Sharon Tate's name is back in the news, nearly 49 years after her death at the hands of the Manson family in 1969.
Quentin Tarantino is slated to release his untitled picture on the 50th anniversary of Tate’s death next year. Margot Robbie is set to portray Tate in the film Tarantino told IndieWire would center around the year the murders took place.
Hilary Duff will star in another film on the model-actress, likely introducing her to a new generation less familiar with the star's life and accomplishments before her untimely death. The Haunting of Sharon Tate is set for release later this year and has already made waves with Tate’s younger sister, Debra Tate, who slammed the movie as "tacky” to People magazine.
Here are a few key things to remember about Tate ahead of the upcoming projects.
Her acting résumé
In the early and mid-60s, the Dallas-born blond appeared on the small screen in TV series Mister Ed, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Beverly Hillbillies. Her first credited role in a film came just three years before her death, in 1966’s Eye of the Devil. In follow-up features, she would share the screen with big name co-stars Dean Martin (The Wrecking Crew) and Orson Welles (Twelve Plus One). While Valley of the Dolls (1967) was critically panned, the film earned Tate a Golden Globe nomination. In Roger Ebert’s scathing review of the flick, also starring Barbara Parkins and Patty Duke, he did say Tate “remains a wonder to behold.”
Her marriage to Roman Polanski
Days before her 25th birthday, Tate wed her Fearless Vampire Killers director and co-star Roman Polanski, then 34, in a London ceremony at the Chelsea Register Office on Jan. 20, 1968. In fashions fitting with the times, Tate wore a high-neck yellow minidress of her own design, her teased hair adorned with flowers. Polanski’s ensemble included a jabot.
While the two appear happy in footage from their reception that followed at the Playboy Club, Sharon Tate: A Life author Ed Sanders hints at cracks in their wedded bliss. He writes in his 2016 biography that Valley of the Dolls writer Jacqueline Susann, a guest at one of the couple’s wedding parties, remembered Tate “was very happy, but she was completely under Roman’s domination. He doesn’t look it, but he must be a dominating man.”
In 1977, Polanski was charged with statutory rape stemming from an encounter with then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer. He plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. Fearing the judge assigned to his case would renege on the plea agreement, Polanski left for France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing.
Lasting impact on pop culture
Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant confirmed (in a NSFW tweet) she was influenced by a 1967 Esquire magazine photo shoot when putting Megan Draper in a white T-shirt emblazoned with a red star. There's also a Reddit thread where people postulated whether Draper's life was inspired by Tate's.
Tate was also profiled in David Wills' 2017 book Switched On: Women Who Revolutionized Style in the '60s. In Wills' work, designer Trina Turk refers to Tate as "a designer's dream." "Sharon Tate has transcended her career in the '60s to become one of the great fashion and style icons of the 20th century and beyond," Turk said.