Today we look back at the tragically short life of Actress Sharon Tate
Actress Sharon Tate would have been 80 years old today
Actress Sharon Tate was born on January 24, 1943, in Dallas, Texas. Starting out in Hollywood in the early 1960s, she appeared in a recurring role on the television show “The Beverly Hillbillies”, and in bit parts in movies, including “The Americanization of Emily” (1964) and “The Sandpiper” (1965). In 1965, she landed her first major movie role, in “Eye of the Devil”, starring David Niven and Deborah Kerr. After filming the movie in France, she met the movie director Roman Polanski in London, auditioning successfully for his horror spoof, “The Fearless Vampire Killers” (1967). The couple began a romantic relationship and were married in January 1968. Sharon Tate’s breakthrough performance came in the hit 1967 film “Valley of the Dolls”, based on the best-selling novel by Jacqueline Susann and co-starring Patty Duke and Susan Hayward. Also in 1967, she appeared in “Don’t Make Waves” with Tony Curtis, and in 1968 had a starring role in the comedy “The Wrecking Crew”, with Dean Martin. With the success of “Valley of the Dolls” and Polanski’s creepy thriller, “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), Tate and Polanski became one of the most visible couples in Hollywood. After completing filming on “12 + 1 ” released in (1970) in Italy in 1969, Tate returned to Los Angeles, where she and her husband were renting a house on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon. Polanski remained at the couple’s home in England, working on his latest film. On August 9, 1969, the 26-year-old Tate (then eight and a half months pregnant) was brutally murdered in her home, along with three houseguests, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and a friend of the house’s caretaker, Steven Parent, by a group of people who were later revealed to be part of the “Manson family,” a murderous cult driven by the apocalyptic fantasies of its deranged leader, Charles Manson.
By Ken Warren, 2017/18
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