Sister of the late actress Sharon Tate, Debra, has spoken out against an upcoming movie about her infamous murder.
The movie, starring former Disney starlet Hilary Duff as Roman Polanski’s murdered wife, is an independent production called The Haunting of Sharon Tate. Duff shared a picture of herself made-up like the late actress on her Instagram page earlier this week, captioning it, “Had the incredible opportunity of playing Sharon Tate the past two weeks in an independent movie. She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor.” However honored the Lizzie Maguire star might be, Debra Tate isn’t having it.
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“It doesn’t matter who is acting in it,” she told People. “It’s just tasteless. It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.” Debra was just 16 at the time of Sharon’s murder in the late sixties. The 26-year-old actress was eight months pregnant when the home she shared with Polanski was invaded by the followers of Charles Manson in the late hours Aug. 9, 1969. They brutally killed her, her unborn child, and four of her friends. The awful tragedy would go down as one of the most brutal murder cases ever known. Debra called Sharon earlier in the day to ask if she could stay the night. Tate declined.
In the movie, a scene depicts Sharon having a dream that she and her friend Jay Sebring have their throats cut. According to Debra, this is a complete fabrication. “I know for a fact she did not have a premonition – awake or in a dream – that she and Jay would have their throat cut,” she says. “I checked with all of her living friends. None of her friends had any knowledge of this. Tacky, tacky, tacky. It’s a total fabrication.” She went on to explain that she holds the rights over her sister’s likeness, but no one on the movie production team contacted her to ask for permission to use it.
Manson was convicted of the murders and sentenced to nine life sentences. He died at the age of 83 in November 2017.
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