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


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.

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Patty Hearst Inspired Drama ‘American Heiress’ Canceled by Fox


20th Century Fox has canceled its Patty Hearst drama “American Heiress,” the studio announced Thursday.

“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book “American Heiress,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

The project, which would recounted how Hearst was kidnapped by and subsequently forced to join the left wing terrorist group Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), was based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin. Elle Fanning was attached to star with “Logan” director James Mangold behind the camera.

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The studio canceled the film after Hearst said in a statement that she was “saddened and appalled” by the project, and by the fact that it was largely headed up by men. She decried Fox, Toobin and CNN, which is producing a documentary also based on the book, for what she called “a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape.”

“This project is attempting to rewrite history and directly flies in the face of the present #MeToo movement where so much progress is being made in regard to listening, and providing a voice, to those who have suffered abuse,” Hearst continued.

In 1974, Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was abducted from her Berkeley, Ca. apartment by the SLA and soon began participating in the group’s criminal activities, including a bank robbery. She was captured by law enforcement 19 months after her kidnapping, and her subsequent trial became a media sensation.

Hearst testified during her that she had been subjected to torture, gaslighting, and repeated rapes during her time with SLA, and that she joined the group to save her life. Despite this, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but her sentence was commuted by President Carter, and she was later pardoned by Bill Clinton.

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