Roman Polanski writes foreword to book about murdered wife, Sharon Tate

By Ben Child, The Guardian
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:17 EDT
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French director Roman Polanski [AFP]
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Jane Fonda and Joan Collins also contribute to volume about actor, who was killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969

The Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has written the foreword to a forthcoming book about the life of his murdered wife, Sharon Tate, reports the New York Post.

Tate was killed by followers of Charles Manson in 1969, along with three friends who were staying with her at the Los Angeles home she shared with her husband. The 26-year-old actor was due to give birth just two weeks after her death.

Polanski, who was out of town when the attacks took place, writes in the foreword: “Even after 40 years, it is difficult to write about Sharon. It is impossible, of course, to imagine what might have been if Sharon had lived. But this book allows me to remember what was.”

The book, titled Recollection, has been put together by Sharon’s sister Debra and will be published in the US next month. It also features contributors from its subject’s co-stars on the 1967 cult drama Valley of the Dolls, Patty Duke, Joan Collins and Jane Fonda. The last writes: “She was very pregnant the last time I saw her at that house and turned down a joint that was being passed around.”

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