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9/11 Tribute to Berinthia ‘Berry’ Berenson Perkins – American Airlines Flight 11

September 11, 2011

Berinthia ‘Berry’  Berenson Perkins (April 14, 1948 – September 11, 2001). She was an actress, photographer and model who was born on April 14, 1948 in Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York to  Robert L. Berenson and Gogo Schiaparelli Berenson. Her grandmother was the Italian-born fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Fascinated with photography from an early age, Berry later on became a photographer. Through her photography work in fashion magazines, including shooting fashion layouts, she followed in the footsteps of her sister Marisa, who was a top model in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and also started doing modeling work. Her modeling photos appeared in Vogue,Town & Country, Glamour, and many other magazines. Berry also took many of the cover photos for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine in the 70’s and her photos appeared in many other magazines.

In 1972 at a party for the film Play it as it Lays, Berry met Anthony Perkins, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s original version of Psycho (1960). She said years later “It was something which I preferred to keep a fantasy”.  At the party she was introduced by their mutual close friend Joel Schumacher. Berry later on asked to interview and photograph Anthony ‘Tony’ for for Interview Magazine. It was during these meetings that he fell in love with her and their relationship grew. Tony was mesmerized by her and later said  “I didn’t think there were any girls like that in the world. I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t already married.”

Berry moved in with Tony, and they were married on August 9, 1973, in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. The beautiful bride wore a pastel pink, blue and green dress, in hand was a bouquet of wild flowers and went barefoot. She was 25, 4 months pregnant with their first son Osgood ‘Oz’, Tony was 41. She said at the time that their marriage was like “a dream come true”. Their second son Elvis, was born on February 9, 1976. In 1978 Berry was in the film Remember my Name as Barbara Curry. The cast included her husband Tony, Jeff Goldblum, Moses Gunn and Alfre Woodard.

Berry devoted much of her time to raising their two sons. In 1977, Berry told The New York Times, “I’m so delighted with my life. I have this fabulous husband, the man I always wanted to marry. I have two fabulous children, which I always wanted, we’re all so happy.”

She later on completed a book on her old friend the late fashion designer Halston, in early 2001. “Berry spent the summer of 2001, in her Cape Cod, Massachusetts home which had belonged to Tony Perkins since the early 1960’s. She was flying home to California, back to her home in the Hollywood Hills on September 11, 2001, to see her son Elvis perform, and also be with her sons on the anniversary of their father’s death the next day. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, the first plane which was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 am, the morning of September 11, 2001. She was 53 years old when she was killed in the worst terrorist attack that has ever occured in the history of the United States. She died one day before the ninth anniversary of Anthony Perkins death.”

On this 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Berinthia Berenson Perkins, you will always be remembered as an American Hero.


 

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