Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sharon's Love of Dogs and More Polanski News

I thought it might be fun to look back at Sharon and her love of animals.  She had dogs--poodles and Yorkshire Terriers.  She took care of many, however, over the years and we cannot forget all the animals she had at Cielo.

Here is some information on the breeds we know she had:

Poodles:  The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. The breed comes in three size varieties, which may contribute to why Poodle is one of the most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration statistics. Poodles can be a variety of solid colors, including white, black, apricot and gray, but never parti-colored.

A Look Back

The breed originated in Germany as a water retriever. The stylish "Poodle clip" was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water more efficiently. The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints which are susceptible to cold. The Standard variety is the oldest of the three varieties. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses.

The Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living quarters. His hypoallergenic coat may reduce allergic reactions, but requires regular professional grooming. The Poodle is an active breed and requires daily exercise.

For more on poodles:

Yorkshire Terriers:  Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. They have long, luxurious blue and tan coats. This portable pooch is one of the most popular breeds according the AKC® Registration Statistics.

A Look Back

Named for the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs' fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.

Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.

For more information about this breed:

Here is an interesting link I found to do with the Polanski Unauthorized sequel.  Please ignore some of the comments left by some about Roman.  (One comment even says that Polanski was friends with Manson?)  Sometimes I hear so much of this crap I have considered doing a day of "Getting the Facts Straight" to clear many apparent misconceptions up.  Here is the link:

While we are on the subject of getting to the truth of things, I found a interesting paragraph written by M. James Jenkins an attorney stating this about the Polanski case:

Often times, as counterintuitive as it might sound, innocent people plead guilty to charges for which they are truly innocent to avoid the risks of extremely serious consequences if convicted after trial. Even if there were a 5% chance of conviction and going to prison for 15 years, or pleading to a probationary sentence, should one take the risk? It may be easier to say “no, not if I am innocent!” if you are not the person risking their freedom and life. This is a very interesting situation and case. What are your thoughts?

(For his entire article here is the link:

However, much of Jenkins article relies on Samantha Geimer's testimony at the time, which to me--I think all the evidence should be taken into consideration.  For instance, whatever happened to the boyfriend who Griemer had sex with prior to Polanski?  Was he ever spoken to?  Was that ever even looked into? 

Sorry, it just seems to me that there are a lot of things missing in the case and that are not being considered by many who have commented and made arguements. 

I still think the case is really between Geimer and Polanski: if she was still having psychological problems or anything else then I would think something should be done.  But since Geimer has forgiven him, received damages and--last but not least--wants to drop this case, I think it should just be dropped.

A preview for tomorrow: Another special edition of our Photo Comparison of the Week!


  1. Sharon really loved animals. I'm sure her pets loved her right back and gave her true happiness:) I don't know of all the animals Sharon had, but she did have a poodle named Love(see quote below). Sharon had a yorkshire terrier, Guiness, that she received as a 1965 Christmas gift from the production team while filming ETD. She later had a terrier named Saperstein and then another terrier named Prudence. At some point while living on Summitridge Drive in L.A., Sharon cared for Patty Duke's russian wolfhound. Plus, I think as a child, Sharon's family had a collie. Great thread. Thanks, Mike!!

    Sharon's best friend Sheilah Wells: "We were introduced by my agent as well as hers, Hal Gefsky, at a bakery coffee shop, Puppie's on the Sunset Strip. It was an instant friendship. We discovered that we lived right next to each other anbd within a week we decided to try and find an apartment together. Sharon ended up moving into my one bedroom place with her little white poodle, Love. It was sort of crazy, since I had an afghan hound, Shadrack, which she became very attached to and carried his picture in her billfold."

  2. Why have we never heard what happened to Love and Guinness? They were both apparently puppies when she got them, but they seem to have vanished without a trace. Odd. Someone who loved her animals would certainly have kept them so what happened to these 2?