(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."
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."
"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,
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
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
"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)
"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
Travilla - Costume Designer Valley of the Dolls in Screen Stories 12/1967
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)
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
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
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
--From Roddy McDowall's book of photographs "Double Exposure Take Two".
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.
Gutowski: "She was absolutely a scene stealer and a show stopper."
From E! True Hollywood Story - Roman Polanski
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
Dominick Dunne - Vanity Fair April 2001
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
--E! THS - The Last Days of Sharon Tate
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
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
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
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.
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...
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
Commentator for TV program New York Central
of Sharon by her high school friends