Sharon Marie Tate

Born: Jan 24, 1943 AD
Died: 1969 AD, at 26 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses

1943 - Born in Dallas, Texas, on the 24th of January .

1959 - She matured, people commented on her beauty; she began entering beauty pageants, winning the title of "Miss Richland, Washington".

1960 - She spoke of her ambition to study psychiatry, and also stated her intention to compete in the "Miss Washington" pageant.

1961 - She was employed by the singer Pat Boone, and appeared with him in a television special he made in Venice.

1962 - Tate family returned to the United States, and Sharon Tate moved to Los Angeles, California, where she contacted Richard Beymer's agent, Harold Gefsky.

1963 - She introduced her to Martin Ransohoff, director of Filmways, Inc., who signed her to a seven year contract.

1964 - She met Jay Sebring, a former sailor who had established himself as a leading hair stylist in Hollywood.

1964 - She made a screen test for Sam Peckinpah, opposite Steve McQueen for the film The Cincinnati Kid.

1967 - Her comedic performances, was hailed as one of Hollywood's promising newcomers, and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Valley of the Dolls.

         - Tate and Polanski returned to London, and were frequent subjects of newspaper and magazine articles. Tate was depicted as being untraditional and modern, with her assertion that couples should live together before they marry being quoted. They were married in London on January 20, 1968 with considerable publicity.

1969 - Tate became pregnant near the end of 1968, and in February she and Polanski moved to 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon.

         - She returned from London to Los Angeles, on the 20th of July, traveling alone on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2.

         - On the 8th of August, Tate was two weeks away from giving birth. She entertained two friends for lunch at her home, actress Joanna Pettet and Barbara Lewis, confiding in them her despair at Polanski's delay in returning from London.

1969 - Murder on the 9th of August.

1970 - On the 15th of June, Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten were sent to trial while Watson remained in Texas fighting attempts to extradite him.

1971 - The defendants were found guilty and sentenced to death on the 29th of March. Watson was tried separately after extradition from Texas. Psychiatrists testified that he appeared to be feigning insanity, and while he admitted his role in all of the killings, he refused to acknowledge his responsibility, and was widely quoted by the press when he blandly stated that he had not noticed that Sharon Tate was pregnant.

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