“Sharon Tate, however, got it even worse than I did. She was a gentle, gentle creature–you could be mean to her and she would never retaliate. I was crazy about her and I didn’t know anyone but our director who wasn’t. What’s to dislike? She was an exquisitely beautiful girl who was so comfortable with her beauty that you weren’t intimidated by it. Robson, however, continually treated her like an imbecile, which she definitely was not, and she was very attuned and sensitive to that treatment.
I did a scene with Sharon one day that ended up going into the night because Robson was so rigid. Not only did he want it played in exactly one minute and eighteen seconds–who knows how he picked that figure–but he instructed her to enter on her right foot and say “Hi,” move to her left foot and say “Neely,” unbutton her top button to say “did,” the next one for “you” and so on for “…have a nice day?” It was truly demeaning, like the old “Can she walk and chew gum at the same time?” line.
Robson also wanted Sharon’s body revealed in a certain way. Well, explain it to the girl, for heaven’s sake. She’s the one walking around with the body, she knows how to reveal it. All he had to do was say the feeling he wanted; she would have given it to him. But he never took the time to even consider that as a possibility. There were other actors in that scene but he just picked on her. Finally, after hours of this nonsense, Sharon wound up in tears, as would anyone who’d been badgered that way.“
–Patty Duke, from her 1987 autobiography, Call Me Anna
Sharon Tate and Mark Robson, photographed on the set of Valley of The Dolls on June 15th, 1967.
I hope 2016 brings you love, happiness and prosperity. And if 2015 was a bust, who cares, that fucker is over now and today is a fresh start!
Good luck on keeping your resolutions guys - I haven’t made any as I tend to break them about 6 hours in to January 1st ;) Thank you so much for supporting the page, 2015 was the best year yet and I’m really looking forward to us all going forward together (and welcoming new Sixties doll babies along the way).
“Sharon Tate emerges as the film’s most sympathetic character, who takes an overdose of sleeping pills when breast cancer threatens to rob her of her only means of livelihood. William Daniels’ photographic caress of her faultless face and enormous absorbent eyes is stunning.” –The Hollywood Reporter, 1967
Sending all my love and good wishes to everyone for the Easter holidays. Have a good time whatever you’re doing - being with family and friends, attending a church service, or, like me, taking the opportunity of some serious Netflix marathoning with this precious time off from work!