Decades later, the world remains fascinated by the grisly death of actress Sharon Tate at the hands of cult leader Charles Manson's acolytes in 1969. Numerous film projects about the brutal killing are currently in the works, including an increasingly controversial film on Manson's cult by Quentin Tarantino. A movie titled "The Haunting of Sharon Tate" is also currently in production and is set to star pop singer Hilary Duff.
Meanwhile, Sharon Tate's sister has objected to both projects, describing the latter as "tacky." In an interview with People, Debra Tate asserted that she found Hollywood's interest in her family's tragedy to be “classless” and “exploitative.”
“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it – it’s just tasteless,” Debra said. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
Duff's movie appears to be based upon an apocryphal story about Tate having a vision of seeing herself, her former boyfriend and her hairstylist Jay Sebring with their throats slit by a satanic cult. Tate's prophecy winded up becoming somewhat eerily true — except that Debra says Sharon never actually had any kind of supernatural insight.
“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 said. “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.”
“It would have been nice if someone had contacted me,” Debra added about the lack of permission obtained by the film's producers for the rights to Tate's life story.
Months ago, Debra had also been outspoken about her disdain for the upcoming Tarantino project and had specifically said that Jennifer Lawrence, who was rumored to be playing Sharon, was not pretty enough for the role. Actress Margot Robbie has since been rumored to have taken on the part.
Debra was 16 years old at the time of Sharon's death. On Manson's recent death, Debra offered only a "prayer for his soul.”
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