With a group of friends, Sharon came upon the movie set and caught Richard Beymer's eye.
He invited her to lunch and gave her his agent's number telling her to contact him if she was ever in the States.
Sharon's brushes with stardom continued, she got work as an extra in the movie Barrabas, as well as a Pat Boone special.
In 1962, Paul was promoted to Major and reassigned to Fort Mc Arthur in California.
Sharon - who while dating Richard Beymer had started seriously considering a career in acting - hitchhiked down to Hollywood and contacted Beymer's agent Hal Gefsky.
Sharon started doing Television commercials while Gefsky shopped her around town eventually landing her a deal with Martin Ransohoff, CEO of decided to invest in Sharon, spending over 0,000 on her.
Sharon Marie Tate was born in Dallas, Texas on January 24, 1943.
Her parents, Doris Gwendolyn Willet and Paul James Tate, had married the previous year.
Doris was a "southern belle, gracious and charming" and Paul "filled with patriotism, had joined the ranks of the United States Army", working his way up to Colonel.
Moving from different military bases throughout the U. and Europe, the Tate family grew to include two more daughters, Debra and Patti. In 1960, Paul was relocated to an Army base in Verona, Italy.
There Sharon attended Vincenza American High School and became a very active student, joining the Library club, the Student Council, the Cheerleading squad and eventually becoming the school's very first Homecoming Queen.
Things seemed to be going well for Sharon in Italy, she soon found herself speaking Italian fluently.
But just as things appeared like they couldn't get any better, she fell victim to a date rape, which she kept to herself because she was afraid it would bring shame to her family's name.
Paul Newman, Richard Beymer, and Susan Strasberg were filming the movie, Adventures of A Young Man in a town nearby Verona.