Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls
Next August marks 50 years since Sharon Tate was killed by followers of Charles Manson. Married to Roman Polanski, the 26-year-old actress was eight and a half months pregnant with their first child, a boy, when she was stabbed to death. The crime that once shook the world will be immortalized in multiple movies, set to release for the anniversary.
Likely the most anticipated of these comes from writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows an actor and his stunt double during the 1969 Manson murders – with Tate and the Manson family fitting into the film more peripherally.
After many rumors, Margot Robbie has just been confirmed to play the late actress. Robbie’s Tate will appear as the neighbor of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the former star of a popular western TV show. Brad Pitt will star as Cliff Booth, Dalton’s longtime stunt double. The film will also feature Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, and Burt Reynolds, who’s in talks to play George Spahn, the rancher whose property housed the Manson family.
Hilary Duff will also star as Tate in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which follows the actress in the days leading up to her murder. But neither of the films have met the approval of the late actress’ younger sister, Debra Tate. She’s producing Tate, which stars Kate Bosworth as her older sister in a film that’s not about her death, but her life.