Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino, the director famous for Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained, has his sight set on 1960s Hollywood in his ninth feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Set in 1969 Los Angeles, the film follows a faded TV actor and his stunt double as they strive for success in the final years of the Hollywood Golden Age. There is no shortage of big-name movie stars featured in the film, including a number of previous Tarantino collaborators. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt play the lead roles as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, the aforementioned TV star and stunt double. While Rick and Cliff were not real people working in the entertainment industry, the film does feature quite a few big names from the time (Bruce Lee, Charles Manson, Steve McQueen). Margot Robbie will portray rising star Sharon Tate, the actress whose story is far more tragic than the trailer may lead you to believe. So who was she? Let's explore.
Sharon Tate was a promising star in the 1960s.
Born in 1943 in Dallas, Texas, Sharon Tate moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to pursue a career as an actress. For her first few roles, Tate appeared in a variety of television shows including Mr. Ed, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Beverly Hillbillies. It wasn't until 1967 that Tate earned her first film role in Eye of the Devil. From there, Tate's popularity swelled as she appeared in three more features in 1967. In 1968, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female for her work in Valley of the Dolls. Tate also worked with director Roman Polanski on the film The Fearless Vampire Killers. The pair would go on to marry in 1968.
At the height of her career, Tate was murdered by the Manson Family.
While Polanski was out of the country, Tate, who was eight months pregnant, was brutally murdered by the Manson Family. The cult, organized by Charles Manson, killed Tate and five other victims at the Polanski house on August 9, 1969 in one of the most horrific scenes encountered at the time. The tragedy shook Los Angeles and, by extension, Hollywood, to its core. Charles Manson received the death penalty but was later commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. To this day, the murder of Sharon Tate is one of the most infamous and tragic stories in Hollywood.
Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not the only 2019 film to feature the story of Sharon Tate.
August 9 marks the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate's death. In addition to Tarantino's film, there are two other movies that will focus on Sharon Tate's life, work, and untimely end. ActressHillary Duff is set to star in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which will focus on the last days of the actress's life. Kate Bosworth will also appear in husband Michael Polish's Tate, which aims to focus more on the life of Sharon Tate and less on her sensationalized death.
It's unclear where Tate's story will fit in to Tarantino's film.
Apart from the trailer and a few posters and pictures, we don't know how Tate's story will fit in to the overall plot. We do know Tarantino's ninth picture premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21. Coincidentally, May 21 marked exactly 25 years since Tarantino presented Pulp Fiction at the same festival, for which he won the highly coveted Palm d'Or. Critics got their first look at the film at the festival, while movie goers will have to wait for the wide release (July 26). Until then, the speculation surrounding Margot Robbie's portrayal of Sharon Tate will continue to intrigue audiences eager for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.