Showing posts with label Debra Tate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Debra Tate. Show all posts

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Debra Tate has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her good friend is asking for donations to help Debra with medical expenses.

We wish her a full recovery! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Debra Tate's Book

Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, Sharon Tate remains a fascinating pop icon and a poster child for the 1960s. What struck most about Sharon was her gentle nature and the sheer perfection of her face, but she was far more than just a beauty. The few films she made during her brief career, including Valley of the DollsEye of the Devil, and The Fearless Vampire Killers, have secured her position as a Hollywood legend. Over forty years since her last film, Sharon's spirit and charisma live strong in the memories of those who knew her best, and her style continues to inspire the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, and film.

Sharon Tate: Recollection is a one-of-a-kind celebration of Sharon's life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world, and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s—its youth culture, the sexual revolution, the rise of independent cinema, and Hollywood's changing studio system. In this impressive photo book, Sharon Tate's story emerges through quotes and short essays—recollections—by her sister, Debra Tate, as well as by those who knew and have been influenced by her.

What emerges from these pages is a stunning tribute to an unforgettable life.
 Highlights include:
  • Previously unseen photos from the Tate family album
  • Original quotes and recollection essays written specially for this book by Jane Fonda, Joan Collins, Bert Stern, Kelly Osbourne, Michelle Phillips, Patty Duke, Lee Grant, Elke Sommer, Viva, Tony Scotti, Trina Turk, Dave Draper, Neal Barr, and Jean-Jacques Bugat
  • Retrospective quotes by Roman Polanski, Mia Farrow, Warren Beatty, Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Dominick Dunne, Orson Welles, Barbara Parkins, George Harrison, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Kirk Douglas, and many others
  • Rare and classic photographs by David Bailey, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Shahrokh Hatami, Terry O'Neill, Peter Basch, John Engstead, Peter Br├╝chmann, Neal Barr, Pierluigi Praturlon, Curt Gunther, and Jean-Jacques Bugat
  • Never-before-seen or published images of Sharon in the classic film Valley of the Dolls, digitally reproduced from original negatives and transparencies specially for this book from the 20th Century Fox archives

"For many years now I have wanted to write a book about my sister, Sharon Tate, as I felt it was my responsibility to help preserve her considerable photographic legacy. The idea for this book was not to present a traditional biography, but to carefully assemble photographs and pair them with recollections from myself, Sharon's friends, costars and work associates, and even Sharon herself. I hope by doing this, the book will provide her legions of current and future fans with a well-rounded sense of who Sharon really was—of the gentle and supremely unique spirit that existed beyond her screen persona."

Submitted by Venus.  Thanks Venus!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Debra Tate did an interview recently
with her photgrapher, Alan Mercer.
Debra states that she's hoping to write a book with David Wills.
(All Photos:  Alan Mercer   Lighting:  Eric V.)
Alan Mercer:
I have always LOVED the film work of Sharon Tate so I was very excited when my friend David Wills asked me if I would do a photo session with Debra Tate.  Of course I was quite familiar with her name and I knew of her hard work.  What I didn’t know was that Debra would be so warm, intelligent, engaging and beautiful.  Having the opportunity to take some photographs and visit with her on a recent Saturday afternoon was a total delight.  

Debra’s older sister, Sharon Tate was a rising young movie star in such films as ‘Valley Of The Dolls’ and just 26 when she, along with four others, were fatally attacked by Charles Manson and his cult members on August 8, 1969.  She was married to movie director Roman Polanski and eight and a half months pregnant.  Debra called Sharon that day asking her if she could spend the night at her house, but Sharon said no. Debra was almost seventeen at the time.

Debra Ann Tate is the middle child of Colonel Paul James Tate and his wife, Doris Gwendolyn.  She was born in El Paso, Texas.  Debra got married in 1984 to William E. Mussenden, their daughter and only child Arieana Tate Mussenden, was born in 1985.

After her mother’s death in 1992, her sister Patty continued to work on her mother’s foundation, The Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau, when Patty died 13 years ago, Debra took over.  Doris Tate was the first person to make such an impact statement under the new law, when she spoke at the parole hearing of one of her daughter's killers, Charles ‘Tex’ Watson. She believed changes in the law had afforded her daughter dignity that had been denied her before, and that she had been able to "help transform Sharon's legacy from murder victim to a symbol of victims' rights.”

