Born January 24, 1943 in Dallas, Texas.
Sharon Tate won many beauty pageants as a child (starting as 'Miss Tiny Tot,' age 6) and teenager. She spoke fluent Italian from her years in Italy as a "military brat' and appeared as an extra in Barrabas which was filmed there. Her career as a professional actress started with appearances on the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. She also appeared on Mister Ed in 1963, The Man from U.N.C.L.E in 1965.
She was murdered by the "Manson Family" on August 9, 1969, in Beverly Hills, California. At the time of her death she had 12 film credits.
"[Sharon]... was too nice. She doesn't believe in her beauty. Once when I was very poor in Poland, I got some beautiful shoes, and I immedieatley became ashamed of them. All my friends had plain, ordinary shoes, and I was embarrassed to walk in front of them. That's how Sharon feels about her beauty. She's embarrassed by it." - Roman Polanski speaking about Sharon Tate, from the Official Sharon Tate website.
Sharon tate was a star of The Fearless Vampire Killers, 1967 horror-comedy.
From former screen legends who have faded into obscurity to new revelations about the biggest movie stars, Valderrama unearths the most fascinating little-known tales from the birth of Hollywood through its Golden Age.
Winner of the 2020 Peter C. Rollins Book Award
Longlisted for the 2020 Moving Image Book Award by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation
Named a 2019 Richard Wall Memorial Award Finalist by the Theatre Library Association
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