Showing posts with label Barbara Lewis. Show all posts
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE LAST LUNCH…
Sharon Tate
Joanna Pettet
Barbara Lewis
On the last day of her life, Sharon Tate was joined by two friends for lunch. Their names are Joanna Pettet and Barbara Lewis. They arrived for lunch around 12:30pm on August 8th. Winnie Chapman served them lunch. They were later joined by Voytek & Gibby. They stayed and chatted until mid-afternoon. The talk was mostly centered around “baby shop talk”.

Even though these two ladies escaped the slaughter that later ensued at Cielo Drive, their lives didn’t end up with happy endings. Both women were shattered to hear of Sharon’s untimely murder and nervously shaken by their own close call with death.

Joanna Pettet was a British born actress who was very beautiful and resembled Sharon Tate. She garnered fame when she was discovered by director Sidney Lumet for his sumptuous 1966 film adaptation of Mary McCarthy’s novel, "The Group". Coincidentally, the movie plot is similar to "Valley of the Dolls", and one of the stars of "The Group" was Candice Bergen. Another degree of separation?

Joanna was married to Alex Cord who was one of Jay Sebring’s clients. Jay and Alex were both in the movie "Synanon", a drama about a real-life drug rehabilitation center once headquartered in Santa Monica, California. It was founded in 1958, but by the 1970s, it had evolved into a cultish religion with tax-exempt status. By the end of the 1980s, it folded after years of scandal involving the bizarre behavior of its founder, Charles E. Dietrich (played by Edmund O'Brien in the movie). Dietrich, as his 1997 New York Times obituary documents, is the man who came up with the oft-quoted line "Today is the first day of the rest of your life". Jay had an uncredited role as “Jay the Barber” in the movie.

Joanna’s last acting appearance was in a bad action film called "Terror in Paradise" that was produced by Roger Corman. By then, she had lost her enthusiasm for acting and decided it was time to bow out gracefully from the entertainment industry.

The grief over the sudden death in 1995 of her son, Damien Zachary Cord, at age 26 (same age as Sharon at her death), caused Pettet to retreat even further from Hollywood. For a time, she lived in a reclusive area of California until she moved to London.

Barbara Lewis was a popular singer in the 60’s, with such hits in 1965 as "Baby I’m Yours" and "Make Me Your Baby". She began to withdraw from the music industry after the decade was over. Some say it was due to Sharon’s savage and cruel murder.


Barbara Lewis - Baby I'm Yours
 Jay Sebring and Alex Cord (Joanna Pettet's Husband) in "Synanon"
Joanna was married to Alex Cord who was one of Jay Sebring’s clients. Jay and Alex were both in the movie "Synanon", a drama about a real-life drug rehabilitation center once headquartered in Santa Monica, California. It was founded in 1958, but by the 1970s, it had evolved into a cultish religion with tax-exempt status. By the end of the 1980s, it folded after years of scandal involving the bizarre behavior of its founder, Charles E. Dietrich (played by Edmund O'Brien in the movie). Dietrich, as his 1997 New York Times obituary documents, is the man who came up with the oft-quoted line "Today is the first day of the rest of your life". Jay had an uncredited role as “Jay the Barber” in the movie.
Submitted by Katie!  Thanks Katie!!