I have an interesting Spanish Article translated today that says Sharon was going to be in "Le Mans" with Steve McQueen? Here is the article:
Nuevo Fotogramas June 27, 1969:
Sharon Tate, Polanski's Baby
Wife of Polish filmmaker with whom she met while filming The Dance of the Vampires, Sharon Tate has continued her career over the years without great spectacle, but at a good pace.
Recently, she finished shooting "13", in Rome, with Vittorio Gassman. The American actress is to commence within a few weeks, another film in which she will partner up with Steve McQueen. The film is a project McQueen has wanted to do for years and will be set in the world of cars.
Shooting will take place mainly in the Le Mans circuit.
Launched by an American production company that she set out to make her a mixture of Kim Novak and Jean Harlow, she jokes it may be time to begin lying about her age even though she is only 25. But she told me not to tell her husband. "Now I say that I am 24 years old and next year I will be 23 years old."
Following her joke, I said of the director of "The Baby of Rose Mary,": "If you continue on like that, in 20 years or so you will be Polanski's baby."
Although I have heard that Steve McQueen wanted to work with Sharon on a film, I have never heard this reference to "Le Mans" which was released in 1971. Also, nothing is mentioned about her pregnancy? She would be filming only in a few weeks? Not with a baby on the way? Maybe the article meant a few months instead of weeks?
According to the Internet Movie Database this is what the film is about:
Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate - but it's still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa's husband was killed. Written by Tom Zoerner.
I wonder if Sharon was considered for the part of Lisa? Or was she to have played Johann Ritter's wife Anna in the film? Hmmm....Any comments?
For more on the film go to:
New News on Roman Polanski:
Roman Polanski Hospitalized: Director Roman Polanski has been hospitalized for the second time since his Zurich arrest on decades' old rape charges, People reports.
Polanski apparently is suffering from an undisclosed medical condition and was transferred from prison to a Zurich hospital for medical examinations Friday. His hospitalization is expected to last several days.
Polanski's lawyer, Herve Temime said in a recent radio interview, "His general condition is no longer satisfactory. But the situation isn't easy for any prisoners, even less so for a man the age of Polanski. One has to be attentive."
“All I know is that he has been taken from prison for medical attention. I don’t know where he is or when he will be returned to prison,” the Daily Express quoted his French lawyer Herve Temime, as saying.
Polanski, who lives in France, was arrested Saturday upon arriving in Zurich where he was to receive an award at the Zurich Film Festival. The famed director fled the United States in 1978 after being charged with having sex with a minor. U.S. authorities have sought the 76-year-old's arrest around the world since 2005.
Polanski is best known for his film work that includes classics like Rosemary's Baby and the multiple Oscar-winning Chinatown. The director won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2002 for The Pianist, though his legal issues forbade him from attending.
Sadly, the director's life has also been marred by tragedy. In 1969, his wife, Sharon Tate, then pregnant with Polanski's child, was murdered by the Charles Manson family at a hillside home in Los Angeles. And it was in 1978 that Polanski was accused of plying then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer with quaaludes and alcohol before repeatedly forcing her to have sex. Geimer has since publicly forgiven Polanski and has tried to get the case against him dropped for almost a decade now.
Here is a report on how the Swiss and the US planned Polanski's current arrest:
There is a great new blog for Sharon written for her Italian fans. It has a nice set up page and photos. Be sure to check it out: