Tuesday, March 30, 2010

No internet connection

I apologize everyone but I do not have an internet connection.  My modem went out and I have to order a new one.  I will get back on as soon as possible.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Quote of the Week by Sharon Herself and A Poem that could have been written by Polanski

One of Sharon's most famous quotes:
"Everything that's realistic has some sort of ugliness in it. Even a flower is ugly when it wilts, a bird when it seeks its prey, the ocean when it becomes violent."

I think these kinds of quotes show Sharon's intelligence.  And with this one, I think she does make a valid point.

I found this online.  It is a poem written for a girl named Sharon but it could easily have been written by Roman Polanski with the emotion it expresses.   I was thinking about when Sharon died and Roman kept asking: "Did she know how much I loved her?  Did she, did she?"  Sometimes I wonder if he just didn't realize how wonderful she truly was until she was gone.  Sometimes we all take things for granted when we shouldn't and I'm sure he must regret this.
Don't get me wrong, I know he loved her very much and was happy with her.  However, when someone passes I think we all think back and realize things about people we never did before.  I know I did this with my grandmother when she passed.  I thought, "I should have spent more time with her..." and so on.

Poem For Sharon

By Chris Todd

Why is it that some people who find love,

handle it with such carelessness?

Some people search for love all their lives.

When it is found, why put it down and forget about it,

only to realize how much it meant when it is gone?

When you find love, hold on to it,

celebrate its feelings,

drown in them every day,

be consumed by them...

I am consumed by you Sharon.

I will never set aside my love.

I will never look for it only when it is lost.

I love you.

I will show you and tell you every day.

From this site: http://poems.topdownloads.net/poems/view.php?id=5038

Coming up...

This week more translated articles and hopefully, more surprise quotes from people who knew Sharon. :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photo Comparison of the Week, A Viewer Can't Get Enough of Sharon in FVK, and a Very Hot Ebay Item

Photo Comparison of the Week:

Actress Ali Larter is reminiscent of Sharon in this photo:

Can't Get Enough of Sharon?  Apparently this viewer only had eyes for her during his viewing of "The Fearless Vampire Killers":

For a quick rundown of his comments here are some:

"I'd only known Sharon Tate as a name. I'm not going to claim that she's the greatest actress who ever lived or anything, but there sure was something appealing about her.  My eyes were a little angry every time Sharon Tate wasn't on the screen. But my eyes needed to calm down since most of her scenes seemed to take place in bathtubs.  And after a bit, I really stopped caring about the plot so that I could focus on Sharon Tate."

We agree that Sharon was something special! ;)

And here is a rare video of Roman and Sharon offered on ebay now that sounds interesting and is quite a hot item! :

Rare Roman Polanski Video from 1968 with Sharon Tate

“The New Cinema” a unique 15 minute 1968 tape featuring top Hollywood performers, producers and directors, including Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Warhol, Peter Fonda, Mia Farrow, Francis Ford Coppola George Lucas, Michael Pollard, Dick Gregory and veteran actress Dame Edith Evans, all informally discussing changes in movie and TV production, predicting future TV and big screen developments, various cultural changes, additional violence in films, and the participants’ individual general philosophies of film making. The film is narrated by Paul Winfield.

This fascinating informal conversation among top film personalities was filmed at the Tate-Polanski home only months before the unthinkable 1969 “Manson Murders” led by Charles Manson and his Manson “family” cult’s 1969 murder spree tragically taking the life of Sharon Tate, occurring on this very same spot!

When the premiere of this film was held in a private screening room for top film producers, directors and performers, Hollywood columnist Rex Reed wrote “The Beverly Hills Hotel screening room could hardly contain the excitement.. ‘The New Cinema’ may revolutionize television.”
Among accurate predictions of things to come are included: massive use of “the split screen” technique and rapid film cuts -- none of which had yet been incorporated into films to any degree.

This unusual film was never packaged and distributed commercially, and has only been seen by a few people. Both of the producers, Buckey and McDermott have passed away and this is one of the few existing copies of the tape. It is currently in the possession of Wink Blair, President of Wink Inc. Public Relations. Page Buckey gave the tape to her when he was serving as an associate of hers at Wink Inc. Pat McDermott, co-producer of the tape is also now deceased.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Photo of the Week and Alan Young and Rock Brynner talk briefly about Sharon

Here is our lovely photo of the week:
Hope you enjoy!

I recently asked former Mr. Ed star Alan Young if he remembered Sharon?  His assistant replied back:
"Sharon's appearance was almost 50 years ago and only for a brief moment.  Unfortunately, he doesn't remember anything worth noting except she was sweet and beautiful.  Alan wishes you good luck on your blog."

In addition, since Yul Brynner has passed on, I asked his son Rock about Sharon:
Actor Yul Brynner.

"Yes, my father and I knew Sharon and Roman well, mainly in London in 1968-9.  I can only say the obvious: she was heartbreakingly beautiful, happy and in love with Roman.

"Yul flew with Roman from London to L.A. when Sharon was murdered, and stayed through the funeral."
Yul's son Rock Brynner.

I also asked if his father ever photographed Sharon? He replied:

"I don't believe he ever photographed Sharon."

I'll still keep trying and let you know what I can find out.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Meaning of a Name: Doris Tate and Ewan McGregor Compares Polanski to His Mother

I haven't done this in awhile and thought it would be interesting to put in Sharon's mother's name and see what it says:
You entered: Doris Gwendolyn Willet Tate

There are 24 letters in your name.

Those 24 letters total to 113

There are 8 vowels and 16 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:  Greek Female Gift. In Greek mythology, the daughter of Oceanus and mother of the sea-nymph Nereids; also the name of a district of Greece. Famous bearer: American actress Doris Day.

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: 1

A Soul Urge number of 1 means:

Your Soul Urge is the number 1. With a Soul Urge number of 1, you want to lead and direct, to work independent of supervision, by yourself or with subordinates. You take pride in your abilities and want to be recognized for them. You may seek opportunities to display your strength and usefulness, wanting to create and originate. In your desire to manage the big picture and the main issues, you may often leave the details to others.

The positive 1 Soul Urge is Ambitious and determined, a leader seeking opportunities. There is a great deal of honesty and loyalty in this character. If you possess positive 1 Soul Urge qualities, you are very attainment oriented and driven to success. You are a loyal friend and strictly fair in your business dealings.

The negative side of the 1 Soul Urge must be avoided. A negative 1 is apt to dominate situations and people; the home, the spouse, the family and the business. Emotions aren't strong in this nature. If you possess an excess of 1 energy, you may, at times, be boastful and egotistic. You must avoid being too critical and impatient of trifles. The great need of the 1 Soul Urge is the development of friendliness, and a sincere interest in people.

Your Inner Dream number is: 4

An Inner Dream number of 4 means:

You dream of being a very solid citizen that people can depend upon. You strive for organization and predictable order. You want to be recognized as a person with a plan and the discipline to make that plan work like clockwork.

--From this site: http://www.paulsadowski.com/Numbers.asp

Here's an interesting small article I found today:
Ewan McGregor has compared Roman Polanski to his mother, because they are both “annoying”, and “usually right”.

The 38-year-old Scottish actor worked with the legendary film director on new thriller The Ghost Writer. McGregor plays an author who discovers a deadly secret when he is commissioned to write the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister. He found the role extremely challenging because he was constantly being criticised by Polanski.

“Roman doesn’t sugar-coat his notes to anyone – he tells it as he sees it,” McGregor told Total Film magazine. “We were doing one scene and Roman wanted a pillar moved two inches to the right, so there was a props guy with a drill trying to unscrew this pillar.
“I was running the lines and Roman just grabbed my script and said, ‘No! Why would you f**king play it like this? You would play it like this…’ Then he walked away and grabbed the drill out of the props guy’s hands and said, ‘Why are you doing it like this? You f**king drill it like that!’

“Once you learn not to take it personally, it’s fantastic and he’s like your mother – annoyingly, usually right.”

The Ghost Writer will be released worldwide on April 16.
--From this site: http://www.musicrooms.net/showbiz/4616-Ewan-McGregor-Has-Compared-Roman-Polanski-His-Mother.html

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Vintage Translated Turkish Interview with Sharon Tate...

Thanks to Andrea, we have a new translated article on Sharon.   A friend of mine did it for me today.  I hope everyone enjoys it.
Hayat - 1967

According to the British this will be the year of Sharon Tate: 1967

In recent years, British stars have emerged to be the new cinema sensations, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Samantha Eggar and now a new star is slated for stardom.

Everyone has a common opinion: If you like the photos of an actress in advertisements then generally you will like the star. Movie star Sharon Tate, a 23-year-old blonde of English origin, is a complete exception to this rule. She has avoided advertising herself to the public.  She has even hid under a black wig out in front of television audiences. Sharon, is not recognized as a star yet on posters or marquees of theaters.  Fame has become a suitable adventure to be found for this young lady.

How many years has she been hidden ?

Everything is riding on this girl who came to the eyes of Hollywood cinema three years ago.  Martin Ransohoff discovered her and drew up a seven-year contract. For a period of 30 months Sharon fully learned how to be an actress and she has longed for the moment to be introduced. 

Sharon, recently met with a journalist in London and gave answers to various questions. Let us now turn our attention to this interesting conversation:

Q: Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Brigitte Bardot are actresses called sex symbols.

A: For actresses we cannot control everything that is said about us. It is not possible.  Having said that, I do not mind being called that.

Q: Do you look upon yourself as a 'sex symbol'?

A: Everyone says I am a beautiful girl. But sexy... that's another thing altogether.

Q: What are your thoughts about the fashions of today?
A: I do dress from Paris. I am glad women wear something more comfortable than say in the 1920s.  Now, the apparel is more sharper and full of commericial lines.

Q: In the "Vampire Killers" film you have a naked bath scene.  Do you have on anything at all in this scene?

A: No. The director Polanski said: "You don't have to allow it to embarrass you.  The crew will eventually not even think about it if you don't.  But, of course, you can just ignore them if you want to!"  In this way, it was easier to do my job.  Polanski is a genuine artist.

A: So you like him?

A: I think he is a good and valuable person.
Q: What characteristics should your ideal man have?

A: To have an emotional yet strong character.

Q: For example, such as Roman Polanski?

A: Yes.

Sharon Tate is a caring young girl who is on her way to the great climb of fame.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Hairdresser and his Dresser Wife Remember Sharon Fondly...

I have interviewed another couple who knew Sharon.  Harold Leighton did the stars hair and his wife Maxine dressed the stars in London in the 1960s.  Harold and Maxine (yes, they were and are still married) had quite a client list that included: Joan Collins, Raquel Welch, Julie Christie, Romy Schneider, Ursula Andress, Dusty Springfield, Marlo Thomas, Glenda Jackson, Natalie Wood.  And the men included: Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen, Rod Steiger and Dudley Moore and so many others!  The list of men and women go on and on.
Harold and Maxine early in their relationship.

They both remember Sharon fondly and say she had a great sense of humor.

Harold says: "God bless her, one of the most perfect women. One of the most beautiful women of her era if not the most beautiful! She was fun to share time with with such great humor.  She was sharp and we have very fond memories of her and being with her."
With their sons here.

Maxine says: "One of our most gorgeous clients was model Sharon Tate. She was the most beautiful looking woman with a faultless body and glowing skin, even without one jot of makeup on her face. On her first visit to the boutique, she came with her film producer lover Martin Ransohoff.

“Martin introduced himself to me as her mentor and producer. ‘I want Sharon to come here whenever she needs new clothes,’ he said. ‘I have heard so much about your look and taste Maxine, so please give her whatever you choose, no matter the cost.’

"Sharon said: ‘I love that Sonia Rykiel sweater and knitted skirt,’ – and with that she took off the shirt she was wearing and dropped her skirt to try on the clothes. Low and behold, there was not a bra in sight – only the most perfect boobs and just a G-string in satin and lace! I have never seen such a wonderful figure on any woman."
One of Harold's hair styles from the 60s. 
Harold adds that "she was understanding if you did not have her size of garment, that would make her come back in the following days when another shipment of merchandize would arrive from Paris." 

"She came into my boutique every other day," Maxine continues,"sitting down for a chat and ending up with a bag full of goodies! Every time she walked into the salon Harold was informed immediately and would rush upstairs to have a coffee, chat and plan a photo shoot."

...And another...

"Our boutique was on Hampstead High Street in the 60s," says Harold. "Sharon became a fan of Maxine’s ‘French Look’ and shopped almost weekly. She could not stay away and then Maxine sent her down to my salon under her boutique and I did her hair and later I did her hair for her Wedding at the Chelsea Register office on Kings Road. When you see the photographs of her being married to Roman Polanski--that’s my hair with all the flowers in it."
...And another.
There are some wonderful photos taken of Sharon with jewelry and such in her hair.  Harold also did her hair for these shots.  "Roman Polanski told me he wanted to give her some jewelry for their first anniversary.  I was there when thousands of of pounds' worth arrived at her flat for her to choose a one.
" 'Let's cover her with the jewels for a photograph,' Roman said and he was right, it made a wonderful study. 
Sharon with Harold during the famous jewelry photos.
"At another session, Sharon was all but naked, and I was nervous about doing her hair.  With her impish sense of humor, she decided to make things worse for me.
"She sat up like a lovely, half-naked bear, wrapped both arms around me and said, teasingly: 'Now Harold, does that make you happy?'
Harold today.
"We had such fun.  It was the hub of French fashion in Hampstead and in today's market would have been the shop where the Paparazzi would live outside the salon and boutique."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Iain Quarrier Never Recovered From Sharon's Death, A New Tour has its good points and bad ones, and More on Polanski

