SHARON TATE Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Sharon Marie Tate                                                             
Born: 24 January 1943 Dallas, Texas, U.S.                                           
Died: 9 August 1969 Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California U.S.                   
Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 - August 9, 1969) was a Golden Globe-nominated   
American actress. During the 1960s she had small television roles before             
starting her film career. She appeared in several films that highlighted her         
beauty, and after receiving positive reviews for her comedic performances, was       
hailed as one of Hollywood's promising newcomers. Tate's fame increased after       
her marriage to film director Roman PolaƄski and her appearances in fashion         
magazines as a model and cover girl.                                                 
Tate was murdered, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson at her     
Benedict Canyon home. She was eight and a half months pregnant.                     
A decade after the murders, her mother Doris Tate, appalled at the growing cult     
status of the killers and the possibility that any of them might be granted         
parole, joined a public campaign against what she considered shortcomings in the     
state corrections system. This catalyzed amendments to California criminal law       
in 1982, which allowed crime victims and their families to make victim impact       
statements during sentencing and at parole hearings. She became the first person     
to make such an impact statement under the new law, when she spoke at the parole     
hearing of one of her daughter's killers, Charles "Tex" Watson. She later said       
that she believed the changes in the law had afforded her daughter dignity that     
had been denied her before, and that she had been able to "help transform Sharon's   
legacy from murder victim to a symbol of victim's rights".