Sharon's Friends Remember...

Tony Curtis: "Sharon and I worked together and were good friends and she will always be missed. I support Sharon Tate for a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame."

Celeste Yarnall:
"Sharon and I were friends and took acting classes together. I used to show her headshot and say she was my sister and Sharon would do the same. Sharon was a wonderful person and talented actress. I support Sharon for a star on Hollywood Boulevard!"

Hal Gefsky: "Sharon Tate was a open, honest, smart and straightforward person. One of the most beautiful people I have ever met in my life, in all ways. I can't emphasize how beautiful she was - inside and out. Sharon was well educated and impressed people with her honesty. She had the greatest attributes a person can have. Sharon never changed from the time she arrived in Hollywood until the day she left us. Sharon was under contract to me from the first picture she made until her last. Sharon worked very hard, she studied her acting to excel as an actress and she did. Her film performances that she left us and the entertainment that they have brought and continue to bring merit Sharon Tate to receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard and I support her all the way!"

(Hal Gefsky was Sharon's agent. The following comments are from an interview Hal did for E! THS - The Last Days of Sharon Tate)

"She was very honest. Of course, she was knock out beautiful. And she was really down to earth and nice to everybody. You couldn't help but be impressed. I thought she would do great. She'd come home with a stack of cards from all the guys in town."

Michael Sarne: "Sharon was a luminous beauty, kind, gentle and a wonderful friend to all who were privileged to know her. She brought out the best in others and was a human being of extraordinary worth. Her memory is always fresh in my mind."

Max Baer, Jr.:
"When I first met Sharon on the set of The Beverly Hillbillies, I thought she was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. Sharon was terrific and I support her for a star on Hollywood Boulevard."

Larry Geller: "I worked with Jay Sebring at his salon and I met Sharon Tate through him at Nate and Al's in Beverly Hills. I found Sharon a very beautiful, charming woman who was so sweet and talented. I support Sharon Tate for a star on Hollywood Boulevard!"

Barbara Leigh: "I met Sharon at her Cielo home. Jay Sebring took me there to a couple of parties. Sharon was always gracious, very beautiful and very pregnant when I met her. I can see it all in my mind's eye. Sharon was very nice to me and very secure with herself. Sharon was a talented actress and I support Sharon for a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame!"

Joey Bishop: "I wholeheartedly recommend Sharon Tate for a star on the boulevard. While we are at it, I wholeheartedly recommend Sharon for a star as a human being."

Ingrid Pitt: "Roman was away somewhere and I stayed for about a week with Sharon. She had a touch of claustrophobia and hated shutting doors. Even in hotels. She was a lovely lady. I remember exactly when that photograph was taken. We had been invited to a charity in, I think, Fresno. It was pretty boring so we decided to leave and called a hired car to take us to the airport. Naturally the act of somebody doing something as exciting as phoning for a cab could not be passed up by the paparrazzi so......"

Interview of Ingrid Pitt by Chris Simmons on 7/13/00

Barbara Parkins: "She was so sweet, so kind, she was talented, too. Taken before her time."

(Barbara was maid of honor at Sharon's wedding to Roman Polanski.)
From this interview for E!

Viviane Ventura: I remember Sharon very often and with great affection. Sharon was beautiful, pure, kind, generous and very Loyal - A unique human being - and it was so refreshing being around her - She will always be in my prayers and my thoughts, as will be Jay who was equally a unique person.

Viviane Ventura to Chris Simmons 6/9/07

Leigh Taylor YoungLeigh Taylor-Young: My path crossed barely with Sharon's. But, indeed she was a very beautiful woman and my sense was she was also just as sweet.

