For our picture comparison of the week I thought of how Sharon was up for the part of Bonnie Parker in "Bonnie and Clyde" but Faye Dunaway got the part. I have often wondered if this photo of Sharon was a picture taken of her for a test of the film? The hair and clothes look like the period. And here is also a photo of Dunaway in the part.
Both are such stunning women and Sharon admired Faye as an actress.
Here is the surprise for Halloween:
Sharon dressed in Egyptian style as Cleopatra and Nefertiti: Enjoy!
This is a very rare article from a British magazine called Tit-Bits for December 19, 1964:
Showpiece Special: Steve Finds Another Swinger! By David Hunn
"What makes a star? The ingredients are as unknown as what two flies say to each other on a window sill. Either you have it or you haven't. It's that simple--and that tragic." --Fred Astaire
The question of star quality, magnetism or magic (call it what you will) has intrigued the world of entertainment since kings and queens kept court juesters.
Now David Hunn, the brightest and best-informed writer on the show business scene, tries to find some of the answers from the stars themselves.
He presents today the first of a sizzling series of interviews in which 'the international stars of today' give their choice for 'the stars of tomorrow.'
David Hunn: Steve McQueen didn't hesitate. But when he picked his winner he put the lights on a mystery. His tip for the top is a girl unknown in Britian, a find so hush-hush that her Hollywood studio did their best to stop TIT-BITS taking the wraps off her.
"The name is Sharon Tate," said Steve.
"You've never heard of her, but you will. She has everything she needs for success, including two qualities that do not often go together--a wonderfully pure simplicity and very great beauty."
Producer Martin Ransohoff--now shooting 'The Sand Piper' with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton--discovered Sharon.
As soon as Steve met her, he wanted her to play opposite him in "The Cincinnati Kid," which he is soon to make for Ransohoff. It was one swinger's compliment to another.
But Sharon's lack of experience cost her the part. Steve said: "I even did the screen test with her"--a rare occurrence for a star.
"I was proud to do it. That girl looks really good. I'm sure she could have done the part, but of course I don't have the final say."
In Martin Ransohoff's office in Los Angeles I found the attitude: "Sure she'll be a star, but she'll make it when we're ready."
They refused to release any pictures of Sharon, and her agent denied even having any.
But here we present pictures taken of Sharon with Richard Beymer.
Making a film with Steve would have been a great start for Sharon.
His is one of the most exciting talents in the cinema today. A casual, gritty actor, he hides a Gary Cooper charm behind a Humphrey Bogart magnetism.
This comes from one of the members there and not from me this time. Here is what she said:
Someone who met Sharon told me about their story on Youtube:
It was at a friend's house for a small cocktail party and she and Roman Polanski were there along with about 6 other people and when she walked into the room I just stared she was absolutely breathtaking, so so so exquisite, I have never seen anyone so beautiful. Almost made your eyes tear up from the shine of her beauty. She was wearng a mini lavender crepe dress with puffed short sleevs and matching shoes and in addition to being gorgeous she was so sweet! Just unreal. Polanski fell asleep with his head in my lap which was embarrassing and I was scared she would get mad at me but she was fine with it, apparently she was used to his odd habits. Nothing happened, he just kind of passed out for 40 minutes or so. We lived directly below their house on Cielo and we often had people stop at our house to ask directions to her house which was at the end of a switchback and hard to find unless you had been there before. They had tons of parties so we got used to it.
I had been out late the night it happened and I saw the car the Manson people used, it was parked at the bottom of the switchback leading up to their house, I thought it was kids making out but my Mom said she heard screams, I heard nothing but the acoustics in the canyons are weird. Poor thing, she wanted that baby so bad and the baby could have survived if he had been taken out and cared for.
God Bless her and her baby and all the others who were with her on that terrible night, what a terrible tragedy and waste of young lives.
Just thought I'd share this and tell all of you about another nice Sharon board.
