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 Dorris W. Willett (the son of John Robert Willett and Lizzie E. Branch). Dorris was born in Texas. John was the son of John Willett and Malissa Malena Boals.

Sharon’s maternal grandmother was Mary Fannie Leuch (the daughter of Daniel Leuch and Amanda Adeline Helm). Mary was born in Texas. Daniel was born in Indiana, the son of Ulrich Wright Leuch, who was a Swiss-German immigrant, and of Mary Burdosch, a French emigrant, likely Alsatian. Amanda was the daughter of Nancy M., who was from Kentucky.

Sources: Genealogy of Sharon Tate –

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

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


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37 Responses

  1. RamboJohnJ says:

    Very beautiful woman
    .she died horribly. Rip

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