Over the years we have seen Debra on several television shows and documentaries plus she has been a guest in Dateline NBC and Larry King, among many others.  She has no intention of slowing down in her determination to do the right thing.

The Interview:

AM:  What is going on that you need some photographs Debra?

DT:  At this moment I am looking for some photographs that will put me in a good light.  I’m doing a lot of television work with the news like CNN and the Fox Network.  This has to do with the possible release of Bruce Davis who is a Manson family equal, not a follower.  They want to release him into the middle of Los Angeles.  The Governor has 30 days starting February 1st to make that decision.  Hopefully we can stop this because this man is a true menace.

AM:  I can’t even believe this.

DT:  People don’t know.  There is an agenda in the state of California.  This particular governor wants his political career to end on a high note that he has balanced the unbalance-able California budget.  They have already released all the minor prisoners they can.

AM:  Why are they doing this?

DT:  What the public needs to take into consideration is any inmate over the age of fifty, just like the rest of us, becomes a medical liability.  The costs can be millions of dollars.  So the governor doesn’t care who they are or what they’ve done.  He wants them out.  It helps him balance that budget. 

AM:  What can we do as members of the public?

DT:   All of us need to email the Governors office at and let him know how we feel as citizens, that we don’t want this man released into the general population.  The clock is ticking.  The parole board granted Bruce a parole date.  The Governor got the papers on his desk February 1st.  He has thirty days to make up his mind, but he could make up his mind anytime before March 1st.

AM:  Obviously this is a personal crusade for you.

DT:  It is a personal crusade and it isn’t.  At this point in time there is nothing that can be done to help my immediate situation, but what I can do is to prevent it from happening to anybody else with the best of my abilities.

AM:  You seem to know a lot about these people.

DT:  I do sit in the parole room with each of these individuals and I can honestly say they are definitely sociopathic individuals.  There is no cure or deprograming for a sociopath.  I’m genuinely worried that it’s business as usual.  They have cell phones and Internet connections.  They are still speaking with each other and they are very organized.  There’s no reason for me to believe that there’s any other agenda with those factors in place. 

AM:  Is this something you are prepared to do for the rest of your life?

DT:  Yes.

AM:  Are you aware of how much the public feels for you?  Do you feel this energy aimed at you?

DT:  I know that some power somewhere feels I’m doing the right thing and I feel support from that power.  I’m not sure that I realized it was from people or not because I do have a small group of vocal haters.  Sometimes I feel that’s the more prominent voice.  So sometimes I doubt myself.   

AM:  Please do not doubt yourself at all.  

DT:  I would like to state that one reason I’m not aware of my following in the general population is because I can work my rear end off, and others can as well, and I have never been able to break more than 80 letters against the killers release.  I need all the support I can get.   

AM:  Why do you think people don’t do it?

DT:  I realize there’s a strong possibility that people are afraid to put their names and addresses on things but I’d like to take this opportunity to assure them that, I really need the help and all the names and addresses are blacked out by the prison board.  Nobody ever gets to see them.  

AM:  Have you given any thought to getting the word out on social media like facebook and Twitter?

DT:   My webmaster runs facebook for me.  I haven’t done it myself.  I’m scared due to the fact that I get at least four death threats a year.  I don’t want to taint anything to do with Sharon with this negativity.  Now these threats have been around whether I’m on facebook or not.  They have always managed to find their way to me.  Also, I have many crazy stalkers and imposters and people who try to say I’m not a member of my own family.  It’s all absolutely absurd.  It all hurts my feelings.

AM:  I think it’s the fact that your personal story has taken on a mythological status.  The story is just so famous.

DT:  I think you’re right. It just seems like people with weak personalities want to be me.  I don’t get it.  I don’t think I’m famous and I certainly don’t have any money as a result of all this.  All of this business has just cost me, it’s never made me a dime.  It’s a terrible waste of notoriety.  It’s not what people think it is.   

AM:  It’s not even possible to imagine what you’ve been through.

DT:  I wouldn’t want anyone to even try to imagine it.  It was all so brutal.  I counsel people who have had to deal with a brutal murder on a regular basis.  I will be there for anybody at anytime for something like this.  It’s all so devastating.  So those people who want to be me are are not reality based. 

AM:  You were so young when the incident happened.

