Sharon Tate’s Sister Says Hilary Duff Movie Is ‘Classless,’ ‘Total Fabrication’



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Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, is calling Hilary Duff’s upcoming film about the late actress, titled “The Haunting of Sharon Tate,” “classless” and “exploitative.”
“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it — it’s just tasteless,” Tate told People. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
Debra Tate was 16 when her sister Sharon was murdered by Charles Manson’s cult followers in 1969, when she was two weeks away from giving birth. Debra Tate also said that the premise of the film — that her sister had a premonition that she and her former boyfriend Jay Sebring would have their throats cut — was “total fabrication.”
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“I know for a fact she did not have a premonition — awake or in a dream — that she and Jay would have their throat cut,” she said. “I checked with all of her living friends. None of her friends had any knowledge of this. Tacky, tacky, tacky.”
Debra added that she owns the rights to her sister’s likeness, and that it would “have been nice if someone had contacted” her in regards to the independent film.
On Tuesday, Duff took to Instagram to share a picture of herself as Sharon, writing, “Had the incredible opportunity of playing Sharon Tate the past two weeks in an independent movie. She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor.”
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In “The Haunting of Sharon Tate,” Jonathan Bennett and Lydia Hearst round out the cast. It will be written and directed by Daniel Farrands and focuses on the days leading up to the Tate’s murder from her point of view.
It is one of three movies about the Manson murders currently in the works, once of which is Quentin Tarantino’s still untitled film.
See Duff’s Instagram post below.

Had the incredible opportunity of playing Sharon Tate the past two weeks in an independent movie. She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor
A post shared by Hilary Duff (@hilaryduff) on Feb 6, 2018 at 10:22am PST

No other mass murderer or cult figure in American history has garnered as much fascination within Hollywood and popular culture as Charles Manson. He and his “family” have been the subject of movies, parodies, and he even landed a Rolling Stone cover. Today, “American Horror Story” has an actor portraying Manson this season, and Quentin Tarantino plans to dig up the past for his own movie about the Manson Family murders. Here is a sampling of actors who have dared to play the notorious figure. 

Steve Railsback – “Helter Skelter” (1976)
The memory of Manson was still fresh when this TV special based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book aired. CBS even made it a two-night special.  

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Michael Reid MacKay – “Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys” (1990)
This TV special about the career of the Beach Boys explored Manson’s relationship with Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson. 
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Marcelo Games – “The Manson Family” (1997)
Officially released in the U.S. in 2004, this dramatization of the Manson Family murders in director Jim Van Bebber’s film is seen all through the lens of Super 8 home movies. 
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Trey Parker – “South Park” (1998)
Way back in Season 2 of “South Park,” Trey Parker had some fun with Manson by having the kids teach him the true meaning of Christmas after he escapes from prison.
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Jeremy Davies – “Helter Skelter” (2004)
This CBS update of their classic “Helter Skelter” shifted more of the focus away from Bugliosi and onto Manson and “family” member Linda Kasabian, with Jeremy Davies playing the cult leader. 
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Ryan Kiser – “House of Manson” (2014)
Kiser actually had the “honor” of portraying Manson twice, once in 2009’s “Lie” and again in 2014 for “House of Manson.” The latter film goes further back into Manson’s life leading up to the murder of Sharon Tate and resembles Charles “Tex” Watson’s account of events most closely. 
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Taran Killam – “Saturday Night Live” (2014)
Remember when news came out that Manson had found love in prison with 26-year-old Star Burton? Who couldn’t fall for his beard and “winning smile.” And he’s only in for income tax fraud! 
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Gethin Anthony – “Aquarius” (2015)
The short-lived NBC drama “Aquarius” was set in 1967 and followed two detectives searching for a missing girl who ended up being a Manson recruit. 
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Jeff Ward – “Manson’s Lost Girls” (2016)
Even Lifetime got into the Manson Family story. One of the network’s original movies focused on Linda Kasabian and several of the other female members of the family caught up in Manson’s spell. 
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Evan Peters – “American Horror Story” (2017)
In the latest season of “American Horror Story,” Evan Peters plays a politician who becomes obsessed and inspired by Manson and is eventually possessed by him. 
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From Steve Railsback in “Helter Skelter” to Evan Peters on “American Horror Story”

No other mass murderer or cult figure in American history has garnered as much fascination within Hollywood and popular culture as Charles Manson. He and his “family” have been the subject of movies, parodies, and he even landed a Rolling Stone cover. Today, “American Horror Story” has an actor portraying Manson this season, and Quentin Tarantino plans to dig up the past for his own movie about the Manson Family murders. Here is a sampling of actors who have dared to play the notorious figure. 

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