Sharon Tate: A Life

Sharon Tate: A Life

by Ed Sanders


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Ed Sanders gave readers their clearest insight yet into the disturbing world of Charles Manson and his followers when he published The Family in 1971. Continuing that journalistic tradition, Sanders presents the most thorough look ever into the heartbreaking story of Sharon Tate, the iconic actress who found love, fame, and ultimately tragedy during her all-too-brief life.

Sharon Tate: A Life traces Sharon's path from beauty queen to budding young actress: her early love affairs, her romance with and marriage to director Roman Polanski, and the excitement of the glamorous life she had always sought — all set against the background of the turbulent 1960s. This sympathetic account tells the powerful story of her determined rise through the ranks of Hollywood and to the brink of stardom before her name became forever linked with the shocking murder spree that took her life.

In 1969, the Polanski house was targeted by the followers of cultist Charles Manson. Why the Manson clan focused its gaze on Sharon remains unclear, but the world was soon shocked to its core as it learned of the brutal murders of a pregnant Sharon Tate and her friends at her idyllic home in Los Angeles. Sanders once again examines this horrific crime and its aftermath, expounding on what may have led the killers to that particular house on that particular evening.

Sharon Tate takes readers on a sometimes joyous yet inevitably heart-wrenching tour of the '60s as seen through the eyes of someone who lived it, survived it, and remembers it all too well. Brilliant illustrations by noted artist Rick Veitch lend character to this riveting narrative of the life and times of a beloved actress whose image and whose fate still haunt us to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818899
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 668,922
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ed Sanders is the author of Fug You, Tales of Beatnik Glory, and numerous volumes of poetry. He is an American Book Award winner and lives in Woodstock, New York.

Table of Contents

Thanks vii

Dedication ix

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 Early Years 1

Chapter 2 Discovered by a Producer 17

Chapter 3 Early Films: Eye of the Devil, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Don't Make Waves 37

Chapter 4 1967: The Year of Love, Dolls, Rosemary 61

Chapter 5 1968: Marriage and Rising in Hollywood 81

Chapter 6 1969: Cielo Drive and Pregnancy 115

Chapter 7 Sharon's Final Film 135

Chapter 8 The Summer of 1969 145

Chapter 9 A Cult at the Spahn Ranch Kills 153

Chapter 10 Sharon Tate's Final Few Days 163

Chapter 11 Death on Cielo Drive 173

Chapter 12 Night and Morning 199

Chapter 13 August 9-10: More Carnage and Grief 209

Chapter 14 Aftermath and Investigation 221

Chapter 15 The Manson Group Keeps Killing and Moves to the High Desert Near Death Valley 243

Chapter 16 The Breaking of the Case 255

Afterword 263

Index 273

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