Here is another translated article from Spanish magazine Nuevo Fotogramas for November 15, 1968:
Sharon Tate will make 'western' directed by her husband Roman Polanski
Sharon Tate cinemagraphically promises to be constant news of the upcoming months. For her husband, Roman Polanski, she has to interpret his next two films, a "western" and "science fiction." At least so said Sharon, who is--these days--in Paris where she has been accompanying her husband from whom she is never separated. In a specialized gala premiere, reported on significantly in the newspapers, "Rosemary's Baby," Polanski's latest film was shown. He came to release the film to 'all of Paris', the Polish director who was impeccably dressed and was accompanied by two beautiful women: his wife and Mia Farrow, the star of the film.
"It's a movie with a strange and terribly distressing history," Polanski said, "with some touches of suspense. A couple rent an apartment in a New York neighborhood and that was when strange things happen to them that are increasingly terrifying and build tension..."
Sharon has said Polanski has just rejected an advantageous contract in Hollywood.
"Attempting to return to five-year contract. Apparently, they have not heard that I already lost a few years of my life there and I do not care for anything like that again."
Sharon intends to devote only to European cinema and if next to her husband, the better.
"There are only a few directors who convince me completely in the current cinema," Sharon says. "Roman, for example, can do cinema, but his cinema is apolitical. This to me can be a serious shortcoming. I say it to him constantly but he pays no attention to me. He insists obstinately that he knows what he is doing and doesn't listen to me. It is exasperating..."
For now, Sharon will spend a long vacation in Paris where her husband is preparing everything for their next film together, the 'western.' The film will be set in the praries of America and shot on some Parisian locations close to the captial.
I wonder what Sharon meant by his films being 'apolitical'? Was she trying to tell Roman to put some serious messages in his films? Maybe she was referring to the Hollywood system politics and was frustrated by them? It seems something must have gotten lost in the translation some how? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
I wonder if, after the 'long vacation', Sharon became pregnant and that put the 'western' and 'science fiction' films on hold. It makes you wonder just exactly what these films were going to be about and what Sharon's part was to be in them. Furthermore, it makes one wonder that if she had lived, she probably would have done possibly "Macbeth", "What?" and "Chinatown" with Roman (and maybe even in "The Day of the Dolphin?") This article makes it sound like she and Roman were planning on making more films together. It sadly brings to mind what may have been...
It sounds like Sharon's career was just getting ready to be very exciting indeed!
I'm always looking through magazines at the check out stands at grocery and book stores. I now find myself looking for articles that remind me of Sharon or something related to her. This week I found one article that is somewhat opposite of Sharon but about a woman with almost as much beauty and glamour.
The novelist Dana Spiotta has written an article for Vogue Magazine for the November issue called: The Glamour Geek in the Nostalgia section of the magazine. It takes a look back at star Hedy Lamarr and her beauty and brains in equal measure.
Even though Sharon and Hedy are very different there are some things that resonate between the two. The first part of the article discusses Lamarr's shoplifting trial in 1966 in comparison with Winona Ryder's in 2002. This, of course, would be very opposite of Sharon. I can't see Sharon doing that.
However, in the second paragraph of the article, the author says: "I started to collect Hedy photos and stories partially because Hedy presented such a challenge." This reminded me of my own fascination with Sharon. I began collecting magazine articles and photos shortly after I was about 11 years old and I first saw her in "The Fearless Vampire Killers." I did not find out until afterwards that she had been sadly murdered. But she was a challenge because at the time--around 1987-88--it was still relatively hard to find material on Sharon the person behind all of the misleading and ludicrous headlines that personified her in death. As time has went on and the internet has became more available with books and magazines, I have been able to find and locate more articles on the real Sharon.
Articles on both Sharon and Hedy could not go without mentioning their standout looks. Spiotta calls Hedy "a beauty of nearly sidereal incandescence." I can picture Sharon in that same but different luminous light. Sharon was one of light features: blonde hair, hazel eyes, suntaned skin. Hedy was more of darker features: dark hair, dark blue eyes and painted red lips with porcelain skin.
