 300 interview ...more
Hardcover
Published September 1st 1996 by Dutton Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Split Image, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Split Image

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Gustavo
Oct 25, 2012 Gustavo rated it did not like it
Not bad, some interesting things here and there... but the author HATES Tony (and love the sexual life of the actor - altough many things seem to be too fantastic to be true!)

I must give one example: Tony has recorded 3 albums during his life - great albums, all of them (go check the reviews or listen to them yourself). But the writer gives only very brief comments about them, not caring about them, just as some passing thoughts. But on the 80's Tony did a live version of one of his most famous
...more
Lukas (LukeLaneReads)
This started off being a very informative book about the actors life...but then it slipped into a bunch of information connected by kiss and tell stories.

It starts off well, the information on Perkins childhood is very well researched but the further into the book you get, the more it seems like the author has some kind of agenda. I will agree with the other reviewer in the fact that it seems as if the writer HATES Perkins, every one of his roles that isn't 'Psycho' is lauded here as a failure,
...more
Lara
Jul 01, 2013 Lara rated it it was ok
Winecoff, you're going to have to work a lot harder than this to make me hate Tony.

I read this while couch-ridden thanks to a foot injury (I fell while mopping, my toe got caught in a crack in the floor, and my toe nail was torn out of my foot from the root. Let's just say I understand why it's used as a form of torture.) I have to second the other reviews here. While Winecoff obviously did a huge amount of research for this book, some of his sources are questionable at best. Are we really supp
...more
Hayden
Jul 17, 2015 Hayden rated it liked it
The first time I watched Psycho was October 19th, 2013, and I've been a major fan of Anthony Perkins ever since. I own a number of his movies and I've seen all but six of them, and boast a collection of over 700 pictures of him and a poster of one of the pictures on my wall. That being said, I knew a good amount about him before I read this book, and I had been purposely keeping off reading this because I was nervous after reading multiple reviews.

I've written essay length blog posts about my is
...more
Eric Klee
Jul 02, 2013 Eric Klee rated it it was ok
I admit that I haven't read a lot of biographies, so I'm not sure if SPLIT IMAGE is how they typically are or not. It's a huge book/doorstop (almost 500 pages), but it's just fact after fact strung together. There's no real story to it. You don't get involved with the characters (in this case, Anthony Perkins). It just felt like I was reading a very long Wikipedia entry.

I can tell a lot of research went into creating this book. The author certainly did his homework, pulling together quotes from
...more
Mary
Dec 31, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Split Image: The Life of Anthony Perkins (Dutton,$24.95, 482 pages) Charles Winecoff, a graduate of the UCLA film school, attempts to shed perspective on the real person rather than the public image the troubled actor contrived to satisfy both a homophobic society and a tyrannical entertainment industry. Like many before him and since, Perkins was a victim of Hollywood's infamous closet, compelled to be a romantic leading man while privately struggling with his homosexuality. Furthermore, he ...more
April Rhea
Oct 18, 2015 April Rhea rated it did not like it
i got this book free from an online bookseller. I was suprised when I found out how thick it was, but I read it. The book is disappointing because it seems to me that the author is only based on Anthony Perkins' career and his homosexuality, and didn't even interviewed Berry Perkins and his sons. so as a reader we dont know who Anthony Perkins is as a husband and as a father. The writing is also one sided and to me it seems the author hates Tony. Sorry, but for those who plan or want to have thi ...more
Abbe B.
Jan 03, 2017 Abbe B. rated it liked it
I was one of the 300 interviews that Charlie Winecoff made in the early-mid 1990's when writing his biography on Tony Perkins. I cannot say he did not like Tony P. I will say that Charlie preferred to focus on the angst Tony had as an extremely attractive and sexy gay man in a matinee idol-world. He had many mountains to climb, including that in the acting profession. Osgood Perkins was called the greatest actor of his generation in 1926 I believe, and 30 years later Tony came close as Thomas Wo ...more
Lizzie
Oct 04, 2013 Lizzie rated it really liked it
Attempting a biography of someone who's known for witholding facts about himself and leading a double life is a challenge. Winecoff talked to something like 700 people, going back to Perkins' childhood and college days (surprise guest star: Mr Rogers. they went to school together). He does a pretty good job of showing what Perkins was like as a friend and fellow actor, though he never gets under his skin. I actually found this more satisfying than those biographies that purport to have the key t ...more
George Ilsley
Jan 02, 2013 George Ilsley rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, biography
It is always astonishing to realize how many crappy movies have been made.

This biography was somehow disappointing. Not as salacious as other reviewers here have promised, not that interesting or insightful. A lot of detail, not much overview. Mean at times, such as when Winecoff kept mentioning that Berry was not even considered for a role. First of all, he does not know everything producers had talked about, and second, just mean-spirited I thought to keep saying it.

Why do actors remain closet
...more
Julie_ian_curtis
Sep 25, 2014 Julie_ian_curtis rated it liked it
Shelves: i-has-it, non-fiction
Much better than anthony perkins the life. Author was way harsh on Tony's singing - not much info given on it which I think is the authors opinion. Taking the s&m stuff with a grain of salt. Taub hunter fans - lots more taub here. Good things were said about daughter of darkness. The author seemed to dislike tony this was obvious in his writing.
Shana
Apr 16, 2014 Shana rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot especially the start of the book. As it goes on, there is a lot of hate it seems. It seems that the author didn't like any of Tony's work after he had done Psycho.
Aric Cushing
There have been a few books written about Perkins. This is the best. Very well researched, with all the 'hidden gay side of Perkins' out (literally, ha ha), on the page.
Bleedingorange
informative and sometimes very cruel. still, as intriguing as i thought.
Pam Rios
Pam Rios rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2013
Millie
Millie rated it really liked it
Jul 02, 2010
Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor rated it it was ok
Apr 12, 2014
Claudia
Claudia rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2011
Teddie
Teddie rated it really liked it
Apr 01, 2011
James Beck
James Beck rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2016
James Burkhalter
James Burkhalter rated it really liked it
Jul 11, 2008
Heatherk
Heatherk rated it liked it
Nov 01, 2013
Pozzi
Pozzi rated it really liked it
Aug 19, 2014
Julien Pierre
Julien Pierre rated it it was ok
Jun 29, 2014
Kyle  Furr
Kyle Furr rated it liked it
Jan 23, 2013
Ben
Ben rated it liked it
Nov 18, 2008
Britta
Britta rated it really liked it
Jan 26, 2012
Sharon
Sharon rated it it was amazing
Jun 21, 2012
Catherine
Catherine rated it really liked it
Jun 08, 2011
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses
  • Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful Of Gitanes
  • Breaking the Surface
  • And a Voice to Sing With
  • Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah
  • The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water
  • Mishima: A Vision of the Void
  • Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
  • The Confession
  • When I Knew
  • First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents' Wives and Their Power, 1789-1961
  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
  • Lake Effect
  • Ruby's Diary: Reflections on All I've Lost and Gained
  • The Bob Dylan Scrapbook: 1956-1966
  • The Male Cross-Dresser Support Group
  • Finally Thin!: How I Lost More Than 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off--and How You Can, Too
  • The Sewing Circle: Hollywood's Greatest Secret: Female Stars Who Loved Other Women

Share This Book