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Berinthia (Berry) Perkins (Berenson)

Birthplace: Murray Hill, New York, NY, United States
Death: September 11, 2001 (53)
One World Trade Center, New York, NY, United States (September 11 attacks as a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Lawrence Berenson and Gogo Schiaparelli
Wife of Anthony (Tony) Perkins
Mother of Oz Perkins and Elvis Perkins
Sister of Marisa Berenson

Occupation: Actor, Photographer, Model
Managed by: Private User
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About Berry Berenson

Berinthia "Berry" Berenson Perkins was an American photographer, actress, and model. Perkins was also known as the wife of actor Anthony Perkins and died in the September 11 attacks as a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11.

She was born Berinthia Berenson on April 14, 1948 in Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York, the younger daughter of Robert L. Berenson, an American diplomat turned shipping executive, who was of Lithuanian Jewish descent; his family's original surname was Valvrojenski. Her mother was born Countess Maria Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor, better known as Gogo Schiaparelli, a socialite of Italian, Swiss, French, and Egyptian ancestry.

Her maternal grandmother was the Italian-born fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and her maternal grandfather was Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor, a Theosophist and psychic medium. Her elder sister, Marisa Berenson, became a well-known model and actress. She also was a great-grandniece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer who believed he had discovered the supposed canals of Mars, and a great-grandniece of art expert Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) and his sister Senda Berenson (1868–1954), an athlete and educator who was one of the first two women elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Following a brief modeling career in the late 1960s, Berenson became a freelance photographer. By 1973, her photographs had been published in Life, Glamour, Vogue and Newsweek.

She also appeared in several motion pictures, including Cat People, with Malcolm McDowell. She starred opposite Anthony Perkins in the 1978 Alan Rudolph film Remember My Name and opposite Jeff Bridges in the 1979 film Winter Kills.

On 9 August 1973, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Berenson married the actor Anthony Perkins. They had two sons: the actor-musician Oz Perkins (born 2 February 1974) and the folk/rock recording artist Elvis Perkins (born 9 February 1976). They remained married until Perkins' death of AIDS on 12 September 1992.

Berenson died at age 53 in the September 11, 2001 attacks aboard American Airlines Flight 11, one day before the 9th anniversary of Perkins death. She was returning to her California home following a holiday on Cape Cod.

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Berry Berenson's Timeline

April 14, 1948
New York, NY, United States
February 2, 1974
New York, New York, United States
February 9, 1976
New York City
September 11, 2001
Age 53
New York, NY, United States