What was Sharon like as a person?
What types of things did Sharon like to do?
What were her personal preferences?
These questions answered for the first time ever on Sharon's
Debra shares some personal memories of Sharon in honor
of her 60th birthday...some things only a sister knows...
What types of clothes did Sharon like to wear?
What ever happened to Prudence?
What was Sharon's favorite flower?
What was Sharon's preference for perfume, make up, lip
stick, hand bags, shoes and accessories?
What brand of cigarettes did Sharon smoke?
What kind of music did Sharon like to listen to?
Did she have a sense of humor or was she serious?
Was Sharon a natural blonde?
What types of clothes did Sharon like to
Sharon preferred Clean, Elegant, Simple lines... Not frou-frou at
all. She particularly liked antique camisoles. She didn't like baggy clothes,
she wasn't into Granny Coats like others were. She liked tailored clothes,
even her Peasant Tops were tailored. She also had an Indian Wedding shirt
tailored. She had blouses with hook and eye buttons made with spun gold.
She wore jeans and pedal pushers.
How tall was Sharon?
Sharon was 5'6 tall. She wore a size 6 dress and her shoe size was 6
What was Sharon's preference for perfume, make up,
lip stick, hand bags, shoes and accessories?
Sharon wasn't into perfume, as she was scent sensitive. (I am, too.) She
always had a clean, fresh scent. She loved this bath product called
"Milk and Pearls". I have her last bottle.
Skin Care Products: She loved Erno Lazlo, which you
can still buy and
she never went to sleep with her make up on.
Sharon's favorite Make up: Her fave Lipstick: Ready?
Vaseline! She kept little jars in her car. Sharon also liked
Yardley clear lip gloss, and used her brown Max Factor eye brow pencil as
a lip liner.
Shoes: Sharon disliked wearing shoes...Whenever possible, she would
go barefoot or wear ballet slippers. Classic Ballet Pink was the preferred
color --but she wore black slippers, too. I definitely remember that she
had a pair of red ones, because she wanted to match a red mini dress, so
we spray painted a pink pair, and made it red.
Accessories: Sharon wore big wide belts that went over jeans or skirts.
She loved Chanel and Gucci handbags. Same brand for shoes, too. She had a
big heavy, gold, Cartier cigarette lighter.
Jewelry: Sharon loved big hoop earrings and thin Love Beads that
were made of tiny glass beads...called Bugle Beads. She was not big on rings
or heavy necklaces...I think she didn't like rings because they brought attention
to her hands and she used to bite her nails. Her real jewelry was a Cartier
watch with a black reptile band.
In her off time, when not working, Sharon was always fresh scrubbed and wore
little or no make up, and often her hair in pony tail. She was not vain at
all. It didn't matter to her if people saw her without her make up on.
What kind of music did Sharon like to listen to?
I remember Sharon listening to The Beatles, especially the
Yellow Submarine Album over and over again. She liked Chicago and The Doors.
When she was with Jay she started listening to Jazz, as Jay was a Jazz
Connoisseur. She also enjoyed Classical Chamber Music.
Was Sharon a natural blonde?
Sharon's natural color was in between ash blonde and mousy brown.
What ever happened to
After the murders, all the dogs were taken to the pound. We went to rescue
Prudence and take her home with us and I saw Gibby and Voytek's dog,
Tom, which was a Dalmatian puppy. I asked if we could keep him but
my parents said no...Then I promised that if we rescued Tom, I'd find him
a good home and I did do that.
Oh geez, do I have to tell this? I've been told that people want
to know what happened to Prudence. Ok, I'll tell you. I accidentally ran
over Prudence in my parent's driveway and killed her. It was awful! I
was leaving after a visit, backing out of the driveway and I didn't realize
that she'd run outside. I was twenty six when this happened so it was ten
years after Sharon died. So now you know --Prudence is with
What was Sharon's favorite
Yellow Roses (as in the Yellow Rose of Texas)
What brand of cigarettes did Sharon
Sharon smoked Tareyton cigarettes.
Did she have a sense of humor or was she
Sharon had a devilish sense of humor and she liked to play practical jokes.
Could Sharon sing or play any musical instruments?
No, Sharon couldn't sing. She liked to sing and she'd sing with the
radio or records, but not professionally. Mother played the piano and sang,
but all Sharon and I could do is play "chopsticks".
What was Sharon's favorite color?
Ecrue, which is a creamy white. Do I remember Sharon saying "I love Ecrue"?
No. The reason I say that is because I still have a lot of her personal items
from clothing to bedding and the majority of it is...ecrue!
What could Sharon not stand?
Inhumanity, injustice and animal cruelty.
Did Sharon know the sex of her baby before she
No, sadly she did not know she was carrying a baby boy. Back in those days
it was always a surprise, as they didn't do all the prenatal testing that
they do now. Sharon would have been surprised and delighted to have a boy.
However, she didn't hold out much hope that she would have a boy --since
we were a family of three girls.
What do you think she would have wanted to be remembered
1) a great parent 2) a humanitarian/philanthropist
Was Sharon fluent in any other languages?
Sharon was fairly fluent in Italian.
What were some of Sharon's favorite vacation destinations?
The Italian Rivera, The French Rivera, The French Alps
Did she know about 'Malibu Barbie' being inspired by her--and
what was her reaction?
