Split Image: 8the Life of Anthony Perkins
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Split Image: 8the Life of Anthony Perkins

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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
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Published September 1st 1996 by Dutton Books
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Gustavo Vazquez
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
Luke
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
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
Mary
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
Eric Klee
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
Lizzie
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
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
Shana
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.
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