Sharon Tate was only 26 years old when she, along with her unborn child, three of her friends, and a stranger with bad timing were murdered.
Tate, a Golden Globe-nominated actress most known for her role in Valley of The Dolls, was also the wife of French-Polish film director Roman Polanski. On August 9, 1969, Tate, who was eight-and-a half months pregnant, noted hairstylist Jay Sebring, aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and Frykowski's girlfriend Abigail Folger, book editor and heiress to the Folger coffee fortune, had their lives taken from them at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles’s Benedict Canyon.
The murders, soon to be referenced in Quentino's upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, were carried out by members of Charles Manson’s “family” in what's been described as a vengeful act. Manson, who had aspirations of becoming a musician, had previously attempted to get a record deal from producer Terry Melcher (son of Doris Day), who had once rented the house along with musician Mark Lindsay and Melcher's then-girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen.
Reports claim Melcher’s snub of Manson left him agitated and disgruntled, leading him to take his revenge on Hollywood.
Source : THE OPRAH Magazine