I honestly wish I knew what to make of photographer Terry O'Neill.
For years he has been telling the story about how he had been invited to Sharon’s house on the night of August 9th. The most recent instance of him bringing this up was an interview with The Guardian which ran at the end of January.
If his entire claim was just what he said in that interview, I could look at it as being more believable. However, that is not the case.
In his book Celebrity, he goes into more detail, which you can read above.
His statement, to anyone who knows anything about Sharon’s traveling in 1969–it is an obvious (and poor) lie.
There is no possible way he could have photographed her in London two days before she died. She left London around early July and sailed back to the USA. She did not go on any flights because of her pregnancy. Her death did not occur until August.
If he lies about the circumstances involving his last photo session with her, why should anyone believe that he was invited to her house that night?
There’s been a gigantic list over the years of people who claimed to have been invited to her house that night, but declined. Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Susann, John Phillips, Robert Evans, Lynn Carey, Sheilah Wells, etc.
The one I 100% believe is Sheilah Wells because she had been trying to get Sharon to stay at her home because it was very hot at that time and the air conditioning at Sharon’s house was broken. She knew Sharon was uncomfortable and wanted to help her. Robert Evans has the next most realistic claim because Roman had asked him to keep an eye on Sharon for him while he was still working in London.
There still remains the myth that Sharon was trying to have some party that night. There was no party planned. When Debra had called earlier that day wanting to bring a couple of friends over, Sharon she didn’t want to do that because she didn’t want to get dressed and put on makeup and play hostess. It was August in Los Angeles, the heat was incredible, her house had no air conditioning. She’d swim around in her pool to try to cool off. She was 8 ½ months pregnant and uncomfortable. She wasn’t having any parties. If anyone was invited to her home for a party, it was for Roman’s birthday. He was set to return to LA just prior to his birthday and she did want to have some kind of celebration for that.
When it comes right down to it. I have no idea if there is any truth to what Terry O'Neill claims.