To commemorate her older sister's life, younger sister Debra Tate has put together a collection of photographs and reminiscences in hopes that people will begin to remember Sharon more for her life, her beauty, her talent and her cultural impact than for her brutal death 45 years ago this past August at age 26 and 8-1/2 months pregnant.
Married to Paris-born director Roman Polanski, who writes the introduction to "Sharon Tate: Recollection" (Running Press, $30), Tate acted in "Valley of the Dolls," "Eye of the Devil," and "Fearless Vampire Killers."
The book includes original quotes from such celebrities as Jane Fonda, Patty Duke, Joan Collins, Viva and Trina Turk and retrospective quotes from the likes of Truman Capote, Richard Avedon and Mia Farrow. As well as many photos, including some from the Tate family album.
Unbelievably, the gorgeous Sharon Tate would now be 71.
By the way, if you did not read the riveting profile of Polanski when it appeared in The New Yorker on Dec. 14, 2009, read it here:
Debra Tate Will Sign Books
Thursday at 6 p.m. at Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd., Charlotte, 28209.