Alternative History

Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932- September 11 2001) was an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American actor, best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and its four sequels.

Personal life[]

On August 9, 1973, Perkins married photographer Berry Berenson. They had two sons: actor Oz Perkins (b. February 2, 1974), and musician Elvis Perkins (b. February 9, 1976). They remained happily married until they both died in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

Perkins was bisexual. He once said he felt too nervous around women, and resisted actresses Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot, who had tried to seduce him during his youth. Sources say he had exclusively same-sex relationships until his late 30s. He reportedly had affairs with actors Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and dancer-choreographer Grover Dale prior to marrying Berenson. At one point, Perkins underwent therapy to "cure" his sexuality. His first heterosexual affair was with actress Victoria Principal. On the morning after their first night together, Perkins said he was a changed man, and that his last trace of anxiety of women was gone.

Anthony Perkins and Berry Berenson was killed on the American Airlines Flight 11, during the September 11, 2001 attacks.