At the time of her death?
Which actress today would be the equivalent of her level of fame back then?
She was probably like a Jessica Alba.
99.9999% of the public never heard of Sharon Tate until they read her obituary.
She would have been considered as C or D list. I'm sure plenty of people who worked mostly in TV at time knew her or knew of her.
She was on par with:
Well, wasn't Sharon Tate in "Valley of the Dolls?"
She was known. Her husband, Roman Polanski, was better known. He had just directed "Rosemary's Baby."
They weren't Brad and Angelina, but they were known.
They also describe her as "actress Sharon Tate" when describing her murder. If people always need to be told she was an actress, she was hardly a household name. I think she might have broken through in another year or so, she was beautiful. Maybe she would have gotten a series.
Shar was more Fred, less Diane.
I think at the time she was best known for being Polanski's wife. He'd just found mainstream fame after doing Rosemary's Baby and was becoming a hot commodity in Hollywood.
If she'd lived she would have had her son, probably stopped acting and supported Polanski for a time, split from him at some point and become a Bev Hills divorcee/housewife. Would have aged nicely, if her great looks were any indication, and re-made her career in 80s television a la Joan Collins or Linda Evans. Tate would have made a perfect Krystal Carrington.
No. She was what would have been called a starlet.
Roman was already cheating on pregnant Sharon.
Nice try, r7. She was in Valley of the Dolls. She was married to Roman Polanksi.
" I think she might have broken through in another year or so, she was beautiful."
Nothing stops an actress from breaking through like a new baby. Really, she was a sweet, beautiful woman who'd done some leading roles but hadn't broken through to stardom, and she'd married "well" and had gotten pregnant.
That made her exactly the sort of person that Hollywood was (and is) prepared to dismiss. There were new girls in town.
Most bizarre Hollywood crime/murder ever. I can't even imagine something like this happening today to the likes of a Jessica Alba or Kate Bosworth. Freaky for those times and still freaky now.
Very few people knew who she was, I remember that few people recognized the name.
She was not famous enough to be considered A list.
Being in Valley of the Dolls didn't make her A list. Valley of the Dolls was her only big role in a movie that was widely seen. For that matter Barbara Parkins wasn't A list either.
Being married to Polanski? That didn't make her A list either. She died one year after Rosemary's Baby came out. Rosemary's Baby was Polanski's first major American film. Polanski is now more famous both in the U.S. and arguably even internationally than he was in 1969.
Polanski is now married to Emmanuelle Seigner. He has been married to her for 24 years. They have two children together. As an actress, Seigner has a resume much more impressive than Tate's. And that is a;n understatement. She has had leading roles in Polanski films including Frantic, opposite Harrison Ford, and Bitter Moon, with Hugh Grant, Peter Coyote and Kirstin Scott Thomas.
And no one would consider Emmanuelle Seigner A list.
As far as whose current career fame would approximate Tate's 1969 career fame, I would think it would be someone who has appeared in one big movie and has some connection, marital or familial, to someone is show business.
As to her celebrity analog of today, maybe Rashida Jones.
Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow was "that girl who is dating Brad Pitt"?
She was like that.
The camera loved her.
I'm thinking maybe Paula Patton in 2013 would be approximate to how well-known Sharon Tate was in 1969.
Patton is Robin Thicke's wife and has been in a handful of movies (Mission Impossible from a few years back was her biggest role) and she's kind-of sort-of well-known to people who are under 40, but not really most people who are older than that. Sharon Tate was way before my time, but this is just my theory about how well-known Tate may have been back then.
She and Polanski were considered an "in" couple; he was a hot ("hot" as in successful) young director and she was his gorgeous wife. So they were very sought after; people wanted to be in their company.
If Tate had lived chances are she would have abandoned her career to concentrate on being a mother. She and Polanski would have no doubt divorced somewhere down the line. She might have had some more roles in movies and tv here and there later on. But she didn't strike me as being a particularly talented actress. If she worked really hard, could she have become very good? Who knows? But with that face and body she would have had a hard time being taken seriously, no matter how accomplished an actress she might have become.
R17, Emanuelle also starred in Polanski's "The Ninth Gate," and did a wonderful job.