Sharon Tate

stamp of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski in 1967’s “The Fearless Vampire Killers,” printed c. 1972 in Fujeira, photo by Neftali/

Birth Name: Sharon Marie Tate

Date of Birth: January 24, 1943

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: August 9, 1969

Place of Death: Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, possibly Irish

Sharon Tate was an American actress and model. She was the daughter of Doris Gwendolyn (Willett) and Paul James Tate. She was married to film director Roman Polanski, until her death. Sharon was brutally murdered by members of the Manson family at twenty six. She was pregnant with her and Roman’s son at the time.

Sharon lived in Italy for some time, and spoke Italian.

Sharon’s documented ancestry included English, Scottish, German, and Swiss-German. She was also said to have Irish roots. It is not clear if that is accurate.

Sharon’s paternal grandfather was George N. Tate (the son of Charles Coleman/L. Tate and Delia/Della Florence Latham). George was born in Alabama. Charles was the son of Christenberry Lee Tate and Amanda Jane Cudd. Della was the daughter of Cornelius Crawford Latham and Lucy Harris.

Sharon’s paternal grandmother was Grace Cleveland Odom (the daughter of Milam Monroe Odom and Ella Lee “Eliza” Britt). Grace was born in Texas. Milam was the son of Albert Monroe Odom and Louisa Cole. Ella was the daughter of James Boykin Britt and Penelope Demsy Thompson.

Sharon’s maternal grandfather was named Dorris W. Willett. Dorris was born in Texas.

Sharon’s maternal grandmother was Mary Fannie Leuch (the daughter of Daniel Leuch and Amanda Adeline Helm). Mary was born in Texas.

Sources: Genealogy of Sharon Tate –

Genealogies of Sharon Tate (focusing on her father’s side) –

Sharon’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

28 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    1963 article on Sharon and her family saying “While Sharon’s parents may have been of Irish descent, she [moved] to San Pedro via Italy”.

  2. savanna says:

    Dorris W. Willett (the son of Robert T. Willett and Dometria Kennedy)

    Dorris on the 1940 U.S. Census:
    Dorris’ brother’s obituary:

  3. savanna says:

    More of Sharon’s ancestors (on her father’s side):

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