Post by valleygirl on May 15, 2018 22:06:54 GMT -5
This afternoon I was browsing through the shelves of a second hand book store and found a copy of Curtis's book "Tony Curtis: The Autobiography". I knew Curtis had starred with Sharon in "Don't Make Waves" so I picked it up and found some references to her in the index. His opinions/memories of her have a common theme, and are in keeping with other friends who knew her well.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
"...I was a college professor in that film and Claudia Cardinale was my love interest, but a lot of attention went to the second female lead, a surfer girl named "Malibu", who accidentally knocks me out with her surfboard. Sharon Tate. I've thought a lot about Sharon in the years since then, and about what happened to her. Was it the times? Certainly Charles Manson was an evil creation of the times. Her tragedy seemed a harbringer of other tragedies to come.
Sharon was such a beautiful young woman. Though there was a feeling between us, we didn't get involved. She was married to Roman Polanski, and I was going through another marriage breakup at the time, and she sensed that. She reached out to me, but she was not a verbal person and neither was I. She and Roman had been married just a short time when she was murdered.
I think it's important to emphasize that she and Roman were not particularly into drugs at all. There were no drugs, no orgies, nothing awful. Everyone knew Sharon was loyal to Roman and would never do anything to risk harming her baby. She and her friends just happened to be in Manson's way. It could have been me and my friends, or anyone else in Hollywood. I was at a dinner party with Joyce Haber, the gossip columnist, just a few nights after the murder, and in front of about a dozen people at the table she said something to the effect they deserved it. Haber and those other gossip columnists were particularly nasty about the Sharon Tate story. They took it upon themselves to suggest that drugs were the reason for the murders, which may have been true for the murderers but certainly not for Sharon."