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Sharon Tate
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Publicity photo of Tate in Valley of the Dolls, 1967.
Sharon Marie Tate

(1943-01-24)January 24, 1943
Died August 9, 1969(1969-08-09) (aged 26)
Cause of death Murder
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1961–1969
Spouse(s) Roman Polanski
(m. 1968–1969, her death)
Parent(s) Colonel Paul James Tate
Doris Gwendolyn Willett

Sharon Tate (January 23, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model. She was married to movie director Roman Polanski.

During the 1960s, she played small television roles before appearing in films and was regularly featured in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl. After receiving positive reviews for her comedic and dramatic acting performances, Tate was hailed as one of Hollywood's most promising newcomers.

She made her film debut in 1961 in Barabbas with Anthony Quinn. She was next seen in the 1966 film Eye of the Devil. Her most remembered performance was as Jennifer North in the 1967 classic film, Valley of the Dolls, earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Tate's last completed film, 12+1, was released posthumously in 1969.

Personal life

Tate was born in Dallas, Texas on January 23, 1943. She was the daughter of a career army officer. So, her family had to move through various parts of the United States and Europe. As a child, her parents placed her in a beauty contest and she won.


Tate made her movie debut in Eye of the Devil in 1965. The movie producer, Martin Ransohoff, made a ten-minute documentary promoting her, called All Eyes on Sharon Tate.

Tate met Polanski while acting in his movie, The Fearless Vampire Killers. That movie was a comedy mocking Hammer Horror movies. Polanski married her in 1968. She was also in the comedy Don't Make Waves in 1967. In 1967, she was also in the movie Valley of the Dolls. In 1969, she was in the spy comedy The Wrecking Crew. Her last movie was an Italian slapstick comedy called 12+1.

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