Both could be considered what Spiotta calls "fallen star"s. Sharon because her life was cut short too soon and Hedy because as she got older the roles were harder to come by. Of course, the article could not go on without mentioning Hedy's brainy brillance. How she invented what is known as spread-spectrum technology or frequency-hopping. These days this is used for wireless communications. In this way, Sharon often found she was misjudged by many because they didn't consider her smart. Sharon herself commented that people often misinterpreted her shyness and considered her to be aloof until they came to know her better. I could also argue that Sharon made some very intelligent statements in interviews. That is, when the reporter saw beyond her beauty, some making her look like the classic dumb blonde. For instance, Look magazine's article on Valley of the Dolls did not put her in the most flattering light and she knew it. I've heard that Sharon quit doing magazine interviews for a time after a few like that hit the newstands.
The article goes back to mentioning Hedy's persona saying she was one of those "worldly European actresses." Similarily, when Sharon went to Italy, at first people thought she was Italian. She spoke it fluently and she had a sort of exotic look that many European women have. Spiotta writes of Lamarr: "Her flawless, impenetrable beauty should have been icy except for a magnetic unseemly quality that lent her a complicated, quicksilver sexiness. She was desirable without being at all comely. She must have seemed very exotic to American audiences." I think this could also be said about Sharon.
The article pinpoints a vintage Vogue magazine photograph by Toni Frissell describing Lamarr in "it radiates her foreignness: she's more or less in drag, with trousers, jacket and monogrammed shirt. She is hardly mannish, but in the thirties it was still considered outre, even rebellious, for women to wear pants... When Europeans like Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich cross-dressed, it acquired a certain kink, a titillating hint of transgression that only added to their mystique. I've always thought this early era of cross-dressing was tremendously sexy. In most of her films and photos, Hedy had a sleek, shiny, almost electroplated look. But in this photo, she shows us her significant foreign misery. The caption says: 'fatal Sunday supplement beauty, somnambulistic and aloof.' That's exactly it--a kind of sleepy fatality, a resignation." To go along with this, I found a photo of Sharon by Jerry Schatzberg were she is wearing a suit and tie shown here and one other similiar photograph.
It goes on to say that Hedy did become a bonafide star with the film "Algiers" but, that over time, she "made one mediocre movie after another." Critics and Sharon herself both found her films in this same light at the time. (Now Sharon's films like "The Fearless Vampire Killers" and "Valley of the Dolls" have become cult hits with midnight audiences.) Spiotta claims that Hedy lacked a certain something. She writes: "Although she had an undeniable sexuality, she did seem to lack something. Her face never expressed the kind of longing that Ingrid Bergman's did. Maybe it was the roles she was given. Maybe what people said was true: She was too beautiful to play a real woman." Even in Vincent Bugliosi's infamous book, "Helter Skelter" he admits that Sharon was never really given a role to prove or even to test her acting abilities for anyone to be able to significantly judge her for her performances. Although, Sharon--to me--showed great potential in both comedy and drama, most critics wrote mixed reviews of her performances.
I suppose in this way Sharon and Hedy both felt what Spiotta calls "discarded and unappreciated" by Hollywood. They never got the respect and dignity that we can imagine these two beauties longed for as actresses and people. Though, however, if Sharon had lived, I do think this would have changed with Polanski's help. With him she would have been given roles that both tested and challenged her.
The article ends discussing how Hedy became a 'wrecked beauty' not only in looks but in personality. Not only the shoplifting made her look bad but some 'creepy plastic surgeries' and the bitterness of suing anyone and everyone over whom she thought was either taking advantage of her image (she sued Corel software for using her as art) or making fun of it (she sued Mel Brooks for making a joke about her name in "Blazing Saddles").
Sharon was nothing like the above paragraph. She was the quintessential opposite of that. Everyone who knew Sharon says the same thing about her that 'she was so kind and giving. She could easily be taken advantage of for her good nature.' So while Spiotta wonders if Hedy might have been "petty and vain" we know Sharon was not. Spiotta goes on to say that Hedy 'lacked self-awareness, humor, irony.' In contrast, I think Sharon did have an acute self-awareness, she did have a great sense of humor and I'm sure she could see the irony in life.
But Spiotta's last two sentences say alot about both women. She writes, "So then how is it the woman in this photograph manages to look so vulnerable? She still captivates me."