DT: I was almost seventeen at the time, but I was integrated right into Sharon and Roman’s social crowd.  Being a military brat, when you are traveling the globe every three years, the only thing that’s consistent in your life is your family members, so Sharon and I were extremely close, even though there was almost a ten year age difference.  

AM:  She was the big sister you idolized.

DT:  She was everything.  She was my whole world.   

AM:  Are you happy with the way Sharon is remembered?

DT:  No, not at all.  

AM: What would you like to change?

DT:  Well I’m hopefully going to be doing a beautiful book about Sharon with David Wills that will say nothing about the last twenty minutes of her life.  Sharon had an amazing body of work.  I don’t know when she had time to interact with friends and family, she was so incredibly busy.  I want to fortify her beauty as a person and as a style and fashion icon.  I want to put that back out there again because she is not just a victim.  That was a very small portion of her life. 

AM:  Well you’re a beautiful person and sister yourself Debra.

DT:  Thank you.

AM:  Do you think Sharon has a bigger following today than ever?

DT:   Her fan base is growing again.  It’s been growing for the last five years or so.  Fashion repeats itself every thirty years so since the Sixties styles came back in again, the Stars have been wearing the Sharon Tate hairdo and the Sharon Tate look.  She is reaching a younger generation who is becoming aware of who and what she was.  I’m told that Kelly Osborne is a big fan.  Drew Barrymore did a VOGUE layout that was modeled after Sharon.

AM:  I hear about her all the time.  She is a contemporary ongoing subject.

DT:  She should be.  The maniacs shouldn’t be able to take that away. 
(All Photos:  Alan Mercer   Lighting:  Eric V.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The "Tex Tapes" Revisited.
Lynyrd's Gut Feelings....
On October 7th, I listened to the Starcity Radio Program.  Attorney Michael Beckman was interviewed.  Beckman of course, was Bruce Davis' attorney for Davis' recent parole hearing. 
Beckman stated (paraphrasing), that Davis' best strategy at this point, is to keep things quiet.  According to Beckman, he advised Davis to refrain from speaking (to anyone) about his recent approval... media, fellow inmates, anyone... and essentially "keep things under wraps".  Good advice!
Conversely, Beckman stated (paraphrasing) that Debra Tate's next strategic move (now that Davis has been approved) is to make as much noise via the media, as possible. 
He said that Debra had already begun that effort... effectively bombarding media outlets as much as possible.  Obviously, Debra knows that raising "Manson" consciousness will thwart Davis' chances.
Since the new resurgence in media attention to these "Tex Tapes" began... Beckman's words have echoed in my ears.
My gut feeling, is that this recent resurgence of media attention to the "Tex Tapes", is directly related to Debra Tate.  I have a strong "gut feeling" that Debra Tate is using these tapes as a tool, to get the "Manson" name (and all that conjures) back into the public psyche.  At this critical time for Davis... that's actually a formidable strategy.  
The recent media attention to these tapes... and the potential for 12 new Manson victims in the public eye, can only hurt Davis' parole bid. 
Bear in mind... Debra Tate is obviously well-aware, that Davis' release, would likely put Leslie and Bobby closer to the door.  In her mind, this is for all the apples.
I say all this, because when you really look at it... there's no new information being released, in regards to these tapes.  We already knew about the tapes.  We already knew the LAPD was interested in them. We already knew the LAPD suspected more murder confessions could be contained therein.  We already knew about the ongoing litigation over possession of these tapes.  There's nothing new here.  It's the same story unresolved...  yet revisited.  Is anyone else (like me) wondering why this story is being revisited, without further information???
If the LAPD had been granted full custody of these tapes... THAT would be an update worth publicizing.  If the LAPD was permanently denied custody... THAT would also be an update worth publicizing.  And certainly... if new confessions were (in fact) found on those tapes... THAT would be a groundbreaking update.
But think about it... there's nothing new here... and yet, the story is being re-run in the media, without an update.  Ironically... coinciding with all this, is Debra Tate's face all over the news... and Beckman's words ringing in my ears.  It all seems kinda strange to me, and I personally believe, that Debra Tate is the catalyst.  I have no proof... just a "gut feeling"... but my gut rarely lets me down.
Don't get me wrong.  The potential for new information on those tapes is certainly an exciting prospect.  I'm not arguing with that concept. I'm looking forward to more TLB information myself.  But, something seems strange here.  Why would the media run an update to an old story, without any updated facts?? 
What do you think????  Am I missing something here?? LOL!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Parole Granted for Former Manson Family Member Bruce Davis

San Luis Obispo – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) issued a grant of parole today for convicted killer and former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, 69, during a parole consideration hearing at California Men’s Colony. Today’s decision was the result of Davis' 27th parole suitability hearing.