Leigh Taylor-Young to Chris Simmons 3/16/07

Dave Draper:
"I think of Sharon often as pictures of her during our filming of "Don't Make Waves" adorn the walls of my gym in Santa Cruz, California. The members are mesmerized. She's a star in the eyes of my heart not only because of her physical and internal beauty but also for her earthy courage and daring spontaneity. We first met on location in Malibu when we were advised to practice a trampoline dismount for the next film sequence to begin promptly. "Sharon, this is Dave. Dave, this is Sharon. Sharon, I want you to bounce on the tramp high as you can and jump into the arms of Dave standing right here. He's a sturdy fellow. Good." The instructions of Sandy McKendrick, cogent director assuming magic. We smiled, nodded, shook hands and she mounted the trampoline for the first time in her life, both of us revealing our shyness and willingness to please. Any fear or doubts the sweet girl had turned into resolve. Sharon bounced with all her might and within five minutes was leaping through the air like a gazelle. I didn't dare miss her. We were smiles and laughter. First take, "Cut. That's a wrap." I miss her now. A star on Hollywood Boulevard bearing Sharon's name would warm my heart. She has a special place there, indeed."

Kirk Douglas:
"I knew Sharon Tate. Beautiful, naive young girl. I heard it (Sharon's death) over the radio. The shocking story was the sort of thing you read about in fiction, see in movies. It doesn't happen to people you know. It was incomprehensible."

Kirk Douglas - The Ragman's Son - Autobiography

David Niven: "Sharon is a great discovery. First of all, she's a fabulously goodlooking bird and she's got all the fun and spark and go. She's a marvelous girl. She's up on cloud nine, Sharon is. And I think she's a very, very good actress. She's obviously going to make a big hit in this picture."

David Niven, Costar in Eye of the Devil -- Interviewed for: All eyes on Sharon Tate.

Sonny West: "Please tell Debra that I was a fan of Sharon's and enjoyed watching her in the movies, most notably, Don't Make Waves, and the Matt Helm picture she did with Dean Martin, The Wrecking Crew. Elvis and all of the guys were extremely upset over Sharon's death, along with her friends. We knew Jay. He cut Elvis' hair in the mid-sixties and then a hair stylist in his salon took over the up-keep. Please convey our thoughts to Debra, even at such a late date, and anything I can do to help with the Star for Sharon, I will be glad to do so. I salute her for doing everything she can to keep Sharon's legacy alive."
(Sonny West was Elvis' Bodyguard)

Travilla: "Sharon Tate is divine, a real find. Just wait and see what happens when the critics and public see her in Valley of the Dolls. Sharon has everything Marilyn Monroe had- and more. She has the fascinating, yet wholly feminine strength of a Dietrich or a Garbo....a classically beautiful face, an exciting figure, the kind of sex appeal and personality appeal to become as glittering a star as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor."

Travilla - Costume Designer Valley of the Dolls in Screen Stories 12/1967

Mark Robson: "She's not a sexpot. She's a very vulnerable girl. The biggest surprise in the film (Valley of the Dolls) is Sharon."

(Director of Valley of the Dolls)

Leslie Caron: "I was really very fond of her. She used to come to my house when my children started going to boarding school. She was such a dear, very lovely girl, modest, sincere, with a profound warmth. Blinding beauty and irresistible charm. She was very sharp, not a fool, and had a lot of insight into what had happened to her."

Leslie Caron - From the book, Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders, by Greg King

Jacqueline Bisset: "She would walk into a room, she used to wear little ballet slippers, she had this, you know, lovely blond hair and she was just...angelic."

From A&E Biography Roman Polanski

Robert Viharo: "
Everybody was competitive with everybody (on the set of the Valley of the Dolls). The only one that I felt was above it, was Sharon Tate. The sweetest, purest, most open spirit."

Costar Valley of the Dolls on AMC's Backstory Valley of the Dolls

J. Lee Thompson:
"Sharon was asked to play this very difficult role, of a rather witch like person. It was asking a new comer to do a lot. She takes direction beautifully. Very soon she began to realize that the camera was a friend. "Could she do it?", that was in all our minds. We even agreed that if after a first two weeks, Sharon was not quite making it, that we would put her back in cold storage. We started work.The moment that Sharon appeared on screen in her first rushes, we knew that this wonderful personality was going to make out. We all realized that here was a girl who was tremendously exciting. She had that thing that you can't really explain, Star projection. I think this girl is going to be a big big star."

Director of Eye of the Devil, in All Eyes on Sharon Tate

Mia Farrow: "There was the perfection of her face, of course. And a radiance more usually found in children. There was a capacity for delight. And a directness to her comments. She was not a chatterbox. There was a kindness at the core. She somehow made her friends feel necessary and they loved her."