Both women are similiar and different in many ways. I thought it would be nice to try and compare and contrast them here.
Also, for trivia sake: The mansion used in The Sound of Music (1965) belonged to Hedy Lamarr at the time. Sharon could have met her had she gotten the part of Liesl in the same film.
A look back at Sharon and Roman's friend and producer of "Rosemary's Baby", William Castle:
Also, I was reminded by another site that Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) was--at one point--going to dress like Sharon's character, Sarah Shagall from "The Fearless Vampire Killers." Here is that page: http://people.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/202027/
There are also two new articles detailing Polanski's current case from the 1970s up to now. It has some interesting arguements as to if it was really 'rape' or not and has Polanski showing regret for what happened. He says: "You know, when I first met you, I promised myself I wouldn't do anything like this with you."
Kate Hudson reminds me a little bit of Sharon here:
And her is a German article I had translated. I don't what magazine it came out of but I would say it was in 1965-66: Sharon Tate
If Sharon Tate really gets ahead, then she owes this entirely to the American producer Martin Ransohoff. Sharon Tate was 22 years old when she went to the producers for the first time on the road. Ransohoff decided to make this unknown girl into a world star. First, Sharon Tate was completely isolated from the outside world. During this time she took acting and dance classes--perfecting her walk and her attitude, she had many such courses to attend.
Whether the optimism of Martin Ransohoff comes true, will show in the not to distant future. Ransohoff has gotten Sharon Tate a role in the film "13" on the side of Kim Novak and David Niven. We'll see if it's followed by other film roles?
Also, I found this article but I am not sure what magazine it is from. It looks to be from a British Magazine:
Hello. This is She...
The phone rings in Sharon Tate's garden flat in Eaton Square. She answers "Hello. This is She..."She is 22 and has just begun on her first film role in J Lee Thompson's 13, a thriller about modern Druids. Her arrival in films has not been unprepared. "Oh dear," she says, "I've told this story so often that I have no continuity left. Anyway, I was in a Los Angeles Studio testing for a commercial and Martin Ransohoff happened to see me there. He said, 'Take that girl out, we're going to put her in films.' "
Ransohoff put her to school. Dancing, voice training, singing, body building ("to learn how to carry yourself with an upper look at the world"). It took three years and cost a million dollars.
There are 7 vowels and 13 consonants in your name.
What your first name means: Spanish Male From Rome.
Russian Male A Roman.
Latin Male Man of Rome.
Biblical Male Strong; powerful
Your number is: 5
The characteristics of #5 are: Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.
The expression or destiny for #5:
The number 5 Expression endows with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. You can do so many things well. The tone of the number 5 is constructive freedom, and in your drive to attain this freedom, you will likely be the master of adaptability and change. You are good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what you want. Naturally, this gives you an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes to working with people in most jobs. Your popularity may lead you toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever you do, you are clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker.
If there is too much of the 5 energy in your makeup, you may express some the negative attitudes of the number. Your restless and impatient attitude may keep you from staying with any project for too long. Sometimes you can be rather erratic and scatter yourself and your energies. You have a hard time keeping regular office hours and maintaining any sort of a routine. You tend to react strongly if you sense that your freedom of speech or action is being impaired or restricted in any way. As clever as you are, you may have a tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again because much of your response is glib reaction rather that thoughtful application. You are in a continuous state of flux brought by constantly changing interests.
Your Soul Urge number is: 3
A Soul Urge number of 3 means:
With the Soul Urge number 3 your desire in life is personal expression, and generally enjoying life to its fullest. You want to participate in an active social life and enjoy a large circle of friends. You want to be in the limelight, expressing your artistic or intellectual talents. Word skills may be your thing; speaking, writing, acting, singing. In a positive sense, the 3 energy is friendly, outgoing and always very social.
You have a decidedly upbeat attitude that is rarely discouraged; a good mental and emotional balance.
The 3 Soul Urge gives intuitive insight, thus, very high creative and inspirational tendencies. The truly outstanding trait shown by the 3 Soul Urge is that of self-expression, regardless of the field of endeavor.
