Producer Roman Polanski Wanted Actress Sharon Tate to Have an Abortion, But She Refused

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 6, 2016   |   1:27PM   |   Washington, DC

A new biography about actress Sharon Tate reveals new tragedies in the young actress’s life.

Tate and her 8-month unborn baby were murdered in 1969 by notorious killer Charles Manson and his family, but the actress’s unborn baby almost lost his or her life several times before, The Daily Mail reports.

Tate was married to movie producer Roman Polanski and faced continued pressure from her husband to abort their unborn child, according to biographer Ed Sanders in his new book, “Sharon Tate: A Life, published by Da Capo Press.”

Sanders wrote that Tate had a difficult life from the beginning. As a toddler, her mother paraded her around in beauty pageants. Then at 17, she was raped while on a date with a soldier in Italy, according to the book. She dated and later married the controlling Polanski.

He told her how to dress; he told her what makeup he liked, what he didn’t like. He preferred her with nothing, no makeup. But he ruled her entire life from the time she met him,” according to the book.

The movie producer cheated on Tate, recorded sadomasochistic pornographic films of her and initiated her into witchcraft, the report states. Sanders wrote that Tate was intimidated by her husband. So when she became pregnant, she went to her former fiance for advice about telling Polanski.

The report provides more details:

[Her former fiance] said to wait a month when it would be too late to have an abortion.

Sharon was pregnant when she found a movie of Roman making love to someone else in their bed and thought of ending the marriage.

Roman, for his part, did not want to father a child, Shahrokh Hatami, a confidante of Tate’s told the author.

Polanski wanted her to get an abortion in Brazil and when she refused, he went back to London and had an affair with Mamas and Papas singer Michelle Phillips.

‘I told him that I’m expecting his child, he said that he doesn’t want to father a child, and protested,’ Sharon told Hatami.

‘You can’t do anything, it’s my child. I’m going to keep it,’ she told Polanski.

Polanski was bored by her pregnancy and stopped having sex with her – but not multiple other partners.

That summer ‘he treated her like she was a piece of excess baggage. He was even pointedly cruel to her in front of others at times, calling her ‘a dumb hag’ and criticizing her whenever she expressed an opinion,’ writes Sanders.

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She was under his spell and he was in love with her despite treating her badly.
‘We have a good arrangement,; Tate said. ‘Roman lies to me and I pretend to believe him.’

Though Tate successfully fought her husband’s pressure to abort their unborn baby, she and the baby died horrifically several months later.

Tate was staying in Los Angeles in 1969 while Polanski was in Europe finishing the script for a movie, Sanders wrote. Tate wanted to have her baby in Europe with her husband, but he sent her home, according to the book.

Lonely, Tate often had friends at their LA home while she waited to give birth.

Roman promised Sharon he would leave London the next day, Saturday – only to find out the embassy was closed and he couldn’t get a US visa. He would have to fly the following Monday or Tuesday.

That was too late.

On the night of August 9, 1969, eight months pregnant, Sharon was stabbed sixteen times and murdered along with Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Steven Parent and Voyteck Frytowski – by the Manson Family.

Though Polanski wanted to abort their unborn child, after the murder, he offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered “Sharon Tate” and “her unborn child,” according to the report.