Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate

26 (passed away Aug. 9th, 1969)
Jan. 24th, 1943
Born in
Dallas, Texas, USA
5' 5"

Sharon Tate's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Beverly Hillbillies TV Show
The Beverly Hillbillies

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
2008 - Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
2008 - Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
1970 - Ciao, Federico!
1969 - 12 + 1
1967 - Eye of the Devil
1967 - Valley of the Dolls
1967 - Don't Make Waves
1964 - The Americanization of Emily

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
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Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break came when she was cast as the shapely bank secretary, Janet Trego, in the Television Series "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) (1963-1965)". In 1967, she would meet her future husband, Director Roman Polanski, on the set of the English film _Fearless Vampire Killers, The (1967)_. Sharon's big role would be that same year when she was the starlet in Valley of the Dolls (1967). With her marriage to Roman, her life became one of parties, travel, and meeting influential movie people. She would appear as a red haired beauty in the spy spoof The Wrecking Crew (1968) working with Dean Martin (I) and the equally beautiful Elke Sommer. Sharon then took time off from films as she awaited the birth of her first child. On August 9, 1969, a pregnant Sharon Tate and four other people where murdered by members of the "Manson family".

  • She was sensitive to strong perfumes and toilet water but did enjoy using a scent enhanced body soap called Milk & Pearls.
  • Sharon Tate's unborn baby boy (who died with her) was to be named Paul Richard Polanski.
  • Her favorite lip makeup was vaseline. She kept little jars of it in her car.
  • Her friend 'Christopher Jones (I)' (qv) was emotionally devastated by her August 9th, 1969 murder by the acolytes of 'Charles Manson' (qv). Jones suffered what he described as a "nervous breakdown" and abandoned his acting career.
  • When the house was demolished in 1994, 'Trent Reznor' (qv) having used the house to record his 8th Halo album 'The Downward Spiral (1994)' alledgedly took the 'Pig' door and used it for his studio in Louisiana.
  • Was crowned Sophomore Princess at Columbia High School in 1958.
  • In 1959 she was the winner of 5 different beauty pageants: Miss Frontier Days, Miss Richland, Miss Tri-Cities, Miss Water Follies, and Miss Auto-Rama.
  • Her parents' names are Paul James Tate and Doris Gwendolyn Willet. They were married on January 25, 1942. Her mother was born on January 19, 1924 and died on July 10, 1992.

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