Sharon Tate
actress, victim of murder by Charles Manson followers
Sharon Tate
Sharon Marie Tate was an American actress. During the 1960s she played small television roles before appearing in several films. After receiving positive reviews for her comedic performances, she was hailed as one of Hollywood's promising newcomers and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Valley of the Dolls (1967). She also appeared regularly in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl.
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Sister of Sharon Tate Discusses Burglary - MyFox Los Angeles
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Los Angeles - On Thursday Debra Tate, the executor of her sister Sharon Tate's estate, talked to us about the recent burglary of her home. During the break-in Sharon's wedding dress, furs, and other items were stolen. Debra thinks she knows who was
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Home > movies > What's the Big Deal?: Rosemary's Baby - Film.com
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A year after Rosemary's Baby was released, his wife, Sharon Tate, and four others were killed by Charles Manson's insane followers at the Polanskis' LA home. (Polanski was in London on business.) Tate was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time
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Make the most of government's nosiness - Tbo.com
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In some ways, the census is representative of government sprawl. It began in 1790, and for 50 years it was a document that simply recorded heads of households and the age, race and sex (but not names) of
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Grieving Kin Endure Pain Of Fighting For the Dead
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SAN DIEGO -- The other day, at the sprawling state prison here, Linda and Alfred Tay sat in a cramped, windowless room, just feet from the man serving time for murdering their son. Quarters are close at parole hearings. They listened as the inmate made his case for parole. And then, exercising their rights as victims under California law, the Tays
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FLASH FRIDAY: Roman Polanski's (GOD OF) CARNAGE - Broadway World
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During this time, he met Sharon Tate - the star of his hilarious vampire horror spoof, THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS or PARDON ME, BUT YOUR TEETH ARE IN MY NECK later adapted into the European smash and the Broadway flop DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES - and it
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Fill in the blanks on unmarked graves - Tbo.com
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Lying peacefully in a little Trilby cemetery are four sibling babies whose tombstones carry no names. Who they were and why their brief lives were cut short has been lost to time
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This Day in History: Nixon Resigns the Presidency; Sharon Tate Murdered - Patch.com
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The 37th President of the United States resigned 37 years ago today; Sharon Tate and others discovered slain on same day in 1969. By Caitlin Burgess Effective at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 1974, Pres. Richard Nixon officially resigned as president of the
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TV Guide Network Gets Dirty with Celebrities' Most Salacious Scandals in "100 ... - The Futon Critic
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The infamous Black Dahlia murder, vaudeville star Fatty Arbuckle accused of killing a young starlet, the stabbing of Lana Turner's lover by her own daughter and the gruesome slaying of the beautiful Sharon Tate by followers of Charles Manson all make
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Find your way to ancestral homes – virtually, at least - Tbo.com
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There I was, sitting at my home computer in Hillsborough County, one hand on the wheel (uh, mouse), zipping down Florida Highway 90 in Gadsden County. Some of you, thinking you missed something, probably went back and reread that
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10 Best Actors Who Died Young - Screen Junkies
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Sharon Tate, 26. The young Sharon Tate was the star of "Valley Of The Dolls." Sharon was the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski when she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. Bruce Lee, 32. Bruce Lee was a martial arts icon even before he
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An Anti-Climactic Close to Hollywood Murder Investigation - Huffington Post (blog)
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Thinking back on her case brought to mind another infamous Hollywood homicide -- the killings more than four decades ago of actress Sharon Tate and group of her notable friends at her rented home on Cielo Drive by a deranged Charles Manson
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Researching race requires more than census records - Tbo.com
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For much of America's early history, sexual relations and marriage between members of the white and other races were forbidden. But as with other issues, passing a law simply gave individuals something to
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The Unexpected Icon: Valley Of The Dolls - StyleList
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by Simone Kitchens (Subscribe to Simone Kitchens's posts) Once you get past all the pill-popping drama, there's some serious beauty inspiration in this movie from 1967, starring Sharon Tate, Barbara Parkins and Patty Duke. The film, based on the book
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EXCLUSIVE: You can be a bit of a footballer or a bit of a cricketer. You just ... - Daily Mail
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'Sharon Tate was so beautiful. Roman Polanski, he was the man. He saw me in a television interview and liked the look of me. He gave me a part in his Dracula spoof. 'Maybe he didn't like the look of me. He cast me as a bloody monster, a hunchback with
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sharon Tate
    TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 26
    Tate's last completed film, 12+1 (costarring Orson Welles), was released in 1969 after her death, with the actress receiving top billing.
