Sharon Tate - Ed Sanders (Hardcover)

A Life

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A biography of iconic actress Sharon Tate by the author of the classic Manson biography The Family, with illustrations by Rick Veitch

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5 Jan 2016
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Ed Sanders
Rick Veitch (Illustrator)
The Biography
Perseus Books Group
Number of Pages
229 x 152 x 28mm (504g)


The life of Sharon Tate is closely examined, from her childhood and early career in fashion to her transition to film and marriage to Roman Polanski, in a definitive account that offers new insight into what happened that violent night and explores new motives for the targeting of the Polanski household by the Manson family. By the author of the best-seller The Family. 20,000 first printing.


Ed Sanders gave readers their clearest insight yet into the disturbing world of Charles Manson and his followers when he published The Family in 1971. Continuing that journalistic tradition, Sanders presents the most thorough look ever into the heartbreaking story of Sharon Tate, the iconic actress who found love, fame, and ultimately tragedy during her all-too-brief life.

Sharon Tate: A Life traces Sharon's path from beauty queen to budding young actress: her early love affairs, her romance with and marriage to director Roman Polanski, and the excitement of the glamorous life she had always sought—all set against the background of the turbulent 1960s. This sympathetic account tells the powerful story of her determined rise through the ranks of Hollywood and to the brink of stardom before her name became forever linked with the shocking murder spree that took her life.

In 1969, the Polanski house was targeted by the followers of cultist Charles Manson. Why the Manson clan focused its gaze on Sharon remains unclear, but the world was soon shocked to its core as it learned of the brutal murders of a pregnant Sharon Tate and her friends at her idyllic home in Los Angeles. Sanders once again examines this horrific crime and its aftermath, expounding on what may have led the killers to that particular house on that particular evening.

Sharon Tate takes readers on a sometimes joyous yet inevitably heart-wrenching tour of the '60s as seen through the eyes of someone who lived it, survived it, and remembers it all too well. Brilliant illustrations by noted artist Rick Veitch lend character to this riveting narrative of the life and times of a beloved actress whose image and whose fate still haunt us to this day.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
BIC Classification 1
Individual actors & performers
BIC Classification 2
Biography: historical, political & military
BIC Classification 3
True crime
BIC Classification 4
Individual film directors, film-makers
BIC Classification 5
Biography: arts & entertainment
Library Subject 1
Actors - United States
Library Subject 2
Models (Persons) - United States
Library Subject 3
Murder victims - California - Los Angeles
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Ed Sanders is the author of The Family, Fug You, Tales of Beatnik Glory, and numerous volumes of poetry. He is an American Book Award winner and lives in Woodstock, New York.