The BPH issued a grant of parole to Davis in January 2010 because of his positive adjustment, record of no recent disciplinary problems, and for successfully completing academic and vocational education and self-help programs. However, the parole grant was reversed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2010, who concluded Davis was still dangerous because of an evaluator’s diagnosis of a personality disorder, Davis’ conformist tendencies, and his sporadic participation in substance-abuse programs over the years.

Davis challenged Governor Schwarzenegger’s reversal of his parole grant in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which ruled against Schwarzenegger and vacated his decision.  In 2012, California’s Second District Court of Appeal upheld the Governor’s reversal of the January 28, 2010, grant, ruling that the Governor’s concerns were justified and supporting his conclusion that Davis was still dangerous.

Davis appeared before the panel today. The suitability finding is subject to a 120-day decision review period.  If the grant is finalized at the conclusion of decision review, the Governor may conduct an independent review of the decision. Under California law, the Governor may reverse, modify, affirm or decline to review the Board’s decision.

Davis was sent to state prison on April 21, 1972, with a life sentence from Los Angeles County for two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and robbery.  He was convicted for the July 25, 1969, murder of Gary Hinman and the murder of Donald “Shorty” Shea sometime in August 1969.

The BPH hearing transcript will serve as the official record and is expected to be transcribed in approximately 30 days.
Barbara Hoyt, left, a former member of the Manson Family, and Debra Tate, sister of Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate, pose for photos moments before the start of Bruce Davis’ parole hearing at the California Mens Colony Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 in San Luis Obispo, California.
Davis, imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Charles Manson, won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance before a parole board panel.
Video Courtesy of Backporch Tapes
Bruce Davis (right) with his lawyer Michael Beckman moments before the start of his parole hearing (AP)
Anyone care to venture a prediction, on the governor's upcoming decision? 
"Put themselves out there", as it were...

It seems Governor Brown's track record is more lax in regards to parolees, than Arnold's was...

On the other hand...
Brown does have a political career to protect (like any other politican), and all that jazz.

How much will the "Manson" name and stigma effect Brown's decision in 2012?

How much fall-out could the governor expect from the release of a Manson associate in 2012?

How much does the general public really care at this point?

Are the folks in California more sensitive to this issue, than folks in say... Vermont?
(I tend to think so)

How would folks rate the fall-out following Grogan's release several years ago?
Did Grogan walk without a major national outcry?
Did the governor during Grogan's release, suffer ill consequence?

Weigh-in folks!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Debra Tate's Daughter... Arieana Mussenden!
Maybe someone could cast her in their next movie! LOL
Click each photo to ENLARGE.
Arieana Mussenden
26 years old
Riverside, California, US
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 103 lbs
Bust: 34"
Waist: 24"
Hips: 34"
Cup: DD
Dress: 0
Shoe: 7.5
Hair color: Black
Hair length: Long
Eye color: Brown
Ethnicity: Other
Skin color: Olive
Shoot nudes: Yes
Experience: Some Experience
Compensation: Depends on Assignment
Genres: Art

Arieana's slef-description at:
About me...
Name's Arieana. I am a young aspiring clothing designer/model. I find inspiration through all aspects of art. How could you not its a beautiful thing?

I really love creative people and working with them. Im a easy going goofball that always loves a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with many different people and taking in each experience to build me into a well rounded model/designer I am becoming. Contact me if your interested in working together! I also am always looking for make-up and hair stylists as well !
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Debra Tate's Home Robbed...
Sharon's Stuff Stolen.
Debra believes she knows the thief...
Thursday, 01 Sep 201, by Tony Spearman -
Los Angeles - On Thursday Debra Tate, the executor of her sister Sharon Tate's estate, talked to us about the recent burglary of her home. During the break-in Sharon's wedding dress, furs, and other items were stolen. Debra thinks she knows who was behind the theft but said she needs more proof.
Debra asked anyone with information on the robbery to contact her via , and she will forward any info to the police.
New Legal Trouble for Casey Anthony

Wednesday, March 23, 2011