--From Roddy McDowall's book of photographs "Double Exposure Take Two".

Robert Evans: "Just about the only really happily married couple I knew in Hollywood were Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. Coming from a childhood of horror in Nazi occupied Poland, Roman couldn't believe he was the husband of this milk-fed American beauty. Sharon's movie career was just beginning to heat up after Valley of the Dolls. In Roman's eyes, she was already the brightest star in the world. Around his gentle, sun-kissed bride he was like a child who's just seen his first Christmas tree light up."
--Quoted from Robert Evans' book; The Kid Stays in the Picture.

Gene Gutowski: "She was absolutely a scene stealer and a show stopper."

From E! True Hollywood Story - Roman Polanski

Dominick Dunne: "Jay (Sebring) had a private room for his steady clients so that they wouldn't have to be seen by the other customers. I had a regular appointment every third week, and it was in that room that I met Sharon Tate. She would often be sitting there in a chair, just to be with Jay as he worked. She looked so young that I thought at first she was coming there after school. She wore her blond hair straight and long. She was quiet and friendly and smiled a lot at our conversations. Jay was so proud of her. He couldn't stop looking at her. It was as if he couldn't believe he had a girlfriend that beautiful. I've never seen a guy more madly in love than Jay was with Sharon."
Dominick Dunne - Vanity Fair April 2001

Brian Morris: "She was a very, very gentle person. Very gentle. Very much a flower power child. But not silly. She was very cool. Jeans looked very good on her. And she was the first one that wore a see through top, but it worked, you know, it was ok."
--E! THS - The Last Days of Sharon Tate

Herb Browar:
"She walked into my office and sat down across from me on the couch. I almost slid off my chair. I mean she was like a blast. And I'm looking at this girl and I'm saying, "My God, you know, she's really got something." And I said "she's not for television, she's for motion picture work."
--E! THS - The Last Days of Sharon Tate

Rex Reed: "Sharon Tate came at me in sections. I first saw her on the Santa Monica pier, and all I could think of was: "This is the sexiest girl I ever saw in my life." She was wearing Italian sandals and tight blue jeans and a navy-blue T-shirt that made the most of her middrift; her hair was tied up in a man's silk print handkerchief and she wore absolutely no makeup, but nobody on the beach could see anything but her. It's almost embarrassing. Those fantastic cactus-green eyes pull you inside, but you can hardly look at them. Nobody recognized her but everybody stared. The Muscle Beach guys stopped paying attention to their teeny-bopper girl friends in their hip-hep bikinis. They were all looking at Sharon, wondering who she was, aware that they were in the midst of a very big presence."

Rex Reed - Cosmopolitan Magazine, January 1968

Martin Ransohoff: "I agreed to see her. An hour later she came in with Hal Gefsky, her agent. She was 19 years old, she was absolutely beautiful. I mean Sharon was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen."

E!THS - The Last Days of Sharon Tate

Nancy Kulp: "Sharon was a lovely young woman. She always seemed a bit cautious when she was on set, as if she was still getting her footing. She was very sweet and seemed eager to learn, though I think she was perhaps a bit intimidated as well. I can't say that she mixed with the rest of the cast. I do remember her laughter though, which rang across the studio."

Quoted from the book- Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders, by Greg King.

Elaine Young: "The day I met Sharon, I showed her the house on Cielo. Sharon wore no makeup and was wearing jeans and she was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. She was so excited and fell in love with the house. Sharon begged me to show the house to Roman. Sharon said I found her "dream house" and was skipping through the garden. We talked and became friends, I miss her. I support Sharon Tate for a "Star" on Hollywood Boulevard! Sharon was a sweet,beautiful person and very talented and deserving of this honor!!"

And last but not least...

Michael Musto: No one deserves a star on the Walk of Fame more than Sharon Tate. She embodied true movie star glamour and poignance with singular style.

Michael Musto - 12/3/01 Columnist for the Village Voice
Commentator for TV program New York Central

See Remembrances of Sharon by her high school friends