    More Details Hide Details A decade after the murders, Tate's mother, Doris, in response to the growing cult status of the killers and the possibility that any of them might be granted parole, organized a public campaign against what she considered shortcomings in the state's corrections system. It resulted in amendments to the California criminal law in 1982 that allowed crime victims and their families to make victim impact statements during sentencing and at parole hearings. Doris Tate was the first person to make such an impact statement under the new law when she spoke at the parole hearing of Charles "Tex" Watson, one of her daughter's killers. She believed changes in the law had afforded her daughter dignity that had been denied her before and that she had been able to "help transform Sharon's legacy from murder victim to a symbol of victims' rights". Sharon Tate was born in Dallas, Texas, the eldest of three daughters, to Colonel Paul James Tate (1922–2005), a United States Army officer, and his wife, Doris Gwendolyn (née Willett). At six months of age, Sharon won the "Miss Tiny Tot of Dallas Pageant", but her parents had no show business ambitions for their daughter. Paul Tate was promoted and transferred several times. By age 16, as an army brat, Sharon had lived in six different cities, and she reportedly found it difficult to maintain friendships. Her family described her as shy and lacking in self-confidence.
    On August 8, 1969, Tate was two weeks from giving birth.
    More Details Hide Details She entertained two friends, actresses Joanna Pettet and Barbara Lewis, for lunch at her home, confiding in them her disappointment at Polanski's delay in returning from London. That afternoon, Polanski telephoned her as did her younger sister, Debra, who called to ask if she and their sister, Patti, could spend the night with her. Tate declined, offering to have them over another time. Later that evening, Tate dined at her favorite restaurant, El Coyote, with Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger, returning at about 10:30 p.m. Shortly after midnight, they were murdered by members of Charles Manson's "family" and their bodies were discovered the following morning by Tate's housekeeper, Winifred Chapman. Police arrived at the scene to find the body of a young man, later identified as Steven Parent, shot dead in his car, which was in the driveway. Inside the house, the bodies of Tate and Sebring were found in the living room; a long rope tied around each of their necks connected them. On the front lawn lay the bodies of Frykowski and Folger. All of the victims, except Parent, had been stabbed numerous times. The coroner's report for Tate noted that she had been stabbed sixteen times, and that "five of the wounds were in and of themselves fatal".
    She returned from London to Los Angeles, on July 20, 1969, traveling alone on the QE2.
    More Details Hide Details Polanski was due to return on August 12 in time for the birth, and he asked Frykowski and Folger to stay in the house with Tate until then.
    In March 1969, she traveled to Italy to begin filming, while Polanski went to London to work on The Day of the Dolphin (1973).
    More Details Hide Details Frykowski and Folger moved into the Cielo Drive house. After completing The Thirteen Chairs, Tate joined Polanski in London. She posed in their apartment for photographer Terry O'Neill in casual domestic scenes such as opening baby gifts, and completed a series of glamour photographs for the British magazine Queen. A journalist asked Tate in a late July interview if she believed in fate, to which she replied, "Certainly. My whole life has been decided by fate. I think something more powerful than we are decides our fates for us. I know one thing — I've never planned anything that ever happened to me."
  • 1968
    Age 25
    She became pregnant near the end of 1968, and on February 15, 1969, she and Polanski moved to 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon.
    More Details Hide Details The house had previously been occupied by their friends, Terry Melcher and Candice Bergen. Tate and Polanski had visited it several times, and Tate was thrilled to learn it was available, referring to it as her "love house". At their new home, the Polanskis continued to be popular hosts for their large group of friends, although some of their friends still worried about the strange types who continued to show up at their parties. Encouraged by positive reviews of her comedic performances, Tate chose the comedy The Thirteen Chairs (1969) as her next project, as she later explained, largely for the opportunity to co-star with Orson Welles.
    In the summer of 1968, Tate began her next film, The Wrecking Crew (1969), a comedy in which she played Freya Carlson, an accident-prone spy, who was also a romantic interest for star Dean Martin, playing Matt Helm.
