Facts about Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate died at 26 years old
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Best known as: Famous victim of Charles Manson

     

     

Sharon Tate Biography

Sharon Tate was a rising young movie star when she was killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969.

A former homecoming queen with smart blonde good looks, Sharon Tate had a small part in Eye of the Devil (1967, with David Niven) and a larger part in Valley of the Dolls (1967, with Patty Duke), among other films. She met the Polish director Roman Polanski while shooting the horror comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967). They became a popular jet-set couple, and they married on January 20, 1968.

Tate was eight months pregnant with their first child when she and four friends were murdered on August 9, 1969 in her Los Angeles home during a killing spree by the so-called Manson Family — followers of the deranged Charles Manson. The grisly murders became one of the most lurid crime landmarks of the late 1960s, and were the subject of Vincent Bugliosi’s best-selling 1974 book Helter Skelter.

Sharon Tate’s last film, The Thirteen Chairs, was released after her death in 1969. An Italian comedy, it co-starred Orson Welles. Charles Manson died in prison nearly five decades later, in 2017.

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Roman Polanski later became a celebrated director of films like Chinatown (1974) and The Pianist (2002, for which he won the Oscar as best director). He also fled the United States in 1978 after being charged with the sexual assault of  a 13-year-old girl, Samantha Gailey; Polanski has yet to return to the U.S.


     

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