mercoledì 23 maggio 2012
Sharon made her last publicity photo in London for Queen magazine. It was to be a cover to promote the release of "Twelve Plus One". Shortly after, Sharon boarded the Queen Elizabeth II to sail to the United States. Roman would stay behind for a few weeks to finish work for Day of the Dolphin and then would join Sharon at Cielo Drive in Los Angeles for the birth of their child.
It was not to be. Sharon was murdered shortly after her return to Los Angeles by a cult lead by Charles Manson. Jay Sebring and two other friends were also murdered that night. Sharon begged for the life of her unborn child but she was told that the cult had no mercy for her or her child and she was stabbed to death. In the aftermath of her horrible murder and the murder of her house guests that evening, Sharon's name was drug through the mud by the tabloids. She was accused of horrible things that had no basis in fact. It would only be after the real killers were found and their motives revealed that the truth was told. Still the damage had been done. Sharon's good name had been sullied and still today it is linked to that of pure evil. Her sister Patti would say, "I hate it. I hate that her beautiful name is linked to Charles Manson."
But the people who really knew Sharon know the truth. When they speak of her they have only good things to say. Mia Farrow would say, "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."
Roman Polanski in later years would make "Tess" and dedicate the movie to her. Sharon had been reading the novel when she left for the United States. She left the book on their nightstand in London and told Roman it would make a great film.