    More Details Hide Details She performed her own stunts and was taught martial arts by Bruce Lee. The film was successful and brought Tate strong reviews, with many reviewers praising her comedic performance. The New York Times critic Vincent Canby criticized the film but wrote, "The only nice thing is Sharon Tate, a tall, really great-looking girl." Martin commented that he intended to make another "Matt Helm" film, and that he wanted Tate to reprise her role. Around this time Tate was feted as a promising newcomer. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as "New Star of the Year – Actress" for her Valley of the Dolls performance. She placed fourth behind Mia Farrow, Judy Geeson, and Katharine Houghton for a "Golden Laurel" award as the year's "Most Promising Newcomer" with the results published in the Motion Picture Exhibitor magazine. She was also runner-up to Lynn Redgrave in the Motion Picture Heralds poll for "The Star of Tomorrow", in which box-office drawing power was the main criterion for inclusion on the list. These results indicated that her career was beginning to accelerate and for her next film, Tate negotiated a fee of $150,000.
    Tate and Polanski moved into the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles for a few months until they arranged to lease Patty Duke's home on Summit Ridge Drive in Beverly Hills during the latter part of 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The Polanski house was often full of strangers, and Tate regarded the casual atmosphere as part of the "free spirit" of the times, saying that she did not mind who came into her home as her motto was "live and let live". Her close friend Leslie Caron later commented that the Polanskis were too trusting — "to the point of recklessness" — and that she had been alarmed by it.
    On January 20, 1968 while in London, Tate married Roman Polanski, her director and costar in The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967).
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  • 1967
    Age 24
    A March 1967 article about Tate in Playboy began, "This is the year that Sharon Tate happens " and included six nude or partially nude photographs taken by Roman Polanski during filming of The Fearless Vampire Killers.
    More Details Hide Details Tate was optimistic: Eye of the Devil and The Fearless Vampire Killers were each due for release, and she had been signed to play a major role in the film version of Valley of the Dolls. One of the all-time bestsellers, the film version was highly publicized and anticipated, and while Tate acknowledged that such a prominent role should further her career, she confided to Polanski that she did not like either the book or the script. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Judy Garland were cast as the other leads. Susan Hayward replaced Garland a few weeks later when she was dismissed. Director Mark Robson was highly critical of the three principal actresses, but according to Duke, directed most of his criticism at Tate. Duke later said Robson "continually treated Tate like an imbecile, which she definitely was not, and she was very attuned and sensitive to this treatment". Polanski later quoted Robson as saying to him, "That's a great girl you're living with. Few actresses have her kind of vulnerability. She's got a great future."
    In late 1967, Tate and Polanski returned to London and were frequent subjects of newspaper and magazine articles. Tate was depicted as being untraditional and modern, and was quoted as saying couples should live together before marrying. They were married in Chelsea, London, on January 20, 1968, with considerable publicity.
    More Details Hide Details Polanski was dressed in what the press described as "Edwardian finery", while Tate was attired in a white minidress. The couple moved into Polanski's mews house off Eaton Square in Belgravia. Photographer Peter Evans later described them as "the imperfect couple. They were the Douglas Fairbanks/Mary Pickford of our time... Cool, nomadic, talented and nicely shocking." While Tate reportedly wanted a traditional marriage, Polanski remained somewhat promiscuous and described Tate's attitude to his infidelity as "Sharon's big hang-up". He reminded Tate that she had promised that she would not try to change him. Tate accepted Polanski's conditions, though she confided to friends that she hoped he would change. Peter Evans quoted Tate as saying, "We have a good arrangement. Roman lies to me and I pretend to believe him." Polanski urged Tate to end her association with Martin Ransohoff, and Tate began to place less importance on her career, until Polanski told her he wanted to be married to "a hippie, not a housewife". The couple returned to Los Angeles and quickly became part of a social group that included some of the most successful young people in the film industry, including Warren Beatty, Jacqueline Bisset, Leslie Caron, Joan Collins, Mia Farrow, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Laurence Harvey, Steve McQueen, Joanna Pettet, Peter Sellers; older film stars like Yul Brynner, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, and Danny Kaye; musicians such as Jim Morrison and the Mamas & the Papas; and record producer Terry Melcher and his girlfriend Candice Bergen.
  • 1965
    Age 22
    In late 1965, Ransohoff finally gave Tate her first major role in a motion picture in the film Eye of the Devil, costarring David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, and David Hemmings.
