Julie Christie gave friend Sharon Tate a copy of Thomas Hardy`s novel "Tess of the d`Urbervilles" with the inscription "For my Hardy heroine" (Julie had recently become a Thomas Hardy heroine in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)). Sharon would read the book on board the Queen Elizabeth II ship as she came back to America from London when she was pregnant. Sharon told her husband Roman Polanski that it would make a wonderful movie shortly before her death. When Polanski later made the film Tess (1979) he dedicated it "For Sharon".
It's interesting to think about this because Sharon and her life are sort of reminscent of a tragic Thomas Hardy heroine.