Rare photos of Sharon Tate
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Sharon Tate’s legacy has long been linked to the terrible tragedy of her death. It has now been over 50 years since the shocking Manson Cult murders and his passing. Here, we remember the actress and the life she leads in photos.
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Born a beauty queen
Sharon Tate was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1943. At just six months old, the future star was called Miss Tiny Tot.
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Born into a military family, Tate spent most of her childhood moving from town to town. “We were always traveling, often to a different country, and that made it difficult to keep friends,” said Tate’s sister, Debra Tate. The New York Times.
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Introduction to the film
While in high school in the late 1950s, Tate’s family was stationed in Italy, where she started working as an extra-cinema and fell in love with the theater.
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Working as a model
After Tate’s family returned to the United States, she found work as a model in 1960 as she continued her acting career.
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A move to Hollywood
Tate eventually moved to Hollywood to continue acting. In 1962, she took her big break and signed a seven-year contract with director Martin Ransohoff at Filmways Inc.
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Tate began auditioning for roles in various television shows. Here she poses (far right) with the leading actors of Petticoat junction in 1963. Tate auditioned for the role of Billie Jo, but was not hired.
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In the mid-sixties, the actress was successful on television, reserving guest spots on sitcoms like Mr. Ed and a recurring role on Beverly Hillbillies.
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After his success on television, director Martin Ransohoff felt ready to get into the cinema.
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A rocky relationship
Meanwhile, Tate and French actor Philippe Forquet got engaged in 1963. However, the two had a tumultuous relationship and broke off their engagement the following year.
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Return to TV
On the verge of a flourishing film career, Tate returned to television for an appearance on the hit show, The UNCLE man with David McCallum. in 1965.
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A big break
Tate landed his first film, Eye of the devil, in 1965. She starred alongside child star Suky Appleby and David Niven.
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A stunted romance
Tate started dating celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring in 1964. The two had a strong relationship, but decided to go their separate ways in 1965, remaining good friends. (Jay Sebrig was among the victims of the Manson Cult murder.)
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The “It” girl
Throughout the 1960s, Tate became one of Hollywood’s brightest starlets, appearing in fashion shoots and on magazine covers as the famous “it” girl.
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The post-production of Eye of evil It took a long time. Even though filming ended in 1966, the film didn’t premiere until 1967, delaying Tate’s rise to stardom.
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A missed opportunity
Early in his film career, Tate auditioned for Liesl in the Sound of music in 1965–But Charmian Carr was chosen instead.
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An iconic look
The actress was also known for her signature look of bold false eyelashes and blonde bangs – a look that quickly became the aesthetic of the era.
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Beautiful inside and out
Tate was loved by many for her kindness. “She was so sweet and kind, smart and lighter than air in every way,” said Tate’s sister, Debra Tate. Vanity Fair.
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After packing Eye of the devil, Tate pledged to play the Inn Girl in the 1966 film the Intrepid Vampire Slayers on one condition: she could wear a red wig.
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To fall in love
Young actress and aspiring director Roman Polanski started dating in 1966 after meeting on the set of The fearless vampire slayers. Here, Tate accompanies Polanski to the premiere of his 1966 film Cul de Sac.
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The year of Sharon Tate
Playboy The magazine proclaimed 1967 to be the year of Sharon Tate, as the movie star’s much anticipated fame exploded.
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A first film
Although the 1967 film Don’t make waves was technically Tate’s third big shoot, it was the first of his projects to appear in theaters.
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Working with A-Listers
The aspiring starlet starred alongside Tony Curtis, who played Carlo Cofield, in Don’t make waves.
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Tate’s character in Don’t make waves, Malibu, was meant to capitalize on the beach culture of the 1960s and served as the inspiration for the Barbie Malibu doll.
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Posing for ‘Esquire’
While living in New York City with Polanski in 1967, Tate posed for Squire in photos that would become highly publicized and considered in pop culture.
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Biggest role to date
Tate starred alongside Barbara Parkins and Patty Duke in the 1967 film adaptation of Valley of the dolls.
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A tragic character
In Valley of the Dolls, Tate portrayed Jennifer North, a beautiful Hollywood actress who ends up committing suicide.
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Tate on the set
Tate is seen discussing a scene with director Mark Robson while filming her biggest – and by far most controversial – role of Jennifer North in Valley of the dolls.
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Lots of firsts
After long post-productions, the two Intrepid Vampire Slayers and Devil’s eye were scheduled for release in 1967, making Tate the star of four major films in one year.
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Tate’s role as Jennifer North in Valley of the Dolls, is by far his most notable and earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 1967.
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Polanski and Tate got engaged in 1967. Tate’s sister, Debbie Tate, said the actress was “head over heels” with Polanski in an interview with The New York Times in 2018.
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