Sharon Tate

Actor
In life, actress Sharon Tate lent a willowy, sensual presence to a handful of motion pictures in the storied year of 1967, including "Valley of the Dolls," "Don't Make Waves," and her husband Roman Polanski's "The ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1943 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

The Wrecking Crew 1968 (Movie)

Freya Carlson (Actor)

Don't Make Waves 1967 (Movie)

Malibu (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Jennifer North (Actor)

The Fearless Vampire Killers 1966 (Movie)

Sarah--Shagal's Daughter (Actor)

Eye of the Devil 1965 (Movie)

Odile (Actor)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

In life, actress Sharon Tate lent a willowy, sensual presence to a handful of motion pictures in the storied year of 1967, including "Valley of the Dolls," "Don't Make Waves," and her husband Roman Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers. " Sadly, her work on film and in television was overshadowed by her senseless murder in 1969 by members of Charles Manson's cult, The Family, and her death would remain one of Hollywood's greatest tragedies, as well as a key component in one of the 20th century's most shocking crimes. In subsequent years, the efforts of her family to remember Tate's life in a positive light through advocacy for victims' rights helped to remove the pall of the brutality she endured, and she eventually entered the pantheon of performers whose talent and beauty shone brightly, if all too briefly, for audiences around the world.

Relationships

Debborah Tate

Sister

Patricia Tate

Sister

Philippe Forquet

Companion
involved in the early 1960s reportedly was abusive to Tate, who ended the relationship after being hospitalized

Roman Polanski Actor

Husband
Met shortly before filming "The Fearless Vampire Killers" (1967) Polanski directed Tate and starred opposite her in "The Fearless Vampire Killers" (1967) Married Jan. 20, 1968 in London Eight months pregnant with the couple's first child (a boy), Tate was brutally murdered on Aug. 9, 1969 by members of Charles Manson's "Family"

Paul Polanski

Son
Tate was eight months pregnant when she and her unborn child were murdered

Jay Sebring

Companion
remained friends after their breakup was murdered with Tate on August 9, 1969

Paul Tate

Father
was a lieutenant colonel in the US Army

Doris Tate

Mother
died on July 10, 1992 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, of a brain tumor

EDUCATION

Vicenza American High School

Verona

Milestones

1968

Last film, "The Wrecking Crew"

1967

Played actress Jennifer North in "Valley of the Dolls"

1966

Had leading role in "The Fearless Vampire Killers", directed by future husband Roman Polanski

1965

Co-starred with David Niven and Deborah Kerr in "Eye of the Devil"

1964

First notable appearance in a film, small part in "The Americanization of Emily"

1963

Had regular role as bank secretary Janet Trego on the CBS comedy series "The Beverly Hillbillies"

1963

Cast as one of the leads in the CBS sitcom "Petticoat Junction"; replaced after her Playboy pictorial was discovered

1962

Made film debut in bit role in "Barabbas"

Appeared in TV commercials

Posed nude for Playboy

Bonus Trivia

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Film critic Andrew Sarris, writing about "The Fearless Vampire Killers...", described the "ghostly presence of the fatally beautiful Sharon Tate."

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