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Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969)

Sharon Tate, image unidentified
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The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) - Roman Polanski [Amazon.com]


Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 - August 9, 1969) was an American actress and a victim of the Charles Manson murders.

Sharon Tate was born in Dallas, Texas and was the first of three daughters born to Colonel Paul and Doris Tate. At six months of age Sharon won her first beauty contest; she was crowned Miss Tiny Tot of Dallas, Texas. Her very first jobs included modeling. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Tate [May 2005]

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) - Roman Polanski

The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) - Roman Polanski [Amazon.com]

The Fearless Vampire Killers is a 1967 movie directed by Roman Polanski. It has been produced as a musical, named Dance of the Vampires.

The film takes us into the heart of Transylvania where Professor Abronsius (Jack McGowran) and his apprentice Alfred (Roman Polanski) are on the hunt for vampires. Abronsius is old and withering and barely able to survive the cold drive through the wintry forests. Alfred is bumbling and introverted. The hunters come to a small Eastern European town seemingly at the end of a long search for signs of vampires. The two stay at a local inn, full of angst-ridden townspeople who perform strange rituals to fend off an unseen evil.

Straight from Polanski's international success with Repulsion, it was mounted on a lavish scale - color, huge sets in England, location filming in the Alps, elaborate costumes and choreography suitable for a period epic. Previously accustomed only to extremely low budgets, Polanski chose some of the finest English cinema craft artists to work on the film: cameraman Douglas Slocombe, production designer Wilfrid Shingleton. Polanski engaged noted choreographer Tutte Lemkow, who played the actual Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof, for the film's climactic Danse Macabre minuet. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fearless_Vampire_Killers [May 2005]

see also: Roman Polanski

Charles Manson

Sharon Tate on August 9, 1969, the day of her murder by Charles Manson

(from John Gilmore and Ron Kramer, Manson:The Unholy Trail of Charlie and the Family)

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