No, as Malibu Barbie came out in 1971. Mattel has never stated as fact that
the doll was named after Sharon's character, but I've heard that rumor for
most of my life. It makes sense if you think about it, though. To get the
doll on the shelves by 1971, it had to have at least a year in development.
Sharon was in many ads for Coppertone and promos for the movie "Don't
Make Waves" with Tony Curtis was being advertised... some Mattel exec
probably took notice and lo and behold, Malibu Barbie was born. Barbie's
swim suit was the same color as the one that Sharon wore in the film. Just
Who were some of the stars that used to pal around with Sharon
Everyone who was anyone back in the 60's! Sharon and Roman were definitely
"A-Listers" and you never knew who they'd be out with or who they'd have
over, as they were very social. One particular memory stands out.... Sharon
and Roman hosted a party at the Chateau Marmont and the Beatles were there.
Why this stands out in my mind is because Sharon also invited our
parents. Talk about severely diversified generations...it takes a
sophisticated sense of humor to imagine the irony of seeing the Beatles
and Mom and Dad (who were straight out of the 1950's)--in the same
marijuana smoke filled room.
Are Roman and Debra still in contact after all these
Yes. We will always share a special connection through our love and memories
of Sharon. As a matter of fact, we just spoke today!
Does Debra feel Sharon's presence (in spirit) in her life
Absolutely, I do --and Mom's and Patti's, too. Love is not bound by the death
of the physical body. Our spirit is made of energy and energy does not die.
What were Sharon's favorite restaurants?
Sharon liked the Delores Diner,
and El Coyote.
El Coyote became famous for a dish they served for one month out of the year.
"Blue Corn Tortillas" and yes, the corn is actually blue. Sharon
loved that dish! (See food story below.)
Is Debra in contact with any of Sharon's old
Yes, I've recently spoken with Michelle Phillips and Sheila Wells and some
What religion was Sharon?
Our family is Catholic and that is what Sharon identified herself as.
Who was Sharon's best friend?
Sharon was close with many people --but she had special connections with
Wende Wagner and
Was Sharon artistic? Did she draw, paint, etc?
No, she really wasn't. Patti and I were the artistic, 'crafty'
ones in the family.
Is Col. Tate Still alive?
Yes --and he's as cantankerous as ever! Anyway, that's what
I tell him when I am perched on the arm of his recliner, with my arms around
Did Sharon and Roman really have dinner with RFK two days before
he was killed at The Ambassador?
Yes, she and Roman had dinner the night before RFK was assasinated at the
home of John Frankenheimer (a director).
What ever happened to Sharon's cars?
The Red Ferrari: Roman gave the Ferrari to Dad and he drove it.
Dad eventually sold it a neighbor who was a collector and he restored the
Ferrari to mint condition. The neighbor drove the car for many years but
unfortunately he ended up totalling it.
The Bentley/Rolls Royce went to Sandy Tennant, Roman's agent's wife.
Sandy asked for the car and Roman obliged.
Debra would like to Thank everyone who still cares enough
about Sharon, thirty three years after her death to ask questions
about her life, --what she liked and what she was like.
We received hundreds of questions and it was impossible
to answer every single one. However many of the questions
were asked over and over , so we tried to get
to "the most wanted list".
Yummy, greasy burgers...
Sharon used to take me to the Delores Diner in W. LA... It was a 50's style
Diner and they had car hops on roller skates...I heard it recently was torn
down... at Wilshire and Fairfax? Sharon absolutely adored the hamburgers
at Delores' Diner and she would order it laden with chili and the
chili would drip down her arms ...and she'd lick her arms as she ate! It
was always the first place she'd go after returning home from Europe.
Running around town...
I remember often running errands with Sharon. Her favorite Drug Store was
REXALL at the corner of La Cienega and Melrose. We'd go and get sandwiches
from Greenblatt's Delicatessen and then run over to the Dry Cleaners.
Have a cigar...
Sharon tried to teach me the fine art of smoking stogies. It was New Years
Eve, and we were in Italy. Sharon was around eighteen or nineteen and I must
have been around nine. We sat on the floor, cross legged, facing each other,
and smoked one of Dad's big cigars. We both got sick and turned green. Sharon
was fine the next day, but I was sick for about three days. For years after
Sharon would poke fun at me for not being able to 'tough it out' and she'd
call me the "Green Goddess".
Sharon hated wearing shoes, so she went barefoot as often as possible. She
devised a clever way for us to go run errands without us having to put on
shoes... She had these elastic bands that were about seven inches long that
had beads on them. We would take the elastic and step one foot into it, then
twist it around the ankle and then do a loop over the second toe, it would
look like a figure 8. ... it sort of looked like we had delicate sandals
on... and then we would go into stores that had signs that said "No Bare
We helped paint the mural at the
Theatre" during the Los Angeles run of "HAIR".
"HAIR", produced by Michael Butler. As a member of
FOOL", Marijke created what was at the time the largest mural in the
world. It took two months to complete with the help of several Los Angeles
FOOL was the name of a Dutch Group that played musical instruments and
dressed like court jesters and gypsies. They were much greater artists than
musicians... The helped create the style of the times, they were contracted
to create the look... You had to be invited to help and Sharon was friends
with these people, so they invited her to paint and I went with her.