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Sharon Tate


Born: 24 January 1943
Died: 9 August 1969 (murder)
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Best known as: Famous victim of Charles Manson
Sharon Tate was a rising young movie star when she was killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969. A former homecoming queen, Tate had a small part in Eye of the Devil (1967, with David Niven) and a larger part in Valley of the Dolls (1967, with Patty Duke), among other films. She and Polish director Roman Polanski became a popular jet-set couple, and they married on 20 January 1968. Tate was pregnant with their first child when she and four friends were murdered in her Los Angeles home during a Manson killing spree. The grisly murders were the subject of Vincent Bugliosi's best-selling 1974 book Helter Skelter.

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