I found this in a autobiography by Mim Scala called "Diary of a Teddy Boy":

At this time Roman Polanski was getting married to the beautiful Sharon Tate, and Victor Lownes offered to host his stag-night (bachelor party) at the Playboy Club and later at Victor's town house. The guests included Richard Harris, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Iain Quarrier, Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty, Harry Baird, Gene Gutowski and myself.
Our party started off in the normal fashion, drinks, a joint or two, small talk. We all knew each other pretty well. We were being waited on by the pick of the Playboy Bunnies and a dozen other gorgeous girls. The higher and drunker we got, the more outrageous the party became. I was sharing the sauna with Michael Caine and Gene Gutowski, and several of the girls, when the door opened and Richard Harris (drunkingly) staggered in. We all carried on with what we were doing. 'Come on you filthy bastards, come with me. I know where the real action is'-- whereupon he staggered out of the heat. Michael, Gene and I were not about to leave. As morning came and Roman had to prepare for his wedding, we discovered what had happened to Richard. He had burgled Sharon's hen party (bachelorette party), the only male present at that gathering of about twenty of the most beautiful girls in London. He was unable to remember a thing.

Richard Harris, the only man at Sharon's Bachelorette party.

And then some pages later:

Iain Quarrier and Jane Birkin in "Wonderwall"
A few awful things had happened since I had left. In August 1969 Charles Manson had murdered Roman Polanski's beautiful wife, Sharon Tate. At the time, Michael Pearson and Iain Quarrier were in the California desert shooting the last scene of their film Vanishing Point. From the mobile production office Michael called Sharon to invite her to the end-of-shoot party. Sharon was eight months pregnant with Roman's child. She said she would try to make the party but if not, they should drop by for a drink. It took longer than expected to shoot that last scene, and it was nearly 11 o'clock when Michael and Iain finally drove into Mulholland Drive and past the compound where the Polanski house was. They decided not to disturb Sharon with a phone call as it was late, and drove directly to the Vanishing Point party. As the party wound down a couple of blocks away, dawn broke over the Polanski household and the Manson massacre. Michael heard the chilling news on the radio as he drove away from his party. Had he and Iain dropped in on Sharon, the two would have been victims of Hollywood's most evil murder.
Not surprisingly, Michael and Iain took the whole thing badly. Iain was very close to Sharon. He never fully recovered, nor worked again as an actor or producer. When I last saw him, rock climbing in the Lake district, he was handsome as ever, but the lights seem to have gone out.

Here is a new tour in California that I have mixed feelings about.  I'll let the girl who's seen it tell you more here:


More on Polanski:
Roman directing "Vampire Killers" and yes, that is Sharon's back to the bottom right.

He gets defended here:


And this critic says that "The Ghost Writer" is the best picture of the year:


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quote of the Week, Sharon is part of the 50 Most Beautiful Faces, Star Trek Actress remembers Sharon and More

Here is the Quote of the Week:
Victor Lownes in 1979.
Victor Lownes on Sharon: "I vividly remember the first time I met Sharon, she was simply stunning. I saw her and did an immediate double take. I've been around a lot of beautiful women before and since, but nobody ever impacted people the way Sharon did. She was completely natural, not caught up on herself, and very smart, which wasn't something you might have expected if you just judged her by her looks. She had the best sense of humor, too, which I think surprised a lot of people. She was sharp, and always got the joke."

Sharon is part of the 50 Most Beautiful Faces here:


Former Star Trek star Grace Lee Whitney fondly remembers Sharon in her autobiography:

William Shatner with Whitney on Star Trek.

"I got to know a lot of fascinating people at Warner Brothers. Angie Dickenson, Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Connie Stevens were all contract players at the studio when I was there. After work I used to go to a bar across the street from the studio called El Chiquita and hang out with other actors--Lee Marvin, Van Williams, Troy, Chad Everett and many others.

"I was in make up with Sharon Tate a number of times, and I remember her as a very friendly, sweet girl in her early twenties. We used to gossip like schoolgirls about how cute Troy and Chad were. Like me she was doing a lot of episodic television--shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and The Man from Uncle. I vividly recall how shocked and horrified I was a few years later when I heard that, while pregnant, she had been tortured and murdered in the Tate Labianca slayings."
Actress Olivia Williams talks about working with Polanski:
Be sure to watch Kerstien Matondang 's site for Sharon, she is coming up with more great videos for us ;)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Comparison Photo of the Week, Sharon and Bo Derek, "The Fearless Vampire Killers" online and More

Here is the photo comparsion of the week:

Don't you think that American professional volleyball player, sports announcer, fashion model and actress Gabrielle Reece looks like Sharon in this advertisement?

Sharon and Bo Derek?

From the 1967 movie 'Don't Make Waves' with Tony Curtis. The slowmotion, long blonde hair and gold bikini inspired the movie '10' ten years later with Bo Derek.

Has anyone else heard this.  I can see it in the videos below that they are comparible in the sense that Tony Curtis looks at Sharon much like Dudley Moore looked at Bo.


John Derek back in his heydays.

Another thing that Bo and Sharon have in common is that they were both photographed by John Derek (Bo's late husband).

Here is a person who I am in total agreement over Sharon.  He says:
This is a film (The Fearless Vampire Killers) by Roman Polanski. Most film buffs are well aware of his history and the history of his late wife and co-star, Sharon Tate. This upload is meant to illustrate that Art (in this case film art) stands on its own. It is separate from the history and person who creates it. What happened to Sharon Tate was horrible. But, Sharon Tate “is” a beautiful actress, and her performance here is excellent. This celebrates that fact. *now a word for those who watch just to comment on what happened to her. You may not be intelligent enough to realize it. But these comments about her death is an assault not on me (the uploader) but on Sharon Tate. She deserves to be remembered for her life NOT HER DEATH. Those who continuously mention her murderers are just fans( of the Killers), who love the sick horror of what happened to her. *I’m also aware that these comments are coming from a very small group of people here on youtube. (usually the same person on different accounts) I hope this does not distract you too much, or lessen your enjoyment of this wonderful film. Enjoy.

This comes from his site where he has apparently uploaded the film "The Fearless Vampire Killers" :


Shelley Berman today.

Also, as you know I have been trying to contact people who knew Sharon from time to time.  Sometimes it is hard to say who knew her in the Sixties and who didn't?  She and Roman definitely met a lot of people.  So I asked Shelley Berman, who is a comedian, writer, teacher, and actor who is now 84 if by chance he knew Sharon.  He replied kindly, "I regret I did not know Sharon Tate, except by her talent and her horrible death, in our very neighborhood (Hollywood)."  Thanks to Mr. Berman for mentioning Sharon's talent.  I'll let you know what else I find in the future. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Photo of the Week, Ebay Items Discussed and Some Great News!

Here is the photo of the week:

Also, here are some very rare Sharon items on ebay for a heads up to fans and collectors:

A rare Italian poster for "Don't Make Waves".


And Diana Ross and the Supremes met Sharon and Roman? Yes!  There are two photos from the original negatives on ebay now:

The famous trio.


And I have been interviewing a couple of people about Sharon and will be thrilled to share what they say when I am done.  Wish me luck because I am trying to contact more who knew her. ;)

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Debra Tate's New Blog, Another Star of the 1960s passes, Sharon as an Avatar? and More on Polanski

Debra Tate has started her own Blog called Tate Foundation.  It has video links, biographies of Sharon, her mother Doris, and sister Patti.  It will have more included in the future and it has a link to The Doris Tate Crime Victims Foundation.  Here is the link:


Another star of the 1960s passed away, Actor Fess Parker.  He is best known as TV's Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.  He and Sharon are both noted for doing public service announcements for the NRA on the conservation side of that group.  Other stars included: Ed Ames, Walter Brennan, Slim Pickens, and on the lighter side funny accents from Sebastion Cabot and Ricardo Montalban.

I decided to do this fun thing. You can go to this site and make yourself into an avatar just like the ones in James Cameron's film:

She looks just as beautiful as a blue person ;)

I uploaded Sharon to see what she would look like ;)  Please go to this link and her eyes move but give it a minute to upload...


If you can't see it let me know and I'll email it to you. :)

Here is Roman discussing "Rosemary's Baby" and his great loss of Sharon:


New Update on the Polanski case: