Had enormous brown eyes and a dazzling smile. At the time of her death, she was known as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.
Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Drove a 1967 red Ferrari with tags # VMP659.
In high school, she was a cheerleader, baton twirler, star basketball player, and played Juliet in the school production of "Romeo and Juliet." She was also voted Homecoming Queen and Senior Prom Queen. She was also on Student Council.
The house at 10050 Cielo Drive, rented by Tate and Roman Polanski at the time of the murders, was demolished in 1994. An Italian-style mansion has been erected in its place and the street address has been changed. The new mansion was originally priced at $12.5 million in an attempt to cash in on the locations notoriety but no sale was made. Recently, the price was reduced to $7.7 million but the house still remains vacant.
Tate's never-born son was to be named Paul Richard Polanski, after her father. Sharon's tombstone bears both Paul's name and her own.
Was crowned Sophomore Princess at Columbia High School in 1958.
Lived in Richland, Washington from the 1955 to the fall of 1959 and attended Chief Joseph Junior High School (now Chief Joseph Middle School) from September of 1955 to June of 1958, and Columbia High School (now Richland High School) from September of 1958 to October of 1959.
When, in 2003, E! Entertainment Television ranked the 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (2003), the murder of Sharon Tate was listed at number nine.
Was very close to her younger sisters Debra Tate, born November 6, 1952, and Patricia Tate, born October 30, 1957, and died June 3, 2000.
Her parents' names are Paul James Tate and Doris Gwendolyn Willett. They were married on January 25, 1942. Her mother was born on January 19, 1924 and died on July 10, 1992.
Her favorite lip makeup was vaseline. She kept little jars of it in her car.
Spent her junior year of high school in three different schools: Columbia High School in Richland, Washington, from September to late fall 1959; Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas, from late fall 1959 to April 1960; and Vicenza American High School in Vicenza, Italy, from April to June 1960. She graduated from Vicenza American High School in 1961.
Born at 5:47 pm-CST on a Sunday.
In 1959 she was the winner of 5 different beauty pageants: Miss Frontier Days, Miss Richland, Miss Tri-Cities, Miss Water Follies, and Miss Auto-Rama.
Lived in Pasadena, Texas from 1948 to 1955 and attended St. Pius V Catholic School and South Shaver Elementary School.
When the house was demolished in 1994, Trent Reznor having used the house to record his 8th Halo album 'The Downward Spiral (1994)' alledgedly took the 'Pig' door and used it for his studio in Louisiana.
Was a distant cousin of Bo Brinkman, Dakota Brinkman, Dennis Quaid, and Randy Quaid.
Auditioned for the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music (1965) that went to Charmian Carr.
Sharon became close friends with her Valley of the Dolls (1967) costars, Patty Duke and Barbara Parkins. Parkins later served as Sharon's Maid of Honor when she married Roman Polanski in 1968.
Last book she read was Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" which she convinced Roman Polanski would make a great film one day. Polanski's film Tess (1979) is dedicated simply "For Sharon".
Her character, 'Freya Carlson', in The Wrecking Crew (1968) was the inspiration for 'Felicity Shagwell' in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).
Was originally cast in the role of "Billie Jo" on Petticoat Junction (1963), but she walked away from the show on advice from her manager (Martin Ransohoff). He didn't feel it was a good launching pad for her career.
A January 25, 1965, brief in Daily Variety announced that she would play the lead, on loan from Filmways, in producer Sy Weintraub's Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966). The role eventually went to Nancy Kovack.
The Barbie Doll "Malibu Barbie" was created based on Sharon Tate's character in Don't Make Waves (1967).
Was originally cast in the role of Christian Rudd in The Cincinnati Kid (1965) by producer Martin Ransohoff, who had her under contract. She was replaced with Tuesday Weld by the film's director, Norman Jewison, after Sam Peckinpah was fired several days into filming by Ransohoff. Ransohoff was dismayed by Peckinpah's desire to shoot the film in black and white and to feature Tate in a nude scene.
Her friend Christopher Jones was emotionally devastated by her August 9th, 1969 murder by the acolytes of Charles Manson. Jones suffered what he described as a "nervous breakdown" and abandoned his acting career.
On "E!'s Most Shocking Hollywood Murders", her murder was ranked #1.
A fixture on Hollywood's social scene, cohorts included Ava Roosevelt, Carrie White, Terry Melcher, Mia Farrow, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Barbara Parkins, Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey, Jacqueline Bisset, Gene Gutowski, Bruce Lee, Joan Collins, Patty Duke, Richard Sylbert, Jane Fonda, Warren Beatty, Jim Morrison, Wende Wagner, Elke Sommer, Ingrid Pitt, Sheilah Wells, Iain Quarrier, Candice Bergen, Suzanna Leigh, Peter Sellers, Joanna Pettet, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, Roddy McDowall and Cass Elliot.
Received "introducing" designation in the credits of two films. Internationally with Eye of the Devil (1967) and domestically in Don't Make Waves (1967), both produced by her mentor, Martin Ransohoff.
Spoke fluent Italian.
She was sensitive to strong perfumes and toilet water but did enjoy using a scent enhanced body soap called Mink & Pearls.
Her first beauty pageant win was "Miss Tiny Tot" when she was 6-months-old.
There is a reference to Sharon Tate in Woodstock (1970) best seen in the bluray disc version of the movie. Exactly 15 minutes into the movie a local storekeeper is being interviewed on the business the rock festival was bringing in -- behind the storekeeper's right shoulder is a newsstand of local papers including the New York Daily News, the front page headline "Sharon's Pals Balk At Probe - Cops Study New Address Book". Sharon's death had been the front page news story around the world the weekend before Woodstock.
Her ghost has been seen at the house of David Oman that he JUST built in 2005. Along with his friends and guest have seen or felt activity by her and tried an exorcism, but failed to relive the spirits of her and other victims from Charles Manson crime. David and the other's involved could be seen on the popular Paranormal TV show Paranormal Witness: The Manson Curse (2013). Sarah Beaudin and Sarah Jacqueline both play her in this episode.
She was 5'6" tall, wore a size 6 dress in 1960s sizing and a size 6B shoe.