On the negative side, you may at times become too easygoing and too optimistic, tending to scatter forces and accomplish very little. Often, the excessive 3 energy produces non-stop talkers. Everyone has faults, but the 3 soul urge doesn't appreciate having these pointed out.
Your Inner Dream number is: 11
An Inner Dream number of 11 means:
You dream of casting the light of illumination; of being the true idealist. You secretly believe there is more to life than we can know or prove, and you would like to be provider of the 'word' from on high.
Our great friend and contributor Tammie has given me permission to use another of her montages. This one is on Roman to along with this post. Thanks again, Tammie!
Here is another vintage article I have found. It is a wonderful rememberance of Sharon's former fiancee and close friend, Jay Sebring:
Chicago Tribune, August 25, 1969
The Man and His Talent: Memories of Jay Sebring
by Everett Mattlin
The papers have naturally written mostly about Sharon Tate. She was a beautiful girl with a brilliant husband and a glowing career of her own before her. I just want to recall a few things about another victim of that brutal Beverly Hills massacre, Jay Sebring.
I knew Jay but then so did most of the press who write about men's fashions and grooming. He was the first of the new men's "hair stylists" tho he preferred the name "hair designer"; he thought it sounded less feminine. One newspaper said he introduced razor cutting to this country. That isn't true. Jay usually used scissors, saving a razor for very coarse, straight, long hair. But he once told me a man could cut hair with a piece of broken glass if he knew what he was doing.
Jay got be so well known for establishing the idea of a high priced hair styling parlor for men because he was so good. He was just plain better than anyone else. I know he gave me by far the best haircuts I've ever had in my life, as my wife will testify. He would set on a low stool, moving around your chair, studing your hair like a scientist, lifting it with a comb and getting the 'feel' of it, then cutting it slowly and gently, like a sculptor working on a special medium.
He opened his shop on Fairfax Boulevard around 1960 and at first he could barely pay the $80.00 a month rent. Then an actress friend brought Vic Damone into the shop and Vic thought Jay was the greatest barber he had ever had. He introduced Jay to Jack Intrattor, the impressario of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, and Jack in turn brought Sinatra to the salon.
By then Jay had it made. When Sinatra gave him a screen credit on "Come Blow Your Horn" it was the first time a men's hairstylist was so honored. Every star in Hollywood began going to Sebring. The last time he cut my hair, the chair was warmed for me by Cliff Robertson, and Bobby Darin took over when I left. Jay flew to Las Vegas to cut Sammy Davis' hair. Damone confessed to me that it once cost him $500.00 to fly Jay to Chicago so he could cut his hair before an opening. When I asked Henry Fonda about Jay--and Jay confided to me that he believed he saved Fonda from going bald--Fonda said, "I can't get a good haircut in New York."
Jay was on all the Tv talk shows. His prices went up, and up and up--$20.00 for a haircut, $35.00 for a haircut, $50.00 or more for a haircut if he came to the studio to do it. It didn't matter: the studio footed the bill. When the studio didn't pay, the actor would often go elsewhere. Andy Williams told me Jay was the greatest, but he stopped going there because he said it was crazy to spend that much money on a haircut.
Jay bought a Cadillac Convertible. He bought the house John Barrymore built and that Jean Harlow lived in. We sat in that big house for hours while he told me how he decided to become a hairstylist. "I wanted something in an artistic vein that deals with people--and where I could keep my own hours and listen to music while at work and drink coffee when I felt like it."
The last few years he hadn't done much of cutting hair. He had a dozen men he had trained working in his shop, he had a hair styling school, he had a whole line of products with his name on them. He was a celebrity himself. He was engaged to Miss Tate before she met Polanski. He was a member of the Beverly Hills party crowd. I hadn't seen him for several years, so I don't know if he had changed in such company, but when I knew him he was a slight, handsome young man, soft-spoken, very gentle, extremely likeable, serious, and often a little sad.
It will be interesting to see all the archive footage in the upcoming Sebring Documentary. Hopefully, it will show some the tv talk shows he was on. Hope you all enjoyed the article. Here is a lovely montage made by Tammie of Jay and Sharon. Thanks so much for letting me use it here! :