TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
NEW
TEXAS TOWNS
GHOST TOWNS
COUNTIES
TOPICS
TRIPS
ARCHITECTURE
COLUMNS
ARCHIVE
SITE MAP
SEARCH SITE
HOTELS



Texas | Features | Books

Sharon Tate: Recollection

by Debra Tate

Foreword by Roman Polanski.


(Philadelphia: Running Press, 2014)
272 pages. $30.00, hardcover.


Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
On August 9, 1969, members of the Charles Manson Family invaded the Los Angeles home of Sharon Tate, savagely murdering the actress and four others. Tate was eight months pregnant. The sanguinary "Helter Skelter" slayings rank as one of the most vicious and notorious crimes in twentieth-century U. S. history.

Among the most beautiful women in Tinseltown, Sharon, only twenty-six at the time of her death, was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 24, 1943. Wed to film director Roman Polanski, she had appeared in a handful of motion pictures, including Eye of the Devil (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Don't Make Waves (1967), and The Wrecking Crew (1968). Most famously, Tate starred in Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1967), the cult classic for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Sharon, also a popular model, counted among her friends such Hollywood luminaries as Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Mia Farrow, Laurence Harvey, Leslie Caron, Peter Sellers, Patty Duke, and Yul Brynner.

Debra Tate has assembled a lavish photographic celebration of her older sister, focusing on Sharon's life and career; her untimely demise is not examined. "I always felt it was very unfair for her life to be remembered primarily for its final moments," Debra contends. "Sharon had a magnificent life." Any fan of cinema and the Swinging Sixties will relish this impressive collection of striking photographs. The author divides her book into eight chapters: The American Dream Girl-Selections From the Tate Family Album 1943-1959; All Eyes on Sharon Tate 1960-1964; The MGM Years 1965-1967; Valley of the Dolls 1967; Portfolio 1964-1969; Roman; Nova 1968; and 1969.

Polanski, who married Sharon on January 20, 1968, in London, contributed a brief foreword to this pictorial biography. He observes, quite movingly, "It is impossible, of course, to imagine what might have been if Sharon had lived. But this book allows me to remember what was." The controversial filmmaker, lionized as the director of Rosemary's Baby (1968) during his marriage to Tate, went on to helm such acclaimed motion pictures as Chinatown (1974), Tess (1979), and The Pianist (2002).

A treasure trove of all things Tate, this remarkable volume includes tributes by those who knew her, quotes and correspondence from Sharon, posters from her films, magazine covers, movie stills, and stunning photographs of the young actress. Legendary photographer Bert Stern called Tate "the most beautiful woman I ever met."


Note: Ironically, one of Tate's attackers was Charles "Tex" Watson, also a native of the Lone Star State. For additional information about the gorgeous, ill-fated star, see Greg King's Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders (Barricade Books, 2000), Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice (It Books, 2012) by Alisa Statman with Brie Tate, and Sharon Tate: A Life (Da Capo Press, 2016) by Ed Sanders.
Review by Kirk Bane, Ph.D.
Managing Editor, Central Texas Studies
January 4, 2017

More Book Reviews by Dr. Kirk Bane
More Texas Books

Related Topics:

People
Columns
Texas Towns
Texas Escapes Online Magazine
Texas




Books

Movies

All Texas Towns :
Gulf Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central North Central Woutn Central South Panhandle Panhandle
South South Texas Hill Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Ghost Towns counties COUNTIES

TEXAS ESCAPES CONTENTS
HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | SEARCH SITE
TEXAS TOWNS A-Z | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS A-Z | TEXAS COUNTIES

Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | FORTS | MAPS

Texas Attractions
TEXAS TOPICS
People | Ghosts | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Texas Centennial | Black History | Art | Music | Animals | Books | Food
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Rooms with a Past | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Stores | Banks | Drive-by Architecture | Signs | Ghost Signs | Old Neon | Murals | Then & Now
Vintage Photos

USA | MEXICO | HOTELS

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved