Thursday, December 16, 2010

Polanski connected to attempted murder? And one new article on Sharon and one old one...

Apparently, Roman Polanski is in the news again...

Playboy Playmates are known for being bastions of class and social distinction, but sometimes something in them snaps and they go bad. This was apparently the case with1968 Playmate Angela Dorian, who tried to kill her husband in October, using a gun given to her by Roman Polanski 40 years ago. Dorian was besties with Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson. Polanski apparently gave her the gun to protect herself. But now the Playmate could face life in prison, after shooting her husband during an argument.

Some sites have been bringing up Polanski's tainted past and accusing him of being responsible.  Actually, if Dorian were Sharon and Roman's good friend, I can see why he would given her a gun to protect herself.  After the Manson murders everyone in Hollywood was terrified that it could be them next.  However, I am sorry to hear about what happened recently, Roman, by no means, really had anything to do with it. 

For more positive news...

Here is a recent article on Sharon...

Vintage Style: Sharon Tate - November 3, 2010

When referencing iconographic 60s style, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Jane Birkin are arguably the most name-checked people, but there is one often-missed celebutante whose characteristic style typifies not just the mood of the decade but the unique psychedelic microcosm of California where she lived. Actress Sharon Tate is rarely mentioned in style retrospectives, press romanticism of the swinging era perhaps not sitting so comfortably with the horrific murder of the starlet at the hands of the Manson “family” in 1969.

Whilst in Britain the 60s aesthetic came to be typified by the bird-like Twiggy in jarring monochrome geometric prints, Hollywood’s poster 60s chick was actress Sharon Tate, made famous by her role in cult 1967 film The Valley of The Dolls. Instead of an elfin frame and sleek boyish hair, Tate’s look was notably more feminine and whimsical with bell sleeve, chemise-inspired mini dresses and heavily printed fabrics, which provided an altogether more ethereal feel than the London-centric cool Brit girl look of the day. Speaking to American news program Inside Edition, Deborah Tate described her sister's style as, “very eclectic, very free-spirited, and a combination of sexy and child-like innocence.” The archetypal Californian hippy-boheme, Sharon routinely weaved leather strings around her feet mimicking sandals so that she could go barefoot into restaurants and shops in Beverly Hills.

The allure of Tate’s beauty was hypnotic. The New York Sunday News described her poetically in a 1966 article: “Wearing an abbreviated miniskirt, she seems to enjoy the commotion she causes wherever she goes. Sharon also affects thick, black, false eyelashes, brown eye shadow around her lips, and long ash-blonde hair that falls freely about her shoulders. Her presence in a crowd is as insignificant as a floodlight in a blackout.” (New York Sunday News December 18, 1966)

The distinctive style of the 1960s bombshell has lingered around the catwalks for several seasons. Miu Miu’s A/W10 collection boasted a pretty take on retro 60s trends melding mod-like shift dresses with girly moulded fills, and metallic floral adornments nodding towards the free-loving flower-children of the era. Next season, Sharon Tate’s spectre is a tangible presence in fashion with Julien Macdonald citing her as the influence for the beauty looks in his S/S11 presentation. The revival of trends trailblazed by Tate, such as the heavy taupe eyes under sky-high hair, bohemian prints on feather-light fabrics, and the fact her name, not just her style, is being referenced by designers, is the biggest indicator that fashion at least has come to view Roman Polanski’s late wife as a reference point for inspiration, and no longer as just a tragic heroine.

Text by Laura Havlin

Thanks so much to Laura Havlin for writing such a positive and great article about Sharon!  And yes, Amen to the idea of Sharon being no longer thought of as just a tragic heroine!

And here is an older article submitted by our contributor Andrea!  Thanks, Andrea!
Career Girl Magazine 1966:

Sharon Tate comes from Dallas, Texas and is the eldest of three daughters.  She made her film debut with Deborah Kerr and David Niven in "13" and follows with the female starring role in MGM's satirical horror-drama, "The Vampire Killers."  Oddly enough, Sharon was discovered in Italy where she met Eli Wallach, Susan Strasberg and Richard Beymer who were shooting "The Adventures of a Young Man" in Verona.  Impressed by potential as an actress, director Marty Ritt advised her to get in touch with agent Hal Gefsky in California with a view to breaking into pictures.  She took his advice and went to Los Angeles.  Her "break" was just around the corner.  While auditioning for a small part in Filmway's tv series, "Petticoat Junction," she was seen by producer Martin Ransohoff, Filmways chief.  He signed her to an exclusive seven-year contract the same day.

And, may I add, it is easy to see why!

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