    More Details Hide Details Tate and Sebring traveled to London to prepare for filming, where she met the Alexandrian Wiccan High Priest and High Priestess Alex and Maxine Sanders. Meanwhile, as part of Ransohoff's promotion of Tate, he arranged the production of a short documentary called All Eyes on Sharon Tate, to be released at the same time as Eye of the Devil. It included an interview with Eye of the Devil director J. Lee Thompson, who expressed his initial doubts about Tate's potential with the comment, "We even agreed that if after the first two weeks Sharon was not quite making it, we would put her back in cold storage," but added he soon realized Tate was "tremendously exciting". Tate played Odile, a witch who exerts a mysterious power over a landowner, played by Niven, and his wife, played by Kerr. Although she did not have as many lines as the other actors, Tate's performance was considered crucial to the film, and she was required, more than the other cast members, to set an ethereal tone. Niven described her as a "great discovery", and Kerr said that with "a reasonable amount of luck" Tate would be a great success. In interviews, Tate commented on her good fortune in working with such professionals in her first film and said that she had learned a lot about acting simply by watching Kerr at work. Much of the filming took place in France, and Sebring returned to Los Angeles to fulfill his business obligations.
  • 1964
    Age 21
    In 1964, Tate made a screen test for Sam Peckinpah opposite Steve McQueen for the film The Cincinnati Kid.
    More Details Hide Details Ransohoff and Peckinpah agreed that Tate's timidity and lack of experience would cause her to flounder in such a large part, and she was rejected in favor of Tuesday Weld. She continued to gain experience with minor television appearances, and after she auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Liesl in the film version of The Sound of Music, Ransohoff gave Tate walk-on roles in two motion pictures in which he was the producer: The Americanization of Emily and The Sandpiper.
    In 1964, she met Jay Sebring, a former sailor who had established himself as a leading hair stylist in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Tate later said that Sebring's nature was especially gentle, but when he proposed marriage, she would not accept. She said she would retire from acting as soon as she married, and at that time she intended to focus on her career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 20
    In 1963, he introduced her to Martin Ransohoff, director of Filmways, Inc., who signed her to a seven-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details She was considered for the role of Billie Jo Bradley, on CBS's sitcom, Petticoat Junction, but Ransohoff believed that she lacked confidence and the role was given to Jeannine Riley. Ransohoff gave Tate small parts in Mister Ed and The Beverly Hillbillies to help her gain experience, but was unwilling to allow her to play a more substantial role. "Mr. Ransohoff didn't want the audience to see me till I was ready," Tate was quoted in a 1967 article in Playboy. During this time, Tate met the French actor Philippe Forquet and began a relationship with him. They became engaged, but the relationship was volatile and they frequently quarreled. Career pressures drove them apart and they broke up.
  • 1962
    Age 19
    The family returned to the United States in 1962, and Tate moved to Los Angeles, where she contacted Richard Beymer's agent, Harold Gefsky.
    More Details Hide Details After their first meeting, Gefsky agreed to represent her, and secured work for her in television and magazine advertisements.
  • 1961
    Age 18
    In 1961, Tate was employed by the singer Pat Boone and appeared with him in a television special he made in Venice.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, when Barabbas was being filmed near Verona, Tate was once again hired as an extra. Actor Jack Palance was impressed by her appearance and her attitude, although her role was too small to judge her talent. He arranged a screen test for her in Rome, but this did not lead to further work. Tate returned to the United States alone, saying she wanted to further her studies, but tried to find film work. After a few months, Doris Tate, who feared for her daughter's safety, suffered a nervous breakdown and her daughter was persuaded to return to Italy.
  • 1960
    Age 17
    She spoke of her ambition to study psychiatry, and also stated her intention to compete in the "Miss Washington" pageant in 1960, but before she could follow either course of action, Paul Tate was transferred to Italy, taking his family with him.
    More Details Hide Details On arriving in Verona, Sharon Tate learned that she had become a local celebrity owing to the publication of a photograph of her in a bathing suit on the cover of the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. She discovered a kinship with other students at the American school she attended in nearby Vicenza, recognizing that their backgrounds and feelings of separation were similar to her own, and for the first time in her life began to form lasting friendships. Tate and her friends became interested in the filming of Adventures of a Young Man, which was being made nearby with Paul Newman, Susan Strasberg, and Richard Beymer, and obtained parts as film extras. Beymer noticed Tate in the crowd and introduced himself, and the two dated during the production of the film, with Beymer encouraging Tate to pursue a film career.
  • 1959
    Age 16
    As she matured, people commented on her beauty; she began entering beauty pageants, winning the title of "Miss Richland" in Washington in 1959.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Age 0
    Born on January 24, 1943.
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